Fira Santorini Village
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Fira is the capital of Santorini. It can be found on the west coast of the island, on the caldera cliffs opposite the volcano. Modern day Fira is the cultural and commercial center of the Santorini. Although geared around the tourist industry, perhaps more so than other areas on the island, there is much about Fira worth taking a look at.
Apart from the museums, galleries and cultural events, it has the island’s largest shopping center and the biggest choice of dining out and entertainment. Fira heads the nightlife section – many bars and cafes are actually on the caldera, whilst others, as well as the large clubs, are tucked into the quaint cobbled streets weaving through the town.
There is so much to choose from and so many places to explore. The whole of the Fira Caldera is connected by a path at the cliff edge that starts just above the Mayor’s office and finishes up on the hill at the Nomikos Conference center. The volcano can be seen from every point, as can the mesmerizing sunsets. Sunset time in Santorini seems to be the only hour of the day when everything, and everyone stops moving …
The Fira port of Santorini is at the bottom of the Caldera cliffs in Fira. The little harbour has restaurants, taverns and small shops. To reach the old port, you can walk down the 600 stone steps, hop on a mule or take the Cable Car which leaves from the top part of the Fira caldera.
The large cruise liners drop anchor at Ormos and the passengers are ferried to shore in small boats. One can spot small fishing boats, the kaikia’ as well as several pleasure boats that depart daily to the volcano ‘Nea Kameni’, the Hot Springs at ‘Palia Kameni’, Thirassia island and Oia for the sunset.
Perhaps the only way to realise what Santorini is, and where you really are, is to experience the island from the foot of the Caldera cliffs, and the best way to do that is from the sea
Fira is the cultural and commercial center of Santorini. It’s located on the west coast of the island. The town of Fira is a typical Cycladic village made of charming white houses with blue windows and doors, separated from each other, by small paved streets full of souvenir shops, clothes shops, jewelry and art shops.
Its spectacular location, 200m above the sea level, built on the edge of Santorini cliffs makes it very popular among other travel destinations. Fira hosts luxurious hotels, most of them built on the edge of the village, offering a fantastic view of Santorini sunset, the volcano, Thirassia Island and of the cliffs that stretch along the west coast.
Some of the restaurants in Fira are considered as luxurious and some other as traditional. They are located at the edge of the village just before the cliff and some in the center of Fira offering an amazing sunset view.
There are many 18th century buildings, Archaeological Museums which host archaeological findings from all over the island and from the most spectacular archaeological sites of the island.
Transfer from & to Fira
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Santorini Airport (JTR) is 5,5 kilometres away from Fira. Transfer time is ~10 minutes. Price rates from Fira to the airport and vice versa start from 25.50€.
Transfer from Santorini Port (Athinios Port) to Fira
Santorini Port is 8,5 kilometres away from Fira. Transfer time is ~20 minutes. Price rates from Fira to the airport and vice versa start from 35.8€.
10 Best Things to Do in Fira
Things to in Fira? Here are the ten best ones and many other tips
Fira is Santorini’s capital and the biggest, busiest and most cosmopolitan city on the island.
It has a great combination of natural beauty and social activities, with plenty of restaurants, cafes & bars, important museums, many boutiques, souvenir shops, entertainment venues and lively nightlife. To top it all, Fira is located in the very center of Santorini and everything is close by.
In Fira you can find whitewashed villas, blue domed churches, cave style hotels with terraces and infinity pools on the edge of the cliff that provide astonishing views of the Agean Sea.
I do like Fira, although it’s quite commercial and touristy.
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