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Discover Fira on an exciting Greek holiday.

Located on the island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea, Fira is the capital city of the island. Fira’s name is derived from its ancient name Thera, and the town is steeped in history. Learn about the vast and varied history of this Greek town at the various museums. The main square at Plateia Theotokopoulou is surrounded by cafés and restaurants that fill up quickly in the evening. Use of a donkey or a cable car may be necessary for visitors staying at the top of one of the city's steep hills.

HomeAway has idyllic holiday rentals in Fira, including seven stunning villas. These properties sleep from 6-16 people and boast a variety of amenities and benefits, including stunning views, swimming pools, full kitchens, and grand balconies. Many people who stay in apartments and houses in Fira also enjoy hopping from island to island. HomeAway also offers holiday homes in other towns on Santorini, and the selection of holiday homes on Mykonos is ideal for those hoping to delve into the island’s rich history.

Things to do

Museum of Prehistoric Thera:

The Museum of Prehistoric Thera has pieces from archaeological digs at Akrotiri. These digs, led by the Archaeological Society of Athens, also include objects found at Patmos by members of the German Archaeological Institute of Athens. The museum is currently showing wall paintings from the Neolithic and Cycladic periods.

Lignos Folklore Museum:

The Lignos Folklore Museum was founded by Emmanuel A. Lignos, the director of the monthly newsletter 'Theieraic News.' The museum is comprised of an old winery with various workshops. The chapel of Agios Konstantinos is also on the grounds of the museum, located in a cave house that was originally built in 1861.

Santozeum Museum:

The Santozeum Museum is a modern art museum and cross-disciplinary space in Fira. The museum aims to create cross-cultural dialogue in various disciplines. The current exhibits include Akrotiri wall paintings that are on loan from the Thera Foundation. The exhibits were developed with the Getty Museum and Kodak Pathe.

Santorini Sailing:

The Santorini Sailing Company offers catamaran sailing courses and tours around the island. The catamarans are available for rental with crew and optional catering. A private beach is also available. Both day sails and sunset sails are available with a reservation far in advance.

Santorini Wine Tours:

Santorini Wine Tours take place across the entire island and give visitors the chance to sample wine from various vintners and traditional cellars across Santorini. Guests can also opt to take cooking classes as part of the tour. Traditional Greek method is taught as part of these classes, as are the Greek names of many commonplace ingredients.

Santorini Photo Day Tours:

Run by local Olaf Reinen, Santorini Photo Day Tours range in length from two hours to a full week. Olaf has lived on Santorini his whole life, and enthusiastically gives visitors an entertaining and authentic tour experience.

Weather on Santorini

A Mediterranean climate dominates weather patterns on Santorini. Winters are generally mild, reaching a low of 10°C. Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures reaching 30°C. A group of winds called the Etesians (or Meltemi in Turkish), blows from mid-May to mid-September. The winds are most active in the late afternoon and die down in the evening. The Etesians are most dangerous for sailors and travellers on the western-most beaches in the afternoon.

Travel to Santorini

Getting to Fira is not difficult, though it does take some time. First fly into Athens Airport (ATH), then take the bus or a taxi to the port of Piraeus. Ferries leaving from said port for the port of Athinios on Santorini take about five to eight hours to arrive at their destination, depending on which ferry one takes. From there, there are several car rental options. The drive to Fira takes about 30 minutes.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      We had a good time

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      We enjoyed.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      A beautiful villa with amazing hosts.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We have recently returned from Santorini having spent a week there to celebrate my nieces wedding. The Painters House was absolutely perfect and even more beautiful than the pictures suggested. It was immaculate, with the terrace and plunge pool being the icing on the cake ! Despite our late evening arrival, Foti and Ian were at the Villa to welcome us. They were amazing hosts and nothing was too much trouble for them, from showing us the local area, to arranging taxis to various places on the island , to letting us raid their herb cupboard !! The Painters House, Foti and Ian are 3 hidden gems on a beautiful island Thank you both so much for helping to make our holiday in Santorini one of the best.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Unique Luxury Villa!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This villa is stunning! Postcard views from every angle, classic Greek cave architecture and a support staff to tend to your every need, including a gourmet cooked-to-order breakfast each morning. We enjoyed sitting on the terrace every day just watching the changing colors on the horizon and the boats that sailed by. We loved Santorini and this amazing villa! Hope to return again soon.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2016