Hiking Trail Fira - Oia
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia
5
About
This scenic hike connecting the postcard-perfect Greek villages, Fira and Oia, is one of the best ways to take in the beauty of Santorini. The island trail brings you along the caldera and Aegean sea, and through other quieter but picturesque towns of Firostefani and Imerovigli. The hike is about six miles and will take you between two to five hours depending on your speed. The trail is not marked and consists of cobbled, paved and dirt paths with slight elevation. Wear sturdy shoes, and start your expedition early so you can end at Oia in time for lunch. – Tripadvisor
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Top ways to experience Hiking Trail Fira - Oia and nearby attractions

See what other travellers are saying
  • thala9
    Greater London, United Kingdom43 contributions
    Beautiful
    Very beautiful - stunning views. Many churches dotted along the way. A bit dangerous in some areas - there was a particular section with a very narrow path, unstable ground and no fence. Not particularly difficult but wouldn't recommend it for young kids, elderly or those afraid of heights. It took me 3 hours because I kept stopping for photos. Bring water and a cap and set off very early, I recommend 7am because there's no shade anywhere and it gets scorching early on, and you also want to explore Oia at the end. Wear comfy trainers please!! I saw people with sandals and I have zero idea how they handled it because it seems very dangerous and uncomfortable that way.
    Visited August 2020
    Written 28 August 2020
  • Karen W
    Maidstone, United Kingdom48 contributions
    Good hike, moderately hard but enjoyable
    We walked in June from Fira to Oia, the distance is approximately 8 miles from the centre of Fira, with a moderate difficulty, ideally wear trainers, not flip flops, it’s up hill most of way Finding your way out if Fira to the path is a little tricky but just keep heading up, with the coast on the left. No real places to stop for drinks, take plenty of water, one little road side cafe about 3/4 of the way into walk. Oia is very beautiful, modern, clean, similar to Fira but more boutique style. Shopping and restaurants similar to Fira. We got the local bus back to Fira for 1.60 euro. Bus station easy to find, in square, below main shops, times on electronic board, going every 30 minutes. Buses take cash only. They say go to Oia for the sunset, which of course is fantastic, but we found it just as lovely in Fira, and slightly less crowded at sunset especially if you can get a restaurant table
    Visited June 2022
    Written 17 June 2022
  • Dannielle S
    London, United Kingdom85 contributions
    Get those trainers on, you won’t regret it
    I would absolutely recommend doing this but it’s not a short walk and you do need to wear trainers. You won’t get lost, the track is easy to follow, just be prepared - Take water, sunscreen and a hat (shaded spots are rare) and a camera. The views are breathtaking. Oia is very pretty and seemingly busy in the day. Plenty of places for lunch or a drink. We opted for ice cream and view of the sea. Rather than walk back we took the bus to Fira. The buses are busy and hourly but cheap and comfortable, certainly worth planning into the day as a round trip would be over 20km.
    Visited April 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
5.0
3,401 reviews
Excellent
2,723
Very good
566
Average
96
Poor
9
Terrible
7

Go782750
Winchester, MA7 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Great views. Easy hike for the agile-footed. We were glad we went early and enjoyed it so much that we did the hike from Oia twice in one week.
Written 30 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Redcopper2009
Dartmouth, Canada108 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Great way to walk see sights and avoid vehicle traffic . Well kept walk way and lots of places to have a rest.
Written 28 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dbug62
Bayport, NY114 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
From Fira the "trail" is really a cobble stoned path that winds through shops and restaurants until it reaches Imerovigli. We stopped there and backtracked to Fira. The scenery is spectacular. Although it is maybe 1.5 miles to this point, it took nearly 90 minutes with photo stops and water breaks. It does have stairs, of course! So it takes some effort. The route to Oia becomes a trail after Imerovigli from what I understand with no relief from the sun so we passed on this. Tip: Don't miss the little church known as the Three Bells of Fira. You see the front of the church from the trail but there are instructions on how to access the back of the church that offers a postcard photo op.
Written 24 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CastleRanger
London, UK53 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We were initially apprehensive about doing this walk given all the reviews we read here. However given we were keen to visit Oia and understood the bus to be a nightmare, we planned for the worst!

