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Fira–Oia Hike
Fira–Oia Hike

Fira–Oia Hike

Fira to Oia Trail, Santorini, Cyclades

The Basics

The Fira–Oia hike takes you past tiny chapels and small villages, such as Firostefani and Imerovigli. In spring, wildflowers and herbs grow along the sides of the trail. You can hike from Fira to Oia or from Oia to Fira, but most travelers opt to start in Fira as it sits at higher altitude.

Opt for a guided hike if you want someone to help you find the trail and provide local insights; guides can also arrange transportation back to your starting point. Some tours even include a sunset meal or wine tasting.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Santorini

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Great tour for walkers
Lisa_H, Sep 2021
Small-Group Santorini Caldera Fira to Oia Hike
Highly recommend this tour if you are a good walker. Our excellent guide Catherine picked us up from our hotel with snacks and water and took good care of us throughout the walk. Some bits are very steep but she was very patient and let us dictate the pace. She was very informative throughout and the views along the way are stunning.
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A must!
Rosa_V, Aug 2021
Small-Group Santorini Caldera Fira to Oia Hike
What a great way to get to know Santorini. Kathrin was such a wonderful guide. The hike was awesome! My husband and I got to see places you can’t see in a tour bus. Kathrin was also so knowledgeable about the island. If I’m ever back in Santorini, I would do this again.
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AN ABSOLUTE MUST DO!
Nohad_K, Sep 2021
Small-Group Santorini Caldera Fira to Oia Hike
This this yesterday from 9am - 1:30. This was an absolute must! We went back and forth about doing it ourselves or taking a tour. SOOO glad we chose the tour, otherwise, my husband and I would have been at each other with “ARE YOU SURE THIS IS THE WAY?!” LOL! Also, so happy we read all reviews w/other tours and chose this one. Our guide, Kathrin, was not only knowledgeable about everything Santorini ( I thought I knew a thing or two, however, I was happily mistaken😉), she was kind, easy to talk to, answered EVERY question asked, caring - always assuring everyone was doing well throughout and even greeted each of us w/a delicious, traditional Greek breakfast snack (you’re going to need your carbs!), and water bottles. The hike wasn’t as difficult as some of the more frightening reviews I read on other tour sights and wasn’t a cake walk either. 3/4 of the hike was a pleasant, comfortable stroll and approx 1/4 needed your full attention, however, Kathrin was always there to warn, assist, and guide. Never felt unsafe or uncertain. No special hiking shoes needed, your regular running shoes will do. I think the “small” group size (no more than 8) also made for MUCH more pleasant hike. We chatted, laughed, and sweat together for 4hr (6.5miles) that at the end you felt you were leaving good friends. The best things I can tell you are; Look no further. This is the hiking tour to pick. Stop contemplating about doing it on your own. ✔️Just Do It✔️From pick to drop off, you’ll be pleased - This is the right choice. Thank you SO MUCH Kathrin!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most travelers take between a couple hours and half a day to complete the hike between Fira and Oia.

  • Much of the route is exposed. Bring sunscreen, carry water, and wear sneakers or hiking sandals and a hat.

  • Make sure your phone (or camera) is fully charged with plenty of space for photos.

  • The Fira–Oia hike is not wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

There are many buses that run from Athinios, Santorini’s main port, to Fira, and others that head to Fira from the island’s airport. After you hike to Oia, you can take a bus back to Fira, but be aware that during busy times, the buses can get so crowded it’s impossible to board. Alternatively, book a guided hike that includes transportation.

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When to Get There

The Fira–Oia walking trail is very exposed in places, so you should start your hike early in the morning to beat the midday heat, or head out in the afternoon and get to Oia just in time for sunset. The spring and fall seasons (mid-March to May and September to mid-November) offer the best hiking weather.

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Ways to Explore Santorini’s Volcano

Around 1600 BC, the island of Thera exploded in a massive volcanic eruption. Santorini’s cliffs and the surrounding islands are the above-water edges of a giant underwater crater created by the blast and are all that remains of Thera. To appreciate the volcano, hike along the edge of Santorini’s crater, then take a cruise to the island of Nea Kameni, where fumes still smolder, or to Palea Kameni, which boasts mineral hot springs.

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