"Immerse yourself in the dramatic cliffs and stunning panoramic views to the Caldera of Santorini"
Immerse yourself in the dramatic cliffs and stunning panoramic views to the Caldera of Santorini and experience one of the most sought-after holiday destinations! Walk on volcanic islands, through hidden villages, hundred years old hand-tended vineyards, an ancient town buried under volcanic ash… and marvel at the endless views.
The current shape of the island is a result of a series of catastrophic volcanic explosions over the course of thousands of years. The main island, Thira, will blow your mind with its multi-colored cliffs soaring to 300m and its white washed houses lining these cliff tops offering amazing views and glowing sunsets. Along with the smaller islands of Thirasia and Aspronisi they circle the burried under the sea caldera. In the middle you’ll find the volcanic islands of New and Old Kameni… you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views at every twist and turn!
Ancient paths will introduce you to the intriguing history of the island, the fascinating Minoan site of Akrotiri, Ancient Thera, its picturesque villages such as Oia and Pyrgos, its Venetian castles, its red and black sandy beaches, its excellent wineries and vineyards, pottery and art workshops and the finest food…
Look below at our recommended walks during our Santorini self-guided walking holiday…
Distance: 10 km Time: 4 hours (actual walking time can reach 5-6 hours)
Distance: 9.4 km Time: 4 hours (actual walking time can reach 5-6 hours)
You will start from the beautiful Cycladic village of Pyrgos, wonder around its narrow alleys and explore its ruined Kasteli (castle), traditional architecture, remains of neoclassical mansions and breathtaking views of the whole island. You’ll follow the old path leading to the traditional farming villages of Exo and Mesa Gonia. On the way you will have the chance to visit 2 of the most acclaimed wineries of the island. Time to explore Santorini’s “hidden” villages, get a glimpse into the island’s agricultural life and taste the island’s awarded volcanic wines!
Distance: 3.7 km, Time: 1h30 (actual walking time with visits to wineries can reach 3-4 hours)
Distance: 2.6 km, Time: 1h-1h30
Your next stop will be Akrotiri village, another fortified Venetian settlement. Take the old path and reach the Akrotiri excavation which has uncovered one of the most important Aegean prehistoric settlements. The three storey sophisticated buildings, the elaborate drainage system, magnificent wall-paintings, furniture and vessels of this ancient city buried under volcanic ash will fascinate you. End the day with a coastal walk to the incredible Vlychada beach.
Distance: 6.8km, Time 3 hours (actual walking time can reach 6 hours)
Distance: 8.9 km, 3h-3.3h (actual walking time can reach 5-6 hours)
“We both agreed that Naxos was our favourite of the islands. We did a coastal walk from Pyrgaki on the first day. It was a real surprise to find such a long stretch of pristine beaches with so few people on them, especially as the weather was like July!.. The last two days we did the Apeiranthos-Chalki and Filoti-Zas walks. These were possibly the highlight of the whole trip, with fantastic mountain scenery, charming villages and lots of vultures circling over the top of Fanari as we climbed up to it. The route notes were excellent with lots of interesting reading material. All of the accommodations were really good – especially Anixis.”
“Hi Annie, just wanted to reassure you that we are back from the Filoti to Zas Circular Trail. It was fantastic! The trail marking is very good and the notes were good too. We didn’t go to the top of Zas because the cloud came in and it was quite windy and cool – but we know we would have managed it if the cloud had not been there.”
Don & Linda, New Zealand
"We had a fantastic time. It was really nice to meet Nikos in Santorini and he had lots of really great tips for us. We really enjoyed the walk to Oia. Both Fira and Oia were very crowded with tourists but the whole walk in between was very peaceful with spectacular views all the way! We took the bus back to Firostefani afterward, as Nikos suggested, and found a lovely restaurant far away from the tourist crowds. It was a pity we had so little time on Santorini as I would have liked to try some of the other walks."