3. Hike to Ancient ThiraAncient Thira is basically the ruins of an ancient city of Santorini. The city was inhabited till 726 CE. In 726 after an eruption of the Nea Kameni Volcano of Santorini, it was covered in pumice and the inhabitant left the city. The ruins include houses, theatre, a marketplace. The views from the ruins of ancient Thira are amazing. The city is a marvel of how people managed things in the old times.There are three options for hiking to Ancient Thira1) Hiking from Kamari to Ancient Thira and back to Kamari - through the motorable road2)Hiking from Perissa to Ancient Thira and back to Perissa -through the mountainHiking from Kamari through the road to Ancient Thira and Back to Perissa from the mountain and vice versaAncient Thira lies between Kamari and Perissa. Kamari and Perissa are both black beach villages on the Santorini coastline, which are separated by a mountain. The hiking trails on both these places are close to the bus stops. So if you don’t have your own vehicle you can reach these places by bus and begin the hike.We took a hike from Kamari and after visiting Ancient Thira returned to PerissaKamari to Ancient Thira Distance: 3 kmIdeal Time: 1 hour 10 minutes (ascent)Ancient Thira to Perissa Distance: 2 kmIdeal Time: 50 minutes (downhill)While hiking, one might not see the caldera, but one can enjoy the views of the Kamari and Perissa coast. Not many people take this hike but its worth if you enjoy walking and like exploring picturesque views.The Perissa side of the hike is through a mountain and it’s all rocky and slippery. It’s not advisable to attempt the hike from Perissa if you are a first-time hiker.
Ancient Thira - Ancient Thira is an antique city on Messavouno Mountain. It is close to Kamari beach. Even if you are not interested in the Archaeological remains at Ancient Thira, you must visit this place for the panoramic view and the long drive to the top of the mountain.