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This morning we ate our breakfast outside our little cave and set off on a coastal hike. The hike is from Oia to the capital city of Fira (or ‘Thira’ as the Greeks might say). 

The first hour of the hike is a steep incline so you will need a cold bottle of water and some inner will power to get you through it. But, you’re only an hour in so you should be in high spirits eager to see the sights.

Ahh the sights. No viewpoint is the same and throughout your hike you will see the caldera and the island from a different perspective. 

In 2 hours you should arrive at Imerovigli. This is a small village known to be the best spot on the island to watch the Santorini sunset go down. 

There are rows of whitewashed hotel backyards with unrestricted views of the caldera. The village is quiet compared to Oia so I wouldn’t stay there but if you are looking for a vacation to escape everything including tourists then this might be the ideal location for you. 

If you set off in the morning then you should be feeling hungry with lunch time looming. You’ll find a cafe there where many hikers stop for a rest. It isn’t fancy, so you can go in in your hiking shorts sweating from the head down without feeling uncomfortable. 

Once you’ve rehydrated, head south and Fira should be your next town.

Fira. Wonderful, beautiful, Fira. I’ll save that story for another post.