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Red Beach
Santorini’s Red Beach is not your average white-sand beauty. Rather, it’s a narrow, pebbly stretch hemmed in by high scarlet cliffs and scattered with large volcanic rocks. Together with the sapphire blue waters of the Aegean Sea, these volcanic features create a striking natural color palette that draws photographers to its shores. 

The Basics
While Red Beach is a popular swimming and sunbathing spot, it can also be a dangerous one, with occasional landslides and falling rocks. Because of this, many visitors prefer to admire the beach from afar, either from the parking area overlooking the beach or from the sea itself. 

Many catamaran cruises, some of which include meals and drinks on board, and kayaking tours travel by the beach. Some Santorini day tours combine a visit to the beach with a stop at the nearby ancient Akrotiri archaeological site, an excavated Minoan settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • With its unusual colorful appearance, Red Beach is a must for photographers.
  • Bring along sunscreen, water, and a picnic to enjoy while soaking up views of the beach. 
  • Red Beach can only be accessed via a steep trail, and the beach’s surface is rocky, meaning it is not suitable for wheelchair users. The beach can, however, be clearly seen from the parking lot.

How to Get There
Red Beach is situated on the Akrotiri Peninsula in southwest Santorini. It’s about a 25-minute drive from Fira and offers free though limited parking. A steep access trail leads from the parking lot to the beach. Car-free travelers can take the KTEL bus from Fira to Akrotiri and make the short walk from there. 

When to Get There 
Despite the dangers of loose, falling rocks, Red Beach still attracts a lot of sunbathers and from June through September is often crowded. The red of the beach’s cliffs and rocks is most vivid at sunset. 

Beaches on Santorini
Santorini’s volcanic topography has resulted in a range of visually diverse beaches. Contrasting with the intense color of neighboring Red Beach is remote White Beach, which is backed by light-colored cliffs and can only be accessed by boat. For a family-friendly option with ample facilities including restaurants, water-sports operators, sun loungers, and umbrellas, try Monolithos Beach on the island’s east coast. Black-sand Perivolos Beach, on the southeast coast of the island, is another popular choice, attracting a lively, youthful crowd.
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Half-Day Catamaran Cruise of Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

Experience the coastline of Santorini from the water during this 5-hour catamaran cruise. Choose between daytime and sunset bookings, both allow you to travel with an intimate group of 20 or fewer fellow passengers. Snorkel equipment is available for stops along the route, and you'll dine on snacks, drinks, and a full barbecue meal.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

Enjoy a day of discovery on Santorini island with this tour from Fira. With an itinerary that covers all the must-see sights, the tour lets you find your own favorite spots on the island. Visit the volcanic Red Beach, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, a winery, the Mt. Profitis Ilias summit, and then finish on a high note as you watch the sun slip into the sea from Oia village. A tasting of Santorini’s distinctive wine is included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations of Santorini!

Explore Santorini’s most iconic landmarks on this 6-hour private trip. Visit the island’s highest peak, the Red and Black beaches, small villages and family farms, the Akrotiri Lighthouse, and the famous village of Oia. For the afternoon departure, spend the day soaking up the atmosphere of the island, tasting local wine and hand-made products, and admiring the views of the Aegean Sea before ending the tour with a beautiful sunset in the village of Oia.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Greek Meal and Drinks

Experience Santorini’s beauty, hot springs and beaches on a 5-hour catamaran cruise. Select a daytime or sunset cruise, and sail around the island and caldera (flooded volcanic crater) on a deluxe catamaran. Stop to bathe in the Nea Kameni springs; swim, snorkel or unwind at beaches; and enjoy unlimited Santorini wine and Greek beer, plus a Greek meal prepared on board. On the evening cruise, be treated to awe-inspiring sunset views. A cruise is essential when you visit Santorini, and with numbers limited to 16, this offers a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

Succumb to Santorini’s charms on a private tour to see its highlights. Traveling by luxury, air-conditioned vehicle with a guide, learn about Santorini’s history and culture as you explore. Stop at Red Beach, view the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri independently, see Oia, visit the village of Megalochori, and more. An optional winery visit is also possible.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ and Drinks

