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* <do name="Caldera Massages Studio" alt="" address="" directions="On the caldera in the center of the village just off the main village path below Thomas Jewelry. Next to 1864 The Sea Captain's House hotel" phone="30 22860 71983" email="Relax@Caldera-Massages.com" fax="" url="http://www.Caldera-Massages.com" hours="Daily March thru November" price="Unique, peaceful setting inside in the cave style treatment rooms or on the rooftop with wide views. All natural aromatherapy products also available with instructions on their proper use"></do>
  
 
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* '''Lotza''' tavern. Large souvlaki; tzadziki is bit too hot. Potato salad may be without declared beetroot, but rich in mayonnaise. White salad is with tuna.
 
* '''Lotza''' tavern. Large souvlaki; tzadziki is bit too hot. Potato salad may be without declared beetroot, but rich in mayonnaise. White salad is with tuna.
  
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* <eat name="AMBROSIA Restaurant"  alt="Amvrosia" address="Oia Santorini" directions="center of the village on the caldera near the main church" phone="30 22860 71413" email="Table@Ambrosia-Santorini.com"  fax="" hours="Lunch & Dinner Daily"> [http://www.ambrosia-santorini.com Web]
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:<u>Pro:</u> The View with excellent food. Two small intimate terraces for the most romantic, candlelight dinner on the island. Mediterannean dishes served atop the cliffs in Oia overlooking the sea and caldera. Some reviews say the best cuisine in Greece with the view as an extra bonus. Charming interior seating in cave style setting.
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:<u>Contra:</u> Reservations are hard to come by with seating times for dinner not so flexible. Ask your hotel reception to book or try via an email to the restaurant. Expensive evening for the island save it for your ''special night'' or try their sister Ambrosia & Nectar also in Oia with a more modest pricelist. </eat>.
  
* <eat name="Nikos" alt="" address="" directions="near the bus station" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">Visit for souvlaki. Order the kalamaki with pita.</eat>
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* <eat name="Nikos" alt="" address="" directions="near the bus station" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">Visit for souvlaki. Order the kalamaki with pita
 
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* '''Papagalos restaurant''' [http://www.papagalosrestaurant.com]. On the main pedestrian pathway. Signature dishes: "Baby octopus appetizer with sweet chilly sause, smoked local fava (yellow split pea pure), fried capers and wild greens", "Pork tenderloin with sour cherry sauce and mastic gum foam", "Fresh lobster risotto with two types of asparagus".
 
* '''Papagalos restaurant''' [http://www.papagalosrestaurant.com]. On the main pedestrian pathway. Signature dishes: "Baby octopus appetizer with sweet chilly sause, smoked local fava (yellow split pea pure), fried capers and wild greens", "Pork tenderloin with sour cherry sauce and mastic gum foam", "Fresh lobster risotto with two types of asparagus".
  
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*:<u>Contra:</u> The only sort of tea available proves Lipton Yellow Label. While regular wine is served in an ice bucket, no napkin around the bottleneck is used. During a medium-load evening waiters may forget to bring the dessert you ordered. You may need to ask twice if you want to take the rest of wine bottle with you (at least if the wine is €29 and the bill for two is €110); you are not offered any plastic bag so you leave with a bottle in hands.
 
*:<u>Contra:</u> The only sort of tea available proves Lipton Yellow Label. While regular wine is served in an ice bucket, no napkin around the bottleneck is used. During a medium-load evening waiters may forget to bring the dessert you ordered. You may need to ask twice if you want to take the rest of wine bottle with you (at least if the wine is €29 and the bill for two is €110); you are not offered any plastic bag so you leave with a bottle in hands.
  
* there are three taverns in Armeni bay serving fresh grilled fish. This is possibly the best place for enjoying seafood in Ia.
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* <eat name="Ambrosia & Nectar" address="Oia Santorini" directions="on the path to the sunset" phone="30 22860 71504" email="Table@Ambrosia-Nectar.com"  fax="" hours="Lunch & Dinner Daily"> [http://www.ambrosia-nectar.com Web]
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:<u>Pro:</u>  A long time favorite in Oia that is worth more than one visit as the terrace setting is charming with candlelight and artworks. The food has been rated highly by Gourmet Traveler, Conde Nast writers and Giada from the USA TV food network featured their Santorini Warm Feta appetizer. More relaxed than AMBROSIA Restaurant and calmer prices. Bonus that it opens in March and runs thru November.
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:<u>Contra:</u> While it is on the path to the sunset one doesn't see the setting sun from the terrace - and the view to the caldera and sea isn't as dramatic as from AMBROSIA's terrace. The food is the main point here as is the friendly service and tasteful decor. </eat>
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* there are three tavernas in Amoudi bay serving fresh grilled fish. This is possibly the best place for enjoying seafood in Ia.
  
