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Small-Group Santorini Caldera Walking Tour
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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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Reviewed yesterday

It was so much fun walking into Oia, it made the city that much more special. the trail is well marked and there are nice spots to stop along the way for a rest. Great views. I'm so glad I did it.

Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 3 days ago

simply too good. great view. must carry some water. wear comfortable dress and shoes. must apply sunscreen. get very busy during sunset time near oia. easy walk and easy stair. not easy to carry pram for the kid. overall must try if u r in...More

Thank Jalal I
Reviewed 3 days ago

The hike to us close on 3 hours but it would've been shorter had we not stopped so many times for photos! A beautiful trail, plenty of ups and downs and at one point you need to walk along the roadside but totally worth it....More

Thank scrizzle
Reviewed 3 days ago

The two of us left at approximately 8:30/9:00am from our hotel in Fira and ended up in Oia at approximately 2:30pm. The duration would have been a lot shorter if we didn't vertically climb 'Skaros Rock' and stop at a restaurant half-way, for a toilet...More

Thank angbna
Reviewed 4 days ago

Walked from imerovigli to oia. Beautiful views of calderra. Oia much busier than expected but good to see. Would recommend taking water as limited places en route. Mainly off the road all the way which is also great.

Thank Lizzie G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The views are amazing and hike isn’t challenging however it gets very hot. Be prepared the first half as you weave through the towns is heavily trafficked.

Thank Courtney E
Reviewed 4 days ago

After reading that would be easier to walk from Imerovigli to Fira we took the bus and then we started the trail walk. I cannot describe with words the view of the caldera or the hotels set up on the side of the mountain. We...More

Thank Marsela S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Long walk which take about 3 hours or 2 if you are a fast runner / walker. Very advisable to do during fresh hours of the day (early morning or probably in the summer after 6 pm). Some tracks were a bit dangerous and slippery,...More

1  Thank Elmunyoz
Reviewed 6 days ago

We'd seen lots of recommendations about walking the trail in either direction. We stayed in Oia so took a taxi to start the trek in Fira & explore our way back to base. Along the route we took our time to enjoy the villages &...More

Thank Travelmad23768
Reviewed 6 days ago

Hiked from Fira to Oia. Takes roughly 3 hours. Amazing scenery, walking along the cliff (some parts are paved, some are not). Would recommend going in sports' clothing and running/hiking shoes as some parts get steep and rocky. Refresh in the end by swimming in...More

Thank NikNat17
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Miranda S
28 September 2017|
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Response from steptoe82 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Miranda The last hour is certainly the hardest walk very hilly and rocky underfoot. I would certainly recommend walking fira to imerovigli the views are fabulous. You could then take the local bus (luxury coaches) up to... More
Gill P
12 September 2017|
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Response from Sunshinej76 | Reviewed this property |
I think it'd be easiest to find the starting point if you go to the Hotel Atlantis in Fira and start from there. I'm not positive if there's a sign there but if you keep along the edge of the Caldera you will see the sign at... More
Terry H
27 August 2017|
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Response from Candice O | Reviewed this property |
You don't really need one. It's straight Forward 😊