The magnificent beaches of Santorini are spread out mainly along the eastern and the south-eastern side of the island. They show the signs of volcanic activity 3,500 years ago. Each beach has special characteristics, which make it unique and outstanding. The black shining pebbles, the unique land formations, the black, white and red sand, make up a impressive landscape. In the summer, the black sand gets so hot that you'll have to have a grass mat. Most beaches are well organized featuring the option of lounging chairs, umbrellas, and many water sports. The most popular beaches are: Perissa, Kamari, Monolithos, Perivolos, Ammoudi and the Red beach.
Perissa is one of Santorini best beaches, situated 15 km southeast of Fira, next to Emporio village. It has very clean waters and is one of the most organized Santorini Beaches. A collection of water sports is available at Perissa (water skiing, windsurfing and paddle boats). The single black lava sand and clear deep blue sea are the principal attraction. Seafront taverns, hotels, camping facilities and trees for shade add to the attraction.
The beautiful black sandy beach of Kamari stretches for five miles in length along the eastern coast of the island. This beach hosts massive crowds in the summertime, and is served by countless restaurants, tavernas, bars, pizza shacks, vendors, clothing shops, and lodgings. The beach and its community bustle day and night. The water turns deep quickly, and there are great waves. Chairs and umbrellas are for rent. Restrooms are only in bars and restaurants. Bus service to and from Fira is available.
Monolithos beach is located just to north of kamari at a distance of about 9 km from Fira. Monolithos is a quiet beach but well organized, with all kinds of facilities like sun chairs, umbrellas and different types of water sports. Here you will find more peace and quiet than other Santorini beaches, however with all the comforts of the other beaches as there are lodges facilities for snacks and meals available. With its broad beach of fine black sand and seemingly endless shallows, Monolithos has inevitably developed into a family resort.
Perivolos Beach is situated just to south of Perissa Beach. Wonderful endless beach, ideal when north winds are blowing with a little lighter sand than Perissa (dark grey). It is one of the more frequented beaches on the island and features an array of bars, caf s and restaurants, as well as hotel accommodation. Perivolos is a grey sandy and stony beach that features swimmers and sunbathers, pristine waters, long chairs, umbrellas and water sport facilities. This beach of dark sand gets very hot but is rarely crowded. Like other beaches on this coast it drops sharply into the sea so children must take care.
Amoudi Beach is one of the most charming Santorini Beaches, located below the village of Oia (Ia), at the foot of the cliff with clear blue green water which get deep just after a few steps (something that families with children should cautious about), ideal for endless hours of relaxation and recreation. Ammoudi features several excellent fish taverns and caf s. Thanks to its scenic landscape with the implosive colorful volcanic rocks shadowing the sea it attracts many visitors. It is accessible by car through the old pumice stone mines and by foot or on mules' back via the 214 broad steps which you have to descend and to ascend.
The red beach is one of the most popular and beautiful of the beaches of Santorini which has fine red sand and rocks. It is situated near the village and ancient site of Akrotiri. The beach can be reached either by boat, there are several connecting Red Beach with Perissa and Akrotiri, or by foot (10 minutes walk from Akrotiri). Red Beach earns its name from the iron-rich sedimentary rocks in the cliff face towering above you, as well as the red sand. It is quite crowded; you can rent an umbrella and a pair of chaise lounges for 7 euros, though there is also some good free space nearby that gets packed by midday. The first few meters of the water near the shore are quite stony, so be prepared to step on some stones.
The most impressive beach on the island, situated to southern from Santorini, is a wonderful spot to relax, as it is one of the less frequented Santorini Beaches. Imposing white rocks, masterpieces of nature carved into extraordinary shapes by the winds, as if Antoni Gaud had dropped in for a swim here before designing the Pedrera. Although it has the usual lounge chairs, canteen and taverna, the restless waves and rugged rocks give the place a wild. Before you reach the beach, you pass the small harbour, which is full with small traditional boats. Do not stay surprised if you come across as you are walking to the beach to one of the many ducks or the swams that leave there under the wing of the fishermans. It is a perfect spot for those wishing to avoid the big crows.
Vourvoulos beach is situated to 7 km on the North East part of Santorini. The sandy beach is ideal for relaxation and water is almost turquoise blue. The best part about Vourvoulos beach is that it is among the lesser known beaches of Santorini and as such it is secluded which provides discreet privacy to the discerning beach bum. Also, there is also a small fishing boats harbor the last years with a fish tavern.