Fira Santorini

Fira Santorini

Fira Santorini photo by Kevin Poh

What's Fira Like

Fira, sometimes spelled Thera is the capital of Thira, the main island of Santorini and sits on the rim of the extinct volcano on the island’s west coast. It’s a short 10 minute drive from the airport so transfer times are good.

Fira is a beautiful town that looks like it’s grown out of the hillside with whitewashed and pastel coloured houses, hotels and restaurants offering stunning views out across the caldera.

There’s no shortage of accommodation options in Fira. There’s tons of hotels with volcano views but they are the most expensive, particularly if you want a room with a private hot tub where it can easily be over £200 a night. Cheaper hotels are available in Fira but they wont have the views and that’s the main reason for coming to Santorini. If you can’t stretch to a room with a view then try to book yourself into a restaurant with a view at least once on your stay so you can enjoy the sunset with a glass of local wine.

In general, Fira is a slow paced town, there are large sections of the town that has no cars so you have to travel by cable car, donkey or on foot. It does get very busy in the peak season though, especially when the cruise ships are in town so you definitely wont be enjoying the views on your own.

Fira Nightlife

Sunset, sunset sunset, did we mention the sunsets? Yep, that’s what a large portion of the evening entertainment is based around, all the most popular bars, restaurants and hotels have balconies facing out over the volcano side of the island and therefore great views of the sunsets. 

Most people simply want to set up a camera or position themselves close to the edge and get a great view as the sun goes down and then simply enjoy a glass or two of wine or beer to finish the evening.

If you prefer to party then there are a number of clubs, late night bars and cocktail bars to keep you entertained well into the small hours. There’s a variety of styles with some playing just Greek music and others offering more mainstream British/American style club music.

What to do around Fira

With Fira being relatively central on the main island it’s a great base location for exploring, there’s day trips to other islands from the harbour or driving out to Oia or any of the beaches on the east coast.

Quick look guide to Fira

Very Popular
Good for Couples
Lots of Hotels
Variety of Night Life
Choice of Restaurants
Assortment of Shops
Live Music
Live Music
Greek Dancing
Greek Dancing
Night Clubs
Night Clubs
Camp Site
Great Views
Cash Machine
Vehicle Hire

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Where next?

Go to the Santorini resort guide to find out about the great towns and villages on the island.

Go to the Santorini beach guide to find out about some of the best beaches on the island.

Find something to keep you entertained whilst in Santorini with our Santorini sight seeing guide.

Go back to the main Santorini guide to find out more about this lovely Cycladic island and what it has to offer the holiday maker

Find information on another Greek island, whether that’s to hop from Santorini on a day trip or to research an alternative destination.

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