Oia is located on the edge of a high cliff, so access to the beaches from it is somewhat difficult. Flat beaches with easy access to the sea are located on the other side of the island – from the north and east. Despite this, tourists who chose Oia as a place to stay can also enjoy swimming in the sea. However, this requires a short walk or renting a means of transport.
One of the most beautiful beaches on the whole island, and located relatively close to the town of Oia is Katharos Beach (more information: Katharos Beach). It is located northwest of Oia, about 1.5 km (1 mile) from the city center (about 20 minutes on foot).
A little further, a few kilometers from Oia there are beaches located on the northern shore of the island – Mavropetra, Baxedes and Koloumpos. Their undoubted advantage is that they are long and relatively empty, even in the season (more information: Mavropetra, Baxedes and Koloumpos).