Santorini Caldera Trail

I read enough Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as an adolescent girl to know Santorini is a big deal. Y.A. novels aside, it’s a place on almost everyone’s bucket list.

But I had no clue that one of the coolest Greek islands ever contained one of the coolest day hikes ever! Why is the Caldera Trail (Or Fira–>Oia hike, or whatever you want to call it–not sure that it even has an official name) not more of a thing?? If I had gone to Santorini and missed out on this one, that would’ve been a damn shame. So, I guess I’m writing about it now in the hopes that anyone reading this, who will someday go to Santorini, won’t miss out either!

Here are some highlights of the ~2.5 hours of gorgeous caldera and ocean views, not to mention a bunch of picturesque Greek churches, passing through the villages of Fira–>Firostefáni–>Imerovígli–>Oia!

Pretty lil building in one of the small island villages the trail passes through.

The hike for most people starts in Fira, because that’s a more common (affordable) place to stay on Santorini than the iconic village of Oia. Everyone is going to Oia, though. People come to Santorini for Oia. When we asked for directions there, our hostel concierge recommended the hike so strongly we decided to go for it, instead of take the bus. Asking at your hotel/hostel in Fira is probably the best way to get started and oriented on the hike. It’s popular enough that they’ll know what you’re talking about.

When you’re backpacking on a slave-to-student-loans budget, any excuse to walk places is a plus.

We were basically dying after on particularly big climb. To be fair, hiking is hard when you’ve just been drinking wine and eating gyros for a week straight.
Greek cliffside villages and blue, blue water as far as the eye could see made for insane views basically the entire hike.

The face of a girl happy to have finally reached Oia.
Oia, at last, in the evening light.