We were well equipped with water, food, hats and set off early. As two relatively fit mid-30s adults, we need not have worried…!

We completed the trail in just over 2 hours, arriving in Oia far earlier than expected. There’s a kiosk half way which sells cold water and other drinks which meant we didn’t touch the water we had packed.

Fantastic views along the route, really clearly sign posted and not as difficult as some reviewers might suggest…
Written 18 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DLL2
Cincinnati, OH61 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This was an amazing walk. We walked from Fira to Oia. Breathtaking views. I highly recommend this walk to everyone. One word of advice...go as early as possible. We started at 11 am and the sun was hot. Even though we walked the so-called easier route it was still challenging. Recommend you wear athletic shoes and not sandals. The path is not all smooth. There are rocks along the way. It was definitely worth the walk.
Written 16 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DreamerBoston1
Newton, MA18 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Amazing views of the caldera. However it was incredibly hot and sunny, even in the morning so make sure to bring lots of water. The snack bar on the route was amazing! I went with my 10 year old son who loved it too. It was moderately difficult with some rocky inclines so would echo the recommendations to wear good shoes (no sandals)!
Written 10 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

johnk53
st kilda35 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
We walked the opposite direction to most which meant a lot of uphill walking.
The views in sections were amazing and I would highly recommend.
Our 11 year old flew along the 11km and we finished the hike in just over 3 hours
Written 9 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ashutosh j
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
If you can spare one morning (5am to 10am), this walk will be memory of lifetime. Just amazing, walking though quiet streets, watching sunrise, morning sounds of church bells, birds chirping and nice breakfast to finish with.
Written 29 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Patricia C
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
This trail has fantastic views. It is a moderate hike with elevation, yet easily done in good sneakers or simple hiking shoes. It is VERY HOT so bring lots of water. There are frequent stops and you can even catch a local donkey to go up around the OIA area. Go early in am as there is minimal shade. Wear lots of sunscreen and be ready to be amazed at the beauty of Santorini
Written 25 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

drAnanya
Bengaluru, India91 contributions
Jun 2023
The scenic hike through the caldera from Fira to Oia is the most amazing experience that we have ever had in this year. We had a short trip to Rhodes and Athens and could manage only a day for the Island. We took the early morning flight from Athens to Santorini. Even though the flight was delayed by couple of hours, we could still reach Fira just before lunch time. We took the public bus from the airport and reached Fira city in half an hours' time. From the bus stop we looked for Hotel Atlantis which is considered the starting point of the hike. After walking for a while, we stopped at Parea Taverna for lunch. The Greek platters and Souvalaki that we ordered were very tasty. At Fira, the locals suggested that we carry enough water and hydrate ourselves well for the hike. Some even suggested to take a cab to Oia instead of the hike. Anyhow, we chose to walk.

We walked towards the highest point of Fira and continued along the way. The sun was quite intense, resulting us taking almost 5 hours to finish the hike. A few things to keep in mind before starting the hike:
1. Better to start the hike in the early morning
2. There are 3-4 shops on the way where one can buy water bottles or stop for refreshments.
3. It's hard to find restrooms. We turned out fine as we could take a break at a resort on the way.
4. The terrain changes along the way

Once we reached Oia, the castle was overcrowded, and we couldn't manage a place to enjoy the sun set. We looked for some other staircases and sat down there for the view.
Written 13 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 2,256
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

HIKING TRAIL FIRA - OIA: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Hiking Trail Fira - Oia

We recommend booking Hiking Trail Fira - Oia tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 6 Hiking Trail Fira - Oia tours on Tripadvisor