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Charming Fira instead of crowded Oia?

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Charming Fira instead of crowded Oia?

We are looking for a lovely suite or hotel or apt in Fira - heard Oia is too crowed even in Sept. Sept 2015 With a beautiful view - we will rent a car for a few days too. What are the positives about Fira? Why would we want to stay in Fira? many restaurants? We do want a place to stay for a week that is quiet, do not want to hear noise from restaurants, bars. What are your recommendations? Must have a pool but not $$$$$$$$$$. thanks

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1. Re: Charming Fira instead of crowded Oia?

<< What are the positives about Fira? >>

Leaving it behind you on the way to Oia.

Seriously, it's the busiest, nosiest most manic part of Santorini and if, as you say, you want peace and quiet, Fira is NOT the place to find it.

<< Why would we want to stay in Fira? >>

The only thing it has going for it (in my opinion anyway - other opinions are available) is that it's the central transport hub of the island and the gateway to the rest of Santorini.

<< We do want a place to stay for a week that is quiet, do not want to hear noise from restaurants, bars. >>

Avoid Fira like the plague, go to Oia.

If you transpose the words "charming" and "crowded" in the thread title, you've just about got the measure of the two places.

Edited: 01 September 2014, 22:06
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2. Re: Charming Fira instead of crowded Oia?

Given that Santorini's hotel prices range from €20 to over €1,600 per night, you need to give us your nightly maximum - in Euros.

Be aware that parts of Fira can also be extremely busy as the cruise ship passengers disembark there. There are pockets of quiet, although most require climbing many flights of stairs. If you're not able to deal with stairs, please advise.

Fira is the transportation hub of the island, although that won't be so important to you if you're hiring a car. It's also where most nightclubs and bars can be found, although more are in Kamari and Perissa to a lesser extent. Noise drifting will happen to a point.

Oia has the most traditional architecture and due to the power lines being buried underground, some of the next photo opportunities. It's nightlife is mellow rather than noisy.

Yes, it will get busy at some points of the day when coach parties visit or people flock to view the sunset. However, outside that its quieter. Don't dismiss it completely just yet.

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3. Re: Charming Fira instead of crowded Oia?

Hi,

The only words I can find to describe Fira are manic, hectic and noisy. I can recall our first trip and as we drove though Fira in the taxi I thought we has made a mistake in coming to the island as it was not what we had hoped for. Thank god we got to Oia and heaven was waiting for us!

Pitch a hotel slightly out of the town and you will be fine.

Regards

Gill

Edited: 02 September 2014, 01:16
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4. Re: Charming Fira instead of crowded Oia?

I confirm Gill

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5. Re: Charming Fira instead of crowded Oia?

You might also consider Kamari Beach! Oia and Fira are both so crowded.

Edited: 02 September 2014, 19:10
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Hi

The only issue with Kamari is if your trip to Santorini is based on the wish to see the amazing views and have picturesque villages then you may be disappointed.

Regards

Gll

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7. Re: Charming Fira instead of crowded Oia?

Charming is the LAST word I would use to describe Fira. Oia is by far the most beautiful and timeless village on the island. Yes, it can get crowded but the tradeoff is you will still love it there, especially in the mornings when it is quiet and at night when you're out for a stroll after dinner.

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8. Re: Charming Fira instead of crowded Oia?

Just came back from there, and I would strongly suggest finding a place in Imerovigli (a little north of Fira), if you can, especially along the cliff side. The view is fantastic and more importantly private and quiet. You can sit at your front porch watching sunset. You have the entire view to yourself, without the hustle at Oia.

A seasoned Greek traveler gave us the tip - watching sunset at Oia is for tourists, whereas Imerovigli has much better ambiance. We sat at the walk-path there, watched the entire sunset with hardly anybody around.

Imerovigli is very quiet, yet have the ease access to Fira on foot, and Oia on bus.

Edited: 05 September 2014, 18:13
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9. Re: Charming Fira instead of crowded Oia?

There is a street in Fira, below the Atlantis Hotel and main orthodox cathedral that is away from the noise and hustle and bustle. There are, however, steps in order to access them - one of the reasons it doesn't get the foot traffic.

As a 'taster' - one option is the likes of Tzekos Villas. There are others, until we have a budget range, its difficult to make further recommendations.

http://www.tzekosvillas.gr

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10. Re: Charming Fira instead of crowded Oia?

Am going to stick up for Fira. Yes it's busy in the day but so is Oia. You just have to watch the throng of coaches moving the cruisers around the island. If you hit anywhere when they do, wow it's mobbed.

At night I find it charming and busy enough to suit whatever you may be looking for.

Have stayed in Perissa, Imerovigli and firostefani over the years and have enjoyed them all but always was drawn to Fira. Am staying there this week and cannot wait!

Edited: 14 September 2014, 13:00
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