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Hiking Trails in Santorini
Written by Dikshya Shaw on October 27, 2021 Share on

Best Hiking Trails In Santorini

Santorini is laden with scenic hiking routes and among those, many offer a crowd-free tour into this picturesque Cycladic isle. Go through the cobbled streets, lush vineyards or climb the top of an active volcano with your Santorini tour package. Take on the challenge to hike through the most dangerous trails in Santorini. So, what are you waiting for? Go through this blog containing the 6 best hiking trails in Santorini.

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6 Best Hiking Trails In Santorini

If you are a hiker, get ready for an adventure and fun-filled hike in Santorini. With fun come obstacles, so don’t worry, as the trails are also rich in scenery. Read this article to know more about the 6 best hiking trails in Santorini.

  1. Fira to Oia
  2. Pyrgos to Prophet Elias Monastery
  3. Megalochori to the Thermal Baths of Plaka
  4. Akrotiri to Balos Cove
  5. Ancient Thera to Perissa Beach
  6. Nea Kameni Volcano & Hot Springs

1. Fira to Oia

Fira to Oia, Hiking Trails In Santorini
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Fira to Oia hiking trail is a 10 km hiking route and the most popular one in Santorini. Start at the old port in the town of Fira and walk along the rim of the caldera. You will be crossing the traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli. Here, you will find the vast blue of the Aegean to gaze at. Moreover, move past the blue-crowned Church of Saint Gerasimos in Firostefani and amaze at Imerovigli’s fortress-topped Skaros Rock. Also, move along the north amidst white-blue churchyards, impressive calderas, and beautiful alleyways until you see the scenic village of Oia.

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2. Pyrgos to Prophet Elias Monastery

Pýrgos, Grèce, Pyrgos to Prophet Elias Monastery
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Along the west coast of Santorini, you will find Pyrgos, the island’s highest village. It will win you with its tapered, winding paths and green valleys. Additionally, it offers panoramic views of Santorini from an elevated view. It is between Pyrgos and Kamari village, a 1.6 km contrived path that will lead you to the 1711 Prophet Elias Monastery, Santorini’s highest point. As you go along this path, indulge in local delicacies prepared by monks.

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3. Megalochori to the Thermal Baths of Plaka

Megalochori to the Thermal Baths of Plaka, Hiking Trails In Santorini
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One of Santorini’s most authentic villages, Megalochori, is home to mysterious cave houses, neoclassical mansions and lush vineyards. Did you know those cave houses once acted as secret hideaways from pirates? It houses some of the world’s spectacular volcanic views and a well-established tradition in the manufacture of Vinsanto wine. Also, walk past the detailed chapels and follow the 3.2 km downhill path on the caldera side. Moreover, take a dip in the hot and curating waters of Plaka or Thermi beach.

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4. Akrotiri to Balos Cove

Akrotiri to Balos Cove
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Akrotiri to Balos Cove is a 10 km hike from the Bronze Age archaeological site of Akrotiri. Here, you will be able to discover a prehistoric town buried underneath the 17th century BCE’s volcanic ashes. Eventual excavations taking place in the late 1960s brought the matter to light. Additionally, on your way to Balos beach, you can discover tiny churches in the village with your customized Santorini packages. Did you know Balos served as a commercial harbour in the 19th century?

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5. Ancient Thera to Perissa Beach

Fira, Thera, Greece, Ancient Thera to Perissa Beach, Hiking Trails In Santorini
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The civilisation of ancient Thera comes to life through well-preserved ruins. Among these, you will find a theatre, cemeteries, Christian churches, baths, markets and pagan temples. It is a 3.2 km hike down the path to Perissa beach. If you are tired after your hike, you can relax over Perissa’ black sand and pebbles. Did you know Perissa beach is also famous for watersports activities?

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6. Nea Kameni Volcano & Hot Springs

Nea Kameni Volcano & Hot Springs
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Start from Fira and take the path down to the Old Port. Next, you have to hop on a board, as there’s no path from here. It will eventually take you across the Caldera to the volcano on Nea Kameni. After reaching the volcano, a less than 20 mins hike will take you to the top. Again come back and aboard the boat as after this you will be taken to the other side of the volcano. Here, you will find the thermal hot-springs at Palia Kameni, where you can soak yourself in. After a rejuvenating bath, you can take a cable car or, if you are old school, ride a donkey and watch the sunset above the glittering Mediterranean sea.

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Tips for Your Santorini Tour

  • Gossip with your friends inside Santorini’s best cafes.
  • Take some time and go to Red Beach.
  • Spend the weekend chilling away in some of the best Santorini bars.
  • Take a tour around the land of stunning sunsets’ caldera.
  • Don’t forget to visit the Archaeological Museum of Fira.

Also Read: Visit Santorini’s Oia Castle for a mesmerizing sunset

Frequently Asked Questions for Your Santorini Trip

Is Santorini crowded in 2021?

No, Santorini in Greece is not that crowded in 2021.

When should I avoid visiting Santorini?

Avoid the peak season, which is from June to September.

How many days is enough in Santorini?

Three to five days is enough in Santorini.

Is it safe to wander Santorini at night?

Avoid wandering Santorini at night as it is not safe.

What is the best time to visit Santorini?

September to October and April to May is the best time visit Santorini.


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Santorini is springing with hiking trails here and there. So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your bags and set on an adventure-filled journey to Santorini. Feel free to jump around and take in the depth of nature. To book your trip to Santorini, go to Pickyourtrail and book the best Greece holiday package. Also, customise your Greece itinerary and choose what suits you the most.

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