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Also known as Fira, if things weren't confusing enough! The new port and funicular cable car are located here, which perhaps makes more sense as it is more centrally located on the island and the villages of Thera and Oia are quite popular tourist destinations. This is a fantastic place to stop for a drink or a bite to eat, but maybe spread your search out to the extreme north or south of the village unless you enjoy the aroma of donkey accompanying your meal.

We don't think the donkey riding will be around much longer, which may be for the best interest of the donkeys. At first glance, the town itself doesn't appear very large, but there is a significant descent to the eastern edge. There is also a popular trail route leading to/from the stunning village of Oia. Just remember to drink lots of water and wear sunscreen! It may take you 4-6 hours to traverse the slopes.

Getting there

By air

Of the larger "villages" of Santorini, Thera is perhaps the closest to the Santorini Thera Airport (JTR) on the island's east side.

By land

Thera is the largest "village" of Santorini and the hub of public transport. Alongside taxi and private vehicle hire, it is fairly simple to navigate the island. Surprisingly, there may even be traffic during the high season, in particular during the evening.

By sea

Direct access via cruise ship is possible via the newer port areas, including tender service for larger commercial ships. Gain access via the funicular cable car from the water's edge to ascend or descend the cliff.

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