This is the capital of Santorini, the heart of the island’s social life, entertainment and shopping! There are clothing and accessories shops, goldsmith's stores, galleries, gift shops, banks, bars, clubs, restaurants, travel agencies. Also, the museum of Prehistoric Thera, the Archaeological museum, Megaro Gyzi, Petros Nomikos Conference Center, the Santozeum housing reproductions of the Akrotiri murals. When you reach the Caldera of Fira you will see the impressive Orthodox Cathedral (1963-1968) and opposite the popular spot called boudi (low wall) where you may rest and enjoy the impressive views of the volcano and the settlement. From the Cathedral you will walk on Ipapantis street which is also called “Gold Street”, because of the goldsmith's stores. Further down this street is the busier spot of the village, filled with shops, cafes, bars, restaurants etc. You will reach the area where the Archaeological museum and the cable car are located: Here you will also have the chance to admire the sunset and take photos of the volcano. Outside the Caldera you will pass through Theotokopoulou square where cafes, banks, shops and several fast food shops are located. Near this square you will find the bus and taxi starting points.
WALK ON THE RIM OF THE CALDERA. In the old day s people used to walk from village to village. We suggest that you do the same, and discover the old path leading from Fira to Firostefani and then to Imerovigli. You will walk at the rim of the caldera and enjoy breath-taking views to the volcano.
It is almost connected with Fira and its name means «crown of Fira». The blue dome of the Aghioi Theodoroi (Saints Theodore) church is featured in many photos of Santorini. Ιf it happens to be open, you should take a look at the old altar screen icon. If you keep walking, you will come across the church of Aghios Gerasimos with the cypress trees and the square where locals get together on summer evenings. Around the square there are cafés, restaurants and shops. Firostefani has excellent hotels, rooms to let and fine restaurants.
The village is built on the edge of the cliff along the caldera and features impressive view to the volcano. Fira and Imerovigli are just 3 km apart and there is access either from the asphalt road, or the cobblestone old path. Taking a walk around the village you will admire the church of Anastasis (Resurrection) with the blue cupola. Also, the churches of Panagia Malteza (Holy Virgin the Maltese) and Ioannis (St) Chrysostomos. It is worth visiting Skaros, the impressive rock with the ruins of the medieval capital of Thira island (the old name of Santorini). To get there you will pass by the church of Aghios (St) Georgios, so take some time to admire the astonishing view from its yard. Walking in the opposite direction, towards Firostefani, you will come across the monastery of Saint Nicholas (1815).
One of the most romantic destinations in the world, famous for the sunset visitors enjoy from the old Goulas. The settlement was named after the church of St Nicholas built on the volcanic rock in the 15th or 16th century. During the 19th century the captains of Oia developed the shipping industry and commerce, therefore the village was called “village of captains”. The effects of the 1956 earthquake were severe. People returned in the 1980s to rebuilt the houses and gradually the village came back to life. The settlement of Oia has expanded linearly along the edge of the cliff. The neighborhoods with the famous carved in buildings and the captains’ houses” look stunningly beautiful. You can see the whole village by walking along the main marble-paved pedestrian street. The Venetian district, built at the site of the old Goulas –a watchtower used during the rule of the Westerners- was ruined by the earthquakes. The meeting point is Platsani square. In one direction, the main marble-paved pedestrian street leads to the Goulas. It is lined with shops, cafés, restaurants, villas and luxury hotels. In the other direction the street leads to the neighborhood of Perivolas.
The beautiful village of Pyrgos is located 7.5 km east of Fira and is built at the foot of Prophet Elias mountain. In 1995 it was declared a “preserved monument”. The village is surrounded by picturesque churches and vineyards. It is worth visiting the settlement in order to enjoy the sunset from the top of the famous Pyrgos castle, one of the 5 medieval castles of the island. Also, to walk to the cobbled streets with the Cycladic buildings, to visit the Ecclesiastical collection of Aghia Triada and the Cultural Village “Santorini of the past”. There are traditional coffee shops, restaurants and taverns. High up, on the top of the mountain, there is Prophet Elias monastery built between 1711 and 1724.