Hike from Fira to Oia – Santorini, Greece

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.

Fira Hotel, Santorini Greece

This is the hotel we stayed at. It had amazing views overlooking the ocean and sunset.

Moussaka - Greek food in Santorini

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.

Santorini Greece - Hike from Fira to Oia

After lunch we began our trek. Many steps going up and down and in-between hotels and shops along the cliff-edge.

Santorini Greece

Santorini Greece

Hike Fira to Oia Santorini Greece

Hike Fira to Oia Santorini Greece

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.

Hike Fira to Oia, Santorini Greece

Fira to Oia hike, Santorini Greece

Fira to Oia walk, Santorini Greece

Fira to Oia walk, Santorini Greece

We made it to Oia!

Oia Santorini Greece sunset

Oia Santorini Greece sunset

We were rewarded with a beautiful sunset.

Read more travel stories in Europe.

2 thoughts on “Hike from Fira to Oia – Santorini, Greece

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *