Sunset in Oia Santorini
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Sunset in Oia Santorini

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Oia is one of the most beautiful villages of Santorini Island, considered by many as one of the most beautiful in the world. Architecture of the village is somehow brilliant and is highlighted by white cave-shaped buildings and the contrasting colorful doors and window shutters. Village of Oia represents one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Aegean. You will enjoy the astonishing panoramic view of caldera, the volcano, Thirassia Island, and the rest of Santorini. Oia is also favorite inhabitation of artists, so you can find many galleries of all kind of artists affected by the village. And no wonder, who would not be inspired by this magical place! To this day laws protect the natural and architectural beauty of the town from modern manifestations. Oia is especially well known for its imposing colorful sunsets. Many people visits Oia simply to watch its sunset, having moments of absolute bliss while the sun sinks into the sea. Most of them choose famous Oia Sunset area that spreads from Oia Castle (Kastro) to the well-known Windmills.

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