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Hiking Trail Fira - Oia

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Address: Firostefani, 847 00, Greece
Description: This is the most obvious hike you can make on the island of Santorini and...
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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Great way to get exercise on the way to Oia

Go early or late. wear comfortable shoes, take water & suncream but enjoy the beautiful sights. Some parts can be challenging but slow down to take your time. Path is easy to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Go early or late. wear comfortable shoes, take water & suncream but enjoy the beautiful sights. Some parts can be challenging but slow down to take your time. Path is easy to follow.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Let me start by saying that this isn't really a hike as I am not an avid hiker and I would have disliked it if it was a true hike. But in saying that, I think that wearing trainers is your best bet as there are lots of "trail" like parts that aren't super friendly in sandals or flip flops.... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I were staying at Anastasis Apartments which is located right along this hiking trail. It was awesome to be able to avoid the road, and travel to nearby towns. The views were striking along the trail, especially during sunsets. There were constantly people on the path, but it never felt crowded.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A must do when visiting the Island. I would not say I was breathtaken but it was nice especially at sun set. The trail is a little difficult with Donkeys going up and down, sometimes in large quantities. Some friends got really scared. Hopefully, it is a short walk (20 minutes to 40 minutes).

Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Words can not describe the beauty of this place. Watching the most incredible sunset I have ever seen, was out of this world. An experience of a life time - will have this memory with me for ever!!

Novara, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Vey beautiful Village with a fantastic view of the Caldera. Good place to have a drink waiting for the sunset. Less crowd than Oia and Thira but wit a super-atmosphere.

Fleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We walked from Imerovigli to Oia today August 25th. The views across the caldera are really amazing from the many vantage points, and there's a definiite sense of achievement making it all the way. We did get the bus back - once was enough! From Imerovigli we took 2 hours including photo stops and rests. In the middle of the... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I have just returned from the hike from Fira to Oia and wanted to review it straight away! I thought it was great, and nicely challenging in some parts. Initially it was very congested in the towns but once I got outside of the busy centres, it was suprisingly isolated, which was fantastic. I packed 2.5 litres of water which... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I've done a lot of hiking in my day but none compares to this hike in terms of beauty. It's not a short or wimpy hike. It's a good 2 hours long with a good amount of ups and down hills. Absolutely gorgeous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Favour part of my trip, maybe after the sunset! It's not for the faint hearted as its a solid 3 hour hike, it's pretty steep both ways, and 12km in total. Truly amazing views and so remote I thoroughly enjoyed it. *TIP* wear shoes, don't try this with flip flops, we passed a few people who hiked with slippers and... More 

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