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Fira

Santorini’s capital is a picturesque tourist stop-off. It also provides magnificent views of the coast.

The first thing you notice about Firá is its setting. Situated on top of a 1,312-foot (400-meter) caldera, the crater formed by a volcanic eruption, Firá’s whitewashed buildings seemingly slide toward the cliff edge. The village has magnificent western panoramas of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. You’ll also be able to pick out Therasia Island, Nea Kameni and both tips of the caldera.

An earthquake in 1956 destroyed many of Firá’s 18th-century buildings, but new construction is sympathetic to the village’s history. Whites and gentle pinks and blues are the presiding colors of the architecture. The peach-hued cathedral, which dominates the skyline, is a rare example of Catholic-style architecture in Firá.

Firá is a favorite tourist stop-off, and it often gets crowded in the summer. Cruise ships are a big contributing factor. The hub of activity is on Plateia Theotokopoulou, Firá’s main square and a good spot for mingling with the locals. Away from the square, you’ll find narrow alleys lined with restaurants, souvenir shops and galleries.

Learn about the history of Santorini at Firá’s museums. The Museum of Prehistoric Thera has a collection of artifacts form the Neolithic and Bronze ages, including jewelry, pottery and plant fossils. See objects from archaeological digs on the island at the Historical and Cultural Archaeological Museum of Santorini.

The main lure of Firá is its walks and views. Strolling along Agiou Mina reveals stunning panoramas of Fira itself. Make you way down to the Old Port at the base of the cliffs. You can walk down the zig-zagging path, but it might be more fun to take a donkey ride. A cable car is also available to and from the base.

During the evening, many cruise ship passengers return to their ship. This means you can enjoy a less hectic atmosphere in the cafés, restaurants and bars.

Firá is located about a 10-minute drive from Santorini Airport. A bus service covers this route. Otherwise, a taxi to Firá is reasonably inexpensive.

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Top hotels in Fira

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ira Hotel & Spa
Ira Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Firostefani, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is £140 per night

Located in the heart of Santorini, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santorini Caldera and Skaros Rock. Old Port is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

4.8/5Exceptional! (449 reviews)

"Had a great stay at the IRA hotel this week. Given COVID the hotel was short-staffed but the rooms were cleaned on time, breakfast was reasonable and the hotel manager spent a lot of time recommending places to go and bars/restaurants on check-in. He also gave us an upgrade to a caldera view as the ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Ira Hotel & Spa
Volcano View Hotel Santorini
Volcano View Hotel Santorini
5 out of 5
Fira, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is £164 per night

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Santo Wines and Santorini Caldera. Old Port and Monolithos Beach are also within 3 miles ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (545 reviews)

"The property was gorgeous and everywhere you looked was picturesque! Best views of Santorini and the overlooking islands. The rooms were clean, tidy and large and the sanity products provided were great! Couldn’t complain about the property or room at all. The check in was quick and the receptionist ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Volcano View Hotel Santorini
Infinity Suites & Dana Villas
Infinity Suites & Dana Villas
4 out of 5
Firostefani, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is £266 per night

Located in the heart of Santorini, this spa aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Santorini Caldera, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Oia Castle and Ancient Thira. Perivolos ...

4.4/5Excellent! (359 reviews)

"The service was SPOT ON. Everything about the staff and the scenery was perfect."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Infinity Suites & Dana Villas

Popular places to visit in Fira

Catholic Cathedral
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Catholic Cathedral

Learn about the local history of Fira when you spend time at Catholic Cathedral. Wander the seaside and beautiful beaches in the area.

Ancient Thira
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Ancient Thira

4.5/5(220 reviews)

Find out about the history of Ancient Thira, one of the top monuments in Santorini. Wander the seaside and beautiful beaches in the area.

Athinios Port
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Athinios Port

3.5/5(81 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Athinios Port and enjoy activities such as boating in Órmos Athiniós. Stroll along the seaside or discover the area's volcano viewpoints.

Kamari Beach
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Kamari Beach

4.5/5(167 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Kamari Beach, a popular beach in Kamari. Discover the sunsets and cafes in this relaxing area.

White Beach
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White Beach

4/5(80 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at White Beach, a popular beach in Akrotiri. Discover the sunsets and volcano viewpoints in this relaxing area.

Oia Castle
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Oia Castle

4.5/5(247 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Oia during your trip to a well-known site such as Oia Castle. Discover the beautiful sunsets and volcano viewpoints in this romantic area.

Top things to do in Fira

Catamaran Dream Catcher Caldera Cruise with Barbecue
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Catamaran Dream Catcher Caldera Cruise with Barbecue

£100
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Santorini Red Sunset Cruise
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Santorini Red Sunset Cruise

£77
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Archaeological Tour of Akrotiri with Wine Tasting & Black Sand Beaches
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Archaeological Tour of Akrotiri with Wine Tasting & Black Sand Beaches

£44
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Santorini Sailing with Barbecue
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Small-Group Santorini Sailing with Barbecue

£134
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Caldera by Morning & Island Cruise: Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni & Theresia
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Caldera by Morning & Island Cruise: Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni & Theresia

£35
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Santorini Cable Car Admission Ticket (One Way)
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Santorini Cable Car Admission Ticket (One Way)

£8
Per adult

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