270° Oia’s View – Family-friendly, luxury villas and cave houses, all with private swimming pools, in a secluded area near Oia.
270° Oia’s View offers four gorgeous villas with two or four bedrooms, and three cave houses that can be either a studio or a one-bedroom. Each spacious unit includes at least one cave-style bedroom, a full kitchen, a large garden patio, and a private swimming pool. The homes all feature pristine Cycladic design along with contemporary, minimalistic furnishings and fun extras, such as antique telescopes or binoculars. Family-friendly amenities include high-chairs, cribs, and pool floats. The location is within walking distance of Oia and Finikia villages, but removed from the crowds of the tourist zone. The property boasts gorgeous sunset views toward the caldera, but it is not in the caldera.
270° Oia’s View – Location
The villas face toward the caldera just behind the Oia-Fira Trail, though they are not in the caldera. The property sits just south of Finikia village, one of the very first medieval settlements on the island. The area is much more private and quiet than anywhere inside Oia, but it may feel a little remote to some. There are several fantastic restaurants and a bus stop within a 10-minute walk of the hotel, while Oia’s best-known attractions are about 20 to 25 minutes’ walk away.
• How to Get There:
The villas are situated right along the main road connecting Oia and Fira, near the walking trail, making it easy to get to whether arriving by bus, taxi, or driving yourself. It is approximately 18km from the Athinios ferry port and the Santorini Airport to the hotel, though they are in different directions.
There are always buses waiting at the ferry port for every ferry arrival, as well as buses departing hourly from Santorini Airport. There are no direct buses from the port or airport to Oia, however; buses from both locations go to Fira, where you must then board a different bus to Oia – the entire trip from the port or airport to Oia will take at least an hour and cost about €5 in total. Tickets are purchased on the bus, in cash only. The nearest bus stop is near the entrance to Finikia village, a 3-minute walk northeast.
Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis serving the whole island, so there is often a wait; schedule a ride through a private car service in advance to avoid this (I use and recommend Welcome Pickups). Taxis on Santorini are not metered, so be sure to agree on a price with the driver before setting out. A taxi from the airport to 270 Oia’s View will cost roughly €35 to €40. A taxi from the ferry port to the hotel will cost around €35 to €40. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more – about $60 (or €50), but is worth it to avoid the wait and for the convenience of paying ahead.
For those who prefer to drive themselves, we recommend renting a car either at the airport on arrival, or in Fira. The road from the ferry port is steep and narrow, with many tricky switchbacks, large trucks, and buses. Leave that for the locals to navigate. We strongly recommend reserving a vehicle in advance, especially if you require automatic transmission. Upon arrival at the hotel, 270 Oia’s View offers free parking onsite (a major perk).
270° Oia’s View – The Basics
- Ages: This is a family-friendly property, and all ages are allowed. Guests tend to be a good mix of families on vacation (especially in the summer months), and couples celebrating honeymoons or anniversaries.
- Beach: The closest swimming spot (though it is not a proper beach) is at Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, 2.3 kilometers (35-minute walk) from the hotel. This is a popular spot for swimming and cliff diving, though it’s too rocky and small to do much lounging. Ammoudi Bay is the main port of Oia, and is served by several spectacular seafood restaurants. It’s a steep trek down and back again, but it’s relatively easy to catch a cab at the bottom to bring you back up the hill. (Buy a snack at one of the restaurants, and the waiter will be happy to call one for you.)
- View: The hotel takes its name from the 270° view of Oia and the caldera. All villas and cave houses have sunset views of the caldera from their patios, though the hotel is not directly on the caldera.
- Kitchen: All villas and cave houses have a full kitchen.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All villas and cave houses have an outdoor, unheated, private pool.
- Parking: Free parking onsite.
- Extras: Kitchen is stocked with breakfast essentials on arrival.
- When to Book: The hotel operates from April 1 to October 31. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during the high season from June through September, and about 3 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +30 22860 72246, +30 21072 97267
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: 270oiasview.com
270° Oia’s View – Amenities
- Pool: No shared pool. All units have their own private pool.
- Spa: No spa, but they can arrange in-room or offsite spa and salon services.
- Fitness Center: No gym.
- For Disabled Guests: There are fewer stairs here than in the nearby caldera properties, but no elevators. Many villas are divided into 2 floors or have lofts. Cave houses are all 1-level, and are suitable options for those with mild mobility issues, but none of the units are wheelchair accessible.
