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Hiking on Santorini: Santorini is especially known for its natural beauty. This island is ideal for nature lovers and offers a lot of amazing paths for hiking. The whole island has a lot of beauties for the visitors, from wild, volcanic landscapes to picturesque villages and lovely churches in the countryside. Hiking is a great way to get to know the island in a more special way. As the hiking routes on Santorini are generally not long and vary in difficulty, everyone can try.
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The trip from Fira to the Old Port of Gialos and back is the more common hiking route and very easy to access, although there are many stairs. This route offers beautiful views and doesn't last for more than 20 minutes. The route from Fira to Oia is another light trek, although it is much longer, a little more than an hour. This hike passes through Firostefani, Imerovigli, Vourvoulos and many other picturesque settlements. The beautiful beach of Ammoudi is found at the end of the trek, where you can swim and rest.
Another route, slightly more difficult, is to follow the old trail which leads from Fira to Perissa through the Monastery of Prophet Elias. This trek is a little more 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 the small island of Thirassia. This is an island just opposite Oia, with only 50 permanent inhabitants and a wild landscape to explore. If you go before the tourist season starts, in May or early June, you are bound to enjoy as much peace and pure nature as you want there.