Fira attractions

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Museum of Prehistoric Thera

Opposite the bus station, this well-presented museum houses extraordinary finds excavated from Akrotiri and is all the more impressive when you realise just how old they are. Most remarkable is the glowing gold ibex…
Landmark in Fira

Skaros Rock

From Imerovigli, a sign points west for the track to Skaros, the conical peninsula jutting out into the caldera. Not only geologically interesting, it is also historically important, as it was the first of five kast…
Church in Fira

Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

Sitting prominently on the caldera edge in Fira, the Orthodox Cathedral can be seen from from many parts of Santorini. Built in 1827, it was badly damaged in the catastrophic earthquake of 1956. Fully renovated soon…
Port in Fira

Old Port

Sitting 220m below Fira – three minutes by cable car, or 587 steps by foot – the Old Port, also known as Fira Skala, is now mainly used by cruise ship passengers visiting Fira for the day. They generally arrive in t…
Museum in Fira


Around the corner from the Archaeological Museum, this modern cultural centre is home to the ‘Wall Paintings of Thera’ exhibition, a collection of life-size reproductions of the finest Akrotiri murals. The short vid…
Church in Fira

Catholic Cathedral

The peaceful Catholic Cathedral of Santorini, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, is off the standard tourist route and well worth seeking out. The church is attended regularly by the island's Catholic population (…
Museum in Fira

Archaeological Museum

Near the cable-car station, this museum houses impressive finds from Akrotiri and Ancient Thira, such as unbelievably detailed clay statuettes from the latter site, including a donkey, pig, ram and birds. Check out …
Museum in Fira

Megaro Gyzi Cultural Centre

Come to this quiet escape in the town’s north to take in fascinating before-and-after photographs of the 1956 earthquake in Fira, along with a collection of maps, engravings, paintings and 15th-century manuscripts.