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Address: 847 00, Greece

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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Fantastic walk, a must do!

I am not a hiker but this walk was excellent and very manageable - we went on a day when it was cloudy but if not go early before it's too warm, take water, good shoes and sun... read more

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I am not a hiker but this walk was excellent and very manageable - we went on a day when it was cloudy but if not go early before it's too warm, take water, good shoes and sun cream. We were staying in Oia so got a taxi to Imerovigli and walked from there. Walking through the village we stopped... More 

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We luckily had two full days in Oia during our stay in Santorini so we decided to take on the challenge of walking from Fira to Oia and it was absolutely worth it!! The views are spectacular and there is not a boring spot in the whole trek. My wife and I are fit and enjoy walks but please don't... More 

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You must do this day long hike to get the best feel of santorini. It's an easy hike but long. If you want to stop anytime and take the bus, there are opportunities to do so by taking a diversion into the villages.. be mindful of the weather as it can get too hot. Its best done with some great... More 

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Do not follow Google Maps to find this trail, as Google will lead you onto the main roads! We happened to stumble onto the trail after wondering why we were on the side of the road for 30 minutes. The whole hike took about 2.5 hours, depending on how often you stopped for photos. There's lots of rocky steep parts,... More 

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Awesome hike all along the ring of the island. Wonderful views and some reasonably challenging terrain. Would allow minimum 2 hours, there's a few stalls along the way selling water etc. Was lovely to do in May with a cool breeze but I'm sure it would be tougher on a hotter day!

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The walk from Fira to Oia took us roughly 3 hours to do. There are some reasonably rough terrains on the way with loose gravel going up and down hills, so I would advise some comfortable footwear and some water. We started at about 330 and arrived at around 630, stopping at a few places for photos on the way.... More 

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For sure this walk is magical!!the view to Caldera is unforgetable and the sight of the volcano is awesome!!Sun , clowds , sea, ships make your soul calm and makes you feel blessed!!between traditional aegean architecture and modern luxury villas the landscape is so balanced that you can not imagine!!make a stop to a caffe for a coffee.Listen to magical... More 

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Great hike along that caldera that you can do in under 2 hours if you are fit. Not quite as dramatic as the guidebooks say, but a nice diversion.

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We walked..nee hiked - from imervegoli to oia and it took about 2.5 hrs but we didn't really stop that much. Recommended to take good appropriate footwear as can be uneven and a bit rocky in places and also take water particularly if attempting on a hot day. Some of the views on the way are spectacular though and a... More 

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Let's get the serious stuff out of the way: You will need sturdy footwear, plenty of water and protection from the sun (even in the morning) - there are very few places to stop apart from the odd kiosk once you leave Imerovigli, and even less shade.The hike from Imerovigli to Oia will take between 2-3 hours depending on the... More 

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