Guide to the best beaches in Santorini - Best island beaches 2019
The unique deep red colour of the cliffs at Santorini red beach is due to the iron-rich sedimentary rocks and the colourful black, grey and red volcanic pebbles make this the most famous beach on the island
At the southern tip of the island, 12 km south west of Fira, is the Red Beach, close to the Minoan archaeological site of Akrotiri. This amazing red beach is definitely worth a visit any time of the year, just for a look, even if you are not planning on enjoying the swimming and sunbathing.
the more tourist focused beaches of Kamari and Perissa,
this stunning red beach is unspoilt with no buildings on the shore. Consequently,
there are no facilities on the beach, although during the summer there
is a little kiosk selling drinks and snacks on the way to the beach.
The water at the red beach is crystal clear and so is a popular choice for snorkelling. This is quite a rocky beach, so it is worth wearing sneakers, or tough sandals for the 10 minute hike across the cliffs and for walking across the hot pebbles once you get there. As you enter the water the pebbles get bigger and smoother and it's a bit easier underfoot.
You can take the bus from Fira, drive, catch a water taxi or caique (small fishing boat). Unless arriving by boat, access to the beach is via a rough, steep trail along the cliffs leading from the parking area. There are often jewellery stalls on the way up to the beach if you are looking for a bargain souvenir.
Santorini island beaches
Most of the beaches are black sand, due to the volcanic activity. Check out our guide to find the best beach on Santorini.
Best beaches in the South part of the island: Perissa,
Perivolos, Vlihada, Agios Georgios, Red beach (see above) and
the White beach
Perivolos - 10 km south of Fira
- 10 km south of Fira
Agios Georgios - 12 km south east of
Best beaches in the East part of Santorini: Kamari,
Monolithos, Pori, Vourvoulos
Monolithos - 7 km east of Fira
Pori - 10 km from Fira.
Vourvoulos - 4 km north east of Fira
Best beaches in the North part of the island: Baxedes, Koloumopos
Baxedes - 2-3 km from Oia
Kamari Resort and Beach
Kamari is one of the most popular beaches on Santorini with many bars and restaurants. Ancient Thira is on the top of the mountain in the distance, with the winding road up to it just visible behind the palm tree in the foreground.