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Hiking Trail Fira - Oia

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Address: Firostefani, 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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The hike from Fira to Oia is brilliant! It took me about 3 hours (including a couple of stops for refreshments). The scenery is just beautiful and the views along the way are... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The hike from Fira to Oia is brilliant! It took me about 3 hours (including a couple of stops for refreshments). The scenery is just beautiful and the views along the way are terrific! I would highly recommend this walk, though I would note it is quite hilly and mostly on unsealed paths. Wear proper shoes!

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Culpeper, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an incredibly beautiful hike. We had a perfect day to do it as well. We were struck by the fact that we encountered so few people during our hike. Imagine having the entire spine of the island to yourself for a couple of hours! Take plenty of water with you. There will also be a stand or two... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

it was 3hours hike under the heat of the sun! But all worth it! You can see all the view that you cant se by simply riding a bus or car.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Locals tell you the walk between thirostefani to oia is 2hours.. We did it in 1.5hours and the locals are shocked 👌👍 It's a little scary as the roads are narrow and not quite safe for pedestrians..so do take care..☺

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I started a hike from Oia to Fira and it took us about 4 hrs as we have stopped nearly all the time to take photos. You will get a photogenic view from hike. Be sure you provide enough water and bring the sunscreen as the sunlight is very strong. Better to hike early in the morning or in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

this was a nice hike, if you are remotely fit it is not bad at all. the best views on the island can be found near the half way point. leave earlier in the day to avoid the heat, and take a backpack with your own snacks and water- no guarantee of a stop part way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed in Imerovigli and walked to Fira. It took about two hours at a relaxed pace with fantastic views the whole way. We went in the morning and had breakfast in Oia and wandered around and then caught the local bus back. Imerovigli to Fira is about 25 minutes walking through the laneways and overlooking the caldera...great fun. Stopped... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

As most reviews suggest, Start early Comfortable shoes Pack lots of water You can park at Imperivoli and start your walk there, covering Fira and eventually Oia It is dangerous, close to the cliffs with no protection from a fall So heed the advice and pair up if you go, the Aegean ocean will always be on your left There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was the highlight of our visit to Santorini. We started out in Oia and ended in Fira, then took the bus back. I believe there was a bus about every 25 minutes throughout the day until pretty late. The reverse walk would have been slightly easier in terms the amount of climbing, since Fira is higher above sea level... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's stunning view all Along the trail, also have some shops you can wandering around. And it's about 2.5 hours walking from Fira to oia. I don't think you would tired of that , cause enjoy the landscape so much , blue , white , blue water , blue roofs , and white walls, nice exercise as well.but worth it... More 

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