Discovering the Beaches of Santorini: Popular Beaches

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Santorini has many beautiful volcanic beaches with sparkling blue water and skies, which bring thousands of visitors every summer. The most popular beaches offer a variety of attractions and amenities: something for everyone.

Paradisos Beach is located on the northern tip of the island, below Oia. It is a large, organized beach with clear water, black sand, pebbles and a backdrop of chiseled pumice rock. It is good for families with children since the waters are shallow, which is unusual for Santorini. A canteen and several restaurants and tavernas nearby serve lunch. Sun beds and umbrellas are available for hire.

Vourvoulos Beach is located on the East coast of the island, south of Xiropigado Beach. It is an organized beach with a small harbor, umbrellas, a small wooden playground, changing rooms and a restaurant. The road is lined with beach trees offering shade. The beach consists of a mixture of sand and pebbles, with clear blue water. While it is popular, it is one the least crowded organized beaches on the island.

Monolithos Beach is located on the East coast of the island, south of Karterados Beach. Monolithos is a very long, quiet, family friendly, well organized beach with black sand, shallow waters and a sandy sea bottom. It is very good for swimming, and a life guard is on duty. Part of the longest continuous stretch of beach on the island, it continues to Kamari beach and further to Perissa beach. Organized activities include beach volleyball, basketball, football and a playground. There are fish restaurants and traditional tavernas, changing rooms, showers and public toilets. Trees at the back of beach provide shade.

Kamari Beach is located on the southeast coast of Santorini, north of Perissa. It is one of the most popular beaches of the island, and has been awarded the Blue Flag. The long beach connects with Perissa to the South, with the impressive mountain of Mesa Vouno and the archaeological settlement of Ancient Thira between them. It has deep, clear water, black sand, and there is a lifeguard on duty. The beach is organized, with sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports and diving. A paved pedestrian promenade runs parallel to the beach, providing a place for strolling and shopping. Kamari offers numerous cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets, as well as a lively nightlife. The area landscape is beautiful, especially at night, when Mesa Vouno is lighted.

Perissa Beach is located on the southeast coast of Santorini, below the village of Emporio. Perissa is a very popular beach resort that has been awarded the Blue Flag. It has an impressively long, black sand beach, with a view of the mountain of Mesa Vouno and the archaeological settlement of Ancient Thira. The water is clear with a sandy sea bottom and a few occasional submerged rocks. The beach is well organized with sunbeds, umbrellas, restaurants, taverns, cafes, bars, souvenir shops and a life guard. The area landscape is beautiful, especially at night, when Mesa Vouno is lighted. Two diving schools, a water park and a natural rock climbing wall offer other activities nearby.

Perivolos Beach is located on the southeast coast of Santorini, below the village of Emporio. It is a long, black sand resort beach with deep blue waters and a sandy sea bottom connected to Perissa beach and Agios Georgios Beach. The beach area is naturally protected from the summer North Winds, which can adversely affect other beaches on the island. It is well organized with life guards, sunbeds, umbrellas, restaurants, taverns, cafes, bars, supermarkets, showers, public toilets and a playground. Numerous beach bars playing club music, DJ guest appearances, volley ball tournaments and special events creates an experience of Santorini nightlife by day. There are also many water sports facilities nearby featuring windsurfing, scuba diving and jet skiing.

Agios Georgios is located at the southern tip of Santorini, half a kilometer from Perivolos Beach. It is a large, sandy organized beach. It is more quiet than nearby Perissa and Perivolos Beaches, and the water is more shallow. A few small tavernas offer lunch. Sun beds and umbrellas are available for rental, and there are many opportunities for water sports such as jet skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing, paddleboats and banana boats.

Vlychada is located at the southern tip of Santorini. It is a quiet, organized beach with black sand and a stunning backdrop of wind eroded beach cliffs resembling the surface of the moon. Despite its popularity, it often feels uncrowded and even secluded, because the beach offers ample space to spread out. Nudists tend to favor the far end of the beach. A nearby marina for moors private yachts and is also home to Santorini’s Sailing & Yachting Center. Umbrellas and sunbeds can be rented, but only near the beginning of the beach. There is a canteen and a few tavernas near the harbor, but it is recommended to bring supplies with you, because the beach is long.

Eros Beach is located at the southern coast of Santorini, near Vlychada. Eros Beach is a fairly small, organized beach area with umbrellas, sunbeds and volley ball and facilities provided by Theros Beach Bar. It shares the same beautiful landscape with nearby Vlychada beach, with stunning eroded beach cliffs as a backdrop. You can take meals, coffee or snacks from the bar. There are some evening events and DJ music.

Red Beach is located at the southern coast of Santorini, south of the village of Akrotiri. Red beach is one of the most beautiful and most famous beaches of the island. It is named for the iron-rich rocks in the cliff face towering over the beach above you, as well its the red sand. It has a small beach area, and due to its popularity, it can be quite crowded in the summer season. It is an unorganized beach, with no cantinas or refreshments offered on the beach. There is a small cantina near the parking area, where you should buy anything you will need. The first few meters of the water near the shore are gravel. Many distant yachts can be seen from the beach, and the view of the sunset is stunning. Visibility for snorkeling is good, but you will have to bring your own equipment.

White Beach is located at the southern coast of Santorini, south of the village of Akrotiri. White Beach is very similar to Red beach, with black pebbles on the shore, but the surrounding cliffs are white. It is only slightly organized, with a few sunbeds and umbrellas. The surrounding rocks do provide some natural shade. It is harder to reach than nearby Red Beach, and therefore more quiet. Bring any supplies you may need with you, as there is no place to purchase them on the beach.White Beach can only be reached by boat or by walking from Red Beach. Boats leave from Red Beach or from Akrotiri. There is no pier, so to reach the beach by boat you must walk through waist high water, but the experience will not disappoint.

Ammoudi Bay Beach is located below Oia, at the northwestern tip of the island. It is accessed by walking or mule ride down the 214 steps from Oia castle. It is a charming and popular unorganized beach, with high red cliffs and a view of the endless blue sea. It does not have a sand beach, but it has a swimming area. It is most recommended for strong swimmers. There is a small harbor dotted with famous fish tavernas. It is possible to swim in the harbour, but the best place to go is along the path past the tavernas on the waterfront, where you will find an excellent place for diving off the rocks. From the port of Ammoudi you can also take a small boat to the opposite island of Thirassia.