Events & Activities


Santorini Cycling: An Exciting Mountain Biking Adventure

Profoundly volcanic with no plains, Santorini is a great destination for mountain biking. Nothing spells adventure more than exploring its landscapes by mountain bike. Experienced cyclists will enjoy climbing to the highest peaks for sweeping 360° views of the sea or excellent views of the sunset over the caldera. Don’t worry if you are not an experienced cyclist: there are also accessible routes, perfect for couples to adventure in a sunset-gazing adventure.

Oia for Fashionistas: Destinations for Savvy Shoppers

Oia is one of those splendid little places that turn every random tourist into an avid photographer. As you walk down its narrow streets, you will see almost every other tourist snapping mementos with a smartphone or a camera. Many tourist guides will highlight the landmarks of the town, but what do you do when you are addicted to fashion and shopping is your second nature?

Oia for Fashion Shoppers

Don’t worry: it may be on an island, but Oia is no stranger of fashion trends. It is, after all, visited by some of the worlds most famous actors and VIPs, who don’t come here just for the sunset, but also to find things that are not easily available in other parts of the world. When you explore Oia’s fashion addresses, you will discover some of these gems too, some truly budget-friendly.

International brands at Ammos

Ammos may be a chain, but its Oia branch rocks a variety of premium brands that appeal to international fashionistas in-the-know: Wild Fox, Moncler, Missoni, Dsquared, Diane von Furstenberg, Hale Bob, Mes Demoiselles, Rivieras, Vilbrequin, and many others, in addition to original Greek brands.

Find Greek clothing at Spilia

One of the true fashion finds of the town, Spilia – The Cave is a boutique in one of the classical living caves of Oia. Their unique setting is the perfect stage for the authentic Greek clothing items available in store.

Dress for the summer with Mov&May

For trendy fashion, check out MOV&MAY, which is ideally found at the beginning of the main pedestrian street of Oia, near the Aghios Georgios church. They have all kinds of sun hats, sunglasses, bags, and fashion for him and her, in cheerful colors, perfect for exploring sunny Oia.

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Say “Open Sesame”

Another good destination for clothing, but also for gifts and local crafts, is Άνοιξε Σουσάμι (Open Sesame). They have handmade clothes, as well as handmade jewelry with lava stones, as well as shoes and leather goods by Greek manufacturers.

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Exclusive fashion with Kalderimi

Stroll and find Kalderimi in Oia if you want authentic designer fashion. The store reflects the spirit of the island, offering linen clothing that is beautiful, comfy, and functional, kaftans, pareos, and fashion by designer Katerina Sorotou.


As you explore Oia, you will find many other small boutiques, some not necessarily specializing in clothing, but still offering small accessories perfect to make your favorite outfit stand out: scarves, shoes, purses, sun glasses, and so on. Please refer to our other shopping recommendations for jewelry, art, and crafts.

Shopping in Oia: the Top 10 Shops to Find Unique Souvenirs

Besides being one of the most photographed destinations on Santorini, Oia is also one of the best spots to shop: it has a multitude of boutiques on its labyrinthine streets,  many offering high quality leather goods, arts and crafts, authentic produce, spices, ethnic souvenirs, jewelry, embroidery, rugs, and textiles.

For beautiful creations made of glass, reflecting the Cycladic art, visit Replica, a shop specializing in Hellenic art. All objects in their store are handmade and unique. They offer frescoes in any size, reproductions of vases from the middle Mnemossyne GalleryArchaic period (ca. 580-535 B.C.) to the early classical period (ca. 470 B.C.), Sgrafito ceramics, masks, and a unique collection of handmade glass. You can also order your favorite objects directly on their website.

Mnemossyne Gallery on Ploiarhon Street sells Greek jewelry handmade by local artists. They also have a unique collection of fine art photography by photographers such as Pavlina Mavropoulou, Andrea Motta, Elena Dika-Kaprissi, and others.

Another good store offering handmade jewelry is Athens Protasis. This, however, is a chain, with stores in many other Greek destinations. Still, everything they offer is handmade, designed, and manufactured in Greece.

Beautiful local jewelry display at Eponymo.

Eponymo is the largest shop in Santorini that carries gold and silver jewelry from famous local artists. You will find also original mosaics, oil paintings, antiques, silver items, replicas of ancient Greek ceramics, hand painted wood objects, mirrors, and much more.

Poniros is another must-visit for outstanding jewelry design. Yiorgos and Fotis Poniros conquered the Vatican with their unique and award worthy designs. Yiorgos’s Akrotiri Collection is outstanding. The artist decorated his pieces with white and black diamonds, inspired by his great respect and love for the art and the Greek civilization. “The Jewellery Studio” by Poniros in Oia houses signature jewelry designs of the artisan, which are inspired by the beauty and tradition of Santorini.

For gifts and souvenirs, Nammidi Art Shop is a good choice. They also have a cute collection of paintings of Oia and other Santorini landmarks.

For handmade religious wood artifacts, Art Works Wood Carving is a must: here you can see the Mageiras brothers at work, carving crosses and other religious objects.

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Colorful crosses and religious objects at Art Works Wood Carving.

Epilekton is a great destination for antiques and vintage objects. They also have local art and souvenirs, but there are also treasures from all over the world on their shelves.

Epilekton – a tasteful little store.

For trendy fashion, check out MOV&MAY, which is ideally found at the beginning of the main pedestrian street of Oia, near the Aghios Georgios church. They have all kinds of sun hats, sunglasses, bags, and fashion for him and her, in cheerful colors, perfect for exploring sunny Oia.

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And finally, Atlantis Books offers an exclusive range of books, including their own “The Atlantis Books Guide to Santorini,” with general advice on best behavior on the island, suggested day-trip itineraries and how to make the most of any holiday in Santorini.