Santorini walking short break, Greece

“One of the most perfect four day walking packages exploring the island of Santorini, self guided with a detailed itinerary that makes the most of every Cycladic corner.”

Highlights

Santorini | Fira | Oia | Profitis Ilias | Emborio | Perissa beach | Akrotiri village | Pyrgos | Red beach

Description of Santorini walking short break, Greece

The island of Santorini, sometimes known as Thera, is one of the Cyclades’ most fascinating islands. In fact it is part of a mini archipelago bearing the same name as this, its largest island, the others being Therasia, the only other inhabited island of the group, and the uninhabited Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni, Aspronisi and Christiana. They are all products of massive volcanic activity, with the three largest islands enclosing a sapphire blue, submerged caldera. Making this Santorini walking holiday not only one that is fantastic and fascinating terrain, but also one with some of the Cyclades’ finest views.

This four day walking holiday is self-guided, with an itinerary crafted by our local experts who know Santorini, its coastal walks, magnificent viewpoints and geological wonders inside out. Staying at a small, locally owned guesthouse in the town of Fira, the best way to start this holiday is by hiking along the rim of the island’s own caldera to watch the sunset. The next day will be another high point, literally, trekking to the highest point on the island, Mount Profitis Ilias (567m), passing the fortified Venetian castle settlement at Emborio en route. Wander from one ancient village to another, such as Pyrgos, with narrow streets, traditional Cycladic houses and ruins of the ancient Kasteli castle and mansions from similarly ancient times. Similarly ancient is the island’s Akrotiri excavation, where settlements dating back to prehistoric times have been unearthed. With calderas, volcanic terrain and black beaches, although Santorini’s volcano is dormant, this holiday is gloriously active. With different beaches every day to cool down at and watch the sun go down at too.

This Santorini walking holiday is made even better with the use of our walking app, which not only details self guided trails across the island, but also gives information on cultural, archaeological and natural sites of interests along the way. As well as some of our favourite places to picnic, tavernas and cafes.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Santorini walking short break, Greece

Environment

We are dedicated to encouraging low-impact activity holidays, such as walking, and minimising our negative impact on the environment and people.

This walking trail holiday in the island of Santorini in Greece, has an eco focus. We will inform our guests about the unique flora and endemic and common species they will encounter while walking or swimming around the island. We give guidelines on where to look for them, how to approach them in order not to scare them and disrupt their life, how to observe their behaviours or even capture a unique picture showing to the rest of the world their magic. Guests leave aware of the environmental dangers faced and what they can do to minimise them.

We encourage our guests to behave in an environmentally responsible manner. We walk on designated paths and make sure no litter is left behind. We ask our guests to report on paths that are falling out of use.

We encourage our guests and the owners of the accommodations we use to be aware of the threats to the environment (i.e. water waste, plastic bags and bottles) and suggest ways in which they can minimise their negative footprint. We explain our guests the need for water conservation in the Greek islands and advise them on how to minimise their water waste. We encourage our guests to bring refillable water bottles and/or recycle them in designated areas. All our business waste is recycled. All communication is done electronically where possible, saving on paper.

We organise our walking holidays in Greece outside the high season months of July-August. We thus try as much as we can to reduce negative impacts to the environment and its people and to benefit the local community.

Community

We have the greatest respect for the local people and their customs and are anxious to share our knowledge of Cycladic island lifestyle with our guests. In order to limit the social impact of tourism all are guests are introduced to the local customs, religion, politics and history during our walks. We recommend to our clients to local festivals, artists' workshops, and other local celebrations trying to get them to experience the local way of life. We encourage our guests to mix and interact with the local people which are particularly friendly and hospitable.

Through our walking trail holidays in Greece we support small businesses by supporting locally owned shops, guesthouses and taverns. As our holidays take place throughout the year, especially during the out of season months, we bring customers and income to establishments which would otherwise only have visitors in high summer. Guests are advised to visit the local market and purchase locally-produced and home-made products such olive oil, wine, honey, capers and herbs, sun dried fruits and tomatoes and other goods.

Our guests stay at local, family owned guesthouses, staffed by locals with their food being sourced locally. These accommodations have been restored by local workers and retained their unique local character whilst providing all necessary comforts. The guesthouses recently installed solar panels which provide hot water for all rooms all year round.

Santorini has a unique network of traditional walking paths and our local guide who will be your local support knows them very well. He lives and works in the area. He is passionate about promoting Santorini as a walking holiday destination, about the survival and conservation of the paths and local wildlife and sustainable tourism in general.

In general, with all walking holidays in Greece, we’re trying through our activities to encourage travellers to approach places they visits with greater understanding and respect.

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