After doing a ton of research on Santorini and the best places to stay, my husband and I decided on Oia. And after visiting most of the other towns on the island, we thought we made the right choice. Imerovigli was SUPER quiet, with many places either closed for the season or under construction (we went in late October to early November). Fira felt a little too bustling for us. In Oia, we got beautiful sunrises and sunsets daily, lots of walking, and got to stay right amongst the blue domes and whitewashed cave houses. In fact, our Air BnB was, in fact, a cave house.
One of our favorite places to hang out in the house was the CAVE SOFA! This rental had a bedroom, living room, tiny cave kitchen, bathroom, and an outdoor private jacuzzi.
From the from balcony area, you can see two out of the three blue domes in Oia and a sweeping view of the sea. Every morning, we could get up, pop out the door, and watch the most gorgeous cotton candy sunrise. We were also able to watch the sunset from the privacy of our rental house, a far cry more comfortable than battling it out Hunger Games-style at the castle ruins.
This house is literally about two staircases away from the main street, and about a 1 minute “climb” to one of our favorite restaurants, Lotza. It’s also just enough off of the main area that you have a fair amount of privacy.
We used our private outdoor jacuzzi EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. What better way to end the night than to sip Santorini wine and watch the sun set over the water.
We loved being able to stay in a traditional cave house with the cute little wooden windows and doors. It just gave us a unique experience rather than staying in a hotel. Even though it felt like we had stepped back in time, the house came equipped with modern conveniences like a fridge, stove, and air conditioning.
Our host Harris was great. He helped us arrange airport transfers, met us at the post office, carried our bags, and had great recommendations for the area.
Because the cave house’s bathroom is in the back of the cave and ventilation isn’t the best, those sensitive to moisture in the air might have difficulty.
The house came with shampoo and body wash, but no lotion or other amenities, so be sure to pack your own.
All in all, we loved our stay in our little cave house. It provided a peaceful home base for our four night stay in Oia.