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Firá

Don’t forget your camera – Santorini’s picture-postcard capital offers some of the best views on the island.

The pastel-washed buildings of Firá, the capital of Santorini, tumbling down the sides of a steep volcanic crater provide one of the most enduring images of this lovely island, especially when first approached from the sea. Once on shore, the views from the village of the Aegean and Mediterranean coastline, Therasia Island and Nea Kameni are second to none.

Many of Firá’s original 18th-century buildings were destroyed by an earthquake in 1956 but the village has been rebuilt in the traditional style and has lost none of its historic charm. The houses and shops are painted in soft pastel colours of pink, white and blue which glow brightly in the midday sunshine and take on warmer hues at dusk. One of the most striking buildings on the skyline is the cathedral, a rare local example of Catholic architecture.

Firá is a popular stop-off point for cruise ships and is often very busy at the height of the tourist season when Plateia Theotokopoulou, the main square, buzzes with life. It’s a perfect spot to make friends with the locals, for whom the square has been a favourite meeting place for centuries, or browse for souvenirs and local crafts in the narrow streets around the square.

The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is a good place to learn more about the island’s rich history and heritage, while the Historical and Cultural Archaeological Museum of Santorini contains the findings of various local archaeological digs. If you prefer to spend your day in the fresh air, there are plenty of wonderful walks within a short distance of Firá. Take a stroll to Agiou Mina for beautiful views back to the village, or hop on a donkey to navigate the steep, twisting path to the Old Port at the bottom of the cliffs – there’s also a cable car for non-donkey lovers!

Firá is around 10 minutes’ drive from Santorini Airport and is served by bus or taxi. It’s a good idea to ask the price of the taxi journey before you book, but it should be reasonably inexpensive.


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Dana Villas

Dana Villas

Fira, Santorini
4.4
of 5, from 247 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Fira, this romantic aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Petros M. Nomikos Conference Centre and Archaeological Museum. Museum of Prehistoric Thira is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

Stella Nomikou Apartments

Stella Nomikou Apartments

Firostefani, Santorini
3.7
of 5, from 52 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Fira, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Megaro Gyzi and Archaeological Museum. Museum of Prehistoric Thira is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.

Caldera Butterfly Villas

Caldera Butterfly Villas

Fira, Santorini
4.0
of 5, from 27 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Fira, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Santo Winery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Archaeological Museum. Wine Museum Santorini Island and Antoniou Winery are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Kafieris Apartments on the cliff

Kafieris Apartments on the cliff

Firostefani, Santorini
3.5
of 5, from 40 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Fira, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Petros M. Nomikos Conference Centre and Archaeological Museum. Museum of Prehistoric Thira is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

AU$445
Blue Angel Villa

Blue Angel Villa

Kato Fira, Santorini
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Fira, this villa is steps from Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. Archaeological Museum is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away.

Lilium Villas

Lilium Villas

Fira Town, Santorini
4.8
of 5, from 257 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Fira, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Santo Winery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Archaeological Museum. Wine Museum Santorini Island and Antoniou Winery are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Theoxenia Boutique Hotel

Theoxenia Boutique Hotel

Fira Town, Caldera (Via d'Oro), Santorini
4.4
of 5, from 65 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Fira, this spa hotel is steps from Santorini Folklore Museum and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. Archaeological Museum is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) away.

AU$168
De Sol Spa Hotel

De Sol Spa Hotel

Fira, Santorini
4.7
of 5, from 41 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Fira, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Santo Winery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Archaeological Museum. Wine Museum Santorini Island and Antoniou Winery are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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