Red Beach in Santorini is famous all over the world, it is the most popular among the beaches of the island and a true attraction that depicts the special nature of this place. It is located in the southeastern part of Santorini, in the surrounding area of Akrotiri, about 8 km from Fira. The name itself betrays what visitors are about to face when approach the beach. This beach is indeed red and literally everything in this magnificent scenery is also red. More specifically, red impressive rocks that form steep cliffs, red sand and a deep blue sea, which reflects that bright red as well.
The volcano of Santorini created the most wondrous piece of art at Red Beach. The even more impressive thing is that nature itself continues to work on this piece of art, as sun, rain water, wind and salt keep “forging” the rocks and constantly give them new shapes. Depending on the time of day, Red Beach sometimes looks like fire red and sometimes like dark velvet. In order to approach Red Beach, you need transportation. An alternative is by walking from archaeological site of Akrotiri following the respective signs. When you reach the beach, you will see the beautiful traditional chapel of St. Nicolas. From there, a footpath starts leading you to the place with a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire Red Beach. You can continue your walk to reach the beach following the same path at your own risk as the rocks are unstable and there has been a rock fall a couple of times so far.
If you want to swim in Red Beach, but at the same time you do not want to go through the footpath, you can always take a boat tour or hire a yacht. By doing so, you can enjoy the stunning scenery Red Beach offers, swim into these crystal blue transparent waters and, of course, stay away from the crowd.
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