- For Families: This is an all-ages property, and most villas and cave houses sleep 4 to 10 guests. It has fewer stairs than most hotels in the area. Family amenities include high chairs, cribs, and pool floats on request.
- Activities: A host of activities can be arranged for an additional price: wine tours and tastings, sailing, helicopter tours, donkey tours, scuba diving, and more.
270° Oia’s View – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: No restaurant. This is a self-catering property. However, they can arrange a private chef for an additional price.
- Lounge/Bar: No bar.
- Breakfast: Basic breakfast supplies are included in each room at check in.
- Room Service: No room service.
270° Oia’s View – Rooms
- Room Types: House I (2-bedroom villa, 2 floors) • House II (4-bedroom villa, 2 floors + loft) • House III (4-bedroom villa, 2 floors + loft) • House IV (2-bedroom villa, 2 floors) • Cavehouse V (1-bedroom, 1 floor) • Cavehouse VI (studio, 1 floor) • Cavehouse VII (1-bedroom, 1 floor)
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed inside any of the villas. Smoking is allowed on the private terraces, and in outdoor common areas.
- Best Room: The best room for couples is Cavehouse VII. This is the largest of their cave houses with 70 sqm of interior space. This romantic house has a king-sized bed adjacent to the living room, a separate bedroom with a queen-sized bed, and 2 bathrooms. The living room has a skylight, letting sunshine stream in onto the little olive tree planted inside. Its private pool is mostly open to the sun, with a covered portion dug into the natural lava rock to make a small cave.
- For Families: The best room for families is House II. This is the largest villa, boasting 125 sqm spread over 2 floors and a loft, with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 2 living rooms. The master bedroom has a king bed and ensuite bathroom; 2 bedrooms can have 1 king or 2 single beds and have their own ensuite bathrooms; the loft bedroom has 1 queen and 1 single bed. The pool is fully open to the sun.
270° Oia’s View – Local Transport
- Walking: The hotel is located near the entrance to Finikia village, but up the hill and overlooking the caldera. Walk 15 minutes west to get to the marble pedestrian path that leads to the center of Oia, where you’ll find an endless choice of restaurants, shops, and attractions, as well as the Oia Bus Terminal. Head north to find the traditional village Finikia, which has a couple of great restaurants (8-minute walk) and Sigalas winery (20-minute walk). The Oia Castle ruins are 29 minutes away, while Ammoudi Bay is just 5 more minutes past the castle at the bottom of the caldera.
- Bus: The Finikia Bus Stop is near the entrance to Finikia village, a 3-minute walk northeast on the main street in front of Alonistra Oia Houses. Most buses that serve Oia also serve Finikia, except for the Baxedes bus which takes the northern route around. Buses here serve all of the major villages and beaches on the island, often with a change in Fira. Tickets are bought on board and range from €1.80 to €2.50 per person in the daytime, depending on the route. Night buses (12:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.) run less frequently and cost a little more, from €2.30 to €3.10. Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 23 public buses serving the island.
- Taxis: The nearest taxi stand is at Stathmos Taxi, near the Oia Bus Terminal, 22 minutes from the villas. There is often a wait here as there are only 25 taxis serving the entire island (with guests from about 1,000 hotels, villas, and Airbnbs). Book ahead to avoid the wait, plus you can have them meet you at the Finikia Parking lot, which is much closer. There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate to Fira is €20, and to the airport runs about €35 to €40.
- Scooters/Motorcycles: Just don’t, unless you’re Evel Knievel! Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, it can be very dangerous. The roads here are zigzagging, hilly, narrow, and have sheer drop offs with no guardrails and no street lights in most areas. Lots of dirt roads and potholes.
- ATVs: This is a super popular mode of transportation with tourists, but the locals absolutely hate them. They move too slowly and hold up traffic in an area where getting around is already a hassle. ATVs with smaller motors have been banned from the roads, and a full ban is expected to pass soon.
270° Oia’s View – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Lefkes: Cozy, romantic restaurant in a converted wine cellar in the charming Finikia village. 7-minute walk.
- Meze Meze: Friendly Greek restaurant ideal for a casual, romantic night out or a hearty lunch away from the crowds of Oia. Great sunset views from the terrace (over the Aegean, not the caldera). 8-minute walk.
