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“Lovely hiking experience from Oia to Fira”

Hiking Trail Fira - Oia
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Small-Group Santorini Caldera Walking Tour
Ranked #4 of 163 things to do in Santorini
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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 April 4, 2018 via mobile

The hike and the 11 km distance are definitely worth the view and the experience. Just as all the other posts say, bring water, comfortable shoes and not so much weight. Interesting fact, for the people coming from Oia as we did it is more challenging as it goes uphill rather than for those who are coming from For a to Oia which is easier. There are some places that go up and down but it is easier to come from For a to Oia than to go from Oia to For a. Anyways, you can always take the bus to either cities once you finish the circuit for 1.80 euros per person and the bus leaves both towns every 30 mins.
I was only sorry to see how it is an attraction that needs maintenance and also to be cleaned as I had to pick some of the garbage on my way to Fira. I love hiking but I hate it when people don't use the trash cans. You couldn't find any here but there is no need to throw the garbage anywhere.

4  Thank HoraceBo
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"beautiful hike"
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"bring water"
in 99 reviews
"loose gravel"
in 57 reviews
"start early"
in 30 reviews
"walking shoes"
in 69 reviews
"flip flops"
in 97 reviews
"hour hike"
in 26 reviews
"leisurely pace"
in 19 reviews
"photo stops"
in 30 reviews
"wear good shoes"
in 47 reviews
"lots of water"
in 34 reviews
"great walk"
in 42 reviews
"caught the bus"
in 26 reviews
"skaros rock"
in 72 reviews
"views are amazing"
in 49 reviews
"three hours"
in 25 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 35 reviews

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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!

Thank Yu-Ying L
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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 :)

1  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

5  Thank tonybaseballyankees
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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...

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