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Small-Group Santorini Caldera Walking Tour
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

We hiked from Oia to Fira and really enjoyed it. In summer it must be quite hot, but in the fall the temperatures were great. It's not a particularly hard hike, but it's on stone paths so wear good shoes. If you don't like arid...More

Thank d0ndequiera
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful hike. My daughter and I did this hike in about 3 1/2 hours. It was a fabulous day. Suggest sturdy shoes as the footing can be a bit rocky in places. Be sure to take water and sunscreen, even in October it got quite...More

Thank MerryMary2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

The terrain at times is concrete, at times it is very rocky. Know this before starting out. We did this hike on a very very very blustery day in September. Because of the winds, it took us 6 hours. And we are good hikers!!

Thank Sherylsb
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Fira-Oia hike is an absolute classic and an unforgettable experience. It is basically walking the crest of the Santorini caldera, which is the rim of the ancient volcano crater. The volcano erupted 3500 years ago leaving the crater floor submerged with only a portion...More

Thank HikerBob66
Reviewed 1 week ago

We heard about the Caldera Trail from a couple in Mykonos, and I'll be grateful to them from now on. I know virtually every other review has used the word "stunning," but really there just isn't any other term to describe this hike. Although a...More

Thank Candonjan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did this hike in November and it was pretty warm! I can imagine the heat in July/August would be tough. But it was well worth the effort! The views are constantly changing! Breathtaking! There are some steep bits, and some bits with a lot...More

Thank Gorbalicious
Reviewed 1 week ago

Oia looked an awfully long way away as we gazed across the sparkling water from our hotel in Imerovigli, but we vowed to attempt the walk and we're so glad we did. The walk was actually quite busy with plenty of people walking in both...More

Thank Anne D
Reviewed 1 week ago

The more I think about this hike, the fonder I get of it. The views were amazing and the bookend towns were super memorable. In the middle, there are a few stops of interest, including some rock formations, but there is almost no cover, and...More

Thank kvaakp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This walk has the most stunning views on the island. Admittedly, we did not do the entire length of the trail but what we did experience was fantastic. Definitely worthwhile to do, just be sure to bring water!

Thank Amanda8925
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this hike early October, from Fira (stopping for lunch along the way) then all the way to Oia. My partner did it in flip flops which is definitely not recommended but he did manage. I googled it beforehand and found a great blog...More

Thank Lozz103
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November 4, 2017|
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Response from yellowperilhk | Reviewed this property |
Yes it's possible, but you need to have an early start from Fira, and plan for refreshment and photo stops on the way. Sorry don't know about keeping your belongings safe in Ammoudi Bay. Maybe if you have a bite at one of... More
Miranda S
September 29, 2017|
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Response from steptoe82 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Miranda The last hour is certainly the hardest walk very hilly and rocky underfoot. I would certainly recommend walking fira to imerovigli the views are fabulous. You could then take the local bus (luxury coaches) up to... More
Gill P
September 12, 2017|
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Response from Sunshinej76 | Reviewed this property |
I think it'd be easiest to find the starting point if you go to the Hotel Atlantis in Fira and start from there. I'm not positive if there's a sign there but if you keep along the edge of the Caldera you will see the sign at... More