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Beaches in Santorini and guide to the best coves, bays, coves of the island

Beaches in Santorini

Those who choose to spend their holiday in Santorini certainly do not do it for the sea, but, rather, for the “side dish”.
Here, in fact, there are not the best beaches in Greece. Often, the dark and volcanic seabed does not even fully appreciate the beauty of its waters.
Looking beyond, however, there are many beaches and coves that you can admire and, of course, some of the most beautiful sunsets in all of Greece, with the sun lost in the blue of the sea.



Best beaches in Santorini

Red Beach, or the Red Beach, is considered one of the must-see stops on the island, as well as one of the best beaches in Santorini.

It is located in a vast inlet, formed by the erosion and landslide of the mountain that overlooks it. Its bright red color, almost tending to black / purple, is a perfect contrast with the blue of its waters: a beautiful show!
The beach, located in the south-west of the island, can only be accessed via an impervious path, without side parapets and with slippery ground.
WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES and, above all, get there early in the morning; after 10 it starts to get crowded and from noon you will find yourself huddled together !!! Not suitable for small children. Nearby you will also find a refreshment point.

Along the bay, there are three other beaches: Kambia, Mesa Pigadia (also called Black Beach) and, above all, White Beach.


White Beach and Black Beach are two beautiful coves adjacent to the more famous Red Beach. You will have to pass through the latter, in case you want to reach (exclusively by sea) the other two beaches.

White Beach Santorini

Photo ©, Sarah Parrott

Even in this circumstance, we recommend leaving as soon as possible; keep in mind that the first boat leaves at 10 am, and the last one, at 5 pm. The cost is €5.00 per person.
White Beach is less famous than its “sister” but, in our opinion, even more beautiful. A must during a holiday in Santorini. It is visible, already along the path towards the Red Beach, offering a wonderful glance. Beautiful location: beach of pebbles and white stones and dark sand, typically of volcanic origin. Its name is due to the presence of pastel white rocks that surround it. Crystal clear water.
The beach is quite small, and equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds.


From White Beach, the boats reach Mesa Pigadia, nicknamed Black Beach, due to the large brown pebbles that characterize it. Black Beach is a rather small and uncrowded cove, located near the Lighthouse, at the southwestern end of Thera. It is little known and publicized, but here, as never before, the waters are really clear and crystalline. Equipped beach. We recommend that you organize yourself when taking the boat. You could stay most of your time at White Beach, and, after lunchtime, spend the last few hours in the waters of Black Beach. Or vice versa, of course. At 5:00 pm, the last boat returns to Red Beach.


Kambia, represents more than a valid alternative. Try to find some time during your vacation to dive into the crystal clear waters of this beach, located southwest of Santorini, between White and Red Beach. Unlike both, Kambia can also be reached by own means, through a dirt road. Kambia is a rather quiet and small place, equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds (around €8) arranged in just two rows. Right here, you will find an excellent Taverna serving fried fish: a must try!


Best beaches in Santorini Kamari

Kamari is a small village located along the east coast, not far from the airport, and from the nearby beach of Perissa. It is located on the opposite side of Thira.
Kamari is one of the most popular beaches in Santorini for families with children, thanks to its 2 kilometers of well-equipped black beach. Here, in fact, you will find many taverns, shops, bars and restaurants near the sea.
Numerous water sports are also practiced in Kamari.

To the south, it dominates Mesa Vouno, a steep and rocky mountain dominated by the archaeological remains of ancient Fira. If you have some time to spare, try to get to the top: the view is truly wonderful over the whole Caldera.

The beach is organized and offers the possibility of practicing water sports and diving. There are many hotels and apartments for rent in Kamari, of every category and suitable for all budgets, but since this is one of the most sought after locations in Santorini we recommend that you book well in advance.


Perissa Santorini

Perissa is a long stretch and one of the most popular beaches in Santorini. It is located immediately after Kamari, and you can also reach it via the path that winds its way from the ruins of ancient Thera.
Perissa is located in the south-eastern part of the island, with black lava sand and almost immediately deep blue sea. It is an area full of hotels, restaurants, discos, disco bars, and much more. Not far from here, near Perivolos (where the beach of the same name is located), stop for lunch at Ammos Seafood, a splendid Taverna where you can try excellent fresh fish. Excellent value for money.

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