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Fira to Oia Hike picture in Santorini
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Fira to Oia Hike picture in Santorini
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The best way to take in Santorini is to walk, and there is no better route than the one from Fira to Oia. This hike is 6 miles one-way and passes through four towns, including Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia. It's important to know that there is no marked trail or pathway for this hike (aside from a couple signs, according to recent travelers), but a matter of following the roads closest to the caldera. Along the way, travelers will find numerous sites worth stopping for, in addition to spectacular ocean views and picturesque towns. One of these is  Skaros Rock. Today, this headland is a popular vantage point for watching sunsets, but in yesteryears it housed a castle that served as the prime meeting place for Christians during the 1800s. There's also numerous churches dotted throughout, including the blue-domed St. Gerasimos Church, which offers excellent views of the volcano. Once you hit Oia, you'll find Byzantine castle ruins open for exploration.

Recent visitors say the best time to start this trek is in the morning, as there is no shade and the afternoon sun may be too much for some. Travelers also said there are rocky elevation changes throughout, so plan to wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Many reviewers said they completed the hike in three hours or less, but also noted completion time all depends on a traveler's level of fitness as well as how often they stop. And with all the photogenic spots along the trail, be prepared to stop a lot. Even though the hike is considered moderate and time consuming, travelers agreed that this is the best way to experience Santorini's natural beauty.

Visitors can explore this trail all hours of the day or night and there is no fee to access it. However, considering its rocky terrain, it is advised to stay off the trail at night and depending on the season, in the afternoon. You can start the trail from central Fira or Oia. For more information about the Fira to Oia Hike, consult the Thira tourism board's website.

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#1 Kamari Beach Santorini's volcanic history has led to the formation of some of the more unique beaches in the Greek Isles, and Kamari is no exception. Sitting about 4 miles southeast ... Read more » LeighAnnRahn / Getty Images

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Kamari Beach, located on Santorini's east coast, is a popular place to pull ashore and enjoy the Aegean sun. LeighAnnRahn / Getty Images

Some say Amoudi Bay provides the one of the best views of Santorini's landscape and surrounding water. Many small restaurants in this area serve up the fresh fish caught nearby. turtix / Getty Images

Hiking from the village of Fira to Oia is one of the most popular activities in Santorini. The hike takes about 4 hours and passes through four villages that sit along the caldera.  Ashok Sinha / Getty Images

The incredible ruins of Ancient Thera, which include ruins from Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras, rest high above the seashore. Gatsi / Getty Images

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