Santorini can be an expensive island to visit, but there are budget friendly options to keep yourself busy.
One of the top rated things to do on Santorini is to hike from Fira to Oia (or vice versa). Now I must be honest, while it was worth the 3-4 hour hike, you really do need to be up for the journey. There are a lot of spectacular views, but also a ton of sun without much relief or shade the entire way.
Since I stayed in Oia, I decided to take the public bus early in the morning and start my journey from Fira. You can easily start from Oia as well, but this is just what made sense to me. The public buses that stop in the main square of Oia is one of the best ways to travel around the island. I definitely recommend that you take the earliest bus available, which from my recollection was around 8 to 9 am. You can easily look up the bus schedule that’s available here. You do not want to be doing this hike midday! The route I took was the same one Santorini Dave so greatly detailed in his article. It’s one of the most helpful guides out there, and the photos helped tremendously! One of the best tips I can reiterate here is; always stick to the caldera side. By making sure the caldera views are always on your left hand side, (or following the other people taking the same hike) you can be reassured you won’t get lost.
The ultimate cost of this activity was; $1-2 Euro bus fare, $3 Euro worth of snacks, and a less than $1 Euro bottle of water! Pretty good deal considering all the views I came across.
- Start early!
- Bring plenty of water and some snacks for fuel; you won’t have any access to stores (especially in the off season).
- Make sure to apply sunscreen or cover up!
- Always make sure to keep the caldera in view.