Claimed to be one of the best sunsets in the world, I couldn’t not visit the picturesque village in the west of Santorini on a cloudless summers evening.
My first stop was to visit some of the classic Oia view points, near the famous blue church, offering views over the caldera, and over the blue domes, and white-washed buildings that cling to the cliffs.
While the thousands that come to Santorini head towards the castle to view the sunset, I chose to go to the end of the village to a lovely terraced bar with a traditional windmill. Relaxed, away from the crowds, with a drink, it was a peaceful way to watch the sun slowly set behind the horizon.
After sunset, for blue hour, to catch the lights slowly coming against deep blue of the sky, I walked back towards the castle. The crowds were thinning out, and the views kept inspiring.
There are some great places to sit and eat and watch the sunset as I walk through the lane ways towards the castle. Reservations required, I’m sure.
The views from the castle are indeed stunning. I can understand why it is a favourite place to watch the sun go down.
So where are the best spots to see the sunset?
Best Place to see the Sunset in Oia
- Oia Castle – be sure to get there 1.5 to 2 hours before sunset for the best places
- The streets and restaurants of Oia with views towards the sunset. You will probably need to book the restaurants with the best views in advance
- The windmill, it’s a bit quieter at this end of town
- The restaurants down by the water for a different view
Remember that the sunset glow remains in the sky after the sunsets and the crowds leave.
I think Oia does deserve it status as having one of the best sunsets in the world. Just try to stay away from the crowds.
I flew directly to Santorini and based myself in Imerovigli (located between Thera and Oia). I caught a local bus to and from Oia. There is also a lovely walk (about 10km) along the caldera from Thera to Oia.