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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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Took a little more energy than originally expected because of the hilly terrain. Approximately 10 kilometers. Met spouse in OIA where the iconic pictures of Santorini are usually... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Took a little more energy than originally expected because of the hilly terrain. Approximately 10 kilometers. Met spouse in OIA where the iconic pictures of Santorini are usually taken Beautiful views and village, but be prepared for the crowds!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning views and delightful houses and churches along the way. Do not hesitate...Take a hat, water, a camara and... off you go!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived on Brexit day but people were wonderful and accommodation was very clean and comfortable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You are not allowed to go to Santorini and miss that path. Starting from Fira definitely worth the almost three hours walking to Oia. The senses get sensitive catching those magnificent images all the way to your destination, where you arrive without to understand how quick time has past.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For city slickers unused to moderate physical activity, the first leg of the trail might be a bit of a challenge. Those used to moderate amount of walking, will find this an easy trail to navigate. Despite aches and chills (we hiked here during the winter) this is the best way to discover Oia with a beautiful shoreline accompanying you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I read a lot of reviews on how long this hike would take. We were told the hike would take a minimum of 3-4 hours by our hotel concierge. It took us 2.5 hours. We are in good shape, but not avid hikers. 3 hours is what I would say it would take an average person to hike the trail... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

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 January 4, 2017

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 January 2, 2017 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 December 23, 2016 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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