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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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you’re in Santorini, this is a must see place. Keeping in mind that there is not much to culturally see, once you get to the top and to the balcony, the view over the ocean is breathtaking! A lot of shops and places to...More

Thank Mario P
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A wonderful way to experience Santorini if you are a little more adventurous! The trail started easy and comfortable through the town, but got a little more challenging abojt halfway through. Pretty views to enjoy while resting along the way and little shops for water...More

Thank Annamarie C
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It is long, tough, and sweltering (we did it in July), but absolutely worth every mile. We hiked from Imerovigli to Oia, and the views are incredible. Bring A LOT of water and leave as early as you can...definitely before 8am. I’ve seen people say...More

Thank Lawrence R
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It is not an easy trek, more like a moderate one to walk ups and downs from Fira to Oia. You will pass the busiest street of Fira, then, accompanied by the donkey dumps, all the way up to pretty and fancy cafes and bars,...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Definitely did not take 2 hours, actually took us 6 hours to complete. Gets very hot towards noon but these views are something you cannot pass on. Will recommend to anyone who is willing and able to make the journey. Pack water, sunblock and wear...More

1  Thank Caroline J
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The trail and hike was one of the highlights of our trip to Greece. I have a read a few reviews and blogs online suggesting a hike for Oia to Fira instead. My husband I did a roundtrip hike and while Oia to Fira was...More

Thank Azi Y
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm an experienced hiker, but I'm not fast; I take my time, wander, take pictures, etc. I LOVED this hike!I I think it's one of the best things to do in Santorini. You feel like you're walking on the very top of the island because...More

Thank Globalista11
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This 10 km hike offers spectacular views over the island and into the Caldera. As it passes through the main villages on the Caldera rim, one sees much of the outstanding photo views printed in magazines about Santorini. Certainly, it's quite exhausting on a hot...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family of four decided to go for the much faved hike around the Caldera from Fira/Imerovigli to Oia after reading so many positive review on TA. We set off from Imerovigli at around 10am and took us about 3 hours to reach Ammoudi Bay,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A real must. The best hike in Santorini. Not an easy one, especially when it is so hot and sunny (most of it is exposed to the sun, no shade). But... a definite MUST!

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Ruth M
30 June 2018|
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Response from MrandMrsRo | Reviewed this property |
We started in Oia and enjoyed it immensely that way round. We decided to do it that way round to avoid the crowds both in Oia and also on getting a bus back to Fira. We got an early bus from Fira and spent about half an hour... More
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Lindsey H
20 June 2018|
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Response from Stephanie Y | Reviewed this property |
We started in Imegliovi at the top of the hill. (Spelling is probably off).
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leonards325
29 May 2018|
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Response from mirgoh | Reviewed this property |
Just like what Katie had mentioned, though there were few snacks & water stops along the way, I dont remember coming across many, if not any at all any washrooms along the hiking route. Definitely advisable to visit the... More
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