Monday, July 14, 2008

Romantic Oia

Considered perhaps as one of the best places in Europe to rendezvous, splurge a romantic weekend date with that special someone, get married, or spend your honeymoon!

They say that Oia – pronounced as “ia” or “ee-ya” is the most picturesque Greek village in the Greecian archipelago. Perched beautifully on top of the rugged and dark volcanic rock cliffs is the pristine and traditional village of Oia blossoming with white - pastel colored houses and blue domed churches.

Dutchman has been here twice which was a long time ago. A very long time ago when there were only a handful tourists that come here, mostly young and fresh out from school backpackers like him, some 25 years ago. He said that a lot has changed since then. Back then, there were no touristy shops, no hotels, no craft shops, and there were very few cafes and taverns in this quiet village. The island of Santorini, and in particular Oia, was an undiscovered beauty before. Mass tourism was unheard of, some 20-25 years ago.

Oia is also famous for its stunning sunset. Many tourists wait for the end of day to witness the mighty yet romantic sun goes down the red-orange horizon. One evening, we had the honor to be captivated by the magestic beauty of this renowned Oia sunset. In a boat floating on the sea, we were temporarily anchored just right below the village cliff while having our evening meal. It was a romantic dinner cruise we booked that night and the highlight of the trip was the Oia sunset.

Many couples get married or spend their honeymoon in Santorini and Oia as well. I am not joking, but I have never seen so many newlyweds in my holiday ever!

Travel Period: July 2008
Destination: Oia (Santorini - Cyclades Islands), Greece

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