 
* Try the famous "'''Souvlaki and Singing'''" competition near the Church (on the right, down the steps, through the door) every Sunday night at 9pm organised by Stelios. Entry is 10 euros. Songs by famous Greek singers, such as "Father and Son" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", are sung all through the night with endless amounts of souvlaki being served up.
 
* Try the famous "'''Souvlaki and Singing'''" competition near the Church (on the right, down the steps, through the door) every Sunday night at 9pm organised by Stelios. Entry is 10 euros. Songs by famous Greek singers, such as "Father and Son" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", are sung all through the night with endless amounts of souvlaki being served up.
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* <sleep name="1864 The Sea Captain's House" alt="" address="" directions="Center of the Oia village on the caldera" phone="30 22860 71983" email="1864@Sea-Captains-House.com" fax="30 22860 71687" url="http://www.sea-captains-house.com"  price="Expensive but good value with only three suites all with views to the caldera, sea and volcano. Availability is usually hard to come by and it is open March thru November. Same owners as Ambrosia & Nectar, Caldera Massages Studio and the AMBROSIA Restaurant all in Oia" ></sleep>
  
 
* '''Perivolas Traditional Houses''' [http://www.perivolas.gr], [http://www.santorini-hotel.net]. ''+30 22860'' 71308. Is famous for its shared pool with its edge visibly continues as a sea. The hotel was heavily advertised in several worldwide travel magazines, which brought the prices to exorbitant level. Some studios or suites feature ''black-coloured'' private outdoor pool or even outdoor jacuzzi (?).
 
* '''Perivolas Traditional Houses''' [http://www.perivolas.gr], [http://www.santorini-hotel.net]. ''+30 22860'' 71308. Is famous for its shared pool with its edge visibly continues as a sea. The hotel was heavily advertised in several worldwide travel magazines, which brought the prices to exorbitant level. Some studios or suites feature ''black-coloured'' private outdoor pool or even outdoor jacuzzi (?).

Revision as of 11:42, 26 November 2007

The famous sunset at Ia
View from Ia onto Caldera

Ia (or Oia) is the one of the towns on Santorini island in Greece.

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Understand

Ia is a picturesque town beloved by artists and the tourists alike. Being a destination for all those cruise ship passengers the town so is very busy in the afternoons. It is far better to arrive in the early evening, allowing plenty of time to meander, shop and take photographs, then have a relaxing meal in a Caldera restaurant while watching one of the most beautiful sunsets. Be sure to occupy your seat in advance, though: western side becomes heavily crowded in the hour preceding sunset.

But the full flavour and spirit of the town (and the island) can be enjoyed only after staying for several days.

Ia overlooks two sides of the sea, western with Ammoudi bay, eastern with Armeni bay; only western one faces sunset.

Ia is a popular place for shooting local TV series, sometimes in a nighttime.

Get in

Easily reachable by bus from the central bus station in Thira. The road to Ia is not for the faint hearted! The bus driver seems to derive great pleasure from scaring the living daylights out of his passengers and a word of warning about the conductor... always have the correct fare or be prepared to face his wrath!

Taxi from port in Thira costs around €20 per group; €25 if you don't want driver to take people from other groups into the car.

Road between Fira and Ia is meandering -- keep in mind if you choose between taxi and a rented car when you arrive exhausted after a ferry.

Get around

By foot

Most parts of the village is reachable by-foot only. Even garbage is taken away by donkeys.

Donkeys can be rented on the staircase connecting Armeni bay to Ia -- especially when you're full with fresh seafood from a tavern :-)

Renting a car

  • Drossos: one of the largest selections of cars on the island (esp. cabrios); Russian-speaking owner Zurab. Owner may be gaming you with driver license restrictions for pushing towards more expensive options.
  • Auto Europe is not flexible enough to rent a car for extra half a day (at least, it wasn't in Oct 2001)--always operates with full days, despite low season.
  • Vazeos Car rental provides the calm vacations that you need, in special prices, security and 24-hour service.

See

Do

  • Caldera Massages Studio, (On the caldera in the center of the village just off the main village path below Thomas Jewelry. Next to 1864 The Sea Captain's House hotel), 30 22860 71983 (), [1]. Daily March thru November. Unique, peaceful setting inside in the cave style treatment rooms or on the rooftop with wide views. All natural aromatherapy products also available with instructions on their proper use.

