Fira Santorini at night is truly mesmerizing. When the sun goes down and the lights are on, the island is something you can only see in movies. It will leave you breathless, constantly sighing at the beauty that never seems to fade.
Fira is the capital town of Santorini. The white-washed houses you see on postcards are either from here or from Oia. Both towns are expensive, but Oia seems to be more expensive when it comes to hotels/accommodation. However, if I had the money to splurge, I’d prefer to stay in Oia where I’ll have my own infinity pool. 😉
Going Around Santorini
It is easy to get around Santorini. The island has convenient buses from one place to another but it takes around 10-15 minutes to wait at peak hours. The fare starts at 2.50 euros for one way only. Be aware that buses start and end in Fira. This means that if you want to continue your journey to another place, you’ve got to pay another fare again.
When walking around the island, get a pair ofor sandals – whichever you prefer.
Hostel / Hotel in Santorini
They have two hostels there but they’re located far from Fira and Oia – where you’ll see those well-known white houses that captivated your senses. We stayed at Santa Irini Hotel in Perissa, 5 minutes walk to the Black Beach. The hotel has its own swimming pool surrounded by red bougainvilleas. I’d definitely recommend this boutique hotel because of its nice staff, close proximity to the bus stop, grocery stores, and restaurants. And they’re gay-friendly, too!
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Things to do in Santorini
You can definitely explore Santorini on your own. The island has okay public transport that goes along the main road from one end to the other end. You can explore it on foot but you have to fight your way in crowded narrow alleys. You don’t need to go on a tour for a guide to show you around. I’d recommend that you should do it on your own. I’m pretty sure you will figure out the streets yourself.
However, if you want to go island hopping or ride on a catamaran during sunset, you have to join a tour OR, if you are a millionaire, rent a yacht! We did the island hopping but we couldn’t afford the sunset cruise. Sad. ☺️