Fira is the capital of Santorini. It can be found on the west coast of the island, on the caldera cliffs opposite the volcano. Modern day Fira is the cultural and commercial center of the Santorini.
There is so much to choose from and so many places to explore.
Apart from the museums, galleries and cultural events, it has the island’s largest shopping center and the biggest choice of dining out and entertainment. The volcano can be seen from every point, as can the mesmerizing sunsets.
You can find Imerovigli by taking the road going towards Oia. It is the next village after Fira & Firostefani on the famous Santorini caldera. Its position at the highest, most central part of the caldera gave it visual command of the whole area.
It also derived importance from its proximity to Skaros Fortress. Imerovigli has views of the volcano, breathtaking sunsets and tranquility. The largest part of Imerovigli was destroyed in the 1956 volcano eruption.
Some of the population perished, while others moved away to the mainland. Imerovigli has since then been restored and is home to some of the most beautiful hotels, villas and traditional cave house settlements on the island.
The beauty of Oia is unsurpassed. In fact, it is almost impossible to describe in words. Small white houses tier the hillside, interspersed by splashes of rich okra, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink and earthy red.
Oia is one of the most photographed places in Greece, if not the world. It has inspired artists, poets and every visitor who visits Santorini. Oia is best known for breathtaking sunsets; if truth be told, sunrise in Oia is also magical.
Ammoudi port can be reached by car (you have to circle round the bottom road of Oia village), by walking down the 235 steps, or by catching a ride on the back of a mule. At the bottom is a small harbour with fishing boats, waterfront amazing fish taverns and restaurants, and a path that leads you around the base of the mountain to an excellent diving area.
Akrotiri is one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean.The land of the excavations. The first habitation at the site dates from the Late Neolithic times (from 4th millennium BC).
In Medieval times, Akrotiri was one of the 5 fortified settlements on the island.
Akrotiri lies exactly on the axis of the shipping lane from Piraeus to Alexandria.
The lighthouse is one of the best in Greece. From the light house you can enjoy a different angle of the caldera and the most spectacular sunset in the world overlooking the whole rim of the Cliffside.
Pyrgos can found at the highest point of Santorini, with panoramic views of the whole island all the way to the village of Oia. This hillside village was declared a protected settlement in 1995. Pyrgos is a typical Fortress Settlement of the Cyclades. On the hilltop you can find ruins of Kasteli Castle.
Traditional architecture, remains of neo-classical mansions, narrow winding paths leading up the hillside, small white houses, galleries, vineyards, churches and breathtaking panoramic views.
Home to historical mansions, old traditional houses, pirate hideaways and wine canavas, it has a history of merchants and wealthy land barons exporting Vinsanto wine that the island still produces.
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. The water is deep and blue, the sand is black and there is a lifeguard on duty. A stone-paved promenade for strolling that runs parallel to the beach stretches across the crescent moon shaped bay.
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.
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. Perivolos in particular is a more up-market dinning and clubbing scene, an extension of Santorini’s fine dinning and nightlife by day.