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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 09:13

The best beaches in Santorini

The beaches of Santorini island always leave their visitors speechless, and as for those who still haven’t witnessed them with their own eyes, they are curious - to say the least. On a terrain created from solidified magma two million years ago, you can literally expect the unexpected.  The common trait of all Santorini’s beaches is its deep and crystal clear blue waters as well as their rejuvenating effect. Depending on the color of the surrounding rocks and pebbles, the hour of the day and the reflection of the sunrays, you will certainly feel as if you were looking at a marvelous painting -so, bring out the photographer in you and take many, many shots!

Santorini has beaches for all tastes; ideal for families, couples and all age groups. Although the majority of them can get crowded in the summer months, you still have options for more privacy and quiet. They are located on the eastern coastline of the island, mainly because it is less steep and most of them are well organized with umbrellas, loungers, beach bars, restaurants and taverns. 

Perivolos and Perissa (Black Beach)
 
Adored by youngsters, these two beaches which essentially are one really long black beach, are constantly popular and full of life. Black colored pebbles and the imposing presence of the ‘Mesa Vouno’ mountain set the scene. The music from the beach parties of Perissa will keep you energized all day long. If you need some quiet time, you should choose Perivolos or -even better- Agios Georgios, a serene beach located nearby.
 
Vlychada
 
Probably the most beautiful beach of Santorini. It is located near a fisherman village under  the same name. The lunar scenery is highlighted by the strange white rocks and their unbelievable formations which you can observe better while you swim and which will give youa surreal feeling. Half of the beach is organized, the other half is not, allowing you to relax peacefully. 
 
Red Beach 
Red Beach - Santorini
 
Located close to Akrotiri, it is the most famous beach of the island, therefore, also the most crowded, partly because it is narrow and small. It may be a little difficult to approach but its colors are unique, with many different tones of red and brown. What is most noteworthy though, is the breathtaking background of the sheer cliffs which are raised like waves of still lava right above your head.   
 
Kamari beach 
Kamari beach - Santorini
 
A family friendly, lengthy beach with black pebbles and sand where you can enjoy the ample shade of trees. It offers a wide range of facilities and numerous hotel options.You can find many cafes, taverns, beach bars and all kinds of water sport activities and diving centers; even a romantic and cozy cinema where you can watch a movie after the sunset! A nice suggestion for adventure seekers would be to hike the path which leads to the mountain’s top (Mesa Vouno), enjoy the amazing view and then visit ancient Thera
 
Monolithos beach, Santorini
 
Definitely recommended for families. The setting is pretty much the same as in Kamari, but a bit more spacious and calmer, with a few fish taverns and mini markets. Also, bear in mind that whereas most of Santorini’s beaches have deep waters, in Monolithos the waters are shallower and the sand is much better for the kids to play with.  One of the old tomato pulp factories of the island lies there, as well as in Vlychada.
 
Columbo 
Columbo beach
 
One of the most secluded beaches of Santorini, lying on the northeast part of the island, without hotels and other facilities nearby. It is of exquisite beauty and can offer you all the relaxation you need, away from the hectic rhythms of the touristy beach bars. 
In Columbo Cape, the waters are warm due to the island’s largest active crater which is located 500 meters under the surface of the sea. The highest part of the crater is 10 meters under the water. Don’t worry; its most recent eruption happened in 1650!  The “Seal Cave” is also an interesting place to visit if you are a skilled swimmer. This beach is a nudists’ favorite. 
 
Palaia Kameni and Therasia
 
On the tour to the volcanoes and Therasia, you will have the chance to swim in the hot springs near Agios Nikolaos church in Palaia Kameni. For those who love alternative choices and want to taste the therapeutic effects of the volcanic mud and the hot waters this is your chance. 

In case you are looking for really pristine and quiet beaches in Santorini, a nice suggestion would be to pay a visit to the neighboring sister island of Therasia. Untouched from the fever of tourism, it preserves its traditional character on a larger scale. Swim in Agia Irini near the port or - if you can rent a vehicle- explore more of the island’s treasures. Once you get there, it would be rewarding to visit the abandoned village of Kera and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view which will ensure you that Santorini used to be round.
 
There is not a more accurate word to describe the beaches of Santorini than simply extraordinary and -sometimes- a bit extraterrestrial. Combining all the colors that can be found on a painter’s palette, Santorini is a real “wild beauty” after all! 
 
Tip! You can also read our suggestions about the best things to do in Santorini!