Perched on the cliffs of the scenic Oia, “Fotinos Houses” is a whitewashed very small traditional complex , offering self-catering units with spectacular views over the caldera-sea-sunset and the island of Thirasia from their private terraces. In a neighborhood full of good eating and drinking choices in close distance and the bus stop within a three minutes walk. “Fotinos Houses” owner is there to assist and advice you for anything that you might need to discover the best of Santorini.
Like a house out of an island’s fairytale, “Fotinos Houses” is a two-unit property that offers astonishing views of the Aegean Sea, the caldera and the famous sunset. Many artists have painted these houses and you will find them in many images of Santorini around the world.
In this houses’ area the movie “Summer Lovers” shot in 1982.
Santorini, along the cliff of Oia, houses have been delved into the porous volcanic rock (left over from a large volcanic explosion many years ago that sunk the center of the island). Parts of these houses are visible and the scenery that results from it is generally perceived as being typically Greek.
The town is noted for its picturesque architecture, unique for its blend of relatively large (for the town´s space) medieval Venetian houses (dubbed “kapetanea” gr: “καπετανέα” – as they belonged to the captains) with small incave village homes, called “yposkafa” (gr: “υπόσκαφα”, caved-in) which were the housing form of the rest of the town´s population. This is a reminiscent of the age of Venetian rule over the island. Other attributes of this era are the large Catholic population as well as the medieval fortifications to protect from pirates. To this day laws protect the natural and architectural beauty of the town from modern manifestations, such as public electrical wires.Oia remains one of the foremost tourist attractions of the Aegean Sea.
The famous Oia sunset, considered by many as one of the most beautiful in the world, keeps tourists flocking down to the castle, waiting for the moment when the sun slips down on the calm sea of the caldera. Tourists are often told that the fishing docks at Oia are the oldest continually used docks in the world, supposedly being in service for 3000 years. While an interesting bit of tourist trivia, no evidence is supplied to validate the claim.
Oia (ia), Santorini island. Although a tourist spot, oia remains an exceptionally artistic, hardly touched site. It is the part of the island least affected by tourism. The location of “Fotinos Houses” in the central part of village is very peacefull and quite, as it looks direcly to the breathtaking blue color of the aegean sea, the amazing and world famous caldera and sunset view. The houses are located in the castle of oia. The neighborhood is called fanari, as the houses are right next to “Fanari” restaurant. Very close to the house you will find also the “Kastro” restaurant.