Fira - Firostefani
Fira is the capital of Santorini. It can be found on the west coast of the island, on the caldera cliffs opposite the volcano. It is 900 feet above the old port and about 800 broad, zigzagged steps up from the port. Modern day Fira is the cultural and commercial center of the Santorini. It is a very picturesque village, with white cubic houses, narrow alleyways and impressive Venetian manors. In Fira, you can visit the splendid Archaeological, Prehistoric, and Folklore, Museums, as well as wonderful churches and cathedrals. Firostefani lies to the north of Fira and there is little that separates it from it considerable larger neighbour. As with Fira the views are spectacular There are places, however, where you can eat or have a drink, and at the same time have a view of the Caldera.
Imerovigli, is a charming village built in the lip of the crater (300m above the caldera) in a distance 2km from Fira. In front of Imerovigli there is an enormous rock. This is Scaros which used to be part of the land and had a castle built on it until the early 1800s. The castle guarded the western entrance to the island from attacks and was never defeated during the 600 years of its existence. There are several quiet restaurants, cafes and bars.
Oia, pronounced ‘Ia’, is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. It is known throughout the world for its quiet life and fantastic sunset. It is built in the traditional architecture with whitewashed buildings carved into the rock, blue domed churches in narrow streets and sun-bathed verandas. The highest attraction of the village is the fabulous sunset. A square overlooks the sea and visitors may observe a truly fantastic sunset. The most popular spot to watch it is by the Kastro walls.
Pyrgos is a traditional village built on the slopes of Mt. Profitis Ilias, in the center of Santorini Island. It is one of the most impressive Santorini villages, with Byzantine churches, Medieval Manors and Venetian Castles. Pyrgos offers a good selection of hotels and apartments that provide a lovely view of the island and the Aegean Sea. The beaches of Kamari and Perissa are located just a few kilometers from Pyrgos village.
Kamari is a cosmopolitan beach resort on the south east of Santorini, which has been awarded the Blue Flag. The long stretch of beach lies under the impressive mountain of Mesa Vouno. Kamari offers a wealth of cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets, as well as a lively nightlife. The beach is organized, with sun beds, umbrellas, water sports and diving. From Kamari, visitors can easily reach the ruins of Ancient Thira with its impressive monuments.
Perissa is a seaside village on the south east coast of Santorini with several kilometers of black sand beach. Towering over the beach on the north side is the mountain of Mesa Vouno, site of Ancient Thira. Perissa connects with Perivolos, and the collective area is longest stretch of beach on the island. Both beaches are organized. It also provides a selection of water sports facilities, diving schools and a water park, as well as cafes, bars and clubs by the sea. The village is situated just a few kilometers from Ancient Thira.
Akrotiri’s settlement is in the southwestern and most distant edge of the island, 15 km away from Fira. Became particularly famous the ancient city that was discovered buried under the volcano’s ashes by the well-known archaeologist Spiros Marinatos. Akrotiri is famous for Archaeological excavations, the lighthouse, the Red beach, White beach, fish taverns, a small marina, panoramic Volcano views.
Ancient Thira, was found at Mesa Vouno, approximately 15km southeast Fira Town. Its settlements date from the ninth century BC and among the buldings that have come to light are the Agora, several temples to Dionysus and Apollo , a Theatre, a Cave where Hermes and Hercules were once worshipped, the Gymnasium and the Roman baths. Vessels, coins and pottery found in Ancient Thira are on display in the Archaeological Museum in Fira.
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