Hiking Trail Fira - Oia

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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 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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Dannielle S
London, UK77 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
I would absolutely recommend doing this but it’s not a short walk and you do need to wear trainers. You won’t get lost, the track is easy to follow, just be prepared - Take water, sunscreen and a hat (shaded spots are rare) and a camera. The views are breathtaking.
Oia is very pretty and seemingly busy in the day. Plenty of places for lunch or a drink. We opted for ice cream and view of the sea.
Rather than walk back we took the bus to Fira. The buses are busy and hourly but cheap and comfortable, certainly worth planning into the day as a round trip would be over 20km.
Written April 17, 2022
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Ukohacat
Leeds, UK156 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Make no mistake, this is a hike!! We did it in about 2.5hrs, but it was hard graft. We started from Ferostefani, so about 10km. Thankfully there’s a few places en route to get a drink, but there’s not much shade so be prepared to get hot and sweaty. It’s worth it though and I’m glad we did it, and when we looked back from Oia on the route we took I was proud of myself…..looks a lot further than 10k! One thing to be careful of…..getting the bus back. If I was to do it again, I’d bus to Oia and walk back to Fira. (We didn’t do this tho so not sure if it would be any different) The queue for the bus at about 5pm in Oia was horrendous. We couldn’t get on the bus despite turning up 10 mins early. Faced with waiting another 30mins for a bus we got a taxi with another couple (this was €35 for four of us). Santorini really needs to put more buses on. We got a car for a few days after this based on that experience, I’m not standing an hour in a bus queue after that hike.
Written September 22, 2021
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Expat Adrian
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates666 contributions
Jul 2021
On our fifth day, we got up early and walked from Oia to Fira; a four to five hour ‘moderate’ walk along a scenic trail that offers many many memorable views. The trail consists of pathways of concrete, cobblestone and at times dirt and gravel; and in one short spot (a few hundred meters); you are walking on the edge of a busy roadway. My wife and I are in our 50’s and quiet fit however at times we were challenged, take plenty of water / sunscreen and wear appropriate footwear and clothing (hats). When choosing which part of the day to walk, consider the rising and setting of the sun and that the walk is a moderate one. When planning, consider the distance of unpopulated areas as there will be no opportunity to purchase water or access ablutions. At the halfway point, there are a few donkeys to hire but these are of limited numbers. On the outskirts of Fira, my wife and I popped into a cafe, freshened up, then meandered our way into Fira then had a loooooooong lunch. We then caught the bus (under 2 Euro each) back to Oia. The bus experience is very convenient and easy, they basically depart every ½ hour. You won’t find many directions along the way, however there are many websites you can choose from that will help you with directions.
Written July 16, 2021
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Nimra
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Sep 2021 • Couples
The hike is absolutely amazing with incredible views. Took us approx. 4 hours to finish the hike. My recommendation would be to start very early so you can finish by 11am or start a few hours before sunset. It's extremely hot starting noon so I would avoid that if possible. Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. Wear covered, comfy shoes (would recommend sneakers or running shoes). We started from fira and ended with a delicious lunch in Oia.
Written September 11, 2021
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,262 contributions
Sep 2021
We checked several websites to get an idea of what to expect. We found the best information on earthtrekkers, which suggested going from Fria to Oia, which gives you a bit more downhill walking than doing it the other way.

Traveling in that direction also gives you lots of views of Oia without turning around to see them.

The walk is a bit more than 10 kilometers, or about 6 miles. Several sites suggest you can do it in three hours if you don’t stop to take a lot of pictures, but who could do that? Most sites, and people at our hotel, suggested four to five hours as the norm.

We were dropped off in Fria at the Prehistoric Museum, had a cup of coffee at a nearby café, and then started walking west at 9:00.

At 1:00 we were at the Snack Shack, a little food and beverage stand where the trail merges with the road for a short time near the CSky Hotel. That is where we decided we had had enough and called for a car to take us back to the hotel.

We did not make the whole walk, but we did cover about 9 kilometers and we saw a lot of beautiful scenery and really enjoyed the experience.
Written November 10, 2021
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thala9
Greater London, UK41 contributions
Aug 2020
Very beautiful - stunning views. Many churches dotted along the way. A bit dangerous in some areas - there was a particular section with a very narrow path, unstable ground and no fence. Not particularly difficult but wouldn't recommend it for young kids, elderly or those afraid of heights.

It took me 3 hours because I kept stopping for photos. Bring water and a cap and set off very early, I recommend 7am because there's no shade anywhere and it gets scorching early on, and you also want to explore Oia at the end. Wear comfy trainers please!! I saw people with sandals and I have zero idea how they handled it because it seems very dangerous and uncomfortable that way.
Written August 28, 2020
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KC
15 contributions
Oct 2021
This was one of the many highlights of our trip to Santorini. Spectacular views along the route. We took 3 hours as we took lots of photos and had a lunch/rest break at one of the churches, but could be done in less time without stopping. Some parts are steep; recommend to wear walking shoes with good soles (some parts involve walking over loose stones/terrain), bring water. We walked one way and took a taxi back after spending some time in Oia. I'm prone to sunburn, so glad I wore my sunhat (though it's windy!). There's not a lot of shade along the way.
Written October 12, 2021
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lovingthatglee
Akron, OH9 contributions
Feb 2020
My daughter and I visited the Greek Isles in October, 2019. Santorini was on our list and we stayed at the Hotel Panorama Studios in Fira (which I highly recommend). We took an early morning walk leaving Fira around 9:00 a.m., and it took us around 3 hours to arrive in Oia. You need to take water, or there are a few places along the hike we locales sell water. Stunning views! Well worth the walk but be prepared!
Written January 25, 2021
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WilMiRe
Dubai, United Arab Emirates140 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
I could walk this trail every day, and during ten days in Santorini, that's exactly what I did! If you go all the way from Fira to Oia (or vice versa), it's definitely a challenging hike, but very doable (if you are not in fairly decent shape, you might want to only do part of the trail). Best time to do it in the summer is early morning, before it gets too hot.

Highly recommended!
Written June 26, 2021
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Federico C
Monza, Italy19 contributions
Aug 2021
The hike is tough, but if you are used at hiking you will survive. It is no Himalayan climb. Assuming you are visiting Santorini in summer, the temperature is high. Start very early in the morning (you will also have the halleys of Fira all for yourself). Wear proper hiking shoes, cause the gravel in some parts is slippery.
I suggest to walk from Fira to Oia, then return by bus (they are frequent and fast).
At the end, I think the municipality of Santorini should invest more in this touristic asset. Other Cycladic islands have developed a lot their historic routes. With the breathtaking views, this trail is easily the most beautiful of all. Unfortunatley, the signposting is barely sufficient and the paving stones in the last part just before Oia are really deteriorated.
Written August 23, 2021
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