Oia is not a big town, but we can distinguish several parts:
- I Geitonia Ton Karavokyraion (Greek: Η Γειτονια Των Καραβοκυραιων) – literally translated “neighborhood of captains”, the northern part of the village, also called Sideras (Greek Σιδεράς). In this part of the city we can admire the residences of captains – Kapetanospita (read more: Kapetanospita), elegant villas in the Renaissance and neoclassical styles, belonging to the rich inhabitants of Oia, mainly ship owners.
- I Geitonia Ton Pliromaton (Greek: Η Γειτονια Των Πληρωματων) – literally translated “neighborhood of the crews” – houses stretched along the caldera Hyposkapha (more information: Hyposkapha).
- Fanári or Garmpiés Mýloi (Greek Φανάρι / Γαρμπινοί Μύλοι) – the part of Oia above the port of Ammoudi. The names come from the lighthouse located nearby (Fanári is literally a traffic light) and windmills (Μύλοι are mills). The most characteristic buildings in this district are the church of Agios Paraskevi and the church of Agios Aikaterini.
- Goulas (Greek Γουλάς) – part of Oia, which now houses the castle ruins and the beginning of the stairs to the port of Amoudi. It is the oldest part of the village, a former Venetian district. It was destroyed during the earthquake in 1956. The name comes from the Turkish word “kulesi” meaning tower or observatory. The most characteristic buildings are the ruins of the castle, as well as the churches of Agios Pantes (from the caldera side), Taxiarches and Agia Triada (by the stairs to Ammoudi). A large part of the castle and the characteristic Panagia Platsani church collapsed during the 1956 earthquake.
- Lótza (Greek Λότζα) – the central part of Oia running along the caldera. The name comes from the Italian word “loggia” meaning “lodge”. During the reign of Venetians there was a club for aristocrats in the area. Two characteristic churches – Agios Nikolaos and Panagia Metochi are located in this area.
- Monastíri (Greek Μοναστήρι) – a part of the city located below the main square, from the side of the caldera. We can find there the churches of Agia Anastasis and Agios Spyridonas.
- Perivolas (Greek Περίβολας) or I Geitonia Ton Agroton Tou Perivola (Greek Η Γειτονια Των Αγροτων Του Περιβολα – literally translated “the neighborhood of farmers Perivolas” – the district of Oia covering its eastern part (up to the border with Finikia).
More information about the district: Perivolas