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Hiking Trail Fira - Oia

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Address: 847 00, Greece

This is the most obvious hike you can make on the island of Santorini and...

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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Wonderful way to see the island from the top

Go early, bring water, wear running shoes, and keep your camera ready! There are small towns and shops along the way, and lots of gelato at the end!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you plan to stay in Santorini for around a week, then I think you could park aside a day to try this activity. Depending on from where you start walking, it can take up to 3.5 (short breaks) to 5 hours (with decent breaks and photos). Not the entire stretch is scenic, but a good portion will make you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Go early, bring water, wear running shoes, and keep your camera ready! There are small towns and shops along the way, and lots of gelato at the end!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked from Fira to Oia. It was beautiful! It took about 4 hours, but we took our time and stopped along the way. We hiked out to Skaros rock, where you can climb up and see medieval ruins. If you have a day in Fira or Oia, you should definitely make the hike! Then you can catch a taxi... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great hike especially if you are there in winter since swimming is out. My partner and I are relatively fit and it only took 2.5 hours to get there at a leisurely stroll. In winter make sure you take water with you as here is nothing open on the way.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great hike, but it took me 4 hours. I walked from Fira to Oia and I did stop quite a few times for pictures and a little rest. There are beautiful views, small churches, residential neighborhoods, and undeveloped areas. There are, of course, some inclines and declines, but they were reasonable for those who are used to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the activities that has been suggested to me by my friends who already went in Santorini is to hike from Fira to Oia and enjoy the sunset. I was staying in Fira and I allotted 1 day to hike these island. Estimated time of arrival is within 2 hours but arrived in Oia 4-5 hours after. Haha! What... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The sunset view is the best experience of my stay in Santorini. This view is thing that i can only imagine seeing in postcard. Cant still believe i have stepped my foot here on this wonderful place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

I find the walk from Fira to Skaros to be the best portion. The rest of the hike has uneven and sometime slippery terrain and is best conducted with hiking shoes. It also took more than the suggested 3.5h.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

This hike was amazing. 360 views of the water and mountains plus the towns. This hike is very long so don't try unless you are in good health.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

YES bring water! YES wear hiking shoes! Yes you must be in moderate to good shape to do the 3.5 hour hike. YES it is best done in the cooler months. Now that that business is out of the way...onto the beauty and splendor of it all. We started in Oia and made our way past the last church as... More 

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