Okay, so I’m 50 now and consider myself in good shape (meaning I do the elliptical 3+ per week, live in a 3 story house, etc). The popular trail to walk/hike from Fira to Oia is about 6 1/2 miles long and seemed like a nice way to spend a few hours with incredible views.
The first half of the trail is winding through Fira to Imerovigli walking the paved pathways and stairs nestled between the cliff side hotels and restaurants.
The second half is where this beautiful path becomes a real hike. The scenery becomes the hills on open dirt, gravel, and rock paths. And the hills become bigger.
And then there comes the point where it becomes a real struggle and donkeys are strategically placed at this point as an option.
But we powered through. The internet said 2-5 hours, we walked it in approximately 4 with pained knees, legs, and lower backs. We thankfully arrived at the promised land, Oia.
For Sr. Elizondo and myself, this trek was an accomplishment and the views amazing. I’m sure many people have no problem with this hike, but make no mistake: the second half of this trail IS A HIKE.