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“A ‘Bucket List’ tick” 5 of 5 stars
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Hiking Trail Fira - Oia
Firostefani, 847 00, Greece
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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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“A ‘Bucket List’ tick”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Since visiting Santorini many years ago had always wanted to undertake this walk. The opportunity arose when the island was included on our cruise intinery. Managed to get off the ship early and the first challenge was to climb the 580 steps from the old port to Fira rather than take the option of either the cable car or donkey ride.

On reaching the top of the cliff it is necessary to head for the cable car station. Although there are a dearth of signs for the walk as long as you follow the coastline it is very difficult to go wrong. The path consists of many different surfaces so it's advisable to wear sensible footwear.

Although it became hotter as the walk progressed the amazing views were well worth the effort. It is prudent to take water with you, although there are places to get refreshments on the outskirts of both Fira and Oia as well a snack bar on the short section of road that you have to walk.

The path is very quiet and with the majority being ‘off road’ enabling you to immerse yourself totally in the wonderful scenery without being surrounded by the hordes of other tourists you find elsewhere on the island.

It was quite an achievement to reach the summit of the last hill, Mavro Vouno and the small church of Stavros. The views of Oia from here are tremendous and it is good to see that the remainder of the path to Oia is all downhill!

Oia, like Fira is beautiful, but very busy.

After completing this fantastic walk, caught the bus back to Fira and walked back down the donkey trail to board our tender back to the ship.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We started this walk from Imerovigli rather than Fira as we hadn't really set out with any plans - we stood in Imerovigli and could see Oia in the distance and decided to go for a wander. The path is pretty easy to follow as it hugs the coast most of the way. The path itself is not too demanding, the odd bit of loose stone, and there is a short section which forces you to walk along the road.
The views throughout are amazing and I got most of my best photos on this walk; we also had most of the route to ourselves. Obviously it is pretty hot so take lots of water and don't expect many places to shelter from the sun - there is a small snack shop and further along a small church which make convenient places to stop for a cool down.

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“Very fulfilling experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The trail/pathway was not clearly marked so we just started heading in the direction of Oia from Fira - the path is paved as it meanders along the cliff and through the hotels, then changes to cobblestones, gravel, rock, sand, etc. It is quite difficult in some spots - there are hills (small mountains) that will be climbed, but it offers amazing views. We walked about 5-6 miles and reached Oia just in time for sunset. It felt like a sort of pilgrimage! After the sunset in Oia, everyone applauds. We had dinner, then took the bus back to our hotel in Kamari.

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“Fun relaxed hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed the hike and the scenery from Fira to Oia. The path wasn't too hard to follow...in Fira follow the signs to the cable car and then follow the caldera from there on. There are some parts of the path that are not paved, so I was very happy I wore tennis shoes (don't even think about wearing flip flips). It took us about 2.5 hours on a good pace stopping to take pictures along the way. The weather was perfect (80F with a breeze), but I cannot imagine trying to hike this on a hotter day! Bring water and sunscreen for sure.

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“Fantastic views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We walked from Imerovigli to Oia, timing it to arrive in time for sunset rather than trying to do this in the heat of the day. Took us about 2.5 - 3 hours, because we took an early detour to Skaros rock to see the old castle ruins, and we took the bus home (wouldn't want to try this in the dark - there are some sheer drops at the side of the path in places!)

The majority of the walk is on the clifftop path with amazing views over the caldera, and the other side of the island at points. You get to see lots of lovely hotels and churches as well! The nature of Santorini means there is lots of uphill and downhill bits, but only a moderate level - there's no rock scrambling here!

Do wear comfy trainers though as there are bits where the ground is rocky and uneven, and a downhill section with loose rocks. And remember to carry water as for a large part of the walk there is no where to get refreshments.

Highly recommend.

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