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“Beautiful hike but not so easy”

Ranked #1 of 114 things to do in Santorini
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Every part of this hike is spectacular. From Fira through Firastefani and Imerovigli is on paved paths, while the walk beyond Imerovigli is more rough but easy enough at first. Eventually however, the path climbs much higher and looked a little too difficult for us given the warmth and especially the wind so we turned around and walked back to Fira. Still a great day though.

Thank Michael O
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

The walk was well worth it. We started around 8.45am from Fira arrived in Oia around 3 hours later. We took our time. Plenty of photo stops. The track was easy to follow - just keep the water on your left! The trail ranged from paved road, cobble stones, dirt road, dust, pebbles. It was down & up hill. Just have some decent shoes and some water. All we needed was 2 x 300ml bottles.

Upon arrival in Oia we got a wel deserved cold drink & then caught a taxi back to Fira.

The trail is not too taxing and anyone (adults or kids) with a reasonable degree of fitness could easily complete.

3  Thank Sharon J
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

My husband and I decided we were going to do this walk before we left the UK. It was hard going in places due to climbing uphill in the heat but so worth it for the views. It’s a good 7 mile walk so take plenty sun screen and water. As you get closer to Oia, the paved path disappears and it can get slippy underfoot so wear sensible shoes. Once you get to Oia you will be rewarded with lovely cafes and restaurants to refresh yourself before catching the local bus back to Fira.

Thank WendyFisher69
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

We loved our hike from Firastefani to Oia. This is such a great way to get some unique photos of the terrain & different views of the island. It was slippery & the rocks gave way in a few portions throughout the hike, but we didn't care. It was so worth it! Just give yourself plenty of time, wear proper footwear & bring water. Once you get to Oia, you will have earned an well-deserved meals at one of the amazing restaurants. We ate at Thalami (amazing food & views)! The hike is such a wonderful way to spend about 3.5 to 4 hours your day.

Thank Diane C
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

This is a must do on Santorini if you like walking. We decided to start in Oia and walk back to Fira rather than the traditional way from Fira to Oia as thought it might be quieter and it seemed to be the case.

Walking shoes/trainers (not sandals or flip flops) are a MUST as parts are steep and stoney. The volcanic rock makes it quite slippery in places but probably half the trail at the Fira end is on properly made paths. Take the diversion route to visit Skaros rock - definitely worth the additional walk.

1  Thank MrandMrsRo
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