A Trip To Firostefani

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Today we’ll be heading to Firostefani, a beautiful, small village that lies between Fira and Oia, basically joining those two areas with the wild beauty of the Santorinian landscape. Yoy may access this village either by driving through the main road or by walking the gorgeous, cobblestone trail that starts at Fira and provides a constant view to all of the enchanting caldera. The trademark of this area is its numerous churches such as the one of Ayios Gerasimos that stands dominantly on the trail with its imposing bell towers and its typical Cycladic blue dome, surrounded by tall cypresses. Photography enthusiasts will adore this place, as the church’s courtyard provides an amazing view that can make any visitor stand speechless gazing at the splendor of the majestic caldera as it changes colours according to the time of day. A lot of painters have also been inspired to transfer to their canvas this landscape that has been the theme of lots of postcards. On the left and right of the village, you can see the two edges of the volcanic crescent crater guarded by the beautiful Oia (on the right) and the quaint Akrotiri (on the left) as well as the small islands of Palia and Nea Kameni in between and Santorini’s little neighbor, Thirassia, farther away opposite Firostefani. There are luxurious hotels and rooms to rent in the area as well as shops, mini markets, cafes and restaurants ready to fulfill your needs. You can enjoy your coffee or beverage of choice admiring the sublime colour changes of the land, especially as the sun touches the crystal surface of the Aegean sea. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the numerous gift shops in the village where you can find souvenirs of all kinds that will definitely keep your memories of this stunning place alive and vivid forever.

Article by Andromahi Tsaka Abatzi

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