For all the hike lovers, this one is for you. Prepare to have your mind blown away by the incredible beauty and awe-inspiring scenery. Get ready for the most amazing hike in the whole of Santorini. No exaggeration. You not gonna want to miss this one. So add it to your bucketlist to not forget.
Before going into it, let me just say that you don’t want to be doing this in the summer, unless you want to end up like a roasted chicken. Do this in early spring, late autumn or winter. Otherwise, it will be like a suicide mission and you won’t enjoy it as much. I did this hike in December and the weather was as perfect as it could be. Sunny, but not hot and still warm enough to not be cold. And while you’re walking you gonna get warmed up. Remember to get water and snacks with you and you’ll be good to go.
From Thira to Oia
I can proudly say that I hiked all over the island and with certainty the most spectacular views that I encountered was the hike from Thira to Oia. And, why do I say that this is the most amazing hike in the whole of Santorini? Because, as you walk you get to have a complete overview of the whole island. The hike takes around 2.5h but with hundreds of stops that you are going to take for the pictures, it will be more like 5h. Reserve one full day for this hike.
There are lots of ups and downs. And if you want to stop and see everything that is on the way get ready physically. The less the heat the more you will endure. Walking from Thira you will pass through the picturesque villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli. As you continue to leave Thira behind, you can see approaching the formation of an interesting rock, the Skaros Rock. This volcanic creation is accessible by foot. Hiking will get a bit demanding with all the stops, but without a doubt, it can be done. When I go on hikes I am a bit hardcore and I try to see as much as possible in one go.
As Thira is located in the center of the island, you get to see the extremities, Akrotiri and Oia. The hike is not very difficult, I would say moderate. And the terrain is easy. As you start your walk from Thira, you will reach the curb which will lead to the last stretch of the island where Oia village is situated. Sure, there are many more villages along the way. However, the most famous one with white pristine houses and blue dome churches on the cliffs is Oia.
While hiking I realized why only this side of the island is famous. And it is not only because of the houses and the cliffs, but the sun too. This side of the island is always sunny while the other side is only sunny in the morning. As the sun sets, you get the most crazy sunsets in Oia, Thira, Akrotiri and all the villages in between. So all the fun happens on one side of the island. People are battling to get the best spot to witness the magic of the Sun. But, if you don’t want to be stressed about it have a look at Why might be a good idea to travel off-season and Santorini off-season.
As you walk on the last stretch to Oia, you will notice the predominance of the black volcanic rocks which is actually a combination of volcanic ash, pumice stone and petrified lava. Since in the winter it gets dark at 5PM, the sunset caught me walking the last bit of the northern part of the island. But, I couldn’t complain. The sunset was spectacular, the views just out of this world and I was the only soul around living and experiencing this.
This has been for me the most amazing hike of Santorini. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Let me know in the comments if you did this hike before or if you will. Thanks for passing by and stay tuned for more adventures. The world’s beauty is truly infinite. Enjoy the photos. And you can always follow me on IG @simply_me_traveling