The sounds of silence
Many of the tourists get trapped in the night life of the island and miss the experience of waking up early in the morning to see the sun rising -nearly emerging from the sea. The capital of the island, 'Fira', is so narrow that you can watch the sea from both eastern and western side without much moving around. This is also the time when the habitants can be seen on the streets not having to hide from the caravans of tourists.
Fira is an attractive and lively resort which clings to the edge of the caldera. The town must have been transformed by the arrival of tourism, especially since Santorini gained its own airport. Tourism provided a great opportunity for those fortunate enough to own plots of land with views overlooking the magnificent caldera, and who had the acumen and finance to develop them. Pools and patios decorated with attractive tiles and plants placed at vantage points have grown up all over Fira on these precipitous slopes. Most of the town is painted white with touches of blue which is very scenic. Occasionally, you come across a scrap of land with only scrub and stones, where the potential has not been developed, but not that often.
"Fira by night"
The centre of the town is very tourist orientated with numerous bars and souvenir shops. There is no shortage of restaurants some of which are very good. The prices vary, but are noticeably more expensive if the owner can offer the famed “caldera view”. This photo of Fira at night, which is one of Andrews, shows that Fira is very well lit and it does feel safe to wander about in the little walkways.
"Not all pools and patios !"
This is the ceiling of the relatively new Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral which is the centre piece of modern day Fira.
If you would like to read my tips on Fira, please go to the Santorini Island page