Just enough… New Year’s Eve in Oia – Santorini

It’s sunset time…New Year’s Eve. Soon there will be parties, fireworks and all kinds of noisy celebrations. Champagne will flow, music will play and people will seemingly lose their minds as the countdown finishes. The way to see in the new year has become an unrivalled annual event and millions of people around the world try their damnedest to outdo each other (if not themselves) with celebrations every year.

But… who says you have to be with 400,000 people to enjoy New Year’s Eve?  There is fun to be had at such events…for sure, and for a lot of people NYE wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for the massive crowds, fireworks and mayhem. But is it the only way to celebrate the new year?

In trying to set this up for you… the video below was taken on NYE at the old Venetian fort in Oia. The night was perfectly still… a tapestry of silky white clouds was rolling in and it was a full moon. With the exception of a young couple that made an appearance for a few minutes there was nobody else there at sunset… something that would seem inconceivable to anyone that has visited Oia during summer. So there we were, a glass of wine… some nice soft music and this:

(the music lasts a little longer than the video so as you can enjoy listening while you read the rest of the post)

The vista was sublime and the whole village was absolutely silent. Even for us that live here… the scene was breathtaking.

After sunset it wasn’t long before the bright full moon peaking through the clouds was creating images that photographers only dream about.

There was no noise…no crowds, no fireworks. Just us… enjoying the most surreal combination of natural beauty overhead, along with the haunting charm of a beautiful village at peace with itself.

It’s times like these that you find yourself thinking – “I know there are better places in the world… I just can’t think of them right now!”

Midnight came… and went. A sip of wine, some nice music, full moon reflecting on the caldera below. Just enough…


17 responses to “Just enough… New Year’s Eve in Oia – Santorini

  1. Those pictures are so beautiful Michael, you had the perfect place to be for the New Year. We can only vacation in the winter, I think I know where I want to spend New Years one of these years (soon I hope). All the best, Sheila

    • you could certainly do a lot worse Sheila. It’s very very quiet here… but as long as you are ok with yourself…its blissful ;-)

  2. A gorgeous post…the video, the music, and the photos. For me, this is exactly what I want on NYears eve. I did, in fact, spend it in solitude, but not with a view. What a wonderful and soothing beginning to the new year. Lucky you. And, if I haven’t told you already, Happy 2010 to you and your family.


  3. A perfect eve to start the New Year.

  4. Perfect as ever,congratulations on the beautiful pictures and video and your excellent choice of music.
    Very best wishes for 2010.

  5. I love Santorini…for me Oia is the village most beautiful of the world …we was in Oia 3 years ago…in Katikies Hotel…in april…it was gorgeous…¡¡¡¡ …fantastic…. I follow ..always your blog…¡¡¡¡ Berta

  6. sublime ! i think i would sit too like these people and just enjoy the view with or without fireworks on New Year’s Eve…
    thank you for these few minutes of bliss, Michael !

    • they were only there for a few minutes Lala… we had the place to ourselves the whole evening/night. It is incredible if you knew how many people are there in summer…
      Blissful indeed…
      Talk soon ;-)

  7. Spectacular, I especially love the last three pictures, just gorgeous… what a wonderful new years gift to us all! yamas! ; ) … is that right?

  8. yia sou to you and family miss A… btw I havent told you but I looooove what Iv seen of your city. On my “must visit” list for the US.

  9. Oh, I hope you do get to SA if you get back to the U.S, Ry at Sotto Il Monte truly did out little city justice… it’s a fun place to live… ya’ll get here and we’ll show you the time of your lives!

  10. Michael, I am stunned! Speechless. Such hauntingly beautiful images move me to silence and awe. Perfect! The music was lovely … the photographs of the moon lit village… stellar and award wining. Congratulations! Carol

    • thank you Carol…you’re too kind. It was one of those nights…a photographer’s dream and I was lucky enough to be out there to witness it and capture it with my lil cam ;-)

  11. Love your story and pics. . It is Dec. 31, 2016 and my wife and I are on a few day vacation, in a cave house in Oia. I found your article while researching “What to do” tonight for New Years Eve.
    I think we will get a bottle of wine and quietly bring in the new year.

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