Catching the Sunrise in Oia, Santorini

I love a good old sleep in, regardless if I’m on holiday or not…one of the best things about travelling in winter is that sunrise is a lot later…hello 7am sunrise, so I was able to peel myself out of bed and catch the sunrise in Oia on our last day on Santorini.

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Climbing a number of stairs to get the perfect vantage point at Oia Castle, I waited and waited…with a man holding a canon camera…I did wonder if he was going to kill me as we seemed to be the only two people awake on Santorini at the time and I’d left my mobile in the room! (He didn’t obviously…phew!)

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While the sunrise wasn’t the most spectacular I’ve ever seen (the sunset was even less inspiring…sorry Santorini sunset lovers!)…I did love the absolute calmness of just watching the sun rise over the island…

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…and the shadows dancing over the brightly coloured buildings in Oia.

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I wandered around Oia as the sun was rising…

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…walking down stairs….

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…walking up stairs…

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…stalked a cat…

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…it was my favourite time of the day and also the first time in ages that I had actually relaxed…my mind was able to switch off and just enjoy the moment.

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After taking quite a few photos…I popped back to the our accommodation and into my pjs and snuggled up with G before eating a very healthy breakfast of feta cheese, meats and tomatoes…I do love Greece!

Tips for Capturing the Sunrise in Oia, Santorini

  • Check what time sunrise is…simple but easy to forget…along with setting your alarm!
  • Find a great vantage point – Oia Castle is a great vantage point to catch the sunrise and sunset.
  • Look at travelling during the winter months to Santorini as it means you don’t have to get up at sparrows fart to watch the sunrise – this is what to expect if you visit Santorini during winter.
  • If you are visiting Santorini during peak season then I imagine sunrise would be less popular than sunset 
  • All the photos were taken on my Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II (highly recommend purchasing from John Lewis as they will price match!)

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11 Comments

    • December 19, 2016 / 8:43 AM

      It was very peaceful, loved that I saw this side of Santorini xx

    • December 19, 2016 / 8:35 PM

      It was so peaceful and exactly what I needed! xx

    • December 19, 2016 / 11:22 AM

      It was very pretty and worth setting the alarm for!

    • December 20, 2016 / 4:24 PM

      Haha thanks angie…it wasn’t to bad, I can handle a 7am alarm occasionally xx

  1. December 21, 2016 / 5:03 PM

    Lovely pictures! I caught the sunrise in Santorini on my 30th birthday, it was a pretty great way to start the year. We didn’t pick our vantage point very well though… we tried to predict where the sun would rise and got it a bit wrong. Anyway we ended up watching it rise over a very romantic water treatment plant! It was pretty funny. It was a very peaceful experience though and much better than the sunset – agree, completely overrated!
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    • December 29, 2016 / 4:04 PM

      Haha I remember you telling me that story about the water treatment plant…sunrise is actually a good time to head out and about I’ve decided and will do it more on my travels in the future. xx

  2. December 23, 2016 / 6:17 PM

    Gorgeous colours! I’m with you on the joys of a late sunrise in winter. It’s always too much of a struggle to drag myself out of bed otherwise (sleeping tends to win even though I know the photos would be amazing)
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    • December 29, 2016 / 4:01 PM

      I know…I’ve decided summer travelling is overrated…I might as well work through summer and travel through winter when it’s cheaper and the sunrise / sunset times are more for my liking hehe xx