The second most important settlement in Santorini, Oia, is a lovely traditional village located at the North side of the island. Because of its location locals call it also Apano Meria, which means the upper side or the upper place. It has been declared as a traditional settlement to be preserved by the Greek National Tourism Office mostly because of the special way the houses have been built. Most of the houses are domed caves carved through the volcanic rocks of caldera cliff and provide ideal conditions both for summer and winter.
Photo taken at Oía, Kikladhes, Greece