Climb the steps on Santorini up to Fira and Oia for spectacular views over the caldera
Climb up to Fira
Donkeys used to be the only way to travel from the Old Port to
Fira, but now there is the option of taking the cable-car up
the steep incline or climbing the 587 steps by foot. If you are walking
up the steps be prepared it is quite a hike, but well worth it for the
views on the way. Walkers follow the same path as the donkeys, so watch
The Cable-car at Fira
The Swiss made cable-car, also known as the teleferique, was
made a few years ago and was a gift from a wealthy local boat owner.
of the earnings that come from the cable cars are given to the donkey
The charge is around €4-5 and makes the journey in 3 minutes to the beautiful town of Fira, which is situated at an altitude of 220 metres.
Be warned there are still steep steps to climb up to the cable car station,
and you will need a head for heights!
Climb up to Oia
To travel from the port of Ammoudi to Oia you can drive through the old pumice mines by road, walk up the 214 steps or there are the donkeys.
Ammoudi is a small port situated below Oia, where are several popular fish tavernas. This used to be a thriving and busy transit trade port. There is a rocky beach at Ammoudi, and it is popular for diving and snorkelling. As you make the climb up the steps to Oia you will notice the beautiful deep red cliffs.
A choppy spring day at the small harbour of Ammoudi