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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Private Tour: Santorini Sightseeing with Photo Stops on the Fira to Oia Hiking Trail, Santorini, ... 

Private Tour: Santorini Sightseeing with Photo Stops on the Fira to Oia Hiking Trail

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

Explore Santorini — the 'black pearl of the Aegean' — on this private half-day tour, and uncover the scenic wonders of the southern coast. ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.70
Private Santorini Photography Tour, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Santorini Photography Tour

Take a private Santorini photography tour which has become very popular throughout the past few years. Make your photography experience stress free with ...  Read more

Location: Thira, Greece
Duration: Flexible

From USD $399.92
Santorini Sunset Champagne Experience, Santorini, Photography Tours

Santorini Sunset Champagne Experience

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Spend a dreamy evening sipping Champagne and enjoying uninterrupted views of Santorini's world-famous sunset with this 2-hour experience in Fira. At a reserved ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $285.66

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