The town of Fira is a lovely place set precariously on the rim of the cliff or crater, ca. 200m up. 587 steps zigzag from the port of Skala up the cliff to Fira. The town has the best restaurants and shops on the island. However, most of the car ferries dock in Athinios 7km west of Fira. Buses and taxis connect the two places.
"a City on the Edge"
Santorini, or Thira in Greek, was formed in fire, from one of the largest volcanic eruptions in human history. The island is very much alive; the ground is new in geological terms, and the landscape severe and breathtaking. Sunsets in Thira are considered some of the most beautiful in the world, and in the city of Thira, all the buildings hang off of mountains to take advantage of the view.
Although it is an island overrun with tourists, you can still find your own quiet corner of Greek relaxation. Take your time and sit back to enjoy this special place.