- Anemomilos Restaurant: Located next to the hotel of the same name; refreshingly local vibe, not touristy at all. Great food, friendly atmosphere. 10-minute walk.
- Melitini: 100% Greek menu using local Santorinian, Cycladic, and Greek ingredients only. Quaint, cozy interior and stellar caldera views from the rooftop terrace. 17-minute walk.
- Domaine Sigalas: There is a wonderful al fresco restaurant at the vineyard, serving tapas and wine by the glass or flights. 20-minute walk.
- PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 21-minute walk.
- Candouni: Cozy, family-owned restaurant with live, Greek music and absolutely delicious food. 23-minute walk.
- Roka: Authentic Santorinian menu with solid dishes, especially the meatballs and octopus. 24-minute walk.
- Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 24-minute walk.
- Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Each of these waterfront restaurants is phenomenal, offering the freshest fish on the island. The steep 35-minute walk down takes longer coming back up, but your waiter will be happy to call you a cab.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Fino Cocktail Bar & Restaurant: The best cocktails in Santorini. Plus, inspired Mediterranean food and an extensive wine list. 22-minute walk.
- Sunset Sangria Bar: Chill spot for sangria, cocktails, and tapas with excellent sunset views (though not of the caldera). 23-minute walk.
- Marykay’s Bar/Hassapiko: The only nightlife in Oia, this is where to go for dancing, as they regularly host live bands and DJs. 24-minute walk.
Best Nearby Cafes
- Mes Amis: Amazing little spot on a covered patio looking over the caldera. Super casual, fantastic views, and great food. 10-minute walk.
- Passaggio: The best coffee in Santorini, solid breakfast, killer cocktails, and pretty okay sunset views from the balcony, just a little back from the caldera. 15-minute walk.
- Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. Turns into a bar at night. 25-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Soho-Soho: Large collection of well-known, luxury-brand clothing and accessories for men and women. 20-minute walk.
- BLOW by Labro: High-end designer boutique with unique pieces. 21-minute walk.
- Bligaki: Santorinian accessories, especially jewelry and bags, mostly handmade. 21-minute walk.
- It’s a Beautiful Day: Greek-designed clothing and luxury-brand accessories. 23-minute walk.
- Atlantis Books: Widely considered to be the best bookstore in the world. Nat Geo calls it a “Destination of a Lifetime”. 24-minute walk.
- B.Loose: Greek-made, casual linens for men and women. 24-minute walk.
- Steps to Art: Truly unique metal sculptures, replicas inspired by Akrotiri, and jewelry made with volcanic sand and watch parts. 26-minute walk.
- Spilia Cave Greek Clothing: Handmade, leather sandals, cotton and linen Greek clothes, located in one of the original living caves of Oia. 26-minute walk.
- Domaine Sigalas: Santorini’s top winery, offering tours, tastings, and tapas. 20-minute walk.
- Church of Panagia of Platsani: The most iconic church in Santorini, beautiful inside and out. 23-minute walk.
- Museum of Ancient, Byzantine Musical Instruments: Faithful replicas of Greek instruments dating from the prehistoric through Byzantine eras. 25-minute walk.
- Maritime Museum: Small museum focused on Greek naval and Santorinian seafaring history. Only €3 to enter. 26-minute walk.
- Castle of Agios Nikolaos (aka Oia Castle aka Byzantine Castle Ruins): The medieval castle ruins are the most popular sunset viewpoint on the island. 29-minute walk.
- Ammoudi Bay: Best known for its fresh fish restaurants, Ammoudi is the rocky port of Oia; boats sail to Thirassia and cruise the caldera from here. It’s an incredibly popular spot for cliff diving, and is one of the best places to swim on the island. 35-minute walk.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Mini Market: Near Santorini Mou Tavern. 4-minute walk
- Perivolas Market: Perivolas Market: Small store with a decent selection of drinks, wine, and bread. 11-minute walk.
- Elliniki Diatrofi Supermarket: Great selection of local cheeses, wine, liquor, fresh produce, and staples. Open until after midnight, sometimes as late as 2:00 a.m. 21-minute walk.
- Proton Supermarket: Small market, but usually has the best prices. This is where most locals shop in the area. 22-minute walk.
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