Santorini is situated at the Southern part of the Cyclades, South to Ios and Sikinos, South-East to Folegandros, West to Anafi and North to Crete, at a distance of 130 nautical miles from Piraeus and 70 nautical miles from Crete; along with Anafi, it is the closest to Crete island of the Cyclades complex. Officially it is called Thera, but Santorini is the comnon name used worldwide. The capital, Fira, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon.
Fira is fully touristically developed. In summer, when the island "sinks" from the crowds of people, as the natives use to say, Fira is the spot of attraction of most visitors. Fully equipped with lodgings for all budgets, including a camping, with many taverns and restaurants of any taste, cafes, discos and bars, the town promises comfortable staying, good food and lots of amusement. Bank facilities, tourist agencies, stores of any kind, a medical center and pharmacy, are also available.