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“Oia to Fira - strenuous walk with magnificent scenery”

Hiking Trail Fira - Oia
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Small-Group Santorini Caldera Walking Tour
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 September 2014

This is a strenuous walk, especially traveling Oia to Fira, as Fira's higher altitude makes for more up than down hill. We did do a lot of both, however.

In the early Aug heat, we set out from almost the northernmost tip of Oia at 6:45 am and arrived at the bus stop in Fira about 10 km (almost 6 miles) and 3 hours later, stopping only for rest, water and photo breaks. The exercise is excellent and the scenery magnificent, especially where you have the sea on both sides.

We found that good footwear and a sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses were the most important items to have, and stress the importance of relatively thick soles as the cobbles and uneven rocks for much of the journey were quite tough on the feet. Hiking boots are definitely not necessary (too heavy), but runners with thicker soles and decent tread for traction are appropriate. This is followed by water. We drank 500 ml of water each and found this adequate. You can rehydrate with purchased water or other beverages at the end.

The Oia to Fira direction is best if you start early in the morning or go late in the afternoon when the sun will not be in your face. Otherwise, if you are staying in Fira I think the other direction may be preferable as it is more downhill overall.

If you go Oia to Fira, at about the halfway point (I think it is the San Antonio resort where the bus stops) you will come to a fork on the lower part of a big hill, and you will have to decide whether to skirt around the left side of the hill or take the steep graveled path to the right. We took the latter and although it is only a little bit shorter and the initial climb is hard slogging on loose gravel, we're glad we did. First, it was not adjacent to the road but around the back of the hill and second, we avoided the sun which would have been beating down on us on the path to the hill's left side.

What we noted, in addition to the sense of accomplishment on completion, was the variety of plant life, the many lizards and butterflies, the long lines of marching ants, the lava stones, the lichen-covered rock, the cooling breeze, the rock formations and caves carved out by erosion, the many churches adjacent to the path, and the sound of the waves crashing on the cliffs below. And we marvelled at the fact that many people and likely donkeys hauled cement up there to make this rock path for us all.

10  Thank Ingle
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Reviewed 31 August 2014

Have to admit im not a hiker and prefer any other form of transport when on holiday, but if you come to Santorini then this walk is a must. Firstly ensure you have good walking boots or shoes this is a must, the going is pretty tough in areas, make sure you have a hat, plenty water and sunblock, take your camera your going to need it, we walked to Oia then walked down the steps to the harbour, by then we where done in and got a donkey back to the top and bus back to Fira. Fantastic pictures from start to finish guaranteed, Enjoy

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Reviewed 31 August 2014

The trek between Thira and Oia is only 10km but be prepared for it to take you much longer that a 10km walk normally would! It is quite hilly, the path comes and goes and probably it will be hot! The views are amazing and the walk is fairly interesting as you pass some churches and things to explore along the way. We stopped for a drink in a nice pool bar along the way who let us use their infinity pool - I would definitely recommend this for a refreshing break to your walk!

5  Thank Caroline C
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Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

The hike follows the ridge of the caldera. I would recommend starting the hike early at around 7:30am before it gets too hot. However remember to get a bite before starting on the journey as there are no cafés that are open for breakfast before 10:30am along the way.

The 3.5 hour hike brings you through the luxury hotels in Imerovigli and Skaros, stony paths, dirt tracks, up hills, down hills, 50m walk on the road (there is a roadside stall for refreshments here), up another hill, and finally down to the outskirts of Oia.

Do bring sufficient water for the hike as there are no water points along the way. Do wear comfy trekking shoes as the hike can be challenging on flip flops.

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Reviewed 22 August 2014

We got lucky in August, given that it was a nice windy day to cool us down. Bring at least a liter per person for water. Views are amazing and great way to see both sides of the island. One of the highlights of our trip. DO NOT ride the donkeys. It is just plain mean to ride them in the heat, and they crap everywhere on the path which makes the trip worse over time.

3  Thank JonE77
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