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Fira - Santorini


The island"s capital Fira, clings to the edge of a cliff that is, in fact, the rim of the ancient crater. The town is 300 metres above sea level and about 800 metres broad. If you arrive by ship there are winding steps that lead up to the town from the port below. You can either take a donkey up to the top, or as many prefer the modern cable car.

Fira - Santorini

The mule ride has however been a tradition on Santorini for centuries, until the 1980"s when the cable car was installed. This made the journey up from the port for both tourists and their luggage less stressful.
The impact of Aegean tourism has made itself felt in Fira, judging from the abundance of tavernas, hotels, discotheques and shops. It is the largest urban area on the island and acts as the central hub for the island"s travel network and tourist facilities.
The architecture is an attractive jumble of Venetian and Cycladic styles, one of the only similarities between the two being the whitewashed exteriors. During the day the superb views from the cliff-edge overlook the two Kameni islands, the newest additions to the volcano, or better still, why not descend to the port and visit them by boat.

Veduta di Fira, Santorini

The town has a population of approximately 2,000 and it is a pleasure to stroll through the quaint and colourful cobbled streets, soaking up the charm of this pretty town and stopping for a coffee or doing a bit of window-shopping for those souvenirs to take back home.
Looking toward the town of Oia from Fira you will see a large mountain. It has a path that leads to a couple of churches, which are popular as venues to make those wedding vows. It takes about an hour to reach the summit, but not a hike for the "weak at heart". If you do decide to go, it could be an idea to go near sunset, as it is a popular place to watch the sunset.

Prehistoric Thira Museum
Located near the square, it is a must if you are interested in the history of the ancient town and island. Exhibits cover the period of inhabitation on Thira from Neolithic to the late Cycladic periods. Many amazing artefacts from ancient Akrotiri to "day to day" items of the inhabitants are on show, including some of the beautiful frescoes found in the buildings.

Open: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM, closed Monday, entrance fee is 3 euro

Archaeological Museum
Located near the cable car in Fira town, this museum is mainly dedicated to a collection of ceramics dating from the 7th and 6th century BC (including those known as "Thira ware"), a few Archaic and Classical pieces, and some Hellenistic and Roman sculptures and portraits.

Open: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM, closed Monday, entrance fee is 3 euro

Megaron Gyzi
Megaron Gyzi is a beautiful 17th century mansion-museum located in the Halls of the Cultural Centre. There are permanent exhibitions of old Thiraic manuscripts, covering Santorini public life from the late 16th to the early 19th century, engravings, maps, paintings and photographs of Santorini taken between 1930 and 1956.

Open: 10:30 AM –1:30 PM and 5 PM – 8 PM, between May 1st and October 31st

Folklore Museum
The folklore museum of Emmanouela Lignos is a dwelling built in 1861 into a cave. The museum contains a host of exhibits which present the folklore of the island and the lives of the Thirans throughout history.

Open: 10 AM – 2 PM and 6 PM – 8 PM

Campane a Santorini