We awoke to another beautiful day in Santorini. Can you imagine waking up to this view everyday? It was our last day in Santorini and we decided to hike from Fira to Oia – I had read that it was a beautiful hike along the coast. After breakfast we packed our bags (as we were due to fly out that night) and caught the free hotel bus to town.
This is the hotel we stayed at. It had amazing views overlooking the ocean and sunset.
When we got to town it was already past midday so we decided to carb up before our trek. This is one of my favourite Greek dishes – Moussaka. I would describe it as a Greek version of lasagna.
I remember first trying this dish at Athens airport, just as we were about to fly out of Greece. Surrounded by fast food joints, I opted to grab some Greek food which was served up by this little old Greek woman at the counter. The food looked like it had been sitting there all day but I decided to try it anyway, fascinated by the layers. Although it was airport food, it completely blew me away.
At the restaurant we asked the owner how long he thought it would take us to walk from Fira to Oia. He laughed in our faces and said maybe 4-5 hours. He told us it was a 15min drive to Oia and noone walks there. A bit disheartening, but we brushed it off and told him we’d let him know how long it takes after we’ve finished.
After lunch we began our trek. Many steps going up and down and in-between hotels and shops along the cliff-edge.
We didn’t really expect to hike on this trip so we just brought canvas shoes. Big mistake. At some point along the path, the ground is unpaved and very rocky (and the rocks move!). If you’re thinking about doing this hike, I would recommend wearing some proper hiking boots or at least sport shoes. Although we were able to complete the hike in canvas shoes, it was really unpleasant in some areas.
We made it to Oia!
We were rewarded with a beautiful sunset.