Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Imerovigli

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To see the best of what Santorini has to offer relatively quickly, tackle Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail. Hundreds of people hike the 9 km (5.5 mi) long trail every day, stopping along the way to discover the island's picturesque beaches, small villages, and ancient churches. The scenic trail covers a variety of terrains, including some rocky and steep pathways for which you should bring a pair of comfortable hiking shoes. The best time to start the hike is just after sunrise or late in the afternoon, during the coolest parts of the day. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, and bring lots of drinking water and a light snack. Put Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail into our Imerovigli trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Imerovigli.
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  • My daughter and I visited the Greek Isles in October, 2019. Santorini was on our list and we stayed at the Hotel Panorama Studios in Fira (which I highly recommend). We took an early morning walk...  more »
  • The hike is fairly easy but takes quite a while...mainly because I was constantly stopping to see the views and take pictures! Absolutely stunning scenery. I had found a blog online that mapped out...  more »
  • Nice trail, well maintained and easy if you are a regular hiker... pretty demanding if you are not used to 5k+ walks and dont have the right shoes 🤷🏻‍♂️ We started from Fira the trail is on our...  more »
  • Great hike with amazing views. Go from Thira to Oia and Early (like 8 am) or earlier to beat the heat. Takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Bus it back for €1.80. June 2019
  • Amazing views of the Caldera while walking. When on Santorini, and you're physically ok, you have to make this hike. I took a bus from Oia to Fira and hiked the 11 km back in about 4 hours. The last hill, you can use a donkey if you want. Do take some refreshments and a hat. I did the complete hike on sneakers. Amazing views of the Caldera. The last chapel on the road is also an amazing spot to watch the sunrise without being surrounded by a crowd (tip from a local).
  • Not the most well maintained path out there, this is the way to get to skaros rock, and the quaint church on the Western cliff. The path is the definition of uphill both ways, and has very little shade. The views along it are pretty, but bewarned that there is a severe dearth of shade so be prepared. Wear proper sneakers with good traction, because the path is very loose sand at some points.
  • We did this hiking in family, adventurous experience.
  • The Fira-Oia hike is an absolute classic and an unforgettable experience. It is basically walking the crest of the Santorini caldera, which is the rim of the ancient volcano crater. The volcano erupted 3500 years ago leaving the crater floor submerged with only a portion of its rim remaining above water. If you think of the crater rim as a clock, Santorini forms a crescent from 12 to 6 o'clock, with Fira at 3 and Oia at 12. The hike requires no hiking skills except the ability to walk 6 mi in the sun with no shade, with some moderate ups and downs. Shoes are a better choice than flipflops. The hardest part of the hike was locating the starting point in Fira, but even that was fun getting lost in the small paths. We had already explored Fira, so we parked in the public lot near St. Gerisimos church in northern Fira and headed north. The next mile, continuing north, you'll walk through Imerovigli, after which the path gets more interesting and country-like. The setting could hardly be more dramatic, walking on a path on the edge of a 1000' cliff, with the inner rim of the island constantly in view. Views of the distant towns are sprinklings of white structures on the crest of their steep embankments with their harbors below. Oia itself is visible in the distance at the northern end of the land while Fira and Imerovigli are behind you to the south. Across the sunken crater is the tiny island Thirasia, the other non-submerged piece of the caldera rim. Using the clock analogy, Thirasia covers 9 to 10:30. We would love to visit there some day... Also, the fuming volcano vent is visible just a half-mile offshore and you can watch the tourists as they disembark the boats and walk up to the vent. You will have company walking on the trail, and the next mile passes a number of expensive hotels and residences. There is some construction going on so you'll occasionally be walking past machinery and debris, but this is minor. The trail climbs to the beautiful monastery Ekklisia Profitis Ilias and then descends to the road, which you will need to share with cars for a short distance. Oia is straight ahead. Be sure to take a quart of water or sports drink and some snack food--there are few restaurants between Imerovigli and Oia and they won't necesssarily be open. Enjoy!

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