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Top Santorini Beaches

By Viator, August 2015

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The sand may not be sparkling white, as it’s volcanic in origin, but Santorini is renowned for its beaches, resorts and seaside party scene. The best beaches cluster on the east and south coasts.

One of the most popular family beaches is Monolithos, 7km (4.5 miles) from Fira on the east coast. You’ll find kids’ facilities here like a playground and beach games, and the beach is more sheltered with gentle waves.

Away from Fira, on the island’s south, Agios Georgios is well set up for visitors, with thatched beach huts, cafes and a gently foot-massaging surface of timeworn warm black pebbles.

It’s best to hire a beach lounge to recline on the black-sand beaches at Kamari and Perissa – the sand here sizzles. Kamari’s beach has a memorable setting, framed by the massive limestone cliffs of Cape Mesa Vouno, topped by the ruins of Ancient Thira. Perissa is a party beach, and it’s a good spot to hire diving equipment or organize snorkeling courses and trips.

The longest stretch of beach follows the coast at Perivolos, where a good selection of beach bars await after an afternoon walk beside the sea. The water is deep here for diving, and the beach party scene is similar to Perissa’s.

One of Santorini’s best known beaches is Red Beach, beloved for its volcanic red pebbles and a lovely setting at the base of a curving red cliff. The water here is shallow close to shore and the water-worn rocks are fascinating to explore, ideal for paddling and snorkeling,

Windsurfers don’t need to venture far from the environs of Fira, the main town, to hit the waves at Gialos, 4km (2.5 miles) northeast.
Beaches near Oia include Paradise and Pori on the northeast coast. They’re not as easily accessed as beaches further south, but the payoff is they’re quieter.

Most beaches on Santorini are equipped with tavernas and cafes, so you can make a long day of it with snacks and drinks on hand. Beach and water-sports equipment can be hired, including mats, sun beds and sun umbrellas.

Tours & Tickets

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Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Buffet and Drinks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Cruise around the postcard-perfect island of Santorini on this 5-hour, luxury catamaran tour. Choose from a daytime or sunset cruise, then take in stunning ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $172.39

Santorini Island Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Get to know Santorini on a full-day independent trip from Crete, and see as much of the island as you wish! Either soak up the sun with a book on the beach, or ...  Read more

Location: Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.75

Ocean Voyager 74 Santorini Sailing Sunset Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Enjoy a perfect sailing Sunset tour in the magnificent island of Santorini on board the Ocean Voyager 74 catamaran. Catamaran sails to the most amazing sights ...  Read more

Location: Oia, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.18

Private Tour: Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Buffet and Drinks

Cruise around Santorini in style on this private, 5-hour cruise by luxury catamaran. Choose from a daytime or sunset cruise, then laze on deck and soak up the ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $207.51

Ocean Voyager 74 Santorini Sailing Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy a perfect sailing Day tour in the magnificent island of Santorini on board the Ocean Voyager 74 catamaran. Catamaran sails to the most amazing sights of ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.18

Sea Kayaking Tour in Santorini from Mesa Pigadia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

A unique paddling experience, visiting the islands diverse beaches, swimming, snorkelling and enjoying a traditional picnic.

Location: Thera, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.20

2-Day Santorini Experience from Athens

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 43 Reviews

Stay overnight on the gorgeous Greek island of Santorini where sweeping sand beaches, volcanic vistas and pretty whitewashed villages await! The trip is ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 2 days

From USD $252.84

2-day Santorini Trip from Crete

Explore one Greece’s most popular islands on this 2-day trip from Crete. You’ll have a balance of free time and guided portions on this exciting trip that ...  Read more

Location: Crete, Greece
Duration: 2 days - 1 night

From USD $456.33

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