Santorini’s main town perches on the cliff top overlooking the caldera, with better daytime views than Oia and twinkling night-time vistas.

Fira swarms with holidaymakers and cruise visitors, so find some quiet time in the town’s museums and churches.

One museum focuses on Ancient Thira, with relics and figurines unearthed from Ancient Akrotiri. For local history and before-and-after displays on the devastating 1956 earthquake, visit the Megaron Gyzi Museum. Pop into the cathedral next door while you’re here. To find out about local traditions, visit the folklore museum housed in a cave.

There are some lovely jewelry shops to browse in Fira, running along the edge of the caldera, and a paved walkway runs beneath the edge of the lagoon, heading north to meet the cliff-top path to Oia, 8km (5 miles) away.

Tours run from Fira over to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni, or you can take a dusk cruise to catch a legendary Oia sunset from the water.

In the evening, Fira specializes in cocktail bars with caldera views for long and lively evenings under the stars.

Practical Info

Fira is on the coast, 11km (6.5 miles) south of Oia. The cruise ship port lies directly below the town at the foot of the cliff, accessed by cable car, on foot via 588 steps or by donkey (make this a last resort!).

There’s also a new port, 10km (6 miles) south of Fira.

Tours & Tickets

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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia, Fira and the Akrotiri Excavation

Spend your time in the port of Santorini discovering the wonders of the island. On this private shore excursion, you will visit the island's capital, Fira, ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $152.02

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Scenic Tour of Santorini, including Oia and Mt Profitis Ilias Monastery

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

While you’re in port in Santorini, discover the beauty of the island on a private shore excursion. Your private guide will lead you around the island on a ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $120.84

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia and Fira, including Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Wine Tasting

On this private shore excursion from the Santorini port, you will cover all the top sights of the island. Start your tour at a local winery, where you’ll ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.42

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