Fira is the capital of Santorini. It lies on the west coast of the island on the caldera just opposite the volcano. The town is full of cafes, taverns, restaurants and bars, while is the largest shopping centre on the island. Fira is also the cultural and commercial centre of the Santorini, including museums, galleries and several cultural events.
The nightlife of Fira is very vivid as well, collecting the best night clubs and bars of the island. Every year, thousands of tourists and young people visit Fira for dining out and entertainment.
There are many things to do in Fira and so many interesting places to explore. The town offers great views of the mesmerizing sunset as well as of the impressive volcano.
Do not miss the chance to visit Fira and explore its hidden gems!
Things to do in Fira
Santorini cable car
You can take the cable car if you want to get to Fira from the old port effortless. Although the ride lasts only 3 minutes, is a perfect occasion in order to admire the beauties of the island and the breathtaking caldera. The cable car was constructed and donated by “Loula & Evangelos Nomikos Foundation”, according to the Austrian regulations.
Take a donkey ride
For the traditional ones, there is another way to reach Fira, but a controversial one though. We are referring to the donkey ride, which is the most traditional way if you want to get from the old port to Fira. The ride takes about 35 minutes, giving you the chance to climb on the caldera with these lovely animals.
Three Bells of Fira
If you are about to visit Santorini, you should definitely pay a visit to the Three Bells of Fira which is located in Firostefani. In point of fact, the Three Bells is a part of the iconic Catholic Church of Koimisi Tis Theotokou. This landmark of Cycladic aesthetic with the blue dome offers remarkable vistas while is the perfect background for astonishing pictures.
Watch the sunset
Of course, Fira is another suitable place in order to watch the stunning sunset of Santorini. There is no perfect spot to admire this unique setting, just make sure that you are close to the caldera so you can have a panoramic view of this idyllic phenomenon.
Museums to visit in Fira
Museum of Prehistoric Thera
The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is located in Fira and houses findings of the excavations at Akrotiri. The exhibition is divided into four parts, referring to the history of research at Fira, the geology and the history of the island from the Late Neolithic to the Late Cycladic period as well as to the golden era of Akrotiri city.
Archaeological Museum of Thera
The Archaeological Museum of Fira includes artefacts from the history of Santorini. If you are interested to become familiar with other cultures and be associated with the ancient history of the island, the Archaeological Museum is a must. The exhibits include collections from the Archaic to the Roman period as well as artefacts from the Geometric and the Hellenistic Periods.
Fira Churches & Cathedrals
Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral
The Orthodox Metropolitan Church is located at the centre of Fira. The church was built in 1827 and it offers great views to the volcano and the caldera of Santorini. It consists of an outstanding bell tower while it follows the Cycladic aesthetic. In the interior, you will have the opportunity to admire wonderful murals made by the local artist Christoforos Asimis.
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a Roman Catholic Church, located at the centre of Fira. It was built in 1823 but it was destroyed due to the earthquake of 1956 and was totally rebuilt in 1970. The building follows the baroque style, featuring blue-grey and cream shades.