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Karavolades Stairs

498 Reviews

Karavolades Stairs

498 Reviews
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Leanne F wrote a review Feb 2020
Vancouver, Canada26 contributions26 helpful votes
These poor donkeys are made to carry people - often way to heavy for the animal's capabilities - up and down these long stairs all day in the excruciating heat. They are not given food and some of them are not even given water (or permitted to access it) all day. No one cleans up their excrement or urine so soon the steps are slippery and dangerous for both donkey and rider. Just because other countries allow it, doesn't mean it isn't animal abuse. Take the gondola or better yet, take a boat to Oia, and included is a bus from port to Oia and then Oia to Fira for one low prices.
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Date of experience: November 2019
2 Helpful votes
howardform wrote a review Jan 2020
New York City9,046 contributions68 helpful votes
This is a cool walk down to the Old Harbor, Be aware there is Donkey poop everywhere so watch out for that. Also there are places you might have to walk around the Donkeys. It does smell from the Donkeys. The views are awesome and very instagram ready pictures You will have to be in shape to walk this. I walked down which I thought was easier, but many others did walk up,
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Date of experience: July 2019
SoCalOregonian wrote a review Dec 2019
Murrieta, California9,194 contributions980 helpful votes
This torturous stairway is used to link Fira town with the old port. There are a couple options available, use the steps, the donkeys or the cable cars. We walked down the steps and rode the cable car back to the top. Be careful of the donkeys, they have the right of way and leave surprises that must be avoided.
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Date of experience: December 2019
CharmaineCregan wrote a review Dec 2019
Sydney, Australia208 contributions31 helpful votes
I did not ride the donkeys, I took the bus up and the skyrail down. Much safer and humanitarian in my in world.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Petrosey wrote a review Dec 2019
Coin, Spain170 contributions52 helpful votes
We have visited twice by cruise ship so had the option of returning to the port by cable car or using the steps. Each time we have opted for the steps, soon after the sun had fallen below the horizon. The donkeys have then mostly finished for the day and are just standing around at the top, poor things! Yes, it is smelly in places and also slippery underfoot on some of the worn steps but a great experience as such good views on the way. As others have said – beware of donkeys travelling back down to the bottom as they return at their own speed (fast) and much more rapidly than their minders – keep against the walls! The sun went down and the cruise ships started to light up as we travelled down. All part of the Santorini magic.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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