Fira - The capital of Santorini

'Panoramic view of the town of Fira, Santorini, Greece' - Santorini
'Panoramic view of the town of Fira, Santorini, Greece' JeniFoto / Shutterstock

The capital of Santorini, Fira, is located on the west side of the island and it is built on top of steep cliffs, at an altitude of about 250 meters from the sea. Fira became the island's capital at the end of the 18th century, when the residents had to leave the old capital, Skaros.

Fira is characterized by its whitewashed houses with the blue doors, while a breathtaking panoramic view over the caldera awaits every guest that steps foot on its ground. Apart from a romantic atmosphere and picturesque sceneries, in Fira you will also find the Archaeological Museum of Thera and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, where you can discover more about the rich history of the island.

The main square of Fira is called Theotokopoulou Square. With a simple walk around it you can find anything you need, from shops, jewellery, cafes, restaurants, bars and taverns, to night clubs for the party lovers. At the city's main streets, you can find bus and taxi stations for your transportation needs, while various travel agencies are located there as well, ready to help you plan a short trip in nearby destinations.

Hotels and apartments in Fira