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Santorini is a small volcanic islands, part of Cyclades group of islands, located in the Southeast portion of Greece. It has been known as “Thera”, but eventually changed to “Thira”. The place is the remains of a vast volcanic explosion. Many tourists try to discover the mysteries of the so called lost Kingdom of Atlantis, while others just enjoy the mountaintop atmosphere and the scenic view of the Mediterranean Sea.
Among the sites to see when visiting Santorini is “Fira”, a maze of cobbled streets, of which there are only a few as foot is the primary means of travel through the area. Shopping is a treat in Fira, with gold as a predominate feature. There are many wineries to visit in FIra. Santorini’s climate develops one of the most aromatic varieties of wine-making grapes. The wine is made in the traditional way with barefoot pressing of the grapes. The wine of Santorini is strong and gains a special identity from the fertile volcanic soil. The three main types of wine produced here are “Brusko”, “Nichteri” and “Vissando”.
What is the Best Way to Get on Top of Fira --- Cable Car, Donkey Ride or 588 Steps of Karavolades Stairs?
- Donkey Ride - If you're brave enough, you can try this one. Anyway, the caretaker of the donkeys will walk along with you so no worries. Taking a donkey ride can be the best alternative choice aside from cable car when going uphill. One way fare is 19.99 Euro.
- Cable Car - What will take you so long is the waiting time on the line compared to the travel time going uphill or downhill. Moreover, the downhill ride is lot more busier than uphill ride; therefore, I won't recommend to you to take a cable car going down the port. So the best options are donkey ride or the 588 steps.
- 588 Steps - I would recommend taking the steps when going downhill since for me its a lot easier. But either way, uphill or downhill, you must be extra careful because some part of the steps are pretty narrow. There are also lots of donkey poops along the way too. Also, try to avoid bumping with the donkeys. All of them are pretty huge so better give way to the donkeys. Taking the steps is very challenging, but so fulfilling.
Cable Car Rates
|Passenger||Rate (one way)|
Cable Car Schedules
6:30 am to 9:00 pm
Ride Every 20 minutes
May, September & October
6:30 am to 10:00 pm
Ride Every 20 minutes
June, July & August
6:30 am to 11:00 pm
Ride Every 20 minutes
November & March
7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Ride Every 30 minutes
December, January & February
7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ride Every 30 minutes
Best View of Santorini
Things to Remember When Planning to Take the 588 Steps Karavolades Stairs...
- Wear comfortable shoes. Try to avoid wearing flip flops or heels. Much better if you wear rubber shoes since steps are quite narrow and rocky as well.
- Don't forget to bring water. You might end up dehydrating yourself because taking 588 steps isn't a joke.
- Take a cable car ride or a donkey ride when going uphill. Then take the steps when going downhill. I find it lot more easier. If you are too adventurous, you can try both ways.
- Avoid bumping into the huge donkeys. It's safer to give way when you see them coming.
- Find the designated rest area along the way. If feeling tired, you can take a few minutes of rest just to recover some of your energy.
Enjoy Fira Santorini in 3 Ways - Shop, Stroll and Eat
Shopping, Strolling and Pigging in Santorini is absolutely fun as the place offers plenty of choices.
Shopping choices as per visiting small shops to big shops or based on your buying preference from local items to branded items or close to your budget from inexpensive items to expensive stuffs. I would recommend that you buy at least one their local handicrafts or souvenir items. These items are quite inexpensive, but still high in quality.
Strolling around the area would be great. Aside from shops and restaurants, you will be able to see different galleries and churches. Spots where you can learn more about the local’s culture and traditions. Actually, the overall view of the place from above when you’re in the seaside area is really breathtaking. The only thing you must remember when strolling in Santorini is “Your way IN must be your way OUT!”. Since the place is very crowded and lots of narrow streets, you need to remember each and every corner you’re passing through. If possible, take a picture of those shops or streets you’ve been through. Otherwise, you’ll end up having the same experience as mine. Imagine, I spent mostly an hour just to get back in the port area! Plus the fact that I need to walk downhill. So yeah, it killed my time!
Pigging? Of course, who doesn't like to eat?! Santorini is absolutely the best place. Most of the restaurants here were built on the seaside area so eaters get the chance to appreciating the wonderful view of Santorini while enjoying their meals. If you’re in a tight budget, you can grab an on the go meals and drinks and stay on the public areas within the place. Grab some gyros and get the same view as restaurant goers with less expense.
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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on March 27, 2020:
I agree with you. It's the best place to visit. The place though became crowded.
Tiarna Georghiou from Brisbane, Australia on March 26, 2020:
Santorini is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been! lovely article!
Travel Chef (author) from Manila on May 08, 2018:
Hi Natalie Frank! You will definitely love the place especially if you love shopping, eating and chilling in a wonderful ocean view. Just be aware that its kinda crowded uphill especially in Fira. I hope you'll get a chance to visit the place someday.
Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on May 08, 2018:
Interesting article - While I've heard of Santorini, I'm not familiar with anything about it. After reading your article I definitely want to go!