Island Hopping: Naxos & Santorini

Island hop between two of the most beautiful Greek Islands, Naxos and Santorini, in one trip. You will discover the best of these absolute gems on foot. The Cyclades is a group of around 220 islands scattered in the Aegean Sea to the southeast of the Greek mainland.

Experience the rugged sun-kissed pieces of earth scattered in the turquoise waters of the Aegean. Explore on foot sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, scented olive groves and bright white villages. The Cyclades are the Greek Islands of your dreams.

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Hiking trail · South Aegean
Walk to Chrisostomos
Difficulty easy
Distance 4.8 km
Duration 1:30 h
Ascent 154 m
Descent 154 m

An optional short walk mostly on quiet tarmac paths and through the old part of the city.

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from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · South Aegean
Chalki to Melanes
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.4 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 520 m
Descent 518 m

By bus or taxi to Chalki. Today you will explore the fertile inlands of Naxos: Tragea with its huge olive groves and surrounding mountains.

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from Sheona Proven,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · South Aegean
Kynidaros to Eggares
Difficulty easy
Distance 6.9 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 256 m
Descent 633 m

A nice gentle walk to the small village of Eggares.

from Sheona Proven,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · South Aegean
Filoti Loop Walk via Mount Zas
Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.5 km
Duration 7:30 h
Ascent 940 m
Descent 941 m

The walk leads you via old mule tracks to the beautiful village Apiranthos. Whether you climb to the summit or not, you will have excellent views ...

from Sheona Proven,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · South Aegean
Round walk from Akrotiri to the Caldera
Difficulty easy
Distance 2.5 km
Duration 1:00 h
Ascent 108 m
Descent 108 m

A short walk via a steep foot path to a small beach on the caldera side.

from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · South Aegean
Perissa to Pyrgos
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 5.2 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 537 m
Descent 238 m

This first section of the longer walk to Akrotiri is mainly on old mule paths climbing over the hillside, then follows an asphalt road into Pyrgos.

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from Sheona Proven,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · South Aegean
Pyrgos to Emporio
Difficulty moderate
Distance 3.6 km
Duration 1:15 h
Ascent 48 m
Descent 288 m

On the second section of today's longer walk, you'll follow an old mule path and descend to the town of Emporio.

from Sheona Proven,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · South Aegean
Emporio to Akrotiri
Difficulty moderate
Distance 4.6 km
Duration 1:15 h
Ascent 62 m
Descent 64 m

On the third and final section of today's longer walk, stroll through the country and amidsty vineyards toward Akrotiri.

from Sheona Proven,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · South Aegean
Fira to Oia
Difficulty moderate
Distance 10.5 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 787 m
Descent 872 m

By bus or taxi you travel to Thira, the capital of the island. You can either stop to explore the town or start walking right away.

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from Sheona Proven,   Macs Adventure Ltd