Santorini is laced with scenery-rich hiking routes, many offering a crowd-free insight into this snap-worthy Cycladic isle. Walk on cobbled streets past quaint settlements, amid lush vineyards or on top of an active volcano. Whether you’re after a challenging or more relaxed walk, the following trails unveil the island’s sublime landscapes and rich history, every step of the way.
Home to lush vineyards, neoclassical mansions and cave houses that once acted as secret hideaways from pirates, Megalochori is one of Santorini’s most authentic villages, with spectacular volcano views and a longstanding tradition in the production of Vinsanto wine. Walk past the elaborate chapels and follow the two-mile (3.2km) downhill path on the caldera side; this will lead you to the old thermal baths of Plaka. While the site is now abandoned, you can still dive into the hot, therapeutic waters of Plaka or Thermi beach.