The village of Firostefani is a 10-minute walk away from nearby Fira, the capital of the gorgeous Greek island of Santorini. The name of Firostefani literally means "Crown of Fira" from the Greek word stefani, meaning crown. And the name is rightly given as it sits royally and elegantly above Fira on the Caldera.
The same type of traditional Cycladic white washed houses, narrow alleyways and views to the volcano can be found here as in more vibrant Fira. But it offers a far more relaxed, quieter and peaceful holiday vacation location.
You'll find the bright red neoclassic building of Nomikos Conference Centre just opposite the cable car. It hosts the majority of the international scientific conferences and cultural events that take place in Santorini each year.
If you time your visit to the Conference Centre for late in the afternoon you'll be able to admire not only the fabulous life-size reproductions of the Minoan settlement art of wall paintings found at nearby Akrotiri but also the stunning sunset view from the Centre's vantage point.
You'll find the nunnery of Agios Nikolaos between the villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli. It was built in 1651 and is dedicated to Agios Panteleimon, Agios Nikolaos and Zoodochos Pigi (life giving spring). The nunnery is home to Greek Orthodox nuns. It is the only Greek Orthodox convent in Santorini.
A visit to neighbouring Fira is a must. It's the capital of the island and offers many attractions to the visitor including three museums of note. The Museum of Prehistoric Thira, the Archaeological Museum of Santorini and the Folklore Museum all found in Fira.
The museums offer a glimpse into the fascinating history of the island of Santorini and how the island and the people were shaped.
Other Fira attractions are the shopping opportunities, a wide array of eateries, bars and Santorini nightlife.
A number of choices in holiday accommodation are available here including stunning Santorini luxury hotels.There are also rooms for rent, apartments and studios you can spend a relaxing holiday vacation in. Here you can enjoy a laid back peaceful holiday with greta views of the caldera but close enough to the more vibrant village of Fira for a little excitement and the famous Santorini nightlife.
There are a small number of places to eat and drink in Firostefani like the Vanilia Restaurant that serves local, seasonal food with a high-class twist. They offer for example mussels cooked in Santorini Nichteri wine, parsley and garlic or roasted tomato stuffed with Santorinian fava beans and grilled kalimari – and that's just for starters. All the delicious food is served at the wonderful cliff top restaurant with breathtaking views over the Caldera.
But for a far wider choice and more vibrant nightlife stroll into nearby Fira and take a Taxi back to your hotel.
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