For many tourists visiting Santorini, long before arriving at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites and Spa, the charming Ammoudi Bay with its harbor is the first thing to see on the island. It is a picturesque spot, surrounded by steep cliffs, one of the ideal destinations to observe the famous Santorini sunset, and to enjoy authentic local cuisine. There are several traditional tavernas here, where the “catch of the day” is always the favorite of the patrons.
The Ammoudi Bay is the place to rent a donkey to take you on a tour up to Oia. It is also a harbor for many of the vessels that offer cruises on the Caldera. There’s also a hidden beach if you want to lay in the sun enjoying the breeze under the cliffs. The popular beach of Amoudi Bay is just below the village of Oia, in a cove that overlooks the caldera. It can be reached climbing down 214 steps, or by donkey. The scenic red beach of Amoudi is enclosed by picturesque snow-white buildings, a small harbor, and the excellent taverns that are located right by the sea. The castle of Oia is close to the beach too, and the church of Aghios Nikolaos offers an interesting site for a deep dive into the crystal clear waters of the Caldera.