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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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Great hike! We are semi-in shape. I have run half marathons and my husband and I run a few miles here and there, but it was tough! Bring plenty of water and a camera the views are... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great hike! We are semi-in shape. I have run half marathons and my husband and I run a few miles here and there, but it was tough! Bring plenty of water and a camera the views are amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Highly recommend this hike. 2h30 at a normal pace. Amazing view points. Awesome for memorable photos. Pretty easy walk ! Must do

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were staying in Kamari beach so we took the bus from Fira. From the bus station in Fira, just follow the yellow path up the hill to the main street. From the main street keep walking until you see a red sign for trail number 9. If you hit the McDonalds, you went to far. If you don't see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Hiked from 5pm to 730pm from fira to oia for the sunset. Was warm early but turned mild pretty quick. Path wasnt too hard to find, as long as stat close to ocean cliffs on left hand side. Amazing views 90% of the way and eay to medium terrain. Awesome trek

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a lovely walk & a great way to see Santorini & the stunning views. Just make sure to bring proper footwear, water & sunscreen! It takes a while but worth it! Not suitable for people who are afraid to be on the edge of a cliff!

Thank Sharon Q
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not very difficult but you need to be used to walk and have good shoes. It take us around 3 hours from Fira to Oia where we stayed around 1 hour to relax and drink in a bar with a magnificent view and then 3 hours to return to Fira. Some people return bu Bus but by walking you will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful route along cliff allowing for exceptional views of the towns and Caldera, in particular Imerovigli, and onwards to Oia where we enjoyed a light lunch before taking the bus back to Firostefani for a cooldown in the pool with our teenage kids. Defintely start early in the summer- there are water stops along the way to replenish. Taking the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The walk took us exactly 3 hours. We were silly in that we did the walk between 11am and 2pm on a summer day. The bit to Imerovigli was fine. There was a short sharp incline at the end which a couple of people were struggling with. Boy, I sure hope those guys didn't go on to Oia! The first... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed in Fira for a week in August and walked the coastal pathway to Oia. We left our hotel in Fira at about 4pm to head for the sunset destination. We missed the mid day sun but you will still need lots of water and sun cream as you are exposed for the whole walk with little shops. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Leaving early is the key to enjoying this walk. Its beautiful walking through all the white houses and along tbe caladera rim. Wear covered in shoes as its bit rough in sections once you pass Imerovigli but it's well worth the trek. There are a couple of spots to grab cold drinks after Imerovigli but make sure you take water... More 

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