Santorini is one of the world most popular islands and a must-see (or do-a-selfie) destination. Travelers associate it with volcano caldera, white houses perched on high cliffs and breathtaking sunsets. For some people, Santorini is the place where their summer vacation will be spent, tan will be made and beaches will be visited. Speaking of beaches, those on Santorini are not the type you can imagine, still there are more than enough to offer. Check bellow to discover which are the top beaches of Santorini.
Red Beach is the most famous beach of Santorini and one of the most colorful beaches worldwide. It is a narrow strip of reddish sand and pebbles under high red cliffs and thus its name. The weird color is due to the iron-rich rocks formed as a result of the volcanic eruption. No doubt it is a must-see destination which is worth seeing. The beach is located in the south part of the island, near the village of Akrotiri. In the village there are some signboards showing the direction to Red Beach and if you follow them, you will reach a small parking lot with a chapel in about 2 km. You should leave your vehicle here because the beach is accessible by a short narrow path ... read more
The beach of Agios Georgios is the prolongation of Perivolos and Perissa. The beach strip has dark sand and there are many beach bars and water sports available. A couple of taverns can also be found.
Vlychada is also known as the Moon Beach of the island due to the yellow rock formations which look weird and supernatural. The beach is long, with dark sand and pebbles. The sea goes deep abruptly and it is not very suitable for children. There is a tavern which rents a few rows of sunbeds and umbrellas. The most distant part of Vlychada is usually occupied by nudes. Near Vlychada there is a small marine with a couple of tavern where you can have a meal.
This is a not very popular beach in the southwestern end of Santorini, close to Akrotiri. It can be easily accessed by car but part of the route is unpaved. Before entering Akrotiri, you will see the signboard for Messa Pigadia beach. Follow the course of the road for a few kilometers and you will see another sign on your left - the unpaved section starts here but the road is in a good condition and it is less than 1 km. There is a small parking lot and a tavern right on the beach. The beach of Messa Pigadia is very rocky and that is why many people don`t like it. No matter this, the place is very interesting because the high cliffs surrounding the beach reveal the layers of the volcano in different colors ... read more
Baxedes and Paradisos are both used for the name of a long beach on the north coast of the island. It is 3 km away from Oia and in the area there are some hotels and villas. The beach is easily accessed by car as the main road passes close by it. In one of its ends there are sunbeds and umbrellas available to rent, as well as cold drinks to buy. The sand is dark and the water is shallow around the shore which makes it suitable for children. In calm weather the water is smooth but strong waves are expected in windy days. What people don`t know about this place is that from here you can also see the sunset.
Caldera Beach (also called Balos beach) is the only beach on the west coast of Santorini accessible by car. As the name suggests, it offers a splendid view toward the caldera. It is located under Akrotiri. Before entering the village, you will the signboard for Caldera beach on your right. There are a few taverns but it is usually quiet and not very populated. The beach has dark sand and pebbles. The sea goes deep only a few meters from the shore.
Monolithos is on the eastern coast of the island, 2 km north of Kamari, and it has the finest sand you can ever find on Santorini. It can hardly be called a village but in the area there are some hotels and taverns. The airport of Santorini is between Kamari and Monolithos. The beach is long, with dark sand and some trees grown up directly on the sand. Part of it is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas to rent. It is suitable for children because water is shallow around the shore. Right on the beach you will also find a playground and changing cabins. The beaches between Monolithos and Kamari are called Agia Paraskevi beach and Avis beach (the beach strip is continuous but it has different names in the north and south end) ... read more