This staircase connects Fira with Gialos, which was once the main port of the island. It’s a serious lot of steps and very steep but going down the donkey track is an experience that should not be missed. For your return journey back up to Fira, take the cable car, which is much more relaxing, quick and easy. The other two options are to walk back up the 588 steps which requires a very good physical condition or take the donkey ride back up.
Walking down the winding set of 588 steps, offers great views of the caldera and old port and a wonderful sense of achievement when you reach the bottom, however it may be a bit challenging, especially if you walk down during the hottest part of the day. The trail is steep in parts and the steps can also get quite slippy with the shiny marble edged rim, so you’d better wear comfortable footwear. You also have to avoid the donkey poo that litters the trail. And even sometimes you are pushed to the side by the donkeys carrying passengers up the hill. Once down therefor, there is a lovely old market and some cafes and taverns where you can have a drink or a meal.