Santorini Beach Day

Red Beach in Santorini
Explore Santorini's unique volcanic beaches, often surrounded by looming seaside cliffs. Most of the island's banks feature dark volcanic sand in black and red hues, contrasting perfectly with the deep-blue sea and white-washed villages. Enjoy relaxing, swimming, or snorkeling in the surreal scenery, but don't forget your sandals or water shoes, as the dark sand becomes incredibly hot in the midday sunshine.

Santorini is home to several beach-day options. Consider your personal preferences and choose from the list below.
  • Kamari Beach: Kamari is the most upscale and touristy of Santorini's beach towns and offers a fun and family-friendly vibe. The beach's black sand and pebbles stretch for over three miles, providing numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars. You'll also find places to rent jet skis or snorkeling and scuba diving equipment. In the evening, the path along the beach is a fun and relaxing place to stroll.

  • Perissa Beach and Perivolos Beach: These two black-sand beaches are essentially one very long stretch of shoreline, catering more to the young backpacker crowd. They're famous for their laid-back, beach-style party scene but still offer a wide range of cafes and restaurants for all tastes. You'll find plenty of places to rent beach equipment or join a boating excursion.

  • Red Beach: Surrounded by hills and volcanic rocks, this small, pebbly shoreline is one of the most scenic beaches on Santorini. Its red sand and cliffs provide a lunar-like atmosphere, and its clear waters are perfect for snorkeling. Try to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon, especially in the summer months when it's crowded.

  • Monolithos Beach: Home to Santorini's best sand, Monolithos is the most family-friendly beach on the island. It offers a quiet and relaxed vibe with a just small cluster of hotels and restaurants. You can rent umbrellas and loungers and enjoy watching the white-capped waves flow onto the shore.
Once you've decided on the best beach (or beaches) for your tastes, we're happy to help with transportation and other arrangements upon request.

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