Fira - Cable car
Fira is the capital of Santorini, part of the archipelago of the Cyclades. Nowadays Fira is modern town, built mostly during the 19th century after the old Venetian capital at Skaros disappeared due to earthquakes. The architecture is a combination of Cycladic and Venetian, with whitewashed houses and blue domed churches.
Fira is a very popular destination with huge amounts of tourists on a daily basis. The small streets during top season period are crowed with all kind of shops, jewelleries, cafe, restaurants, bars and night clubs.
Fira is also a port of cruise ships and most visitors are here for just a few hours, spending their time and money in the bars and restaurants with cameras, ready to snap the famous sunsets over the caldera. You can reach Fira by roads on its eastern side, climbing from its port on foot or on donkeys, or by riding the steep cable car from the port.
History of Fira, as well as the entire island, has been written by many earthquakes in the past.
The two main museums are the Santorini Archeological Museum, close to the cable car entrance, with exhibits from Ancient Thera which includes 8th century pots and urns, and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera next to White Orthodox Cathedral, built on the site of the Ypapanti Church, destroyed in the 1956 earthquake.
From Fira you can enjoy magnificent panoramic view of the 18 km long caldera from southern peak Roman lighthouse Pharos to northern peak Agios Nikolaos down below Oia village, including volcanic island Nea Kameni at the center with Thirassia Island on the west.