Fira Travel Guide

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Fira Highlights

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    Pakistaniguy says…

     Very historical, Famous for its sunset views. 

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    Gillybob says…

     Lots of steps - up and down! 

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     A Wonderful And Unique Destination. 

Fira Things to Do

  • Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

    This Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Fira, which is situated on the cliff top at the bottom of the town, is a prominent land mark.The art work inside is rather spectacular.It was rebuilt after the 1956 earthquake.Well worth a visit

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  • Visit the old port

    This is a bustling and facinating place. Many people go through here when they take a day trip to the volcano or other places that go by boat, but if you are not doing that, come down here and have a look. There are the usual souviner shops, cafe's a church (tiny) and the rest.You can get up and down by 1 of 3 ways, walk (not recomended,) cable...

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  • Wander the alley's of Fira

    On the cliff top of Fira there are numerous alley's/lanes housing small shops, boutiques, cafe's that are fun to wander around and view/shop/eat and drink. This is where I found some of the best restaurants tucked away.

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  • Watch the sunset from a cliff side...

    The sunsets in Santorini are legendary and justly famous. Though Fira is not the best place to see these, you do get a good view.There are so many restaurant;s/cafe's/bars on the cliff top to choose from, that is half the fun

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  • Museums

    There are many museums in Fira to visit, Prehistoric, Archaeological, Folklore and Cultural.I visited the Prehistoric museum which comprises of a single large square room. It is a modern small but beautiful museum made for the remains found in the excavations at Akrotiri, such as weapons,vases, wall paintings, furniture, household equipment, etc,...

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  • Stunning views from Oia

    There are stunning views from all over the place on this beautiful island with its caldera, colourful volcanic rock and homes and white villages above them, all surrounded by beautiful waters. Oia is popular for its sunset views - but it is also has fantastic views from here back to Fira and further down the caldera and island of Santorini.

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  • Excellent Megaro Ghyzi museum

    This museum is just a few minutes uphill slightly from the Archeological Museum and is housed in an old mansion owned by the Catholic diocese of Santorini which has been restored as a cultural centre.In here I found an excellent collection of old prints and maps but particularly interesting are photographs of the town before and after the 1956...

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  • Excellent Archeological Museum

    This excellent museum has items from important archeological finds around the island. Free entrance the day I was there as it was a Sunday - the usual 3 euro entrance fee also includes apparently the Museum of Prehistoric Thira which is at the other end of town between the cathedral and the bus station. A recommended museum as it has remarkable...

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  • Visit the Cathedral of the Candlemas of...

    The Orthodox Cathedral in Fira was originally built in 1827 and, as result of an earthquake, was rebuilt in 1956. The Cathedral is located in the centre of Fira, with a large square outside. The cathedral has beautiful frescoes inside which were painted by a local artist, Christoforos Assimis. This cathedral sits prominently and can be seen from...

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  • Refreshing Service

    Whether its a few beers with friends or a meal, this is the place to come for all the right reasons. Set back away from the Caldera edge, your pocket will appreciate the fact that you are not paying hyped-up prices just for the priviledge of sitting at a table with a caldera view. However, the outdoor seating area is also protected (by being lower...

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  • What a view!

    Imerovigli village is just a kilometre uphill from the capital of Santorini, Fira. The Blue Note restaurant has incredible views of the islands with the rock of Skaros directly below. The restaurant is owned by the Spiliotica Villa company and is a part of an apartment complex which consists of 20 apartments and 5 suites. Anything local. Try the...

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  • Traditional Greek

    Stani is a traditional Greek tavern, family operated, serving excellent food of the Mediterranean art. Greek cuisine at its best. Grilled kalamari, grilled shrimps, moussaka. Local wine. Fresh bread, tzatziki sauce.

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  • FAST FOOD & CAFE'

    There's always a place to find fast food and Fira's NR. ONE was our favourite. They had different combination plates ranging from 4 to 7 euros. Hot dogs were the cheapest and you got a hot dog, french fries and a bottle of soda for 4 Euros. They also had hamburgs and sausages.The real fun part was eating on their terrace and watching all the action...

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  • Great Caldera Views

    The one thing that is guaranteed to put up the cost of any meal in Fira is that the restaurant has a caldera view. However, its worth paying the extra at least once during your stay on the island of Santorini (Thira) and this Cafe is certainly a good place to enjoy the wonderful views that your extra couple of Euros will buy you.The Cafe itself has...

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  • Just at the fork in the road.....

    After a week in Greece Mark and I realized we had not had any gyros yet! What kind of tourists are we? So we decided to remedy the situation one afternoon while walking the streets of Fira. Walking up the main street in the village to where the street forks into two sections we found this little gyro stand right in the intersection. We stopped,...

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Fira Nightlife

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  • Really good clubs

    Really good clubs (Koo club, Enigma, Tithora ) and you know in Greece the night ends at 07:00am.The famous 'Franco's' with classical music and sofas at which you lie and watch the endless blue horizon...

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  • Its a friendly Greek Tavern

    Our first night in Fira just a few VTers had arrived. The boats with the sailing crew were due to arrive the next day. Gillian (Gillybob) arranged a premeeting VT meeting for the early arrivers at the Tropical Bar. When we arrived we found a deck with a beautiful view, but only imported beer and a lady bar tender from California. Not much of a...