Buy

Eat

  • Lotza tavern. Large souvlaki; tzadziki is bit too hot. Potato salad may be without declared beetroot, but rich in mayonnaise. White salad is with tuna.
  • AMBROSIA Restaurant (Amvrosia), Oia Santorini (center of the village on the caldera near the main church), 30 22860 71413 (). Lunch & Dinner Daily. Web  :Pro: The View with excellent food. Two small intimate terraces for the most romantic, candlelight dinner on the island. Mediterannean dishes served atop the cliffs in Oia overlooking the sea and caldera. Some reviews say the best cuisine in Greece with the view as an extra bonus. Charming interior seating in cave style setting. :Contra: Reservations are hard to come by with seating times for dinner not so flexible. Ask your hotel reception to book or try via an email to the restaurant. Expensive evening for the island save it for your special night or try their sister Ambrosia & Nectar also in Oia with a more modest pricelist. .
  • Nikos, (near the bus station). Visit for souvlaki. Order the kalamaki with pita * Papagalos restaurant [2]. On the main pedestrian pathway. Signature dishes: "Baby octopus appetizer with sweet chilly sause, smoked local fava (yellow split pea pure), fried capers and wild greens", "Pork tenderloin with sour cherry sauce and mastic gum foam", "Fresh lobster risotto with two types of asparagus". * Roka (Poka), (totally hidden--ask around for directions). One of the best places to eat traditional home-style Greek food. The staff make you feel like long-time friends. You shouldn't miss it if you come for the sunset to Oia.
  • Slow Food [3]. Open 18-23.
    Pro: High-flying cuisine: some local-inspired dishes, otherwise international. Great place for romantic dinner. Waiters are well-trained and speak English very well. Amusing thing: once you're done with meals, waiter picturesquely sweeps away grit into a small scoop.
    Contra: The only sort of tea available proves Lipton Yellow Label. While regular wine is served in an ice bucket, no napkin around the bottleneck is used. During a medium-load evening waiters may forget to bring the dessert you ordered. You may need to ask twice if you want to take the rest of wine bottle with you (at least if the wine is €29 and the bill for two is €110); you are not offered any plastic bag so you leave with a bottle in hands.
  • Ambrosia & Nectar, Oia Santorini (on the path to the sunset), 30 22860 71504 (). Lunch & Dinner Daily. Web  :Pro: A long time favorite in Oia that is worth more than one visit as the terrace setting is charming with candlelight and artworks. The food has been rated highly by Gourmet Traveler, Conde Nast writers and Giada from the USA TV food network featured their Santorini Warm Feta appetizer. More relaxed than AMBROSIA Restaurant and calmer prices. Bonus that it opens in March and runs thru November. :Contra: While it is on the path to the sunset one doesn't see the setting sun from the terrace - and the view to the caldera and sea isn't as dramatic as from AMBROSIA's terrace. The food is the main point here as is the friendly service and tasteful decor.
  • there are three tavernas in Amoudi bay serving fresh grilled fish. This is possibly the best place for enjoying seafood in Ia.
  • Try the famous "Souvlaki and Singing" competition near the Church (on the right, down the steps, through the door) every Sunday night at 9pm organised by Stelios. Entry is 10 euros. Songs by famous Greek singers, such as "Father and Son" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", are sung all through the night with endless amounts of souvlaki being served up.

Drink

Sleep

As of Sept 2005, no new hotels have been opened in Ia for a few years (only new rooms / caves etc. are added to existing hotels), so you're unlikely to enjoy the benefits of a newly opened hotel, as described in Finding accommodation article.


Western side

Budget

Oia Youth Hostel, Santorini 84702, Greece, +30 22860 71465. No caldera views but a delightful hostel with clean rooms, nice bar, and shaded garden. Breakfast included.

Mid-range

Splurge

  • Fanari Villas fanarivillas.gr, fanarivillas.com; fanari@otenet.gr. Phone: +30 2286 071007 / 071008 / 071147 / 071321 (Fax: 071235). About a dozen villas/suites styled as traditional cavehouses. One of the choice places for celebrating a wedding, alone or with few friends. All staff is dressed in white. Prices might make one think it's 5-star luxury, but it's not -- you're paying for a great view and for quiteness. Season/off-season: two-person villa €310/€260; suite €360/€310. Features restaurant and bar, shared swimming pool with a jacuzzi, sauna and bathroom. Kitchen with full set of dishes, microwave, small electric stove.

Eastern side

Budget

Mid-range

  • Delfini Villas: [4]. €50 for double with backside view; €70 for double with balcony and seaview (breakfast included).


Splurge

  • 1864 The Sea Captain's House, (Center of the Oia village on the caldera), 30 22860 71983 (, fax: 30 22860 71687), [5]. Expensive but good value with only three suites all with views to the caldera, sea and volcano. Availability is usually hard to come by and it is open March thru November. Same owners as Ambrosia & Nectar, Caldera Massages Studio and the AMBROSIA Restaurant all in Oia.
  • Perivolas Traditional Houses [6], [7]. +30 22860 71308. Is famous for its shared pool with its edge visibly continues as a sea. The hotel was heavily advertised in several worldwide travel magazines, which brought the prices to exorbitant level. Some studios or suites feature black-coloured private outdoor pool or even outdoor jacuzzi (?).
  • Konaki Traditional Guest Houses [8]

Stay safe

If you plan to get around Ia beyond walking from parking lot to your room, please wear travel boots or sandals: most pavements are covered with cobblestone, and there are lots of stairs in the town as you walk around.

Contact

  • EasyInternetCafe [9]. 10 PCs; minimal charge is €3. Open daily 8am, till midnight.

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