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Introduction

Santorini

Santorini

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Fira is the capital of Thera, more commonly known as Santorini. Much of the island's nightlife is in this coastal town. Fira is the biggest town with view of the caldera. It is the most vivid part of Santorini, where you can do anything you want: relax and spend romantic moments or party with your friends in one of the numerous bars and meet new people. All kind of shops, like restaurants, cafés, boutiques and night clubs can be found here. During the summer Fira gets very crowded, as thousands of tourists take a walk in its traditional pebbled streets.

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Weather

Fira has a Mediterranean cliamte with mild wet winters and hot dry summers. In summer, daily highs are mostly around the 30 °C to 35 °C mark with warm nights of around 20 °C. Winters are mostly around 15 °C during the day though sometimes hit well over 20 °C as well. Nights are above zero and rain is common during the months of December to February.

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Sleep

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.

Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.

Post

Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 39.383611
  • Longitude: 22.746389

Accommodation in Fira

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Fira Travel Helpers

  • anniesweetiepie

    Fira is one of the best places to stay in Santorini. I've been there plenty of times. A lively town which will give you numerous options for dinner, shopping, exploring etc. If you want access to the vivid nightlife then this is the place to stay.

    Ask anniesweetiepie a question about Fira

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