Cruise the waters off Santorini during this 5-hour boat journey. Step aboard the luxury catamaran and relax in one of the comfortable seating areas as you sail out of Amoudi port. Stop first at the volcano to take a dip in the hot springs or indulge in a mudbath. Sail past one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece, Akrotiri, then go to the Red and White beaches area. Swim, relax and enjoy a traditional Greek barbecue meal. Food, snorkeling equipment, open bar and round-trip hotel transportation are provided. This Viator exclusive tour is not available anywhere else. 
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ and Drinks

Experience the volcanic beauty of the Aegean and a unforgettable Santorini sunset on this 5-hour afternoon catamaran cruise. Travel in style and comfort aboard a luxury catamaran, stopping to bask on Santorini’s red and white sand beaches, snorkel among crystalline waters, and soak in volcanic hot springs. With included hotel transport plus a fresh Greek barbecue and unlimited drinks served onboard, it's a decadent way to enjoy the island’s famous sights.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

Make the most out of your time in Santorini with this relaxing and tranquil sunset sail on a catamaran. Enjoy the splendid views from the catamaran as it sails around Santorini. Swim and snorkel in the blue see and indulge in a delicious barbecue dinner prepared onboard. Imbibe unlimited drinks such as local wine and water.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Santorini Sailing Dream Catcher with BBQ Lunch and Drinks

Spend the morning swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing around Santorini on this 5-hour cruise. Along the way, see landmarks such as Indian Head Mountain and the Old Venetian Lighthouse; visit the Red and White Beaches; and take a dip in the Hot Springs. Tour includes hotel pickup and a delicious BBQ lunch on-board.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

Spend the day sailing around beautiful Santorini on a catamaran. Imbibe unlimited amounts of white wine and water and indulge in a delicious barbecue prepared onboard the catamaran as you sail in the gorgeous blue waters of the sea off the shore of Santorini.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Sailing Cruise in Santorini to Red Beach and Akrotini with BBQ and Drinks

Cruise around Santorini on a sailboat during this 5-hour tour departing from Vlihada Marina. Sail past island highlights such as the Venetian Lighthouse, the Indian Rocks, the Red Beach and the village of Akrotiri. Stop at the White Beach for a swimming and snorkeling excursion and enjoy scenic views of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring Greek Islands during the return trip. Buffet lunch and open bar on board the boat are included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Santorini Small-Group Catamaran Sailing Trip with BBQ and Drinks

Explore the beaches, bays, and islands around Santorini on this 5-hour catamaran cruise. Along the way, jump off to swim and snorkel at the Red and White Beaches; take a dip in the volcanic hot springs; and tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch on-board. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Tour: Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Greek Meal and Drinks

Sail around Santorini on this private, luxury catamaran cruise. Choose from a daytime or sunset cruise, and then spend half a day lazing on deck; soaking up the sun, sights and sea views. Dock by Red Beach and White Beach for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing, and luxuriate in the supposedly healing waters of the island’s natural hot springs. If you’ve opted for the sunset cruise, be sure to bring your camera to capture the world-famous sunset for which Santorini is famed. A traditional meal and unlimited wine, beer and soda are also included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Santorini : Morning Sea Kayak Tour

Admire Santorini’s beaches and beauty spots from the water on a scenic sea kayaking tour. Settle into a comfortable kayak, get instructions, and paddle behind an experienced guide along the rugged south coast. Waft by steep cliffs and pretty beaches, and visit a cliff-backed cove for chance to swim and snorkel. Take in epic views of the caldera and its islands, and gaze up at the clifftop Faros lighthouse on Santorini’s southern tip before your return.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Viator Exclusive: Santorini Luxury Catamaran Sunset Cruise with BBQ and Drinks

