The Islands capital on the rim of the caldera
proudly dominates, while at the same time inciting, the volcano which is
still smoking in front of it. The town of Fira stands out like a white
eagles'-nest, hanging between sea and sky.
The capital of the island was moved to Fira
from pirgos Kallistis in the beginning of the 19th century. Now Fira is
a growing town with a population of about 2500 people, which lives in
the present but tries to retain the local traditions of the past. In the
summer, a loud and good-natured crowd of people strolls, carefree
, on the roads which are parallel to the cliff and the small street that
.The central part of the town, the market, is
here. Numerous shops offer a great variety of merchandise, satisfying
even the most demanding customers. Also, the offered merchandise, from
the cheapest (cotton shirts and blouses) to the most axpensive (furs and
jewelry) give it a particular accent which is quite interesting to the
visitor. The visit to the picturesque market of Fira is a pleasant walk.
Small houses, dug in the land, one- or two
storied, have a view of either the sea or the land. Lit and
crowded against each other, as they are, on the top of the cliff,
they seem to be wanting to support each other, so they can reach
outward, over the abyss. Terraces of the houses which are not terraces
but balconies or passages, vaults and archways, and small , white,
decorate facades. Straight lines are unknown, everything is in curves,
giving a unique architectural characteristic to the houses of Fira
which are sunk inside the earth. At Fira buildings do not have height,
they have depth.
today, is full
of life, there are many things that you can do, not mater the age and
the interest that any body has! Night clubs offers
music form classical to hard rock, open until 4am to give you the best
time of your Holydays. After ours bar are open for only two months
in the summer time.