Santorini has magnificent beaches. Out of the ordinary "tropical style", the
island has to offer unique places to swim. Beaches where the sand is black,
red, or white, the sun is hot, and the sea is deep blue and crystal clear.
Water sports are also available in the majority of them.
Not far from the ancient
sites at Akrotiri, is the red beach with the same name. You couldn't ask for
a more breathtaking setting for a swim. Soaring red lava cliffs which drop
right to the black sandy shore and into the clear blue sea make for a
majestic setting and one to enjoy. Meals and snacks can be found at a nearby
hotel and if you like excursions, boats leave from Akrotiri to other beaches
further down the southwest coast.
The beautiful black sandy
beach of Kamari stretches for five miles in length along the eastern coast
of the island. You don't have to walk far to find taverns on the seafront as
well as restaurants, hotels, tourist shops and entertainment spots. A number
of water sports are also available like water skiing, windsurfing and
paddleboats. From Fira you can take the bus to Kamari with frequent service.
Just north of kamari and on
the eastern coast is the beach of Monolithos. Here you will find more peace
and quiet than other Santorini beaches, however with all the comforts of the
other beaches as there are bungalows facilities for snacks and meals
Ammoudi and Armeni are two
beautiful beaches, which are frequented by visitors to Ia, that fascinating
town built on the edge of a cliff. Ammoudi is situated directly below Ia, on
the northwest tip of the island while Armeni is little further on.
An array of water sports is
available at Perissa (water skiing, windsurfing and paddle boats), one of
the most popular beaches on the island. The unique black lava sand and clear
deep blue sea are the main attraction. Seafront taverns, hotels, camping
facilities and trees for shade add to the attraction. The beach is located
at the southeaster tip of Santorini
Another of the quiet
variety beaches on the island with small taverns and rooms to let opposite
the beach. It is located on the southern tip of the island. Sport facilities
are available also.
In the Perivolos area, this
beach also offers a perfect spot for those wishing to avoid the big crowds