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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 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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Breathtaking views & tons of cool shops

We REALLY enjoyed our time here. The views were simply incredible.. the area was peaceful & the shops were a ton of fun to wonder through... real artisan shops - not a munch of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We REALLY enjoyed our time here. The views were simply incredible.. the area was peaceful & the shops were a ton of fun to wonder through... real artisan shops - not a munch of tshirt places

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My best friend and I went on this hike in February and it was amazing. So beautiful and relaxing. A little difficult but as long as you wear the right shoes and bring water you will be fine.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I started in Fira and walked/hiked this gorgeous route for 3 hours. It wasn't particularly tiring since the land wasn't too steep and we spent a nice amount of time enjoying the beauty all around us. You can see to both sides of the island and follow its crescent shape around. Couple of things to remember: there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The views are breathtaking and the hike is peaceful. A caution though: pack a lot of water, a hat, sunscreen, and a snack. Especially in the summer months, this hike can be brutal. There is a long stretch without shade, and if you aren't prepared you will end up sunburnt and very dehydrated. This hike took me 3.5 hours (granted,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

ended up wishing we would have taken the ferry to Oia and the bus back to save time as we had one day off a cruise. Not for folks who are not in "shape" as some of the path are simply crushed volcanic rock. More time, and if we were staying, yes, definitely a great workout.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not hot, nobody on the trail, breathtaking scenery, a workout yet doable, well worth the time. Once we arrived in Oia, there was only one or two restaurant open. Everywhere in Oia is under construction, getting ready for the summer savage and swamps of tourists. Just as we started to worry how we gonna get back to Fira, a Taxi... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It´s a breathtaking view walk. Must go! Take picutes, and enjoy what Santorini can offer: it´s deep blue ocean view and incredible architecture.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Obviously, the whole Santorini is beautiful. I adored the island. However, this trail is a quite poor experience. We love walking, so after reading the reviews of how great this path is, me and my bf decided to do it. We walked in the evening by the end of September from Fira. There are almost no signposts, no trees or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband & I (fairly active 65 year olds) really enjoyed this walk. Despite few signs/markers, we found it easy to stay on the trail...just keep walking towards Oia. The biggest challenge for me was the sun/heat...and we were there in mid-October. Like many people say...get an early start, dress for the sun (not many shady areas), wear proper footgear,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a easy hike walking out of Fira, and along the coast all the way to Oia, the views are absolutely stunning and the path is very easy to follow. We walked it in January so didn't see a single person on the trail which was fantastic (I would assume that's not the case in the high season though...).... More 

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