Fira – Santorini’s town on the edge

Everyone’s heard of Santorini and how it is one if not, the most beautiful of the Greek islands. Pictures, no matter how good, don’t do it justice.
The photo here of Fira the main town gives you an idea of its beauty.
Perched on top of a cliff overlooking the Caldera or volcanic ‘hole’ filled with sea water, it commands all before it.
Arriving by ferry is even more spectacular as you dock below Fira and then have to walk up the steep path to town. There are donkeys or mules that will transport you and your bags but I found that distracting from the whole experience of being there for the first time.
Can’t wait to go back!

Fira, the main town in Santorini at dusk.

Fira, the main town in Santorini at dusk.

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A cat on a step on the Greek isle of Thirasia

Of the idyllic Greek Islands everyone knows Santorini and yeah, its bloody beautiful! In fact watch this space for some images of this famous island. Across the Caldera is the little island of Thirasia which is usually a 1/2 day excursion from Santorini. It’s how Santorini probably was before the rich, the famous and the tourists discovered it. No more than a couple of hundred people live here. It has a small harbour, a couple of small villages and pretty church, lots of steep steps, pebble beaches and this cat!
By the way a caldera is a volcanic feature created by a volcanic eruption. In this case Thirasia, Santorini and a couple of smaller islands are all that’s left of a much larger Island after a volcanic eruption.

A whitewashed street in Thirasia near Santorini one of the famous Greek Islands

A whitewashed street in Thirasia near Santorini one of the famous Greek Islands