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Santorini Beaches

The beaches in Santorini are much different than other beaches in Greece due to their special geographical features. Red and black volcanic pebbles lay the shores of Santorini beaches and steep cliffs provide a picturesque ambience. The most famous of Santorini beaches is the Red beach, while particularly popular are Perissa, Kamari and Perivolos. You will find below a list with the best beaches in Santorini island.

Santorini island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the world

Discover our guide to 10 beautiful Santorini beaches. They are all presented with detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Santorini. For the most popular spots, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.

Favorite beach on Santorini is Kamari. It’s a great place to swim, many places to rent beach chairs, and lots of places to eat. It’s a great place to hang out and relax.

Santorini is not known for its beaches. They are good but not great – so don’t be expecting those idyllic stretches of sand you’ve seen in pictures of Greece. (That said, many people love the beaches of Santorini and find their unique sand and natural setting to be more memorable than “just another sandy beach”.)

Most of Santorini beaches are composed of dark volcanic sand that gets searingly hot in the mid-day sun. Beach sandals or water shoes are recommended for getting around on the sand.

But what the beaches lack in typical sandy splendor they make up for with breathtaking views and scenery. The cliffs that loom around some of the beaches and the nature of the sand itself make a surreal setting for swimming and sunning.

Perhaps it’s just in my head but I find the sea water around Santorini the most clear and refreshing I’ve ever swam in. It’s really wonderful.

The caldera is found on the west coast of Santorini. The beaches are on the east and southeast side of the island. So when deciding where to stay it’s either along the caldera with incredible views of the volcano or at one of the beaches.

It’s an easy drive or bus ride from Fira (the main town on Santorini) to get to the beaches so as much as I love the beaches I still recommend staying in Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia as these towns have the stunning caldera (volcano) views that make Santorini so unique.

(It does take an extra bus journey to go from Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia to the beaches as it requires changing buses in Fira. Renting a car is the best way to explore the island and this is especially so if you’re not staying in Fira.)

If you’re looking for nightlife you’re best to base yourself in Fira as that’s where all the clubs are found on Santorini.

Santorini Agios Georgios Beach

Santorini Agios Georgios Beach

Agios Georgios Beach Santorini: One of the most famous black beaches of Santorini, Agios Georgios receives many tourists. It is located about 3.5 km away from Perissa,...
Santorini White Beach

Santorini White Beach

White Beach, Santorini: The cove right next to the Red beach, on the southern side of Santorini, is known as the White beach. In the village of Akrotiri,...
Vourvoulos Santorini Beaches

Santorini Vourvoulos Beach

Vourvoulos Santorini: The beach is located 7 km from Fira, at the northeastern side of Santorini. This sandy beach is ideal for relaxation and water is almost...
Vlychada Santorini

Santorini Vlychada Beach

Vlychada Santorini: The beach follows a smooth descent. You will notice as you approach two large chimneys. Vlychada is an easily accessible beach by car or bus, located...
Red Beach, Santorini island

Santorini Red Beach

Santorini Red Beach: The exclusive Red Beach to the family beach Monolithos and from the cosmopolitan Perivolos to touristic Kamari and Perissa, Santorini offers a great number...
Santorini Perivolos Beach

Santorini Perivolos Beach

Perivolos Santorini: The picturesque beach of Perivolos is ideally located in close proximity to Perissa which is a mere 3 km away. This beautiful beach of Santorini lies...
Perissa Santorini

Santorini Perissa Beach

Perissa Beach Santorini: Perissa is a beautiful beach situated 15 km southeast of Fira extending for 7 km on the southeastern side of Santorini. Perissa has one of...
Santorini Monolithos Beach

Santorini Monolithos Beach

Monolithos Beach Santorini: The beach of Monolithos is close to the beach of Kamari, in the area near the airport of Santorini. It is quite popular among the...
Kamari Santorini

Santorini Kamari Beach

Kamari Santorini: Famous beach resort of Santorini situated 10 km southeast of Fira, the island's capital. Quite similar to the landscape of Perissa, the beach is covered by...
Santorini Cape Columbo Beach

Santorini Cape Columbo Beach

Cape Columbo Santorini: The most isolated beach in Santorini, 10 km from Fira, the island's capital. Cape Columbo or Kolumbo Beach located near Oia, represents for many, the...
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