The Santorini beaches are much different than other beaches in Greece due to their special geographical features.
Kamari beach is 10 km south of Fira, it is one of the most popular beaches in Santorini, consisting of black sand and a huge rock which rises behind the beach. If you visit the beach in the evening, you will be impressed by the beautifully illuminated rock and the illuminating light games on the rocks. Kamari beach is a family beach.
Perissa beach is about 15 km from Fira and 10km from the airport of Santorini. The village is one of the most famous and popular resorts on the island with its black sandy beach being the most photographed and famous on the island. If you do not live in Perissa, and visit the beach from elsewhere it is advisable to try to go before noon, because you will not find even a grain of sand to sit on. Perissa beach has a wide range of accommodations and restaurants.
The Red Beach is perhaps the most spectacular beach. Located about 8 km away from Fira and opposite the Cape. It consists of red and black volcanic rocks and is extremely popular with tourists. It is one of the most alluring and fascinating beaches in the world. You may come on foot (10 minutes walk from parking), or you can choose the boats leaving from Akrotiri beach, Kamari, Perissa.
Monolithos beach is right next to Kamari but is a less crowded beach and it is considered a family beach due to the fine sand and shallow waters. The beach at Monolithos is ideal for outdoor activities and sports. Monolithos is a quiet beach but well organized.
There are many other Santorini beaches that you can visit:
- Perivolos beach near Perissa
- Cape Columbos more secluded and quiet
- Vlihada and Vourvoulos beaches