Oia is a breathtaking village that lures travelers from all over the world to this famous Greek island. Yet, set just below the cliffs on Santorini is a stunning place called Amoudi Bay you can’t miss! This is a small collection of restaurants and colorful buildings that will be the perfect addition to your Santorini itinerary. Stop into Amoudi Bay for a fresh fish lunch or head down for sunset drinks after exploring Oia! Here’s all you need to know before your trip to the fabulous Amoudi Bay.
About Amoudi Bay Santorini
Before mass tourism, Amoudi Bay in Santorini was used primarily as a fishing and transport hub. However, the droves of travelers coming to see this one-of-a-kind island led to some great restaurants filling the bay!
Set under the bright red volcanic rock cliffs is the clear blue water of Amoudi Bay Santorini. Looking up further you’ll see the remarkable white and blue buildings of Oia town.
Many tourists don’t even venture down to Amoudi Bay… Yet, if you don’t you’re making a big mistake! This cute port is totally worth seeing up close.
Hike Down to Amoudi Bay Santorini
Depending on where you are in Oia, you may not immediately see the way down to Amoudi Bay. Nevertheless, there are a set of almost 300-wide stone steps that will lead you down to the ocean.
The steps down to Amoudi Bay in Santorini are not very steep. Just make sure you save some energy for the way back up!
Also, be careful of stepping in donkey droppings that sometimes frequent the steps. This is actually one of the reasons we highly recommend wearing shoes over flip-flops.
If you’re not feeling the Amoudi Bay hike you can get there by car! Taxis go down the road all day from Oia and cost about 10 Euros.
Just always double-check the prices before getting in the vehicle. Amoudi Bay is also where many boat tours run from or stop as part of the excursion.
Amoudi Bay Restaurants
The main draw to this area of Santorini is undoubtedly the Amoudi Bay restaurants. Here you can sample some fresh seafood that’s caught daily and brought into the port.
There are a few different restaurants mostly serving similar dishes, and all with beautiful views of the ocean. The first time we visited the port we got a great lunch.
However, if you plan to come at the peak sunset hours it’s a good idea to make a reservation. Especially for a table right on the water!
Here are the names of the Amoudi Bay restaurants listed from right to left to right. As long as you aren’t visiting when it’s super busy take a walk around and check out the different menus for yourself.
- Dimitris Taverna
- Sunset Ammoudi by Paraskevas
- Cool Cave (Ice Cream & Coffee)
- Katina Fish Tavern
- Ammoudi Fish Tavern
Can You Swim in Amoudi Bay?
Unlike many other Greek islands, Santorini is not known for its beaches. Still, there are some fun and unique places to swim like Amoudi Bay! Walking to the left past the Amoudi Bay restaurants you’ll find a path wraps around the corner of the cliffside.
From there you’ll see the tiny Saint Nicholas island just off the shore. This is where there are usually people swimming on a hot summer day. For adventurous travelers, you can even swim out to the small island to do some cliff jumping.
Have any questions about Amoudi Bay Santorini or want to share your own tips for Oia town? Let us know in the comments below!
Brigitte & Jake
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