"FIRA - CHARMING CYCLADIC VILLAGE" Top 5 Page for this destination Fira by LoriPori

Fira Travel Guide: 132 reviews and 570 photos


As you approach Santorini by Ferry, or in our case by sailboat, you can see the whitewashed clifftop villages of Oia and FIRA. Then the Ferry enters the Caldera. The cliff walls rise steeply on both sides formed of red, yellow and ochre rock and whose surface is the shimmering blue Aegean. About 3600 years ago, the center of the island was blown away in a colossal volcanic eruption, leaving behind a circular depression in the sea floor and the crescent-shaped sliver of rock known as Santorini. The best place to view the Caldera is the walking path between Fira and Oia.
Fira is the island's capital and busiest commercial town. It is teeming with hotels, restaurants and shops. The evening stroll (Volta) along Odos M. Nomikou, follows the edge of the Caldera and is one of the most exquisite in the Cyclades.
Hans and I enjoyed Fira very much. It's such a lively town and beauty lies at every turn.

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  • Pros:Absolutely loved it here
  • Cons:Too many tourists! hehe!
  • Last visit to Fira: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Thanks for another lovely tour.

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Wonderful page Lori. I liked the views of the caldera were just stunning! quite nice that they retain the village touches like having the donkeys deliver supplies. Your pictures were outstanding!

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Oct 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      Thanks Val. I like that you appreciate my photos. The caldera was so beautiful that you can't help but take great photos.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    Wow, Sylvia will be going to Santorini - hope she also gets here to Fira - looks wonderful despite the many tourists :)

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Will be in Santorini (by cruise) in late May & would like to see Oia & some of the island outside of Fira. Maybe get a bus around the island.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2011 at 5:21 AM

    Hi, Lori! You have created a wonderful page here! Thanks!><><><><

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    Lovely page Lori! What a great place to hold a vt meet, and it sounds like you had a wonderful time!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Hi Enjoyed your tips & photos, cannot wait till we have our 3 night stay end Sept'08. Hope the weather is good then.

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Hi Lori,Your request for the Santorini pics got me thinking about Greece.This is a wonderful page with beautiful pics. Brought back some gr8 memories!See you at Euromeet2008 !

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2008 at 7:48 AM

    A spectacular place--I don't think a VT Euromeet could be in a better location.

  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    Thanks for lovely VT Fira page .


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