- RED BEACH
The red beach is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is located only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri. The small size of the beach creates a much crowded atmosphere and there are many days where most of the visitors choose not to make it all the way down to the beach and instead admire this unique landscape of red and black volcanic rocks from the headland. The access is relatively easy. You can leave your car at the parking space and continue all the way down that takes about two minutes. As you gradually get down to the beach you will be impressed by the different colorings of the cliffs. Many sunbeds and umbrellas cover the dark sand and right on the seashore are some nice pebbles you can use for your collection. Snorkeling is highly recommended due to the interesting rocks. You can also access the beach by boat that departs from Akrotiri port.
- PERISSA BEACH
The impressive combination of black lava sand and crystal blue waters makes the long Beach of Perissa one of the most popular beaches in Santorini. Including several beach bars, taverns and sport facilities, the beach located in Perissa village is fully organized and the place to be for fun and party in the sun.
- KAMARI BEACH
Kamari is a 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 black sand while on the left side of the beach is an enormous rock called Mesa Vouno that rises from the sea. The area is extremely attractive, especially at night when the rock shines in the dark. The beach of Kamari is fully organised offering a wide range of facilities like sunbeds, umbrellas and various types of water sports. The traditional houses line the village of Kamari offering a beautiful view to the sea. Visitors can take a nice walk along the waterfront. Due to the modern amenities including hotels, restaurants, snacks, cafes, bars and night clubs the village becomes quite popular with tourists during the peak season. From Kamari, a road takes you up the mountain to Ancient Thira, and a caique can bring you to the wild isle of Anafi.
- PERIVOLOS BEACH
The famous Perivolos Beach, is an extension of Perissa beach, and consists of a very long black sandy and pebbles beach that offers all sorts of facilities for fun, sport, eat and drink, with a plethora of restaurants, tavernas, beach bars inviting travelers to enjoy a true party atmosphere under the sun.
- WHITE BEACH
The cove right next to the Red beach, on the southern side of Santorini, is known as the White beach. It is very similar to the Red beach, with black pebbles on the shore, only that the surrounding cliffs are white. This beach is accessible by boat or on foot from the Red beach. It is less popular than the neighbouring cove and therefore more quiet. It doesn’t have facilities, except for some umbrellas and sunbeds along the coast, although the surrounding rocks provide some shade too.
- VLYCHADA BEACH
The beach follows a smooth descent. You will notice as you approach two large chimneys. One is directly behind the beach and one nearby, but don’t worry as this factory is no longer in use and the brick structures are actually quite pleasant to look at. This beach of Santorini itself is quite long covered with dark grey sand that one finds all over the island. There are a number of sun loungers here. It is worth having a look at the rock formations behind the beach.
- MONOLITHOS BEACH
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 locals and especially families. It is long with black sand and shallow waters, well-organized with sunbeds and umbrellas.This beach reveals a pleasant atmosphere, that is why it is often crowded with children. The area is surrounded by various hotels and rooms, restaurants and cafes. There is a football pitch, basketball court and for children a nice play area. There are also trees at the back of the beach for shade seekers.
- CAPE COLUMBO BEACH
The most isolated spot in Santorini, 10 km from Fira, the island’s capital. While reaching Columbo you can park on the headland in two different positions and make your way down through a narrow path. The impressive yet dramatic landscape will amaze you. The enormous red cliffs offer enough shade. Around the area is the most active crater of the island and the waters are really hot. Visitors should carry some water while there is no cantine or restaurant nearby.
- ARMENI BEACH
Armeni is a small beach very close to Oia, accessible by foot, descending 300 steps. Not as crowded as other beaches in Santorini due to its access, Armeni Beach offers clear blue deep waters and a nice local tavern where you can peacefully enjoy fresh fish or octopus.
- VOURVOULOS BEACH
On the northeast coastline, 7 km far from Fira, lies Vourvoulos Beach, a small beach with grey sand and pebbles. Vourvoulos is a quiet and private beach, not very touristic offering turquoise waters for swimming and an ideal calm setting for sunbathing. Featuring a small fishing boats harbor, you will find on the beach a restaurant that serves freshly caught fish.