The red beach is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is located only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri. The small size of the beach creates a much crowded atmosphere and there are many days where most of the visitors choose not to make it all the way down to the beach and instead admire this unique landscape of red and black volcanic rocks from the headland.
The access is relatively easy. You can leave your car at the parking space and continue all the way down that takes about two minutes. As you gradually get down to the beach you will be impressed by the different colorings of the cliffs. Many sunbeds and umbrellas cover the dark sand and right on the seashore are some nice pebbles you can use for your collection. Snorkeling is highly recommended due to the interesting rocks. You can also access the beach by boat that departs from Akrotiri port.
Type: Pebbled, Organised
Kamari is a famous beach resort of Santorini situated 10 km southeast of Fira, the island's capital. Quite similar to the landscape of Perissa, the beach is covered by black sand while on the left side of the beach is an enormous rock called Mesa Vouno that rises from the sea. The area is extremely attractive, especially at night when the rock shines in the dark. The beach of Kamari is fully organised offering a wide range of facilities like sunbeds, umbrellas and various types of water sports.
The traditional houses line the village of Kamari offering a beautiful view to the sea. Visitors can take a nice walk along the waterfront. Due to the modern amenities including hotels, restaurants, snacks, cafes, bars and night clubs the village becomes quite popular with tourists during the peak season. From Kamari, a road takes you up the mountain to Ancient Thira, and a caique can bring you to the wild isle of Anafi.
Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Partly Organized, Diving Club, Water sports
Perissa is a beautiful beach situated 15 km southeast of Fira extending for 7 km on the southeastern side of Santorini. The beach features unique charateristics, black sand, crystalline waters and various beach facilities. However, the enormous rock called Mesa Vouno that rises from the sea is the main attraction of the beach and the entire area. Visitors are left spellbound by the stunning view of the rock especially when it shines in the dark.
Perissa is a nice tourist resort witnessing a huge tourist movement that starts from in the middle of the summer season. The village offers a great variety of hotels for all tastes and budgets, restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars. The area is extremely developed with modern amenities and quite inviting while retaining its strong traditional character. From Perissa, a small path crosses the mountain and leads to the ruins of Ancient Thera. The excursions can be made by foot or riding donkeys.
Type: Pebbled, Family Friendly, Partly Organized, Diving Club, Water sports
The picturesque beach of Perivolos is ideally located in close proximity to Perissa which is a mere 3 km away. This beautiful beach of Santorini lies on the southern end of the island. The beach distinguishes for its sparkling azure blue waters and tranquil atmosphere. On the beachfront there are numerous taverns, pubs and restaurants serving fresh fish and local delicacies.
Perivolos beach is easily reachable from Perissa. In case you don't have your own vehicle, there are local buses and cabs that will take you there. Those who like to walk can also choose the path that passes through the countryside. Perivolos is basically a continuation from the beach of Perissa and Agios Georgios. Perivolos is surely one of the most well- organized beaches of Santorini offering a plethora of exciting water sports facilities, like windsurfing, scuba diving and jet ski.
Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Partly Organized, Water sports
The beach follows a smooth descent. You will notice as you approach two large chimneys. One is directly behind the beach and one nearby, but don't worry as this factory is no longer in use and the brick structures are actually quite pleasant to look at.
This beach of Santorini itself is quite long covered with dark grey sand that one finds all over the island. There are a number of sun loungers here. It is worth having a look at the rock formations behind the beach which are quite interesting.
Type: Sandy, Partly Organized, Nudism Friendly
The beach of Monolithos is close to the beach of Kamari, in the area near the airport of Santorini. It is quite popular among the locals and especially families. It is long with black sand and shallow waters, well-organized with sunbeds and umbrellas.This beach reveals a pleasant atmosphere, that is why it is often crowded with children.
The area is surrounded by various hotels and rooms, restaurants and cafes. There is a football pitch, basketball court and for children a nice play area. There are also trees at the back of the beach for shade seekers.
Type: Pebbled, Non Organised, Secluded, Nudism Friendly