Posted by: Debra Kolkka | August 12, 2017

Fantastic Fira

Fira is the capital and commercial centre of the Greek Island of Santorini. The name comes from and alternative pronunciation of Thira, the ancient name of the island.

The town sits high on the edge of the caldera, the submerged volcano that forms the island. It is a typical Cycladic village with many of its buildings constructed in the time of the Venetian invasion, including some of the blue domed churches. An earthquake in 1956 destroyed much of the island, but luckily some of the 18th century buildings were saved.

There is a panoramic view of the caldera from the town.

It is long way to the port below the town.

Fira Santorini

Fortunately there is a chairlift if you can’t face the steps or the donkey ride.

Fira Santorini

Balconies dotted all over the edge provide a perfect place to admire the stunning view.

Pretty churches are scattered throughout the town.

Always there are lovely old doorways on Santorini.

Sunset is gorgeous in Fira. The giant cruise ships head out for other locations and the town lights up.

Fira Santorini

Fira Santorini

Fira Santorini

Fira Santorini

Fira is a great place to base yourself on Santorini. There is a good bus service to other parts of the island there are lots of shops, restaurants and cafes to keep you busy. I feel another visit coming on soon.



  1. The City is really pretty.

    • Fira is lovely, a great place to be on Santorini.

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  3. Excellent post and great photos! Reposted 🙂

    • Thanks for the repost.

      • my pleasure!

  4. Beautiful place to visit…unlike anything else we have seen. We arrived on one of those large cruiseship and unfortunately only had the one day looking around. Need to return to continue exploring.

    • One day is not enough. We had 3 days there, and we could have stayed much longer.

  5. Beautiful Debra!

    • Santorini is a special place.

  6. I love those little terraces!

  7. Fantastic indeed! So many beautiful things, big and small, all together…

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