There are plenty of sleeping options in Fira, but be prepared to pay a premium for a caldera view. Budget places without views are on the eastern side of town and offer some great deals out of the high season. Book well ahead, especially for July and August.
Practical Tip: Santorini Accommodation
Things to know about Santorini accommodation:
- Few of Fira’s sleeping options are cheap. For a caldera view, expect to pay a premium.
- The sky is the limit here and in Oia: luxury accommodation is everywhere, with all the trimmings (private terrace, plunge pool etc).
- Consider accommodation in Firostefani and Imerovigli if you don’t mind a walk into Fira. There are plenty of quality hotels and restaurants with caldera views here too.
- Many hotels on the caldera rim cannot be reached by vehicle and may involve several flights of steps. Many hotels have porters who can help with luggage.
- Some domatia touts at the port may claim that their rooms are in town, when they’re actually a long way out; ask to see a map showing the exact location.
- Some places may offer free transfer to the port or airport; other places may charge €15 upwards for a transfer.
Overpriced, indifferent food geared towards tourists is still an unfortunate feature of summertime Fira; thankfully, there are some exceptions.
In general, there’s a price hike for a caldera view, while cheap eats surround the central square. For smart places, book ahead in July and August.
Drinking & Nightlife
After midnight, Erythrou Stavrou fires up as the clubbing caldera of Fira, while Marinatou is lined with fabulously chic drinking spots.
Any tour your heart desires can be organised on Santorini – there are dozens of agencies primed and ready to help with winery visits, archaeology tours, traditional villages, sunset-watching and other activities.
Another option is a cruise, and the most popular itinerary takes in the caldera’s volcanic islands of Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni, including a stop at the former’s crater and the latter’s hot springs. Some tours will also call at Thirasia, and/or a port below Oia. Sunset-watching from a boat, drink in hand, is also in demand.
Departures are from Fira Skala, below Fira. Book with one of the agencies around town. Vessels vary, from replica schooners to sleek catamarans and yachts – therefore prices vary wildly.
The starting rate for a basic full-day excursion is around €30. Before booking, ask about the itinerary, inclusions (eg lunch or drinks) and the number of fellow passengers.