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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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Breath taking hike

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 2 days ago NEW 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 3 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I had a wonderful trip until the final descent into Oia. I have read other posts and no one other than us seems to have encountered this problem. As we were walking along the path down the mountain into Oia, just about 500 meters before the houses. A dog, that appeared to be rabid came out in... More 

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We went during November so the weather was perfect. The views were incredible and worth the long exhausting trip. Would recommend taking the bus if you are not fit for a 4ish mile walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What an incredible hike this was - and I am not fond of walking long distances. But we took our time, and we stopped often to take in the view. Fortunately, we were here at the end of September, so it wasn't too hot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the hike from Oia to Fira Takes about 3 hours (more with photo stops) Would recommend this walk for the moderately fit. Great views and great photo opportunities

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked from Oia along the cliff edge walking trail about half way to Fira, the track goes along the road for a few hundred meters and then caught a bus (there is a bus stop near the buildings) back to Oia. The views were simple breathtaking. A few days later we walked from Fira to the same location and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You should not miss it!! just take with you water and very athletic shoes!! the views of the Aegean sea is amazing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely walk, but quite tiring, and did take almost 3 hours. Very uneven ground along some parts and quite steep in others. Do take a supply of water, as only one stop along the way to restock. Would not advise in very hot weather. We did it end October which was perfect.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was our second time in Santorini,and May was not as busy as August.Without good soft shoes, that walking is a torture.Needs at least a good 2,5 hours to complete the full trail.

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