Hiking to the clouds

Climbing toward the British weather.

Lake District (Cumbria) – 2014

Lake District valley


Gate to heaven

The other side looks really lovely from here.

Santorini – 2016

Panagia church Oia Santorini

Lake District hike

When you need to escape the city.

Lake District (Cumbria) – 2014

Lake District beach England

Greek donkey

This little guy ‘outfit’ is matching the Mediterranean sea.

Santorini – 2016

Santorini greek donkey

Hike to Oia – Santorini, Greece

There are many ways to get around Santorini – taxis, buses, vespas, boats – but to access some of the most scenic views, walking is the only way.

After days overindulging in Greek food, we thought it would be a good idea to walk from Grace Hotel to Oia. A good idea it certainly was, just a lot sweatier than we thought.

Santorini Oia hike

So pack your hiking boots, or a good pair of trainers, and follow us!

We started walking from Grace Hotel and headed uphill and north to Imerovigli main square. From there we just followed the flow of tourists and walked along a scenic pebbled alley toward Oia.

Santorini Oia hikeSantorini Oia hike

You really can’t get lost as 1) there are plenty of other people doing the same walk, 2) you can see Oia so clearly, you just have to head toward it.

Santorini Oia hike

After a little while we reached Ekklisia Profitis Ilias. You will recognised the little church from the Santorini postcards and guides you see in shops.

Santorini Oia hike Ekklisia Profitis IliasSantorini Oia hike

Half way through the hike, we met some new friends, who like us were suffering a bit from the hot temperatures.

Santorini Oia hike donkeySantorini Oia hike

We also made sure to turn around a few time to enjoy the Caldera views and take it all in.

Santorini Oia hike Caldera

After a rather intense hike, we reached Church of Panagia. From there we could finally see our final destination, Oia, almost a stone through away.

Santorini Oia hike Church of PanagiaSantorini Oia hikeSantorini Oia hike Church of Panagia

Overall it took us about three hours to go from Imerovigli to Oia. Right on time for lunch!

Santorini Oia hike


Outdoor space and fresh air is what I need today.

Lake District (Cumbria) – 2014


Skaros Rock – Santorini, Greece

On our first morning in Santorini, we woke up to the view of the Caldera and Skaros Rock.

Santorini Skaros Rock

After a delicious breakfast at Grace Hotel, a digestive walk was in order, and looking at the view from our table we thought, why not climb Skaros Rock?

Santorini Skaros Rock

After switching our flip-flops for more hike-appropriate footwear, we headed to the rock. It is good to note that it is a hiking path, and at time a little physical, so please make sure to have the appropriate footwear otherwise you could slip easily.

Santorini Skaros Rock

After a little climbing we were able to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Caldera where the cruise boats park in the early hours of the morning.

Santorini Skaros RockSantorini Skaros Rock

We also saw some of the remains of the medieval city that was once built on the rock.

Santorini Skaros Rock

We walked a little further and turned around toward the main island to enjoy the jaw-dropping view of Firá.

Santorini Skaros Rock

From Skaros Rock you truly see how high Santorini is with the cliffs dropping a good few hundred meters into the sea.

Santorini Skaros Rock

A little further up, the path started to turn and we could get the first glimpse of Ekklisia Theoskepasti.

Santorini Skaros Rock

This little chapel clings to the edge of the rock and offers some postcard views of Santorini.

Santorini Skaros RockSantorini Skaros Rock

Pretty sweaty and satisfied with the effort made, we headed back to Grace Hotel for a refreshing dip in the plunge pool!

Santorini Skaros Rock

The hike on Skaros Rock really worth it! You will have some of the best views of Santorini without any tourists, plus you will burn some calories on the way!

Capri’s rock

I wish I could spend my weekend here. Instead I’ll just spending it running errands around London…

Capri – 2013


British summer

Exactly the type of weather you get when planning a picnic.

Lake District (Cumbria) – 2014