Santorini Island includes some of the most beautiful and impressive beaches in the Aegean Sea. Most of Santorini beaches are composed of red and black pebbles giving to the island a distinct character and a landscape of incomparable natural beauty. The reason for this phenomenon is the intense volcanic eruption that took place in 1,650 BC, which not only caused severe damages but also gave to the island its unique present shape. This distinct geological formation featured with rough surfaces and volcanic rocks makes Santorini an exceptional tourist destination.
It could be said that the beaches in Santorini apart from the pleasure that they can offer to you, they are also a tourist attraction, providing you with extraordinary view composed by wild and out of the ordinary sceneries. Most of the beaches are well-organized offering superior amenities, but there are also some unspoiled beaches that cannot be found easily for more private and secluded moments.
Perissa, Perivolos and Red Beach, are some of the most famous beaches in Santorini. Stay with us in order to discover the ultimate guide with the best beaches in Santorini:
No one can deny the fact that the Red Beach is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches of Santorini Island. It is located on the southernmost part of Santorini Island, close to the famous archaeological site of Akrotiri village, at a distance of 12 km south-west Fira.
Red Beach is considered to be a rare site, outstanding for its incredible and unusual formulation. The steep red hills, the huge volcanic rocks and the small red pebbles, constitute an impressive scenery that will definitely fascinate you.
You can access the beach with a boat from Akrotiri or Kamari, or alternatively, you can rent a car or take a bus from Fira. In this case, you will have to walk a few minutes in order to reach the beach.
Kamari Beach is very popular among tourists, as not only is easily accessible but is also safe and family-friendly. It is located in Kamari village, which means that is close to the airport as well as to numerous hotels and resorts. In fact, it is the closest beach to Fira and the caldera.
The distinct characteristic of Kamari Beach is the black volcanic sand and the deep crystalline waters. What is really appealing, is that on the left side of the beach you will see an enormous rock called Mesa Vouno, which comes up over the sea. However, the beach is well-organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and showers, providing you also with a huge range of activities such as snorkelling, skiing, surfing etc.
Perivolos Beach is located 10 km approximately away from Fira. Is a famous wedding venue as well as a cosmopolitan destination. Actually, Perivolos can combine the nightlife and the entertainment with the relaxation and the peacefulness. Close to the beach you can find several hotels, restaurants and traditional taverns.
The blue sparkling waters and the long black volcanic sand along with the serene environment of the beach can offer you unique moments of relaxation. On top of that, the facilities of the beach, including plentiful sunbeds, umbrellas, showers as well as several watersports and courts, will definitely make you feel comfortable and hospitable. Perivolos Beach is also known for the special events that hosts every summer, with DJ guests and massive parties.
In the same vein with Perivolos is the beautiful Perissa Beach. The setting of the beach is about the same, as it includes characteristics such as black lava sand and deep blue crystalline waters. There, you will also have the chance to admire the imposing Mesa Vouno, the enormous rock that rises from the sea.
Moreover, Perissa is one of the longest beaches in Santorini, offering great facilities and many things to do. The beach is fully-organized, with comfy sunbeds and umbrellas, while close to the beach you will find a playground as well as several cafes, taverns and restaurants. Perissa Beach is ideal for the water sports lovers as well, as it provides a huge variety of activities such as windsurfing, parasailing, canoeing and so on. Important enough to be mentioned is that Perissa is awarded with Blue Flag since it encompasses all the necessary criteria.
Monolithos Beach lies just a few km north of Kamari and above all is close to the airport. It is very popular among locals, as it includes a long family-friendly beach, with fine black sand and clean shallow waters, where parents can spend quality time with their kids. The beach is also well-organized, with sunbeds, umbrellas and lifeguard, while it offers great sports facilities such as basketball and volleyball courts as well as a football pitch.
Ammoudi is not actually a beach but a small lovely harbour. It is said that is the most picturesque location of the island, due to its magical scenery and the advantageous position. This one-of-a-kind natural beauty landscape is offered for fishing, romantic walks and fine dining by the sea.
Since there is no beach and sand, you will not find any sunbeds or umbrellas; if you are wondering what to do in order to cool yourself just take a deep breath and jump from the rocks! Nevertheless, you can just walk along the small port, pleasuring the breathtaking Santorini sunset and the charming landscape.
Imposing moon-like white rocks, carved cliffs and a long beach covered with dark grey sand, compose the scenery of Vlychada Beach. Vlychada can be easily accessed by car or bus, as it is located just 13 km away from Fira. The natural surroundings and the distinctive rocky formation, make Vlychada stand out from the other beaches in Santorini.
You can enjoy relaxing hours here, lying on the sunbeds while pleasuring refreshing drinks and cocktails, since the beach is usually not that crowded.
Santorini White Beach
Right next to the famous Red Beach you will find a cove known as White Beach. Even though it is similar to the Red Beach with small red and black pebbles on the shore, the surrounding cliffs create an impressive contrast with their white colour. The negative thing here is that the beach is only accessible by the sea.
Cape Columbo Beach
Last but not least, is the Cape Columbo Beach. It is one of the most secluded and tranquil beaches in Santorini. The beach is situated 4 km away from Oia village and 12 km from Fira respectively. Note, that there are no bus lines, meaning that it is necessary to rent a car or bike in order to reach the beach. Of course, the beach is not organized, meaning that you have to take the essentials with you, but the serene environment and the beauty of this unspoiled beach will surely worth visiting!
Kamari Tours Excursions provides you with point-to-point transfer services, enabling you to organize your own private tour with a private driver. You can rent a car or a minibus with a driver in order to visit and explore the best beaches in Santorini with no hesitation. Keep in mind that our fleet of vehicles is characterized by reliability, safety and commodity. Choose the times and the beaches to visit based on your needs and interests and enjoy the most amazing experience of your life!