Fira to Oia Greece


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The craggy coast from Fira to Oia is a shining example of nature’s works of art! The hike between the two villages follows the rim of the Santorini caldera and provides a flow of spectacular panoramic views!

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Took tons of photos but later while reviewing them decided either my photography is getting worse or it isn’t possible to communicate such extraordinary beauty in a photograph.

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Amazing sights are everywhere – the volcano, circle of islands, unique flora and fauna, steep cliffs, white- and pastel-washed churches and villas, big sky, and of course the shimmering blue sea.  Santorini light reflection and colors are incredible!

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As you can see in some of the photos, the day was overcast but it wasn’t cold. Finally the sun came out in late afternoon. I stopped for lunch at a café that was almost hanging off the side of a cliff. They were playing jazz from an LA radio station.

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I underestimated the effort as I have done many eight-mile hikes and thought it would be an easy outing. Some sections of the trail were steep and difficult with loose volcanic rock – walking poles would have been helpful.  Also I didn’t account for the several miles of walking to get back and forth from the buses to Fira and then back to my hotel in Kamari.

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There weren’t many hikers on the trail but I met an Asian couple from Palo Alto, a Korean student from Seoul, and several Europeans. A couple hiking in the opposite direction was from southern California and they had friends living in Oregon.

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Near the top of the hill where an old church looks down on Oia, the wind was fierce but it died down quickly on the other side. I took the wrong sun hat since you definitely needed a chin strap to keep one on your head. One day of hiking without a hat probably reverses at least 5 years’ worth of moisturizers and wrinkle creams – oh well. It was a magnificent and satisfying day enjoying nature.

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Tomorrow I’m going for a group sail along the caldera’s rim – a different vantage point for viewing the islands. If the wind on the sea is as strong as it was on that hill overlooking Oia, the sailboat will fly!

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