The Fira to Oia hike in Santorini reveals the Greek island at its most stunning. Passing through some beautiful villages, the hiking trail is well marked and suitable for anyone of average fitness. Interested in hiking from Fira to Oia? Read on to find out more!
Santorini is perhaps the most stunning of all the Greek islands. The whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches, and majestic views seem pristine and timeless. There are many things to see and do in Santorini, some of which I included in this recent article – 2 days in Santorini. The one thing I would highly recommend though, is hiking from Fira to Oia.
The distance is about 10 kms, and the hiking trail from Fira to Oia is well marked. Passing through the more important villages of Santorini, hiking from Fira to Oia offers amazing views out onto the volcano and awe-inspiring coastline.
Take Your Time And Enjoy The Views
Although it is possible to walk from Fira to Oia in 3 hours or less, it's not a race! Take your time, enjoy the walk, and soak up the views. Allowing between 4 and 5 hours would be ideal. No special equipment is needed, apart from a comfortable pair of shoes, some snacks, and some water. Remember to wear a hat and sunblock!
The Fira to Oia Hiking Path
As I previously mentioned, the hiking path from Fira to Oia is well marked. There are a couple of times where you will need to keep your eyes peeled for signs, but most of it is common sense. It's a coastal hiking path, and the sea should be on your left!
Picking up the path in Fira first of all is perhaps the trickiest part. Basically, follow the signs to the cable car, and from there, you will start to see the signs for the walking trail.
Following a cobblestone path, the trail heads upwards, and along the caldera. The first village to be reached is Firostefani. During the summer, there are plenty of places to get a drink or something to eat. If you are hiking from Fira to Oia in the off season though, most of these places will be closed.
Continuing onward, the trail passes by the Monastery of Saint Nicolas, which contains Byzantine icons. When I hiked the trail in November, the monastery was closed, but by all accounts, it is a worthwhile place to visit. The hiking path then continues through the picturesque village of Imerovigli.
Heading northwards once more, the hiking path passes by the Church of Agios Antonios, and the Church of Prophet Elias. Now, it enters a wilder section of walking over the caldera.
Eventually, the hiking path ends up in Oia. This is perhaps the most photographed village in Santorini.
It really is beautiful. In fact, you would have to work pretty hard to take a bad photograph here! It is also the place to watch a stunning sunset. A perfect end to the day, but the evening has just begun! Stay for a few hours in a bar in Oia, or catch the bus back to Fira and prepare for a night out. The choice is yours!
One final note. It is best to avoid hiking from Fira to Oia during the hottest parts of the day, especially in the summer. Either set off early morning, or late afternoon. My advice is to set off in the afternoon, and arrive in Oia in time to watch the sunset. You can then catch a bus back to Fira after, or stay in town for a few hours, and get a taxi back.
Have you visited Santorini and hiked from Fira to Oia, or are you planning to? I would love to read your comments, so please leave some below!