The famous village of Oia clings to the top of Santorini’s volcanic cliffs that plunge dramatically for 400 meters or more down to the sea.Oia’s main road is laid with marble and is decorated by impressive captains’ mansions, the majority though of the village’s houses are cave-houses built into the volcanic rock belonging once to the crewmembers of ships. By overcoming the catastrophes caused by the economic decline, the earthquake and explosions of the volcano, Oia is now bursting with life, a cosmopolitan village preserving a special charm of times past.