Beaches to swim while in Santorini!
Santorini is probably the smallest famous island across the globe. Favoured by millions preferred from thousands. Worth-crying sunsets, excellent wine and jaw dropping views. In contrast not at all well-known for the places to swim. Taken that as a fact Santorini’s typical beach characteristics are long extents of black sand and small black shining pebbles due to the volcanic nature of the island. Many beaches are well organized with sun beds, umbrellas, beach bars and water sports. Spectacular rocky formations and black sand beaches lapped with crystal clear waters create integral. Unforgettable scenery! Although one can still find remote and unspoiled places to swim…
The arrival to this island was different than the others, everyone on the boat is anxious and giddy in anticipation. When the boat wrapped around the crescent tip of the island, people rushed to take photos. If there is such thing as hunger for sights, then there was definite drooling and jaw dropping as the curved white buildings that frosted chocolate colored cliffs came into focus.
The beaches on Santorini Island are ideal for sunbathing and swimming, and are also very impressive due to their dramatic settings. The most popular Santorini beaches are the Red and White Beaches located near Akrotiri on the southern coast of the island, and the greyish and black sandy beaches in Kamari, Monolithos, Perissa and Perivolos, which are situated along the eastern coast of Santorini. Other beaches, such as Armeni, Ammoudi, Baxedes, Paradissos, and Vourvoulos are also recommended for swimming and relaxation under the warm Aegean Sun.
Santorini beaches offer something different for the visitor. Black Beach, Red Beach or White Beach? The choice of the best beaches in Santorini is yours to make.
Vlychada beach (Eros beach)
Vlihada Beach is situated next to Agios Georgios, 13 km from Fira town and very easily accessible since it is in the main bus route. The beach is beautiful, composed of volcanic grey sand surrounded by high cliffs, and is the ideal spot for privacy since it is not as crowded as other beaches in Santorini. You can get to Vlychada easily as it is on the main bus route. Part of the beach is organized with sun beds and umbrellas and part is left more rugged and natural. The beach itself is a long grey sandy beach with interesting rock formations and white cliffs. There are a few Tavernas and snack bars close by too. If you’re looking for a quiet and secluded beach experience then Vlychada beach is for you.
Baxedes Beach, located at the north side of Santorini, is perfect for those seeking for tranquility and relaxation away from the crowds. One of the few sandy beaches in Oia, Baxedes is a quiet black sandy beach with shade and suitable for families, friends or couples who should though be aware of the strong summer northern winds called meltemia due to the beach northern location. The beach is just 3 klm away from Oia village and access is quite easy by car or motorbike
Paradise Beach sounds idyllic but unfortunately the beach doesn’t quite live up to its name. The sand is greyish black and there are some high waves depending on the summer winds. This makes Paradise Beach less popular than say Perissa, Perivolos, Kamari or other Santorini beaches. It does have some sun loungers and parasols and offers the visitor a peaceful beach experience.
Cape Columbo or Kolumbo Beach located near Oia, represents for many, the most beautiful beach of Santorini Island. It is a unique and unspoiled long back sandy beach with pebbles, surrounded by cliffs and beautiful natural environment. Offering great views and relaxing moments since it is quite isolated, the beach is not organized and attracts many nudists.
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 harbour, you will find on the beach a restaurant that serves freshly caught fish
Monolithos Beach, situated close to the airport on the East of Santorini, next to Kamari Beach, is a peaceful fine black sandy beach, popular with locals and perfect for families with children as it organized with many facilities, such as children play areas, sun beds, umbrellas for rent, water sports and many restaurants .Because of the proximity to Santorini airport you get tremendous views of airplanes coming into land and taking off.
With clear blue waters turning quickly deep, the long grey sand Kamari Beach offers an amazing landscape and impressive views of the Mesa Vouno huge rock rising from the sea. Attracting hordes of tourists, the long beach is very organized and offers a multitude of restaurants, beach bars and shops. For watersports lovers there’s plenty to do too with windsurfing and water skiing on offer. There’s even a diving center close by where you have the opportunity to go diving in the volcanic sea. Snorkeling is great too among the rocky outcrops. A lovely pedestrian promenade lined with fish restaurants, traditional Taverna and café bars lies just behind the black sandy 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. Perivolos beach is an extension of Perissa Beach and leads onto Agios Georgios Beach. The sand itself is greyer than black and is course to touch. There is plenty of choice for eating and drinking too with lots of bars, cafés and fish restaurants.
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.
Agios Georgios Beach
One of the smallest Santorini beaches is Agios Georgios. Agios Georgios is a small peaceful beach, which is an extension of the Perissa and Perivolos Beach. If you prefer a less crowded and less organized beach experience then head for Agios Georgios Beach at the south of the island of Santorini.
Near the village of Akrotiri, lies one of the most famous and spectacular beaches of Santorini with rare red color pebbles and rocks and clean waters. Despite the fact that the Red Beach is isolated, it attracts many visitors wishing to experience the unique scenery of its red lava cliffs cascading down to the sea.
You can walk a little further on from Red Beach to nearby White Beach, (also known locally as Aspri Ammos.) The cliffs gradually change color from red to white so this is where White Beach gets its name. The beach has white pebbles and black and grey sand with some sun loungers and umbrellas for hire. There’s a little “Kantina” (car-tavern) too selling snacks and drinks. You can also get to and from White Beach by water taxi too.
Ammoudi beach and fishing harbor lies at the foot of Oia village and is difficult to access, other than by riding a donkey or walking down over 200 steps. The beach itself is small and sandy with clear blue deep waters.
Some of the best fish restaurants in Santorini are found at Ammoudi.
Armeni Beach is a small beach very close to Oia, accessible by foot, descending 300 steps. Not as crowded as other beaches in Santorini due to the it’s access, Armeni Beach offers clear blue deep waters and a nice local tavern where you can peacefully enjoy fresh fish or octopus
Popular excursions from Santorini include boat trips around the deep-blue caldera, where visitors can explore the tiny uninhabited black volcanic islets of Palea Kameni (with hot springs and therapeutic muds) and Nea Kameni (home to the smoldering volcanic crater). On the opposite side of the caldera, the island of Thirassia hosts several seafood taverns affording fine views back to Santorini. East of Santorini, the unspool island of Anafi, with a pleasant south-coast sand beach, can be reached by ferry.
You can reach the beach at the island of Thirassia by boat excursion from Oia. The picturesque small island is a quiet, laid back place that offers visitors a step back in time to a less stressful and charming way of life. The beach itself is lovely with crystal clear waters and a wonderful view to the main island of Santorini.
Hot Springs “Beach”
Interesting beach you can reach by boat is the tiny islet of Palia Kameni where the famous hot springs and mud baths are. Most visitors usually get to Palia Kameni as part of a boat excursion taking in Thirassia, the volcanic island of Nea Kameni and the hot springs of Palia Kameni.
Nude on Santorini?
There are no official nude beaches on the Greek Island of Santorini although discreet naturism is tolerated.