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The Stairs were first

Before the cable car was built in the 1980’s … there were the Karavolades Stairs. The stairs were... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2017
Linda Y
Frisco, Texas
Stinky, Lots of Donkey Poo

We walked up the donkey path from the Old Port to Fira after being dropped off from an excursion... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2017
Chicago, IL
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Old Port, Fira 840 07, Greece
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Reviewed November 7, 2017

Before the cable car was built in the 1980’s … there were the Karavolades Stairs. The stairs were the only way for locals and visitors to make the journey up the cliff face from the old port to the town of Fira. You could either...More

Thank Linda Y
Reviewed November 6, 2017

We walked up the donkey path from the Old Port to Fira after being dropped off from an excursion. It's very steep and full of switch backs. It took about 30 minutes to walk all the way up. Great exercise! But there's donkey poo just...More

Thank kristinewall
Reviewed November 3, 2017

The walk down is easier. Lots of steps on a wide path which zig zags down to the Old Port. About half way you come upon many donkeys taking tourists down and up. We took the Cable Car back to the top as the return...More

Thank greg_and_sue
Reviewed October 29, 2017

Great views, must do, theres some nice bars at the bottom. It can be walked or there is a cable car or donkeys. The walk isn't too bad, just take water.

Thank blondie048
Reviewed October 28, 2017

We opted to walk down the 588 stairs, it can be a bit smelly from the Donkeys and you do have to watch where you are stepping. Wear non-slippery shoes. The stairs are not high, they are quite deep/width but made of lots of cobblestones...More

Thank BJLogue
Reviewed October 26, 2017

After seeing the LONG line to get onto the cable car, my husband and I decided to walk down the stairs to catch our cruise ship tender. We were told it would take at least 45 minutes. Yes, you have to avoid donkey poo and...More

Thank Shaune C
Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

I'd always wanted to take this walk and did it from top to bottom which was a little easier than climbing up. Was glad of my walking pole and sturdy footwear. I took my time and went at a slow pace to enjoy the views...More

Thank JaR1983
Reviewed October 11, 2017

It is a long walk down and the steps are very slippery and covered in donkey poop and urine. The stinky, wet poop is actually preferable to the dried stuff that blows in your face in a wind gust. We saw several people slip and...More

Thank mamacooking
Reviewed October 1, 2017

You can WALK for free. You can RIDE (the trolley) for 6 euro each way. You can RIDE (the Donkey) for 6 euro. If you walk, you will most likely be dodging donkeys and for sure donkey crap.

Thank lucycan
Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

Walking down isn't that hard, you get the view, can take your time and can reward yourself with a nice drink and meal at the bottom. Unless you're really into exercise on vacation, take the cable car up. Don't go when the cruise ships are...More

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March 22, 2017|
Response from Kavitavij | Reviewed this property |
Fira and Firastefanos are pretty much the same. Imerovigli is the next town on the way to Oia.
May 14, 2016|
Response from Sharon O | Reviewed this property |
No, they are not included in our day tour, but I didn't see a healthy donkey that could have held my 205 # husband. They all looked malnourished and were beaten up the steps, by a gruff man with a long stick. We didn't... More