Wandering from Fira to Oia Santorini for sunset

Santorini holidays are all about colour and contrast. Not least when you take a walk from Fira to Oia Santorini to watch the famous sunset.

Everything on this unique Greek Island seems painted white: buildings, pavements, stones, even the tree trunks. Set this against the dark volcanic rock of the Santorini caldera and add the blue sea, blue paint, black sand and red rock, and you have an extremely photogenic holiday destination!

Around midday the sky loses its dazzling blue and joins the whiteness above the hazy islands. And at the end of the day the Santorini sunset bathes everything in a soft glow.

There’s no better way to experience this than by taking the classic walk from the old town of Fira to Oia Santorini. This is the perfect opportunity to catch a snapshot of Santorini’s iconic architecture and geography as you wander along the edge of the crater rim past villas, convents and graveyards.

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At every step are superb views of the island volcano and its caldera, filled with the blue Mediterranean. Santorini is actually the residue of an incomprehensibly large volcanic eruption about 1450 BC, and under the blackened island of the Kammeni things are still simmering away.

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A five-minute detour to Antonius Chapel offers a perfect lunch spot with picnic tables and even a toilet hut. Another chapel to another saint sits lonely at the highest point of the walk.

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At last we arrived at the northern tip of the Caldera, where Oia perches, waiting for sunset. The most famous town in Santorini is a confection of blue domes and pastel shades.

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The much-vaunted sunset casts an exquisite light over the cascade of houses and windmills.

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There are plenty of opportunities to take beautiful photos of Santorini, although the atmosphere may not be as peaceful as it looks… Yes it is crawling with tourists, either buying expensive cocktails from the bars or bottles of cold wine and alco-pops from the off-licences depending on their budget, but don’t let that put you off – it is still amazing.

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You should note that at certain times of the year the sunset is actually much better (and more peaceful) in other parts of the island, for example from our Santorini hotel balcony near Fira.

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If you are considering what to do in Santorini, this walk should be top of your list but don’t forget to explore off the beaten track in Santorini as well. Whatever you do, enjoy your trip to Santorini!

By Natasha von Geldern

The walk from Fira to Oia takes around two hours, although there is no rush, and regular buses carry tourists from Oia back to Fira after sunset (and dinner).

For our Santorini hotel we stayed at the gorgeous Majestic Hotel Santorini, which is peacefully outside of Fira town (still walking distance), has a stunning pool area, and amazing sunset views from its balconies. I personally recommend the Majestic if you are looking for where to stay in Santorini.

We got a direct flight to Santorini airport from the UK and then travelled by ferry to Athens via Paros at the end of our sojourn.

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35 Replies to “Wandering from Fira to Oia Santorini for sunset”

    • Natasha von Geldern Post author

      It’s definitely somewhere everyone should try to see at least once. Love the Mirabell Gardens Debbie!

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    • Natasha von Geldern Post author

      Yes and really the throngs of tourists are just in one or two spots and at certain times. The whole island is wonderful to explore and in fact we hardly meet anyone else on our walks.

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  1. Leigh

    Sign me up – so beautiful. You should be working for the Greek Tourist board with these shots. The hike sounds like something I would very much like to do.

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  2. Lisa

    Beautiful photos! We spent a day on Santorini last summer while on a Mediterranean cruise and fell in love with the island. Weren’t able to do the walk from Oia to Fira though as we thought it would be too much for the kids in the August heat. The sunset was beautiful from the deck of the ship that evening too. 🙂

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    • Natasha von Geldern Post author

      It sounds like you had a lovely day and I wouldn’t have taken out daughter (or myself) on that walk in the August heat either! Great to connect Lisa!

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  3. Bob R

    What time of year did you visit? I’ve been to a handful of Greek islands, and always in the fall, from Sept through November. No crowds to speak of, but still quite comfortable and warm.

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    • Natasha von Geldern Post author

      I’m with you there Bob – I was there in October and the weather was outstanding but not too hot. And great light for photos 🙂

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    • Natasha von Geldern Post author

      Yes you’d get different but equally stunning views on the way back I’m sure! So you’d want to stay the night in Oia and walk back next morning 🙂

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  4. Jenna

    So, so beautiful! I really want to go to Greece (who doesn’t?)! I haven’t been there and it just seems so gorgeous and laid back at the same time.

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  5. Mary @ The World Is A Book

    Gorgeous pictures of one of the most scenic places in the world. This has been on my bucket list for a long time. Thanks for the tip on this walk and your visit at that time of the year sounds wonderful.

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  6. Izy Berry

    Lovely pics. My partner and I are planning to visit Greece later in the year. I’ve never been but have always really REALLY wanted to go to Santorini. It just looks so romantic to me.

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  7. Sand In My Suitcase

    It’s a real highlight of Santorini, isn’t it? We think it’s one of the most scenic hikes/walks you can do anywhere in the world. But to enjoy it, you really need to avoid the hot, hot days of July and August :-).

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  8. Andrew Darwitan

    Gorgeous photos, especially the sunset one! This is my favorite thing to do in Santorini as the trail passes through some of the most beautiful villages and nature panorama. The trail is supposed to be 2 hours, but I actually spent a total of 8 hours because there are just so many wonderful things to see so I stopped a lot to take endless photos + I decided to add Skaros Rock into the trip in one day. Crazy days, but lots of memories!

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