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What you should know about Fira
The capital city of Greece's island of Thera (or Santorini), Fira is a charming town with a beautiful setting and plenty of superb accommodation to choose from. It's the perfect place to stay when exploring one of the friendliest islands in the Aegean Sea. We offer the very best places to stay in Fira - from luxury retreats to more modest options that won't break the bank. Each one has been rated and reviewed by travelers like you, so that you can be certain of what you will find. You can see maps showing where the hotels are (and avoid being dumped miles from the attractions), and we also include photos of sample rooms. Full information about the facilities provided is also included. With our assistance, anyone can find the best Fira hotels for them. Book the right place early to secure discounts and get ready to soak up the sunshine.
What's Fira Like?
The town of Fira is perched dramatically on the cliffs above the western coast of Thera and features spectacular views. Local attractions include a couple of fascinating museums - the Thera Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, as well as the impressive modern Cathedral of Ypapanti. Fira is also home to some superb art galleries, like the MATI Art Gallery which showcases local talent, while the city center is a pleasure to explore with its quaint squares and white washed architecture. Staying in Fira hotels also means that the entire island is easy to explore. Head to Oia Castle, see the cave houses (Yposkafo), or stroll around the well preserved ruins of Akrotiri or the beautiful village of Emporio with its churches and castle. There are also plenty of beaches as well as diving schools that can take you to some of the finest shipwreck dive sites in the world.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Fira
The people of Fira are down to earth and relaxed, which seems to fit in with the beauty of their surroundings. They will try their hardest to meet the needs of all visitors, even more so if you can learn a couple of Greek phrases and have the courage to try them out. Take local recommendations about where to eat so that you can avoid typical tourist traps. Join ordinary locals in dining on delicious tzatziki, stuffed vine leaves, hummus, and some of the freshest seafood available in the Mediterranean. To get around, you might want to experiment with the excellent public buses but you can also catch boat services around the island's coast. Even better, charter a boat and make your own routes.