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Hiking in Santorini: Caldera Trail from Fira to Oia

By far, our favorite activity in Santorini was the hike from Fira to Oia. The views were spectacular and throughout most of the hike, it felt as though we were on the island by ourselves!

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Due to some pretty high winds, none of the regularly scheduled boats and cruises could come into port the day of our hike. It was great for us because it meant that the island was much quieter and more peaceful, but it also meant that we had to deal with extreme winds throughout the hike. However, I would much rather deal with the winds than the crowds, and the wind actually ended up making for some comical moments throughout the day, such as when we ended up in a mini sand storm, and almost getting blown over along the top edge of the hills!

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As we were based in Fira, we decided to start our hike there and end in Oia, where we could then take the bus back to Fira for the evening. We started out bright and early because we didn’t want to hike in the afternoon heat. The entire adventure should take around 3-4 hours at a relaxed pace, but it ended up taking us considerably longer as we stopped many a time for photos and also made an accidental detour along the way.

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The path is pretty well-marked throughout the hike—it leads you through towns and along the edge of the caldera all the way through to Oia.  Some of the trails are paved, and some of the trails are dirt paths.  There is one spot however, where we got a bit turned around. About halfway into the hike, we ended up following two other pairs of hikers that decided to walk along the side of the road. After about 15 minutes of walking and wincing every time a car sped by, we came to the conclusion that we had to be on the wrong path. Something didn’t feel right–it could have been the near death experience of walking on the roads with barely any shoulder. And, more than that, everything I read before the hike made it sound like the trail stuck to the rim of the caldera, but the road we were on was facing the flat side of the island.

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We eventually decided to turn around, and I’m so thankful that we did! If we would have stayed on the winding roads, we would have had to go much farther, and we would have missed out on the amazing views that were to come. So yeah, don’t make the same mistake we did and be sure to follow the trail!

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One of the reasons we enjoyed the hike so much is that it allowed us to get in touch with some nature in a very peaceful setting, which was nice since Santorini can be pretty busy and touristy. We didn’t see many hikers along the way—maybe 15 in total, so it was nice to have some quiet time along the trails. Plus, as I said before, the views were absolutely gorgeous. You are able to see the little white washed villages dot the edge of the caldera, as well as endless miles of the sea on all sides.

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As afternoon started creeping upon us, we finally found ourselves finishing the hike in Oia and ready to start exploring. We walked through the beautiful streets before settling on an adorable café for some much needed lunch. Even though the restaurants along the caldera can be expensive, we decided to reward ourselves and have lunch with a view. We sat out on the patio, overlooking the sea and soaked up every glorious moment while enjoying a milkshake and lunch.

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After pleasantly wasting away what felt like an entire afternoon, we finally decided it was time to get up from our perfect seats and mosey along. We had to do a bit of browsing in the stores before finding the bus that would take us back to our “home” for the week. The bus system was very simple to use—you just hop on and someone will come around to collect your fare. Just make sure to have the correct change if possible because they might not have small bills to give you change.

I’m so glad we planned a day to go hiking in Santorini. It ended up being our favorite adventure from our time in Santorini, and in a heartbeat, we would jump on the opportunity to do it again!

 

34 Comments
  • Hannah
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    Posted at 23:08h, 16 January Reply

    Darn perfect photo ops always make things take longer don’t they 😉 Nice that you had it mostly to yourself, and great pictures guys!
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  • kay dougherty
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    Posted at 16:43h, 17 January Reply

    My sister are considering doing a walking tour of the Amalfi Coast so I really enjoyed reading this – thanks!
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  • Hayley Swinson
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    Posted at 13:58h, 19 January Reply

    What an AMAZING bunch of photos you’ve shared! I’ve heard that Santorini is quite touristy — as you said — it’s nice to see that there are some alternative activities like hiking that will take you away from the crowd and with perfect views! Definitely adding this to my bucket list 🙂
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  • Alli
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    Posted at 10:43h, 20 January Reply

    Oh yeah, I would much rather deal with high winds then high crowds! When I was here it was just so packed, you could barely walk! But despite any inconvenience such as winds or crowds, views like your photos make it all worth it! I would do it again in a heart beat!

  • Chris Boothman
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    Posted at 12:54h, 20 January Reply

    Every time I read a post or see pictures on Santorini, I am envious of folks who are able to spend time here. The views across the bay are stunning and of course it’s always nice to know there are plenty of ‘other’ activities to participate in rather than just the stereotypical tourist sights.
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  • Lisa
    Posted at 13:51h, 11 June Reply

    awesome pics – what time of the year did you go ?

  • Alice
    Posted at 20:36h, 23 June Reply

    Love your photos! Do you remember the name of the cafe you went to in Oia?

