Santorini

Santorini is the southernmost island in the Cyclades and is located between Ios and Anafi.

Renowned for its spectacular caldera, a creation of the extremely powerful volcanic eruption during the prehistoric era 3,000 years ago, this island has fascinated vistors and voyagers down the centuries. The warm springs between Nea and Palea Kammeni are the proof that the volcano retains some activity. This geological catastrophe in history brought about the complete preservation of the prehistoric village at Akrotiri area which is worth a visit.

The steep cliffs, the carefully sited houses at the edge of the rocks and cliffs all combine with the hues of the horizon at sunset, affirming Santorini once again as the most romantic spot on earth.

Beaches in Santorini

From the exclusive Red Beach to the family beach Monolithos and from the cosmopolitan Perivolos to touristic Kamari and Perissa, Santorini offers a great number of extraordinary, volcanic beaches like nowhere else on earth.

Red Beach (Kokkini Paralia)

The most impressive of all beaches in Santorini; the definition of a volcanic beach. Its name reveals its colour. Everything here is red creating along with the rocks a magnificent and unforgettable effect. A busy beach, it is popular with all ages.

How to get there: Once you reach the archaeological site of Akrotiri, turn on the right, park in front of the chapel of Agios Nikolaos and continue on foot for about 5-10 minutes on the rough pathway.

CAUTION: unforeseen rock falls can make visiting this beach unsafe and visitors should always check beforehand and only go with greatest care.

Monolithos

For families with small children, Monolithos beach is the ideal destination and one of the few truly sandy beaches of the island. Due to its shallow waters, big waves do not reach the beach. How to get there: By car or by bus, which runs frequently. It is located 9kms far from Fira.

Vlyhada

The volcano white rocks in Vlyhada call to mind a lunar landscape. It is one of the most beautiful and best organized beaches in Santorini. Ideal for those who do not like crowded places and are interested in simply swimming and lying under the sun. No water sports available here. How to get there: From Fira take the road to Akrotiri then follow signs to Vlyhada.

Agios Georgios - Perivolos

Amazing waters, cosmopolitan shops, the “elite” people of the island. Black sand and crystal clear waters; the ideal beach for safe diving and long sunbathing lying in comfortable deckchairs while listening to summer music. Mind the rocks because at some spots it is slippery! How to get there: Fira take the road towards Emporio and continue towards Perivolos. Signs may be a bit confusing for they seem to appear the very last moment. There is also access by bus.

Perissa

The natural “extension” of Perivolos, awarded with the E.U. blue flag, stretching up to the imposing white rock at the end of the beach. Ideal for water sports. The more adventurous can dive from the rocks at the end of the beach (the area is called Kolada). How to get there: It is less than 15kms from Thera. Bus service is available throughout the day.

Kamari

The heart of the touristic Santorini. A beach awarded with two E.U. blue flags, well-organised, with plenty of room for lying on the sand. At the northern part of the beach, the sea has slippery slabs. For the more adventurous and risky ones, the best place for diving is at Kamari towards the hill of Prophitis Ilias. But always with great caution! How to get there: By car and bus. This is the most easily accessible beach of Santorini.

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