Fira Town, Santorini Island
As you approach Santorini by Ferry, or in our case by sailboat, you can see the whitewashed clifftop villages of Oia and FIRA. Then the Ferry enters the Caldera. The cliff walls rise steeply on both sides formed of red, yellow and ochre rock and whose surface is the shimmering blue Aegean. About 3600 years ago, the center of the island was blown away in a colossal volcanic eruption, leaving behind a circular depression in the sea floor and the crescent-shaped sliver of rock known as Santorini. The best place to view the Caldera is the walking path between Fira and Oia.
Fira is the island's capital and busiest commercial town. It is teeming with hotels, restaurants and shops. The evening stroll (Volta) along Odos M. Nomikou, follows the edge of the Caldera and is one of the most exquisite in the Cyclades.
Hans and I enjoyed Fira very much. It's such a lively town and beauty lies at every turn.
Favorite thing: There is a stone staircase of 600 steps that leads down to the harbor of Fira, and to a tour boat that will take you across the caldera to the Nea Kammeni island, or "the volcano", as people call it. This should definitely be on your to-do list in Santorini: you have a chance to visit an actual volcano and swim in hot springs in the sea.
Fira, the capital of Santorini, is the biggest and most noisy town on the island. During the summer peak months the partying never ends and its narrow stone streets are bursting with "party animals". The place feels like Ibiza or the spring break destinations in Florida.
Fira is a comparatively modern town, with houses built mostly during the 19th century when the old Venetian capital at Skaros became untenable due to earthquakes.
Favorite thing: You can get the lower Fira town by foot descending 600 steps, donkey or mule , or cable-car (funicular). Cable cars depart every 15 minutes from 6:45 am to 8:15 pm. Personally I avoided to use poor donkeys because it seemed too inhumanly to me. And it's better to make all these 600 steps if you want to take a few kilos off!
Favorite thing: The Greek Cathedral MITROPOLI in Fira, Santorini, was built for the arrival of King Otto in 1842. The weekend that we were in Santorini there was a lovely wedding going on at Mitropoli. The square in front of the Cathedral was teeming with the bride and groom and their guests and also with VT members as this square was the meeting place for our get-togethers. It was also right near our Hotel Kavalari.
Favorite thing: For real colour and atmosphere the streets and shops of Fira certainly have plenty and this is one of the attractions of Fira. People are everywhere, particularly when the cruise boats are in port. We were only on Santorini for 3 days and liked the buzz of the busy shops, cafes and streets which would settle down mid afternoon when the cruise boat visitors returned to their vessel.
Favorite thing: "Fira" is the capital of Santorini island.It is built on Cycladic architecture.The volcano’s view from the town is magnificent. A walking in the narrow streets and a cup of coffee in an open-air cafe, are some things you will remember forever...
Favorite thing: Fira has hundreds short roads that can take you in a lot of directions!In these roads you can find almost everything!Cafe shops,night clubs,restaurants,shops,souvenirs...At night time thousands of people are walking there(at summer time of course).
Thira is the capital of the island and the biggest town. I was there only for an afternoon, to have a beer at a terrace and enjoy the superb views from the cliff.
But I found it as crowded and touristic as Mykonos, Marbella or Cannes. Really didn't feel comfortable there :-(
We arrived nearly midnight here at Fira. It was dark and there were locals leading us to the bus that takes everyone to the little town called Fira. We got on the bus and packed with young students so it made it even more fun. It was not such a long bus ride, as a matter of fact many where standing up on the bus aile. As we approached the top of the island, it started becoming more zig-zaggy...if there is such a word “zig-zag”!
Upon unbarking the bus, there you will see and hear many sale people convencing you to stay at their villa. Places as such because we are confident there will be room as it was not a holiday, so, we preferred to see the villa we were staying instead of booking like many people did. So, we choose one that was about 3 – 5 minutes easy walking to the busy town. This Fira is full time or big time very touristic! Many business has been established, summer it’s packed! Many Americas, people from Brazil, Argentina, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Asians and name it you are more likely to find them in these great place.
Taking photos where one of everyone’s favourite! All your photos come out to be perfect shots! The wash out buildings of one or two stories high are just unspeakably beautiful! We just love our visit here at Fira!
There are many and many more are being built and fully equipped lodgings and for all budgets. There are even camping if that is your preference. Restaurants! So many! What we did is one day we had breakfast at a family home restaurant, then lunch at another place which showed us discounted but very well prepared and complete meal for only 18 Euros! Then dinner we would have it at a sort of bar/restaurants where they served “Spanish Tapas”. We don’t recall having to eat a one place twice as there were just so many depending on your pocket, your mood and the crowd in it as you walk in...Since we travel very moderately we try just everything and it was one way to even enjoy it more so.
To keep tourists busy there are dun bugyies, boat rides, bikes and for us that love to dancing, we took our little siesta in the afternoon and just spend few hours in the disco or bars which we certainly enjoyed.
One of my wish is to be able to bring our children to Greece and take them to Santorini, Fira and other smaller island...
Fondest memory: We were schedule for only 3 nights in Santorini and we just had to extend it for 12 days. It is nearly like a dream rest place to be with the people you love to be at all time. Picture taking was alway but alway a perfect shot! The sunset setting was beautiful and sunrise was just as worth taking a movie of it. Most of the expectators next to us watching the sun down were Japanese and as the sunrise was starting to disappear all the Japanese tourists were clapping their hands...It's so just beautiful gestures!
Fira is the capital of Santorini and the largest town. It is very beautiful and very crowded.
The town has numerous restaurants, bars, shops etc.
Characteristic about the towns on the caldera site are all the donkeys. The farmers have long lines of the animals and use them to transport people to/from the harbour. The donkeys have been important transportation in these towns for ages but Fira now has a cable-car that offers tourist a quicker, less smelly alternative albeit not as authentic.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of the place is actually from the road between Fira and Oia. We were riding on our scooter after a night out in Oia. It was on the 13th, it was a Friday and we had a full moon. Despite all this we made it in one piece back and enjoyed the magnificent view of Fira bathing in the moonlight.
Favorite thing: Santorini is probably best known, by people that have never been there, by the dramatic white buildings with the blue domed roofs. Hiking around the island you'll see all sorts of colors but the hills of Thira are very dramatic with their stark appearance against the volcanic cliffs.
Favorite thing: Fira, is the biggest city of Santorini and the main comercial center of the island. The strange(and beautiful) thing is that the whole city is not builded in coastal as usual, but at the top of the hill!
Favorite thing: This the old port of Santorini in Fira.Its still an active port but for tourist trips most.The main port is a few kms outside of Fira.