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Santorini is a remnant of a volcanic crater that has
been engulfed by the sea.
A highly developed civilization flourished on Santorini in the first half
of the second millennium B.C. The golden age ended with the eruption of the
volcano around 1510 B.C. The catastrophe turned the Left of the island
into a collapsed gigantic crater. Some historians speculate that this same
eruption may also have caused the end of the Minoan civilization on Crete.
Firá (also Thera or Thira), the island’s capital, is perched on a
900-foot-high cliff overlooking the harbor and volcanic crater. From the
tiny landing place at Skala harbor, Firá can be reached via funicular, by
foot via a winding, 587-stepped path (not recommended), or on mule-back. The
small town’s charms are its white-washed houses, winding lanes, picturesque
squares, and blue-domed churches. There are many shops.
At the island’s northern tip lies unspoiled Oia. Along its
twisting lanes nestle arts and crafts shops, cozy restaurants, and art
If you are into ruins, visit Akrotiri, the ancient Minoan
city, or the Archaeological Museum at the northern end of town.
The ship is scheduled to anchor. Guests will be taken ashore via the
ship’s tenders to Skala harbor; from there a funicular runs up to Firá.
Taxis are found along Firá’s main street or in the central square.
Shopping. Hundreds of shops in Firá Town are
a short walk from the top of the cable car station. They offer a wide
choice of jewelry, rugs, leather goods, ceramics, art work and
Cuisine. The best of Greek cuisine is in Firá Town's tavernas,
restaurants, and open-air cafés--some at the crater’s rim, with
Awaiting Your Return
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