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Oia or Ia (Greek: Οία, pronounced [ˈi.a]) is a small town and former community in the South Aegean on the islands of Thira (Santorini) and Therasia, in the Cyclades, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it has been part of the municipality of Santorini, of which it is a municipal unit. It covers the whole island of Therasia and the northwesternmost part of Santorini, which it shares with the municipal unit of Santorini. The main street is named Nikolaou Nomikou. The population was 3376 inhabitants at the 2001 census, and the land area is 19.449 km2 Oia was previously known as Apano Meria (Απάνω Μεριά or Επάνω Μεριά, "upper side"), a name which still occurs locally as Pano Meria, and the inhabitants are still called Apanomerites (Απανωμερίτες). The Ancient Greek Oia was one of the two harbours of ancient Thera and was located in the southeast of the island, where Kamari is now. Oia reached the peak of prosperity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its economic prosperity was based on its merchant fleet, which plied trade in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially from Alexandria to Russia. The two-story captains' houses built on the highest part of the village are a reminder of the village's former affluence. Part of the town was destroyed by the 1956 earthquake.


Find crucial information and trip planning details about Oia, which is a city in Greece. After your splendid visit to Oia, you can proceed to an important near-by city of Santorini. Santorini is bestowed with interesting set of attractions like Kamari Village, Ancient Thira, Ammoudi Bay. A holiday in Oia can generally be of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Oia*

  • Oia: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Oia for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Oia.

    • Burglary and Theft 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.67 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 8.33 (Very Low)
  • Living in Oia - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 91.15 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 98.06 (Very High)
    • Cost of Living Index 85.71 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.87 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 73.58 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Oia

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Oia

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.4 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.81 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 49.07 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 97.73 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 108.36 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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