Ammoudi Bay is a hidden gem known for its breathtaking red cliffs, charming fish taverns, and unique atmosphere. It stands as one of the most captivating attractions in Oia!

It is located 278 steps below the white-washed town of Oia. In the past, Ammoudi played a vital role as a transshipment port, housing warehouses important for trade and commerce. However, the earthquake of July 1956 left its mark on Ammoudi by causing significant damage. In the 1970s, the Greek Tourist Organization initiated the restoration of these buildings and built a picturesque promenade along Ammoudi Bay, extending up to the small island of Agios Nikolaos Peramataris, approximately 800 meters.

Nowadays, Ammoudi Bay buzzes with activity as boat tours arrive and depart throughout the day. A variety of catamarans transport tourists to witness the volcanic wonders, swim in the therapeutic hot springs, explore the caldera cliffs and beaches, and view the enchanting sunset on the extremely popular sunset cruises.

How to get to Ammoudi Bay?

To reach Ammoudi Bay, visitors have two distinct options:

  • The Staircase Descent: A steep but walkable staircase descends from just below the Oia castle to the bay. Each step is wide, though the surfaces can be uneven at times. This path is suitable for those willing to embrace a physical challenge, but it may not be ideal for those who are dressed up. Fancy shoes or flip-flops are not recommended. It's important to note that there is no shade from the Mediterranean sun during the descent, and caution is required to avoid stepping on donkey droppings, which can be found in the lower half of the staircase.
  • Taxi/Transfer Convenience: For those seeking a more comfortable journey, taxis and transfers provide a convenient alternative. However, it's recommended to book a transfer service in advance.

  • Additionally, travelers who have rented cars or ATVs for island exploration can drive to Ammoudi Bay, where a small parking area can be found near the bay. However, it's worth noting that the road down to the bay is narrow and the car park tends to fill up quickly, making early arrival advisable for those seeking parking.

    What is the best time of the day to visit Ammoudi?

    Ammoudi Bay reveals all its beauty during the evening, especially at sunset. The most popular time to visit is at night when visitors can enjoy dinner at one of the area's tavernas while witnessing the spectacular Santorini sunset.

    Alternatively, for those interested in swimming near the bay or indulging in some cliff jumping, visiting earlier in the day when the sun is at its peak is recommended. While Ammoudi Bay lacks a traditional beach, it is a favored spot for those seeking cliff-jumping experiences.

    What to do in Ammoudi?

    Many visitors come to Ammoudi Bay for its well-known spectacular sunset views.

    The winding path along the bay offers unique spots to enjoy the sunset away from the crowds. However, one of the most remarkable options is to embark on a sailing tour around the Caldera. This offers a romantic and intimate sunset viewing experience, whether you opt for a Semi-Private cruise or book a Private cruise exclusively for your group.

    For swimming lovers, Armeni Bay, a short walk through the bay, is a popular destination. Here, you can not only enjoy a dip in the cool waters but also engage in exhilarating cliff jumps. Armeni Bay also boasts a small pebble beach, perfect for sunbathing between refreshing swims.

    Where to eat in Ammoudi?

    One of the main attractions of Ammoudi Bay is its traditional Greek tavernas.

    Even though the menu is similar they are quite worthing not only for their fresh food but also for their stunning views. The atmosphere is exceptional, with diners seated just feet from the water, and the guests savoring refreshing drinks and authentic Mediterranean meals.

    While the tavernas in Ammoudi Bay share similarities, two that stand out as crowd favorites are Ammoudi Fish Tavern and Dimitris Ammoudi Tavern, both renowned for their exceptional offerings and unforgettable dining experiences.

    Important note: During the summer months, making lunch/dinner reservations in advance is advisable to secure a table with a view.

    Explore the enchanting beauty of Ammoudi Bay in Santorini. Immerse yourself in crystal-clear waters, delicious seafood, and stunning sunsets. Plan your visit today for a slice of Greek paradise!

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