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Gialos

In order to get to Fira’s Old Port, you will need to use the electric cable car. Alternatively, Gialos is connected to Fira by the so-called “Karavolades”, the road with 600 steps. Cruise ships sail to Fira Harbour, transferring passengers who wish to experience a tour of the island. Those who choose the traditional means of transport, i.e. donkeys or mules, in order to get to Gialos, will enjoy the really impressive view of Caldera. From here you can also get on board on a trip to the volcanoes and Therassia Island. The Tower of Delendas, at the end of the small and beautiful settlement, is remarkable. Another distinguished place is the chapel of St. Nikolas, as well as the old tomato factory.

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- During the summer, among other things, in Fira you can find clothing and accessory stores, jewelleries, art galleries, shops with souvenirs and gift items, supermarkets, greengrocers, ATM's, pharmacies, bookstores, cafés, bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, rooms to let, as well as the most important museums of the island.

- The ship owner Evangelos Petrou Nomikos funded the construction of the cable car that runs between Fira and Gialos, its old port. It started running in 1982. The trip lasts three minutes.
Telephone: +30 22860 22977 & 22978

-The new port of the island, Athinios, is rather distant from Fira, and due to the landscape, the road joining them has a winding path. Ships and speedboats alight here. From Athinios, as well as from the oldest port of the island (Gialos), boats embark on cruises around the volcanoes and Therassia.  

-You can find more detailed information about the history of Fira on the website of the Municipality of Thera, www.santorini.gr, in the section of “Settlements”.

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