Firá Town, Capital of Santorini

Settlement in Santorini

Central settlement with a majestic view, located on the edge of the Caldera, approximately 250 meters above the sea level. Literally breath-taking views.

Fira is the central and one of the most visited settlements of the island that has the role of the capital. Its location on Caldera edge, about 250 meters above sea makes it famous for a magnificent view of the sea and the crater of the volcano.

The visitor of Fira has the opportunity:

  • to enjoy a coffee in Theotokopoulos Square or in the Caldera
  • to walk the narrow streets while enjoying the view or shopping
  • to visit and observe the architecture of the Catholic Church
  • to admire the frescoes of the saints in the Orthodox Church
  • to visit the Archaeological Museum
  • to see the collections and painting exhibitions in the art galleries of the Beleneio Institute and the Gyzi Palace

The old port of Fira is connected to the small town with a cable car which is used by thousands of cruise ship visitors. Alternatively, someone can walk the 587 steps or cover the distance at the back of one of the famous donkeys which were for centuries the traditional "mean of transport".

The narrow streets of the town host plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafeterias, while from here someone can get the public bus and reach each corner of the island. Renting a car or a motorbike is also possible in one of the numerous firms in the town.

The port of Fira is the starting point for day trips that visit the volcano (Old and New Kameni) but also Thirasia. During the excursion, the visitor has the opportunity to swim near hot springs that gush sulfates, walk on the volcano, and enjoy his meal in one of the taverns of Thirasia. Throughout the trip, he will be able to photograph the unique Caldera from many different perspectives.

About Firá Town, Capital of Santorini

Last updated: 16 Apr 2021

address Thira, Santorini, 847 00, Greece
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