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Hiking Trail Fira - Oia

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Address: Firostefani, 847 00, Greece
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This is the most obvious hike you can make on the island of Santorini...

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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We did this hike both ways in one day. We walked there in beautiful sun and wind and rain, (yes the weather was quite changeable). Oia is a beautiful town, very picturesque. We... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did this hike both ways in one day. We walked there in beautiful sun and wind and rain, (yes the weather was quite changeable). Oia is a beautiful town, very picturesque. We stayed there for a while before walking back. About halfway back the sun was setting and it was such a beautiful walk, even though we were getting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

From Fira, it's a pretty straight shot. There will be two main roads running parallel to the water, one that's closer with waterside views and one that is more inland. At times, the one nearest the water will end and you will wonder if you have to turn back or if it's been closed, etc. Don't worry. Just go up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely must walk your way from Fira towards Oia if you have the time in Santorini. I know that many cruise ships drop off passengers and they only have a few hours in between to visit and enjoy the island but if you can spare at least 3-4 hours to just walk slowly through Fira heading to Oia, it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the things to do in Santorini, given that you have seen the highlights such as the prehistoric city Akrotiri, is to walk from Fira (or from Imerovigli if you want it easier) to Oia from the cliff side, on the marked walking path. The route starts from the cable car in Fira and is not easy to lose... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've just completed the hike from Fira to Oia and there's no two ways about it, it is tough from about half way. There weren't any places open for refreshments along the way ( probably because it was late November) - think I would have died if I hadn't brought my water with me! I'm a 54 yr old female,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Going to Santorini was never high on my list, as I am one of those people who don't like crowded places, and I knew that Santorini gets really busy most times of the year. So my boyfriend and I went in November. On the day we went for this hike, the temperature was around 20-22 degrees. There was quite a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Going to a major tourist attraction in the hight of tourist season is an interesting adventure in patience and claustrophobia. The views were amazing but we had to take turns taking pictures there were so many people. It was also July and very hot. All worth it but come prepared with water and good close toe shoes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited Santorini in September and were lucky to hike the Fira to Oia trail with Nikos. Not only were the views breathtaking, but Nikos shared his vast knowledge of the island along the way. He shared the history of the island and as well ascurrent issues the island is facing. We stopped for a refreshment along... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was on our list to do this walk and we were happy with the overall experience at various different views you get .. Its a strenuous walk though .. both uphill and downhill .. plus the sun doesn't make it any easier ...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must do if you love to hike. The trail covers all types of terrain with difficult walking areas. We went in late October so some of the restaurants along the path were closed. We were glad to have brought some water with us on the hike. It is about 13 KMs and up and down the hill.... More 

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