Places in Santorini (Thira)
Perched on the northern tip of the island, the village of Oia (ee-ah) reflects the renaissance of Santorini after the devastating earthquake of 1956. Restoration work has whipped up beauty and you will struggle to find a more stunning Cyclades village. Built on a steep slope of the caldera, many of its dwellings nestle in niches hewn into the volcanic rock.
Santorini’s main town of Fira is a vibrant, bustling place, its caldera edge layered with hotels, cave apartments, infinity pools and swish restaurants, all backed by a warren of narrow streets full of shops and even more bars and restaurants. A multitude of fellow admirers cannot diminish the impact of Fira’s stupendous landscape.
Santorini is not all about the caldera edge. The island slopes gently down to sea level on its eastern and southern sides and here you’ll find dark-coloured beaches of volcanic sand at popular resorts such as Kamari and Perissa. Inland lie charming traditional villages such as Vourvoulos, to the north of Fira, and Megalohori and Pyrgos to its south.
Thirasia & Volcanic Islets
Unspoilt Thirasia (population 268) was separated from Santorini by an eruption in 236 BC. The cliff-top hora (main town), Manolas, has tavernas and domatia. It’s an attractive place, noticeably more relaxed and reflective than Fira could ever be. Thirasia is a stop on a couple of main ferry routes to and from Athinios a few times a week (€2, 20 minutes).
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