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  • Chill night club/ bar

    There are quite a few popular night clubs in Fira. We enjoyed Town Club the best, mostly because of the patio in the back that was spacious and not as noisy or congested as some of the other places. They avoid cheesy Euro techno that some other places choose for a good selection of fun popular music. Their drinks are similar in style and price to...

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Fira Transportation

  • Santorini Airport

    Thira - Santorini is considered to be one of the important islands of Greece. There are many flights To & From Santorini Airport. Olympic Airways, Aegean Air & Air Greece has got its Santorini Airport in their domestic routes.

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  • Arriving in Thira (Santorini) by Air

    Olympic Airways which is Greek National Airline and run by the goverment. It operates atleast 6 daily flights To & From Athens to Thira in high season and in low season it operates daily one and on few days two flights To & From Athens. I went there in Off Season and the price of Oneway ticket was 83 Euros from Santorini to Athens & from Mykonos to...

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  • Santorini Airport

    Santorini airport is a very small airport and when the plan lands on this beautiful small airport it really looks very nice. Only small plans usually operate To & From Santorini because the runway is not for bigger planes. This picture on the left shows the morning view of Santorini Airport, just after landing.

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Fira Local Customs

  • Eating out in Greece

    I still don't fully understand it, but here are a few things I observed in Greece:It is very common for a restaurant to give you something extra when you choose to eat there, as a gift "from them." Accept it graciously, and eat it all -- Greeks can be very hurt if you don't enjoy your entire meal.Tip is usually included. Notice on your receipt...

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  • Pseftokeftedes

    The Santorini cooking is very similar to that of the nearby islands. But here is one speciality.Take 2-3 onions, 2 large tomatoes, mint, salt, pepper and flour. Chop the onions up fine and grate the tomatoes. Mix with flour, salt, pepper, mint and half a glass of water to make a thick paste or batter. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and spoon...

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  • Island- lover poet

    I will finish this presentation of Santorini with a few verses of Odysseus Elytis, a nobelist poet who loved Cyclades; The garden made its way into the sea Dark carnation promontory Your hand was leaving with the water to strew the sea as bridal bed Your hand was opening the sky Moon here moon there Aenigma read by the sea For your own sakeThe...

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Fira Warnings and Dangers

  • WATCH YOUR STEP

    As Fira is built on a cliff, the only way up the cliff besides the funicular are steps - MANY steps. I must say, I have not climbed so many steps in all my life. Steps (44) down to our Hotel room - Steps down to the Fira Harbour - In town - Steps!!! And if you are not careful, you can easily loose your footing as the steps are on an angle for rain...

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  • Oh, the Plumbing

    The Greek islands are fabulous places, but the plumbing... not so much. Get friendly with your toilet paper, because you won't be flushing it down the toilet here -- you'll be keeping it in a lidded trash can next to the toilet. Pick up some bottled water when you pass by the supermarket. The tap water here is very salty and not suitable for...

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  • Hot sand

    The dark volcanic sand on the beaches can get blazing hot in the sun so take precautions. Bring sandals, thick towels to sit or lie on etc.

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Fira Tourist Traps

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    by fassolia Updated Jan 30, 2008

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    A lot of them! They will try to grab you from the neck from the time you step to the island to rent to you a room!The same with taverns. And, as everywere in Greece, they sell those awfull bad-taste tourist things, mostly fake ancean trades. But you are a nice smart guy who won't be fooled off (i wonder how!). Some say gold is a good buy in Greece but I am no expert, and I know there is much fraud...

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Fira Off The Beaten Path

  • OIA SUNSETS - ISLAND OF SANTORINI

    The traditional village of OIA 11 km to the north of Fira, is a place of incomparable beauty. The unique appeal of Oia or Ia lies in its little houses, hewn out of the soft rock, with some of them white-washed and others painted blue or ochre. There are basically only two streets, one with traffic and the much more pleasant inland pedestrian lane,...

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  • ISLAND OF THIRASSIA

    Saturday June 2, 2007VT Pirate ship trip to ThirassiaOff Santorini, near Oia, THIRASSIA is the largest of a chain of islets formed by volcanic activity and the only one inhabited. It is across the Caldera from Santorini.It's sole village, Horio, is a pretty place with whitewashed houses, reached by a flight of 250 steps from the landing-place. On...

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  • A Special Church in Oia Valley

    The most interesting thing about this Church was its bells. This Church is right at the edge of Caldera in Oia Valley and facing the great great Volcano. May be that's why the Volcano is peaceful since long ;-) In a few words, its a marvellous little church in a little town of Oia. Walk on the street names ' Nikolaou Nomikou' it is right there.

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  • 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...

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  • LAVA INTERNET CAFE'

    Leave it up to Hans to find an Internet Cafe" in Fira. Located in Murphy's Music Bar, the LAVA INTERNET CAFE' was not far from our Hotel Kavalari. You can E-mail home or surf the web. Scanning, printing, faxing facilites & image editing are also offered as well as CD ROMS - GAMES.As it is also a little restaurant, you can have breakfast,...

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  • FIRA - A TYPICAL CYCLADIC VILLAGE

    Perched on the edge of a 260 metres high cliff, FIRA is the capital and most important village on the island of Santorini. Fabulous panoramic views of the caldera and the submerged volcano can be seen from most locations in Fira.Plateia Theotokopoulou is the main square. The narrow streets are filled with all kinds of shops, jewellery stores,...

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