The town of Fira is the capital of Santorini, built on the edge of the volcano on the western part of the island. The walls of the town houses are all painted white and dark blue , blending in with the sky and ocean. The scenery is truly spectacular. Fira is not only a traditional residential settlement, but also a commercial and tourism center of Santorini. It is home to many small hotels and offers convenient transportation to the towns of Oia, Black Beach and Red Beach. It is considered a transit hub for the island.