Hiking on Santorini: Santorini is well-known for its natural beauty. This island is ideal for nature lovers since it offers many appealing paths for hiking. The island provides abundant beautiful settings to its visitors, from wild, volcanic landscapes to picturesque villages and lovely churches in the countryside. Hiking is a great way to explore the island in a more special way. As the hiking routes on Santorini are not long and vary in difficulty, everyone can give trekking a chance!
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The trip from Fira to the Old Port of Gialosand back is the more common hiking route and easy to access, although there are many stairs. This route offers beautiful views and lasts less than 20 minutes.
The route from Fira to Oia is another light trek, although it is much longer, a little more than an hour. That hike passes through Firostefani, Imerovigli, Vourvoulos, and many other picturesque settlements. The beautiful beach of Ammoudi lies at the end of the path, where you can swim and rest. More info.
A slightly more difficult route is the old trail, which leads from Fira to Perissa through the Monastery of Prophet Elias. The trek is a little rigorous as it climbs up and down the highest peak of Santorini, the mountain of Prophet Elias at an altitude of 565m. Another great trekking option is Thirassia, a tiny island opposite Oia, with only 50 permanent inhabitants and a wild landscape to explore. If you visit before the tourist season, in May or early June, you are bound to enjoy as much peace and pure nature as you want there.