Because I am 63 years old and not exactly the "after" picture for a gymnasium ad, I approached the prospect of doing this 8 mile hike with a little trepidation. Having done it, though, I'm certainly glad I did. The views are every bit as spectacular as the other reviewers have said they are, and the hike is probably the highlight of my wife's and my recent vacation to Santorini.
We started in Oia and ended in Fira. The first third out of Oia was the most strenuous part of the trip, with considerable uphill movement over trails that were often rocky and gravelly. After about a third of the way one encounters a juice stand (the freshly squeezed orange juice here is excellent) and from that point on things got considerably better. If you take things very slowly and stop frequently to take pictures, the trip should take around four hours; younger and fitter people could probably knock half an hour off this. Carrying a bottle of water with you is essential, as are, of course, comfortable shoes.
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