Santorini audio tour: Authentic Santorini: Explore Oia Through the Eyes of a Local

Authentic Santorini: Explore Oia Through the Eyes of a Local

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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0.9mi

About the Tour

Navigate the twists and turns of Oia’s cliff-top pathways and explore its hidden backroads with a long-time resident as your guide.

On this walking tour, you’ll see some of Santorini’s famous picture-postcard views and hear stories of both its recent past and its ancient history. Along the way, you’ll get to know how locals have lived on the island from its beginnings as a small settlement to a top tourist destination, and how volcanic eruptions and earthquakes have shaped the village’s character and community. You’ll discover why Santorinians live in cave houses, what life was like before tourism, why Oia was once called the Village of the Captains and what it’s like to live life on the edge!

Whether this is your first time in Santorini or you’re revisiting Oia and want to know more than the guidebooks can tell you, I’ll show you the undiscovered village behind the postcard.

Allow approximately an hour for this walk.

Tour Producer

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Ramona Stout

When I’m not researching or writing about music, I’m walking through the Greek countryside, taking in villages, mountains, rugged coastlines and hanging out with wild goats. I was raised in the U.K. and the U.S., but have Greek roots and have called this beautiful country home for ten years.

In the summers, I guide visitors live and in person as part of a group of Santorini enthusiasts and local experts. Our tours follow the old donkey paths of Santorini and are designed to showcase the island’s hidden beauty and charm. Our small team has been featured in the NY Times, Travel & Leisure, the Sunday Telegraph, Greece-Is and on Deutsche Welle and ITV. We visit wineries, farms and castles, meet artists, craftsmen and winemakers, explore hidden coves, and discover secret spots to create a genuinely memorable time away from the hustle and bustle.

Major Landmarks

  • The Port of Ammoudi

  • Blue Domed Churches

  • Caldera

  • Cave Houses

  • Captains' Mansions

Directions to Starting Point

All public buses and taxis from Fira and other villages arrive at our starting point in the public bus square. If you’ve arrived in Oia using your own transport, you’ll see the public bus square 100m in from the road you arrived on, on your left hand side. There’s a large blue dome on the horizon above it, navigate yourself in that direction and make sure you don’t go to the tourist bus parking below it to the right of the road!

If you’re on foot, there’s a large blue-domed white church at the mid-point of the main street of Oia, to the right of the church (if you’re facing away from the sea) there are steps that will take you straight down to the bus square.

Don’t forget, you can always ask - it’s a small village, and almost everyone speaks English!

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

If you see shops you want to stop in at, or want to enjoy a cool drink or a light meal along the way, just remember to pause the tour. The Maritime Museum is on our route, be sure to check opening times ahead of your visit. You may also want to stop in at any churches that have their doors open.

Best time of day

This walk is best enjoyed in the early morning, mid-afternoon, or post-sunset, when the village is less crowded.

Precautions

First and foremost, make sure you have water and sunscreen. As the marble pathways and steps can be slippery, be sure to wear sensible shoes and do bear in mind that the walk includes LOTS of steps throughout, so pace yourself and take breaks if needed. As always, keep an eye on your valuables. Finally, don’t worry if you lose signal or get way off track, Voicemap will let you know.

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Authentic Santorini: Explore Oia Through the Eyes of a Local