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All reviews bring water loose gravel beautiful hike start early walking shoes flip flops hour hike photo stops leisurely pace lots of water wear good shoes great walk caught the bus skaros rock views are amazing easy hike take your time
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

After three hours hiking under sunny and windy day, we were exhausted. However, we saw many magnificent views in this island!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Adventurer698492
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful hike! Took us a total of 4 hours but we took a detour to Skaros rock in the middle. Lots of uphill, lots of walking on cobblestones or gravel so wear comfortable shoes with good padding and bring lots of water. We did this in April so the weather was perfect, cool air and warm sun, shorts and t-shirts were great. Lots of beautiful views of the caldera and countryside. This was my favorite thing we did in Santorini!

We ate dinner in Oia, watched the sunset and then took the bus back to Fira where we stayed. Bus was 1.80 euros, cash only, and very crowded but short ride.

Lovely hike! If you don't have a full 3 hours, can do part of the hike and bus back from one of the other villages. Don't miss this hike :)

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank dswatcha
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

As long as you are in semi good shape, I think everyone should do this hike! We went in mid March and the weather was great the day we went. It took us about 4.5 hours to hike from Fira to Oia but we did completely take our time with taking pictures and just sitting and soaking it in. So 3 hours if you just want to hike it and not take any stops. We enjoyed every bit of the hike, beginning middle and end. Make sure to take lots of water since many places may not be open that time of the year. But in our view the hike itself was the highlight of our time in Santorini. You get a great appreciation of the island and go through some picturesque villages. We also had a dog walk with us for about 30 minutes of the hike so that was awesome too! haha

Date of experience: March 2018
5  Thank tkops21
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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

A must do beautiful hike if you are visit Santorini island. It's not an easy hike but not the most difficult hike either. You just need to come prepared with water, snacks, and comfortable shoes. This is specially important during off season as not very many stores are open along the way. Happy hiking...

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank CTheWorldX2
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

We are a couple in our 30s who consider ourselves lazy hikers, though we do rock climb and go on the occasional backpacking trips. We weren't sure what to expect as reviews seemed to range from it being very easy to very hard, taking anywhere from 2.5 hrs to 6 hrs. Some said the trail was fine, others said it wasn't. As such, I'll just lay out our facts and you can decide for yourselves.

The hike was in mid march. The weather cloudy, around 16oC, and pretty windy.

We caught the 1st bus from Oia to Fira at 7:30am (1.60€ per person). Arrived in Fira by 8am, and started hiking immediately from the bus terminal back towards Oia. (Walked to Hotel Atlantis as suggested by SantoriniDave).

It took us 2.5 hrs to complete the hike without the Skaros detour, and not taking an inordinate amount of photos.

We felt the hike was pretty straightforward and easy. Only place it might be confusing is in Fira, and we just went with the general rule of going "Up" and sticking to the caldera view. Everywhere else there's red signs or red arrows on the ground.

Weather was perfect since it wasn't scorching hot or too cold, though I was afraid of losing my hat at times. It did get significantly sunnier by the time we reached Fira. This may contribute to our good pace. I can imagine it would be much harder if it was hot.

Zero facilities available in mid March. Everything was closed or under construction. Even in the towns. We brought our own snacks, so we were fine. Could also be due to doing the hike early in the day.

Off season also meant we were the only ones on the trail which was great.

To address comments about dangerous paths, etc. Hiking shoes are a definite recommendation, as there is a lot of uneven pavement/cobblestones/rocks to deal with. Sandals could be doable, but probably quite uncomfortable and you would have to be pretty mindful of where you're putting your feet. The section with the volcanic skree was actually fine, even on our particularly windy day. It is mildly exposed, but, there's a low retaining wall on the inside of the trail if you're really that worried. That particular path was also decently wide, at least wide enough for passing, though it may be tight. A bit steep coming out of that section, but then it's no longer exposed and if you slide with it, it's not too bad.

Views were beautiful, but as another reviewer commented, the best parts are at the beginning and the end... take that as you will.

Overall our opinion was that it was a very nice morning exercise. Not THE most amazing hike ever in the world, but a nice one with consistently good scenery throughout and an interesting variety of trail. Also lots of stray dogs would follow us for short periods. Not a bad thing. We'd recommend doing it.

Hope this helps!

Date of experience: March 2018
12  Thank Vanessa N
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