Meet Fira, Santorini (Greece)
There’s nothing like being on top of the multicolored cliffs that Fira Santorini is famous for.
This island is one of the most exclusive destinations in the world, and not just because it is in the huge crater of a volcano.
The landscape here seems to be crafted by the Greek gods: whitewashed villages crown the island with views over its shores flanked by seas, rural vineyards extend across vast stretches inland and the beaches are black, red and out of this world.
There is plenty for explorers, lovers of gastronomy and culture to discover, from archaeological sites to swimming spots and, of course, friendly hotels, sparkling wine and Mediterranean food.
Hidden in the lower part of Oia, Ammoudi Bay is a small fishing village with a charming pier.
The water here shines in blue and turquoise-it’s the perfection of the holiday brochure.
The steep coags are perfect for a refreshing dip between the rocks of the sea.
It is also one of the best places to find traditional Greek seafood taverns, including the traditional Katina Tavern, where the tables are just a few inches from the sea.
Known as the ‘ Greek Pompeii ‘, Akrotiri is a wonderfully preserved archaeological site, where visitors have a glimpse of life on the island around 1450 Bc.
Like the famous Pompeii, a volcano erupted and the gray layers ended up preserving the nearby settlements.
Today, the paths covered by covered panels lead you to a journey between small houses, clay constructions and artifacts that give an idea of what was the ancient Minoan civilization when it was at its peak.
This is one of the most exclusive beaches in the world, appropriately called by the unique color of its sand.
To the surprise of many visitors, the beaches of Santorini are not marfrosted by tropical palms or laden with golden sand.
This volcanic island gave rise to a spectacle of landscapes of unique colors and Praia Vermelha is one of them.
It is named after the rusty reddish tones of its sand, and the dramatic amber cliffs plungings into it.
The island also has black and grey sand beaches on the east coast, including Perissa, Perivolos and Kamari. Everyone shows the amazing things nature can do.
One of the island’s many wineries, which produce some of the finest wines in Greece.
To prove the incredible impact that the cultivation of grapes on volcanic soil can have in the production of wine.
Santorini is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world.
In the Sigalas Winery, a private sommelier can take you on a tour of the vineyards that continue to harvest grapes with the ancient technique Koulara-vines intertwined in basket shapes.
The white-washed towns that crown the steep cliffs (boilers) of Santorini are one of the most distinctive features of this volcanic island.
The view of the Santorini caldera towns-like white coverage of the island’s cliffs-is worth exploring on foot.
Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani and Fira feature brightly whitewashed buildings and churches that create a strip of white on the cliffs of Santorini, offering the most incredible views in an almost surreal environment.
Fira Walk to Oia
This scenic walk is possibly one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean.
For one of the most unique experiences in the Greek islands, follow the path of the island carved between the towns of Fira and Oia.
Known as the Fira-Oia walk crosses the cliffs and villages of Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli.
The hiking trail is less than 10.5 km long and along the way you will find yourself in incredible places worthy of Instagram.
It is a good climb in both directions and can be a challenge, especially under the summer sun.