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Hiking Trail Fira - Oia

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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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Excellent views, easy walk

We did the mini walk of about 3km which ended in Fira for us. Got in the bus in Oia and off we went. The views from Fira were fantastic and the hotels built along the caldera... read more

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We did the mini walk of about 3km which ended in Fira for us. Got in the bus in Oia and off we went. The views from Fira were fantastic and the hotels built along the caldera just beautiful.

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My husband and I stopped in Santorini while on a 25th wedding anniversary cruise on September 13, 2016. We had read about this hike on Trip Advisor and decided to give it a try. We are in our 50's and in fairly good shape. The hike was fantastic. We got off the ship early so we could beat the heat... More 

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We were staying in Oia so one day we decided to walk to Fira, which was an interesting experience. First of all we met somebody to who told us that walking from Oia to Fira was harder than the normal way which was Fira to Oia. Why? Because there was more uphill going our way. Then almost immediately we got... More 

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Fantastic and varied walk. Wonderfully scenic with sea views all the way. Takes in all the most beautiful parts of the island and plenty of places to stop for a drink or rest along the way. Easy trail to follow. Some uphill but not too difficult for anyone of moderate fitness. Suggest closed toe shoes as approx final third of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great was to expore the beauty of the Island. Leave early, pack water, wear good shoes and consider a hat! Lots to see walking through all the streets and villages along the way - so many photo op's and GREAT exercise! I love that the island has this trail!

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The view on the caldeira almost all the trail is really worth the effort! In addition, the trail is easy to follow and most of the time far from the main roads (no cars!)

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The most amazing view, from several angles on the island, and small churches where to stop under the shade on the way. It is expected to take around 2:45 hours from Fira to Oia, but this is underestimated: you will probably stop so many times to enjoy the delightful colors of the sea and the cliffs, it took us around... More 

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This is a must when visiting Santorini. Exactly what you imagine it will be like if not more spectacular. I visited as part of a 1 day trip from near bye crete. You do not necessarily need to do a "hike" or walking trail. We did it self guided just adventuring around the village for the photo hotspots. Highly recommend.

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If you are reasonably fit and can manage a walk of around 10km along what can be rough tracks then this is well worth it. You will see a side to the island that you don't in the towns and villages. Rugged coastlines and tracks strewn with lava rock of deep red and pitch black. Be warned this is a... More 

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We set off from Perissa at 10am and got the express bus to Fira which took 30 mins. Spent a few hours at the start of the hike in Fira due to the unbelievable views. All in all it took around five hours for this reason but we also stopped along the way for some snacks. Oia was just as... More 

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