Set sail aboard one of the most luxurious vessels in Santorini, the one-of-a-kind Ipanema 58 catamaran. On this Viator Exclusive tour, feel like a member of the jet set as you cruise inside the caldera for a soak in volcanic hot springs, swim and snorkel at the island’s red and white beaches, and watch a famous Santorini sunset from the water. Relax on spacious deck lounges and be pampered by an attentive crew, who serves up a delicious Greek barbecue lunch right on deck.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Santorini Island Independent Day Trip from Crete

Visit the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini on a full-day independent trip from Crete. After a hotel pickup, cruise to the beautiful Greek island, and explore as you wish. Admire the stunning scenery and clifftop towns, laze on black-sand beaches, browse the shops of the cliffside capital of Fira, visit picturesque Oia, and relax in the tavernas and bars, many with epic views over the caldera. Finally, catch the return boat from Santorini to Crete for a hotel drop-off. All meals and activities on Santorini are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Santorini Private Minibus Sightseeing Tour

A flexible, private Santorini sightseeing tour with your own personal driver-guide. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Santorini’s main attractions with plenty of stunning photo opportunities, traditional villages and panoramic sea views, from the luxury of your own private car, capitalizing on the knowledge and experience of a professional driver/ guide. Drive to all caldera’s cliff side coastline from the south to northern edge, enjoy a scenic drive around the island, have the chance to take amazing photos over the caldera, as portrayed in travel guides and visit places that only locals know.
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
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Santorini : Adventure Pack (Scuba dive, Kayak, Cooking Class, Hike)

Want to spend 2 days off the beaten path in Santorini and live a large variety of intense experiences? Then our 2-Day package is perfect for you : Hiking, Kayaking, Cooking Classes and Scuba Diving are awaiting you !
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

Experience Santorini like a local on this private island tour and maximize your time with a custom-made itinerary and a choice of four different tour lengths. Perhaps experience island life with a visit to villages such as Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani; admire the views from Profitis Ilias;
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
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5 Hours Santorini most attractive sightseing roundtrip

The experience of touring the island of Santorini is not just a simple travel service. There are many factors that may have unexpected influence to your mood or program if you don't know how to face up all those circumstances. 1) Our minivan and transport vehicles are surely the most newly and luxury in the island!2) Santorini island is full of travelers, travel vehicles and more for specific times during the day. An experienced and local driver knows how to avoid the big traffic on those times in order to offer accuracy to your tour! I'm one of those!3) All travel vehicles belong to Santoestrella Company 4) An English fluent speaking driver 5) We'll possibly deliver to our passengers for first time ever the Augmented Reality Map of Santorini where you may have the opportunity to explore all the island in just one view from your Smart phone' camera!6) Low cost, Civil liability insurance and safety
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Santorini Cruise with Lunch, Winery and Sunset in Oia Village

See the best of Santorini by land and by water on this combo tour, beginning with a catamaran cruise that takes you in and around the island’s sunken volcanic caldera. Stop to swim, snorkel, and soak in mineral hot springs, and recharge with a Greek barbecue lunch prepared right on board. Back on dry land, take in unbeatable views from the island’s highest peak, sip Santorini wine at a winery, and end the day of sightseeing with a gorgeous sunset from famous Oia village.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Santorini : Sunset Sea Kayak Tour

Get out on the water with this kayak and snorkel adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, embark on a coastal adventure from the picturesque Black Beach. Head east for views of Indian Bay, the Santorini caldera, and the islands of Aspronisi and Thirasia. Stop for a delicious picnic on the beach—it’s included in the tour price—and snorkel in turquoise water before kayaking to the volcanic Red Beach.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Santorini Winter Panorama

Explore Santorini's most important landmarks with this 7 hours trip. Experienced staff. Small groups offering a memorable experience.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour

If you’ve only got limited time in Santorini, it’s important to make the most of your stay. See the spectacular Greek island your way on a private shore excursion that allows you to customize your itinerary according to personal preferences. Port pickup and drop-off means you’ll begin your tour as soon as you step off the boat, and a private guide guarantees that you’ll receive undivided attention and have ample time to ask questions.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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