This route connects four of the most popular settlements of the Caldera.
Feel a sense of wonder while on a hiking route in Santorini that passes through the island’s most iconic coastal villages. Admire visions of classic Cycladic architecture, including whitewashed houses and blue-domed chapels. Savor unbeatable Aegean Sea views and untamed beauty during a hike up the western coast.
If you are visiting Santorini during high season (June-August) you should know that the central Theotokopoulos square is closed for vehicles and you will have to take a detour.
Firostefani and Imerovigli are only 1 km and 2,5 km away from Fira, respectively. There are parking lots in both villages and you will find several walking paths leading to the Caldera in order to enjoy the view.
Exiting Imerovigli you will come upon an intersection. On your right-hand side is the road coming from Kontohori (route 2). The road ahead leads to Vourvoulos settlement and Vourvoulos beach. You can take route 2 to Culumbos and Baxedes-Paradeisos beach by turning left (north) further down the road leading to this beach. The left-hand side road leads to Oia. This is one of the most amazing routes on the island.
The total distance is 9,5 km. On your right you will have a view of the NE beaches and the Aegean Sea.
It is worth stopping at the col where the road to Pori beach is located on the right-hand side (east). On the side of the Caldera the view of the volcanic rocks and the volcano is astonishing, while on the opposite side you will admire the Aegean Sea.
From this point on you will drive near the impressive Black and Red mountains. At the entrance of Oia you will find a sign showing a right turn to Finikia and Baxedes.
Driving straight ahead you will enter Oia. Passing through the village you will find access points to the main pedestrian street offering view to the Caldera and the neighborhoods of Oia. There are several parking lots where busses also make stops.
The road ends in Ammoudi cove which is the NW end of the island. You can park your vehicle just before Ammoudi on the right-hand side of the road and access Kantharos beach.
- If you do not want to go through the central Theotokopoulos square in Fira, you may drive through Kontohori (see route 2) and by turning left at the sign to Firostefani you will access the main road.
- On the main road leading from Fira to Firostefani and Imerovigli there are travel agencies, cafes, restaurants, mini markets, car and ATV rentals etc.
- On the road leading to Oia there is the only gas station located in the area.