Hiking Trail Fira - Oia
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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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Margaret T
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Oct 2022 • Family
This walk was challenging to say the least some of the terain was very loose under foot especialy the gradient path up and down the mountains. There were no public toilets so had to limit our water intake.
However the views over the island were breathtaking exhausting but worth the effort and so glad we done it. Would we do it again ? Probably not.
Written 9 November 2022
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Chat_BlissEvent
Phuket, Thailand33 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Great adventure in Santorini. It is a must do activity for you to enjoy a day and get a great views while walking. It is not that hard, make sure you have enough water, hat and sunscreen. I recommend to start early so that it is not too hot on the lunch time. I am sure you can make it.
Written 1 November 2022
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wildorchid99
Alta Loma, CA269 contributions
Oct 2022
This is one of the of the best hikes I've ever done. Great for people who loves beautiful scenery and exercises at the same time. We started that hike early and we were at Imerovigli by sunrise and admired the beautiful hotels and the caldera without the crowds since most people are still in bed or just waking up. We had the trail to ourselves until were nearing Oia. It's a nice change in scenery after passing Imerovigli, no hotels just hills and the trail traverses to the other side of the island with views of the Agean sea and inland neighborhoods.
We ended our hike to a bakery in Oia where we had our morning coffee with some bread then to shopping before riding a taxi back to our hotel.
Written 28 October 2022
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Alan G
Crawley, UK109 contributions
Sep 2022
Looooooong! Wear sensible shoes (don't try this in flipflops!) and bring water. A lovely walk though - from the southern side of Fira all the way to Oia. We unfortunately didn't manage to complete these due to time constraints but what we did was very enjoyable - some absolutely superb views! Allow a good 4-5 hours for this.
Written 28 October 2022
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Jessica M
5 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
This is a beautiful walk/hike however it is intense. Lots of hills and uneven ground. Definitely need appropriate foot wear! No shade at all so make sure you wear appropriate clothing.
Written 25 October 2022
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mlanthi
Leesburg, VA13 contributions
Oct 2022
Worth the walk just for the breathtaking, awe inspiring, can't believe they're real views but oh boy, it is a HIKE. The walk is broken up by several beautiful towns along the way which you can stop at for food, shopping, wandering, etc. so give yourself more time than planned to enjoy those areas. We went into the hike thinking it would be about 3 hours--we ended up taking 6 hours BUT we stopped a few times along the way, including an hour for lunch. For perspective, we were a small group of early 40s women in good physical condition.

Some parts of the hike were populated, others quite desolate, all on the edge of very steep cliffs. A friend rightly summarized it as "the great wall of China without the wall". When the wind kicks in and you're walking uphill, it's especially challenging and if you see a camp with donkeys at it, just know you're about to kick your legs into high gear.

A once in a lifetime (in my opinion) hike, well worth the effort but make sure you eat some protein ahead of time, stay hydrated, and don't wear a loose hat.
Written 14 October 2022
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AlecBatley
Batley20 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Ann and I did this walk independently and it took us between 4 and4&1/2 hours including numerous stops for photos and a short lunch break.We’re in our late 60’s and of an average fitness for our years.
The walk is undulating and steep in places on a pathway which varies from cobbles, volcanic ash and a dirt road so don’t attempt it with flip flops. Training shoes were okay. Take a bottle of water with you as you don’t actually see many shops although you pass a few hotels once out of the built up areas.
The views were stunning and well worth the effort.
Written 11 October 2022
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AuntyR0
York, UK44 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We did this in reverse, got an early bus to Oia and had a walk round before it was too busy. We then walked towards Fira. The path is quite challenging (I'm 61 and I've had a stroke) but it's not as challenging as parts of the South West coast path in Devon and Cornwall. The views in Oia and as we walked out of the village were stunning.
I was aiming for Imevorigli as we could have caught the bus to Fira from there, but in the end I managed it all the way to Fira. I think the climbs are slightly less challenging the way we did it. I'd read about the drops, and was a bit apprehensive as I'm scared of heights. The path is fairly wide in all parts and as long as you've got plenty of water and maybe some snacks you'll be fine. I wouldn't recommend it for small children, we saw some and they didn't look thrilled.
We took quite a long time as we stopped to take so many photos/breathers. An interesting game is to guess the nationality of other walkers. The French generally seemed very miserable, but maybe that's because they're still cross about Brexit?????
If you've travelled with checked luggage and you have walking poles I'd recommend taking them. I managed without but would have appreciated them.
Highly recommend, and when you finish you've definitely earned that ice cream/beer/ cocktail.
Written 3 October 2022
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Islands
Highland, NY13 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
The views while doing the hike are amazing! This was probably my favorite activity in Santorini. So many beautiful and amazing things to see while on hike. I highly recommend this to everyone.
Written 2 October 2022
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Jenni N
3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Beautiful hike all the way thru from Fira to Oia. It was extremely crowded to get from the bus station to the point where we could walk easily. Hike in the morning since it does heat up even in late September. Bring hat, sunscreen, and water l. There are lots of opportunities to buy drinks and food along the way.
It’s not a walk in the park even for seasoned hikers so wear sturdy shoes since the terrain varies from sidewalk flat to uneven volcanic rocks and dirt trails. We did the side trip to the Skaros rock so it added extra hour but so worth it.
The last hour was tough, my feet were hurting a bit wearing semi trail shoes. We saw people wearing sandals, not sure how they did it.
We were exhausted upon reaching Oia. Enjoyed cold beers, Greek salad and pizza before heading back on public bus to Fira.
Written 23 September 2022
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