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Thira

Thira Holidays

Thira, the capital of the enchanting island of Santorini, is the place to visit for shops, extraordinary views thanks to the town's multi-coloured cliffs, vibrant nightclubs, a plethora of restaurants and cultural events. In short, Thira is certain to form the heart and soul of Santorini holidays.

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Firey Fira

Sometimes known as 'Fira', this bustling town has plenty to occupy all visitors on holiday to Santorini. Whether your idea of bliss is to indulge in some extensive retail therapy - or you're a party animal who loves listening to the latest beats in bars and nightclubs - Santorini's capital, Thira, has plenty to occupy all ages and tastes.

With its theatre, wonderful restaurants, access to boat tours and excellent museums, you'll soon wonder if there are enough hours in the day to take in all of your activities. You can even take a walk along the cliffs north of the town and make your way to the small village of Firostefani to catch the best views of the volcano as well as some of the most stunning sunsets on Santorini.

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Cultural activities

Although Thira was founded in the 18th century, its museums hold treasures from as far back as the prehistoric era. Visit the town's Prehistoric museum to absorb some of Santorini's rich history. You'll be able to spot treasures from Akrotiri as well as exhibits and artefacts from many other parts of the island.

In fact, Thira is home to several fascinating museums, and if you want to learn more about the absorbing history of Santorini, its traditions and its folklore then spend some time unwinding in the deliciously cool interiors of these buildings.

Indulge in the arts

Thira's museums aren't simply dedicated to the past. The town has a vibrant arts scene and a visit to the MATI art gallery displaying the work of the renowned contemporary painter Yrgos Kypris is a treat. These sculptural pieces are influenced by the artist's love of Santorini and are unique.

The Tzamia Krstalla gallery is home to many contemporary artists and sculptors working throughout the Aegean today. Offering spectacular pieces of jewellery as well as wonderful paintings and ceramics, this is the place to visit if you're looking for an iconic gift to remind you of your stay on Santorini or simply want to view the very best in Greek contemporary art.

Exploring around Thira

One of the easiest ways to explore the coastline during package holidays to Sanrotini is to take a boat tour. Blue Lagoon Catamaran Tours is just one of many companies that'll take you for a maritime adventure. You'll also be able to enjoy some first-class catering as you explore the coves and inlets around Santorini.

Cocktails are crucial

Holidays to Greece are all about kicking back and relaxing, and if your idea of a good holiday includes chilling out with a sumptuous cocktail in hand, Thira gives you plenty of opportunities to indulge in your passion. Find one anywhere from a jazz bar to a nightclub. The dance scene is vibrant and whether you prefer techno or more mainstream vibes you'll be able to find plenty of clubs in Thira where you can let your hair down until at least 6.00 am.

Retail highs

Is shopping high up on your holiday agenda? Thira won't let you down with its wide variety of shops and designer outlets. From exquisite examples of beautifully-crafted upmarket handmade jewellery at Babalu Jewellery to the more eclectic range of items at the WD Concept store, shopping in Thira offers you the opportunity to return home with some genuine finds that'll be the envy of all of your friends.

Revive your senses with a spa

Need to unwind after all that partying and sightseeing? Thira has numerous spas where you can really feel pampered. The Kissingfish Spa is one of the places to go and let small fish nibble away and cleanse your feet. Or take a trip to the Lilium Zen Spa and have a deep tissue massage.

Once your body is invigorated you can always wander into a taverna on the Caldera and simply take in the wonderful view over the sea. A holiday in Thira really does appeal to all of the senses and wandering around its winding streets you're sure to find a shop, bar or gallery that'll please.