  • Les Petits Pas de Juls
    Posted at 01:13h, 19 January Reply

    Gorgeous, indeed!
    I truly think Greece is going to be on my list this year….
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  • Travels and Tipples
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    Posted at 13:39h, 19 January Reply

    We did this hike as well and it was fabulous! We were there in April a few years ago and we also had a windy day and the trail pretty much to ourselves. Like you, it took us a while to walk it because I was taking so many photos. The views are incredible.
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  • Devin
    Posted at 19:58h, 15 February Reply

    Absolutely LOVE all the pictures and tips you have about Santorini! We are looking to venture to the island this summer. Do you have any suggestions on hotels/places to stay? Thanks again for the great pictures and stories of your adventures on Santorini.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 02:34h, 17 February Reply

      Thanks so much! Glad to hear you enjoy 🙂 We stayed at the Galatia Villas Santorini–it was a cute and clean place, but a bit out of the way. It was around a 15 minute walk to town. There are a ton of gorgeous looking hotels along the caldera and in town though too, but we didn’t check any other place out so unfortunately we don’t have recommendations on places to stay. Hope you have a wonderful trip and enjoy Santorini!!
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  • Michael
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    Posted at 15:51h, 12 March Reply

    Thank you for helping me make a decision to do this! Great pics!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 15:21h, 16 June Reply

    Great post, beautiful pictures — we are definitely going to make this trek in September! Would you say sneakers are an absolute must or would hiking sandals suffice?

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 20:53h, 20 July Reply

      Thanks, Sarah! Well, I’m probably not the best person to ask because I never seem to wear appropriate footwear, haha! I wore the worst shoes for the hike (ballerina flats!), so hiking sandals are definitely better than those! I would probably wear hiking sandals myself next time as I try to avoid sneakers as much as possible–the trail wasn’t too crazy, just a lot of dirt paths with some sidewalks mixed in, but at the same time I’m sure some people would say sneakers are a must. I know that doesn’t help much, but hope it helps some and enjoy the hike!! 🙂
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      • Sarah
        Posted at 14:16h, 22 November Reply

        I did it in my Merrel sandals and it was great! It was sketchy for about 2 minutes on that patch of sharp reddish gravel, but otherwise perfect. What a beautiful hike — we got to Oia just in time to picnic with some wine and watch the sunset. Amazing!

        • Jenna Kvidt
          Posted at 16:34h, 23 November Reply

          So glad to hear it was great for the majority of the hike! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 And a picnic with wine sounds like the perfect way to end the day after the hike. Thanks for letting us know!!
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  • Corryn
    Posted at 09:07h, 30 June Reply

    Great post, we’ll be headed there this summer! Weird question – what kind of footwear would you recommend for this hike?

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 02:03h, 20 July Reply

      Nice! I think sneakers or hiking shoes would probably be best–I wore Tieks, which are ballet flats, and that wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had, lol! My shoes got pretty dirty as you are walking on a lot of dirt trails and it got pretty windy. Hope you have a great time!
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  • Ajitabh Chaudhuri
    Posted at 02:00h, 07 July Reply

    Hi

    The trail seems great.
    When was this hike taken?
    Asking as me and my wife are visiting Santorini in February 2017
    So need some inputs on how this hike will be and how is the food availability

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:38h, 20 July Reply

      We went on the hike in October. I’m not sure what the weather will be like in February, but if the weather is nice I would think the hike should be good. There are plenty of restaurants at the start and finish of the hike, in both Fira and Oia, and there are a few different towns that you will pass through along the way, but I’m not sure what they have for restaurants or what the hours would be as we didn’t stop anywhere in the middle of the hike. But it’s never a bad idea to bring snacks and something to drink just in case! Hope you have a great time!
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  • mackenzie dobson
    Posted at 18:53h, 22 January Reply

    Did you guys do this hike on your own or with a tour guide?
    Thanks!!

  • Megan
    Posted at 12:50h, 20 March Reply

    Hello! We are going to Greece in may. We will be traveling with a 5 year old and a one year old. We have traveled all over Europe with our five year old and he does long hikes all the time. But my question is how steep is the hike? That is my main concern about doing it with him. He can walk a far way as long as we have snacks and make stops 🙂

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 02:15h, 24 March Reply

      It’s not a completely flat trail–there are some hills but from what we remember nothing was super steep. One nice thing is that you do walk through some small towns along the way, so you can always decide to stop and hop on a bus if you get tired, but be sure to check the bus schedule so you know the times/stops. There are some longer stretches though where you won’t have access to a road and you will have to continue on–the part of the trail that felt the longest with no town access was closer to the Oia side of the hike. So you could either start in Oia to get it out of the way first, or you could start in Fira and hop off the trail in one of the towns if it starts to get too long. Hope that helps some and hope you have a fantastic trip!
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