Hiking Trail Fira - Oia

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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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Mark Lerrmon
4 contributions
Sep 2021
One of the most impressing walks around island. It needs a bit of attention but it is not dangerous. The best time to walk around is during sunset. The view is magic!
Written 14 November 2021
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,242 contributions
Sep 2021
We checked several websites to get an idea of what to expect. We found the best information on earthtrekkers, which suggested going from Fria to Oia, which gives you a bit more downhill walking than doing it the other way.

Traveling in that direction also gives you lots of views of Oia without turning around to see them.

The walk is a bit more than 10 kilometers, or about 6 miles. Several sites suggest you can do it in three hours if you don’t stop to take a lot of pictures, but who could do that? Most sites, and people at our hotel, suggested four to five hours as the norm.

We were dropped off in Fria at the Prehistoric Museum, had a cup of coffee at a nearby café, and then started walking west at 9:00.

At 1:00 we were at the Snack Shack, a little food and beverage stand where the trail merges with the road for a short time near the CSky Hotel. That is where we decided we had had enough and called for a car to take us back to the hotel.

We did not make the whole walk, but we did cover about 9 kilometers and we saw a lot of beautiful scenery and really enjoyed the experience.
Written 10 November 2021
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Fergs85
Thornton-Le-Dale, UK833 contributions
Oct 2021
We set off from Imerovigli reasonably early, around 8.30 am, and keeping to a steady pace with a few short breaks at points of interest, arrived in Oia just before 11. This allowed enough time to see some of the town and its busy streets and shops, and then catch the bus back to Fira.
The walk is certainly spectacular, and generally safe and easy to negotiate – just one part of the path, just before and after you briefly join the road, is a little less secure underfoot. There are plenty of natural stopping points for you to take in the views, including three typically whitewashed churches, and a rock where you are advised to “save the camera and enjoy the view”!
The walk from Imerovigli to Fira adds no more than 30 minutes to the time needed to do the whole walk, and the path is consistently good quality underfoot.
Written 31 October 2021
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ian
Somerton, UK1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Couples
Fantastic views and a great sense of achievement on completing the walk.
We are a relatively fit couple in our 50’s ,and we did this on an October morning when the temp was about 20 c.
The walk out of Fira is very uphill and after 15 mins I was wondering whether this was going to be doable.
However with regular 2 minute rests we managed the initial steep incline.The next 4-5 km was still a bit up and down but not too taxing and the views great.There is a 20 min section where the path narrows and there is a sheer drop to the sea with no netting that might unnerve some people,although the walking wasn’t tricky if you watched your feet.
After the short stretch of road you turn left after a small cafe,for us the next 2 k or so was the toughest, it was up hill for what seemed like forever and certainly tested your fitness to the full.
Eventually you reach a small church casting welcome shade where you can rest for a bit.
Then it’s downhill into Oia-lovely but full of cruise passengers.
To find the picture spot with the 2 blue domes you have to walk to the far side of the town and turn left down an alley just past a church-we found it by chance following some other people.
Then back to the other side of town to find a taxi- which was not that straight forward,no real taxi rank.Flagged one down after 20 mins purely by chance.
In summary as others have said ,you do need a reasonable level of fitness to do the whole walk(12k and 4 hours including walking around Oia).You must have covered decent footwear.
I couldn’t have done this in the heat of summer,so bear that in mind if your not really fit.
Very glad to have done it ,well worth the effort,but I reiterate it is not an easy walk and it is impossible to bale out at certain points and there are very few taxi opportunities on route if you find it too much.
Written 21 October 2021
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Deadelf
Kansas City, MO62 contributions
Sep 2021
I don't understand the attraction of the Fira to Imerovigli leg ... it's just a walking path through commercial developments. The real hike is from Imerovigli to Oia. I stayed in Imerovigli, so it was just lock the door and go. Or take the island bus to Imerovigli, walk one block towards the caldera and take a right.

I don't have anything to offer that you won't see elsewhere. Trail is of mixed quality and you'll need good shoes. The two snack shops might not be open. Take water with you. Expect wind and mostly sun although if you go in the morning, you'll have some shade. Easier to take the bus back from Oia. Do be careful because parts of it won't be accessible for medical aid.

Or if you're in Oia, go the opposite way. Just stop in Imerovigli.
Written 12 October 2021
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KC
15 contributions
Oct 2021
This was one of the many highlights of our trip to Santorini. Spectacular views along the route. We took 3 hours as we took lots of photos and had a lunch/rest break at one of the churches, but could be done in less time without stopping. Some parts are steep; recommend to wear walking shoes with good soles (some parts involve walking over loose stones/terrain), bring water. We walked one way and took a taxi back after spending some time in Oia. I'm prone to sunburn, so glad I wore my sunhat (though it's windy!). There's not a lot of shade along the way.
Written 12 October 2021
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Lyndsey K
London, UK11 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
A breath taking walk with some of the most stunning views I’ve ever seen.

We started in Oia and ended in Fira and the total walk took just under 4 hours, stopping for a drink in Imerovigli en route.

A lovely way to see some other villages and nose in to some hotels. The walk is quite challenging in parts due to how steep it can be so if you have any mobility issues you will struggle. Terrain is a mix of gravel tracks, cobbles and smooth tiles. We did it in sandals which was doable, but next time I’d go for better ankle support as they were sore for a couple of days after!

Finished the walk with a gorgeous lunch in Vanaila in Fira. One of the best meals we had.
Written 11 October 2021
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Medas2005
Minneapolis, MN329 contributions
Oct 2021
My wife and I are in good shape but in our mid 60s. It was a gruelling climb from Fira to Oia. The climb up the last small mountain before descending into Oia really pushed us to make the final climb. The views were beautiful as promised and we spent about an hour in Oia before catching a bus. Take plenty of water and some fruit and snacks. Wear the best hiking shoes you have!
Written 11 October 2021
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Ukohacat
Leeds, UK156 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Make no mistake, this is a hike!! We did it in about 2.5hrs, but it was hard graft. We started from Ferostefani, so about 10km. Thankfully there’s a few places en route to get a drink, but there’s not much shade so be prepared to get hot and sweaty. It’s worth it though and I’m glad we did it, and when we looked back from Oia on the route we took I was proud of myself…..looks a lot further than 10k! One thing to be careful of…..getting the bus back. If I was to do it again, I’d bus to Oia and walk back to Fira. (We didn’t do this tho so not sure if it would be any different) The queue for the bus at about 5pm in Oia was horrendous. We couldn’t get on the bus despite turning up 10 mins early. Faced with waiting another 30mins for a bus we got a taxi with another couple (this was €35 for four of us). Santorini really needs to put more buses on. We got a car for a few days after this based on that experience, I’m not standing an hour in a bus queue after that hike.
Written 22 September 2021
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Tom from Texas
San Antonio, TX191 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
I stayed in Imeroglivi, hiked to Fira one day and the other direction to Oia then next.

The ‘shorter’ hike to Fira was full of hills, stairs, cobblestones, wrong turns, and crowds. In the end, got to the shopping destination but was too tired and annoyed to shop.

The hike to Oia was different. Although the terrain was rough, and the hike was much longer, there were no crowds, the views were stunning, and the destination was also more pleasant. I took the public bus back to Fira.
Written 13 September 2021
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