Although there are many hiking trails around Santorini, the trail from Fira (pronounced: fear-uh) to Oia (pronounced: ee-uh) is probably the most well known. This path traces an historical overland route between two villages on the Cycladic Island of Santorini. Allow up to 2.5hours to complete the walk, if headed north. Add another 15 minutes for hiking south. All stats are for one-way.
The route is well known and well traveled, but there are still two points may present some mild difficulty. Both are in the village of Imerovigli. The "trail" quickly becomes lost in a maze of pedestrian-only pathways. If you get lost, just ask a local to point you in the right direction. There are limited and inconsistent trail signs with red lettering indicating walking time to Oia. Don't rely on these though. Also, do not rely on Google Maps, as it does not recognize the hiking trail and will direct you to take the road. The best option is download the route scout track right here on HAZ :)
About 10% of the path is walking through narrow, winding pedestrian streets. The other 90% is a collection of cobblestone paths and gravel hiking trails, all of which offer stunning views of the volcanic caldera below. The best time of day to do this hike is in the late afternoon. Time it right so that you can watch the sunset from the hill above Oia.
With the exception of some historic wells, all drinking water on the island is provided by a seawater desalination plant. There's no surface water, so be prepared with 1-2 liters of drinking water for the hike.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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