Villa Arusha SantoriniA view of the caldera from Oia, Santorini
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Thera is the main town of the island. It overlooks the Caldera from 260 meters over the see. It takes its name by Theras, a doric leader that lived in the island in IX century B.C.

Established in 1810, it is the life center of the island, with its tavernas, cafè, art shops a jewelries..

The town spreads out along the edge of the cliff to reach the village of Firostefani. The narrow step alleys called "kalderimia" are typical, together with the houses leaning one on the other on the edge of the caldera, with the court of the previous being the roof of the next.

From the old harbour, that can be reached by a path about 500 steps long (20 minutes on foot, something less on a mule, 5 minutes by the cableway), excursions by caique leave regularly along the Caldera. During the excursions it is possible to visit the new volcano (Nea Kameni), take a swim in the hot springs (at Palea Kameni) and eventually go to the island of Thirasia.







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