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. Just before the path there is a sign forbidding the pass due to danger of falling rocks - nobody pays attention to it but you should keep in mind that it will be all your responsibility if an accident occurs. In the high season the parking lot is crowded and so is the beach, because boat taxis also bring tourists here.
The sea is usually calm even in windy days as the beach is in a cove but the water goes deep abruptly only a few meters from the shore. A limited number of sunbeds are available for a small charge and you can buy toasts and drinks from the persons who rent the sunbeds. On the parking lot there is also a canteen selling food and drinks, as well as a couple of taverns.