My favourite beaches in Santorini are Kamari, Perissa, as well as Perivolos. Wonderful locations to swim! You can book Santorini Top Tours and visit some of the most famous beaches. You are free to see several locations, rent out beach chairs, as well as great deals of good areas to eat. Premium quality coastline hotels are plentiful. Though there are really a couple of hotels situated directly on the beach. Most resorts are throughout a small road from the sea.
Santorini is not known for its coastlines. They are excellent yet not great– so don’t be anticipating those picturesque stretches of sand you’ve seen in photos of Greece. That said, lots of people enjoy the beaches of Santorini and discover their one-of-a-kind sand and also all-natural setup to be extra memorable than “just an additional sandy beach”.
How did Santorini beaches get formed?
A lot of Santorini’s beaches are made up of dark volcanic sand that obtains searingly warm in the mid-day sun. Beach sandals or water shoes are suggested for getting around on the sand.
Yet what the beaches do not have in typical sandy natural beauty they offset with awesome sights and views. The cliffs that loom around a few of the coastlines and the nature of the sand itself make an unique setup for swimming and sunning.
Possibly it’s just in my head yet I discover the sea water around Santorini the most clear as well as rejuvenating I’ve ever before swam in. It’s truly terrific.
The caldera is located on the west beach of Santorini. The beaches get on the east and also south-east side of the island. So when making a decision where to stay it’s either along the caldera with incredible views of the volcano or at one of the coastlines.
It’s an easy drive or bus flight from Fira (the major town on Santorini) to get to the beaches (Kamari is the closest) so as high as I love the coastlines I still suggest remaining in Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia as these communities have the spectacular caldera (volcano) views that make Santorini so one-of-a-kind.
It does take an additional bus journey to go from Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia to the coastlines as it requires transforming buses in Fira. Renting a car is the very best way to check out the island as well as this is particularly so if you’re not staying in Fira.
If you’re looking for night life you’re best to base yourself in Fira as that’s where all the clubs are discovered on Santorini. Yet the beaches of Kamari, Perissa, as well as Perivolos do have restaurant/bars that remain active late right into the night. But also for clubbing, that’s Fira.
1. Kamari Beach
The most upscale as well as touristy of the beach towns. The path along the beach is an enjoyable and relaxing place to stroll at night. Great deals of locations to eat and drink. Kamari has an extremely enjoyable ambiance and also one of one of the most family-friendly towns on Santorini. Close to the airport (but not so close as to fret about sound). It’s the closest of any one of the beaches (with hotels) to Fira and also the caldera. If I were to remain at a beach town it would certainly be Kamari.
2. Perissa Beach
Perissa and Perivolos Beaches are basically one very long beach that accommodates the backpacker group and event scene (beach design, not clubs) however still has a wide variety of lodgings and dining establishments. The coastline comes to be gradually quieter as you move south towards a 3rd beach, Agios Georgios. (It’s much farther from Perissa or Perivolos to Fira than it is from Kamari to Fira.).
3. Perivolos Black Beach
At some point as you move south the name adjustments from Perissa to Perivolos (and then to Agios Georgios) but the sand and also the vibe is basically the exact same. The density of resorts and also dining establishments declines and it’s feasible to have lengthy stretches of beach to on your own.
4. Red Beach
The pebbly sand below is red and also the backdrop is magnificent. There’s not a lot here besides the distinct scenery (though old Akrotiri is 5 mins away as well as certainly worth a see in its own right). Red Beach is 20 min drive southern of Fira as well as the walk to the coastline can be steep for some.
Warning: There have been reports of some falling rock on the path to the beach so … uhm, expect falling rock as you stroll down to the beach … or just take photos from a distance and also miss actually strolling to the beach.
Monolithos Beach (a few km north of Kamari) has the best sand and also most family-friendly coastline on Santorini (unlike other coastlines you can make sandcastles right here). Extremely silent with a tiny collection of hotels and restaurants. The superficial slope of the seafloor make it better for youngsters than the high drop-offs at Perissa and also Kamari. There’s a tiny backyard for the children on the sand. It’s nice right here (but I wouldn’t advise staying here), so don’t be anticipating a great deal of activity. If you have a rental vehicle and a few children it might be worth an afternoon yet most individuals would most likely describe it as “dead”.
6. Ammoudi Bay
The best swimming area in Santorini, but not a beach. Take the path down from Oia to the Ammoudi port (where the dining establishments are) after that transform left as well as stroll along the water’s edge for 5 mins. (You can also drive down and also park near the dining establishments.) After that leap from the rocks right into beautiful blue water. There’s a little island that you can swim out to that has marvellous views of the Santorini caldera. The walk along the sea edge can be difficult in areas and also there have actually been reports of dropping rock.