Stretching for around 3 miles (5 kilometers), dark-sand Kamari Beach is sandwiched between the blue Aegean waters and the mountain peak of Mesa Vouno. With a bar- and restaurant-lined promenade behind it and lots of facilities nearby, it’s one of the best places to park yourself for a day of relaxation.
Kamari Beach makes an ideal day-out destination for travelers looking to relax, swim, and catch some rays. For those who want a more active beach experience, water-sports operators and dive centers can be found just steps from the sand.
Kamari Beach is a common stop-off on island tours, which may also visit other Santorini beaches, such as striking Red Beach on the south coast. Helicopter flights over the island often hover over the eastern coast where Kamari Beach is situated, as well as the caldera and the lava island of Nea Kameni.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Kamari Beach is ideal for families, couples, and travelers who want a no-fuss beach day with restaurants and bars within easy reach.
- Bring flip-flops or water shoes as the hot sand and volcanic pebbles can be uncomfortable for bare feet.
- Sun loungers and umbrellas are available for rent. Many beach restaurants offer free umbrellas and sunbeds to patrons who purchase food and drink.
- Wi-Fi is available at select beachfront restaurants.
How to Get There
Find Kamari Beach on the east coast of Santorini, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) southeast of Fira. A taxi from Fira will take around 20 minutes. KTEL buses run from Fira regularly.
When to Get There
Kamari Beach is busiest during the peak summer tourist season, from June through September. If you want to beat the crowds and see the beach at its tranquil best, wake early and come to watch the sun rise. Sunset, though busier, is equally spectacular.
Other Beaches in Santorini
For swimming and sunbathing, try Perissa Beach, about 9 miles (15 kilometers) south of Fira. This black-sand beach is well developed and boasts ample facilities. A walking path leads from the village of Perissa up to Ancient Thera. With its high cliffs and narrow stretch of dusty red sands, Red Beach on the southern coast is among Santorini’s most dramatic beaches. Though falling rocks pose danger to those on the sands, it’s worth coming here if only to admire the beach from afar.