Tourists vie for the best vantage points and cheer as evening spectacle unfolds in its golden glory
By Loraine Whysall, For Vancouver Sun; Canwest News Service March 14, 2009
It's a nightly ritual in the town of Oia, on the Greek island of Santorini, for people to gather at twilight to watch the sunset.
This is no ordinary going down of the sun. The sun dips out of sight, of course, the same way it does each night. But in Oia it is a unique spectacle for a few reasons, mostly related to the uniqueness of this very special location.
First, people view the sunset from the switchbacks of tiny streets and terraces on a cliff about 300 metres above sea level at the north end of the island.
This location feels like it is far away from the rest of the world, as on a mountain top -- but mercifully you are spared the labour of a climb to get there.
Second, spread out before you, and all around you, is the vast expanse of the Aegean Sea with unimpeded views for miles of beautiful, calm, blue water.
The setting alone makes the sunset in Oia one of most impressive natural spectacles the world has to offer....