About Thira (Fira)
Arriving by boat to Santorini is certainly dramatic - sheer black cliffs rise out of the sea with tiny white buildings perched on top. Fira is the capital of Santorini and lies 260m above the Caldera, opposite the volcano.
Fira was destroyed by an earthquake in 1956 and was rebuilt in Cycladic style. As well as having several excellent museums, beautiful churches and restored Venetian mansions it is a busy commercial centre whose narrow alleyways are full of shops, especially jewellery shops. 580 steps rise up from the old port to the town, helpfully each step is numbered! If this all seems a bit strenuous for you then there is a cable car! Once at the top why not install yourself in one of the many bars or restaurants which offer dramatic views across the caldera.
Fira is the must-see for cruise ship visitors and backpackers so can get quite crowded in the summer.
Where to stay
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