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Hiking Trail Fira - Oia

Address: Firostefani, 847 00, Greece
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Ranked #12 of 133 Activities in Santorini
Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Owner description: This is the most obvious hike you can make on the island of Santorini and it will lead you - if you...
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Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Owner description: This is the most obvious hike you can make on the island of Santorini and it will lead you - if you have not discovered them by now - through the sister villages of Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli, going higher up all the time above the caldera. It then continues through the expanding housing in northern direction and it finally goes to Oia via a really magnificent path. This hike offers many changing views on the volcano, the sea and the caldera. This hike takes two hours and a half (actual walking time), but the total time can reach 4 or 5 hours. It is ideal to leave Firà at about 10am and in this way you will arrive in Oia already between 1 and 2pm. You can then eat in Oia in one of the many bars. In the afternoon you can descend to the little harbour of Ammoudi in Oia. From the bus square in Fira (when you get to Fira by bus) you have to continue to the very busy square of Theotokopoulou. This is the modern centre of Fira with a lot of travel agencies, banks and bars. In the corner, in between the George's Snack Corner and the Pelican travel agency you go left, in the direction of the caldera. You can then take one of the three streets off the right, they all lead towards the higher part of Fira. Once at the Archaeological Museum higher up (this museum is open till 3pm, but not on Mondays), take a left, past the upper station of the cable car. You then go right above the caldera, until the red-brown building higher up that dominates this neighbourhood of Firostefani: it is the P.M. Nomikos Conference Centre, where a lot of exhibitions take place – on the extending corner in front of this building many people take pictures of the marvellous panoramic view. On the left of the Centre you follow the tiled road and stairs, while you enjoy the view – in front of you you can see the even higher situated village of Imerovigli.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We took the boat service to OIA directly from the pier, spent the morning in amazingly beautiful Oia taking in the postcard views. Be sure to enjoy a beverage at one of the many cliff side cafes and bars before hiking back to Fira. Allow 3 hours for a leisurely scenic hike along the coast back to Fira. Also, I... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I and my friend left at noon to do the trip from downtown Fira to Oia. We had heard a lot about the panoramic views and unusual cliffs, so we had to try it. My friend wore sturdy shoes and I had on my heavy hiking sandals. We both wore hats and put on suntan lotion. We carried water and... More 

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MEXICO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We left our cruise ship at 7 am and after arriving to Fira we began to walk towards Oia. We were a group of 10 people who became friends during the cruise and it was a very enjoyable walk. Yes it is a very long way but the views are wonderful. We were not able to watch the sunset because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Being such a day that the winds would not allow for a peaceful morning sitting by the pool, I took a solo vixen adventure walk/ hike along the cliffs from Fira to Oia....and it was utterly AMAZING! I felt and was completely safe walking along a well marked sidewalk and trail and everyone I passed were friendly and engaging. Even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Well, I hope I'll have another chance to visit and stay in Saniorini In my age I'm afraid of relativly long distance hiking (though I'm not afraid of challenges , and of course a lot depands on walking pace , and how you prepare yourself for it/ we walked on the promenade only I'm sure the route until Oia is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Staying in Oia at Perzoules in September, to beat the heat and the crowds we took the 7.30am bus to Fira. At that time of the day it was also a school bus, kinda fun to share the ride with the local kids. We started our walk at the Atlantis Hotel in Fira, because we had caught the early bus... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

On this walk, you pass a lot of cute neighbourhoods. The path is easy to follow and although a bit steep sometimes, it is really worth doing. I took a lot of great photos and the scenery was gorgeous!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

When I stood up at Oia, I almost stopped breathing! Such a beautiful Island I've never been! I went there by cruise shore excurion tour, so only stopped 50 min. in Oia, all cruise guests hope to stay longer there, really too shock to see the view! I already knew it's beautiful from the pictures, but it's different when you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Its great for those who are great in shape. If you're just looking for a nice n casual time along with the picturesque views then just follow the cliff next to cable car in Fira and keep walking. After 2-2.5 hrs of walking(includes the stopovers for wine and photos),you'll reach Imerovigli. Further hiking is the rough trail of mountainous region... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We went in November so the high season is over. We stayed in Fira at Porto Fira Suites, and decided to hike to Oia. I don't exercise too often (so definitely I'm not an athlete), with a few breaks, and I just couldn't stop taking pictures along the way so it took me and my hubby a total of 5... More 

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