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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