Santorini Hiking tours
Hiking tours in Santorini are ideal for the hikers who want to lose themselves in nature. Santorini walking tour from Fira to Oia is the most scenic trail and it holds many unexpected delights. So, gear-up and be prepared to be astounded… First, we drive you to our meeting point in Fira. Then, our excursion begins with hiking along the cliff-side of the Caldera. Further, we will hike through the villages of Firostefani, Imerovigli and finally in Oia.
So, choose to begin this route early in the morning to avoid the midday heat. Also, late in the afternoon it’s an option in order to enjoy the sunset. Another key point, this walking tour takes about 3-5 hours depending on your walking tempo, how many stops you require and … how much you love taking pictures!!! Just keep going North.
Generally speaking, the distance that we will cover in Santorini hiking tour from Fira to Oia is almost 10km / 6 miles … ok, let’s say 15.000 unique and different steps.
Hiking tours in Santorini – A walking tour at the edge of the cliff-side
Paved, unpaved, rocky, cobblestoned or dirt paths, that’s what we will walk after Imerovigli village. After a while, you will hit small Greek Chapels at key high points along the way. Agios Markos Chapel. In fact, it’s a nice spot for some rest and also a sign that we didn’t lose our way!!! This part of the trail is so quiet, not crowded too. For this reason, it’s a wildlife refuge and if we are lucky we will see on our way partridges and rabbits.
The view above the hills is amazing, unquestionably beautiful, the scenery is breathtaking. Once we arrive in Oia village, we will walk through the traditional village in order to discover the way of life of its inhabitants during the 19th and 20th centuries. We will have the opportunity to see its beautiful mansions and homes built within caves hanging on the cliff side above the sea.
A unique hiking adventure
Our intention is to involve you in a special and unique adventure that includes beautiful scenery of Oia, breathtaking landscapes and picturesque architecture. After this long and eventful walking tour in Santorini, we will have the chance to replenish our calories with delicious souvlaki and taste the best homemade ice cream in Santorini. In any case, you’ve earned it!!! Of course, an air-conditioned bus will drop you off at your hotel or at the starting point.
You love Santorini hiking tours? So, in this case, it’s a must!!! There is no better way to appreciate the uniqueness of Santorini. To put it another way, it`s a great way to see the Island. Definitely, it`s a wonderful way to spend a day, a guarantee for a well sleep at night!!!
The route of the hiking tour from Fira to Oia
The total distance of the hiking tour from Fira to Oia is 9 km. For most of the trail, we will walk near the edge of the Caldera. We will start walking from Fira and we will follow the signs for the cable car. We pass in front of it and continue to Petros Nomikos Conference Center. In 20 ‘from the cable car we will reach Agios Gerasimos, in Firostefani village. We will follow the inner road that crosses the beautiful settlement and on our way to Imerovigli village, we will see the monastery of Agios Nikolaos. Once we cross this settlement and we reach Agios Georgios, it is worth making a stop to admire the volcano from its courtyard.
We will continue to the alley next to Agios Ioannis and proceed to a dirt road on which there is a series of hotels. The first small part of a clear path, outside Imerovigli, is magical as it offers evocative views. One of the detours will take us (near the end of the series of hotels) to Agios Antonios. The downhill cobblestone path leads after a route of 5-10 ΄ to the chapel. We return to the main road and first ascend to the right of Agios Markos to reach the private church of Mikros Profitis Ilias. (You can also reach the place by car).
We will continue until we end up arriving at a small white church called Stavros, this is a good time to relax and take photos. Before leaving the church, we can follow a small path that leads to a red hill with many rocks at the top. The view from there is wonderful.
The final route is covered with volcanic ash and white rocks that create a lunar landscape. After the end of the white road, the journey is over, but another chapter of photography begins and the magical landscape: Oia.
General Information & Tips
- Duration of Santorini hiking tour Fira to Oia: 4-5 hours (Depending on the stops for rest and photos)
- Not hard for experienced hikers.
- Hikers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
Sneakers-sturdy walking shoes/ Hat with wide rims / Sunglasses/ Sunscreen
- Transfer: Pick up & Drop off
- Local Tour Guide
- Bottle of Water
- Snack: Dry fruits & Fresh Fruits
Souvlaki and ice cream