The magnificent beaches of Santorini


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Have you ever wondered if there are beaches on other planets and what they would be like? That was our first thought, as soon as we saw some of Santorini’s special themed beaches.

For example, the red beach reminded us of the planet Mars, the white beach of Mercury and the white beach of the moon.

Most tourists travel to Santorini to see the sunset from the caldera, visit its active volcano and the fantastic wineries of the island.

Nevertheless, few people know that in Santorini there are beaches for all tastes, which will surely surprise you.

So let’s get to know the best beaches in Santorini.

Red beach

The name of this beach is due to the red rocks that surround it.

It is located just half a kilometer from the archaeological site of Akrotiri and 8 kilometers from Fira.

Red Beach is not accessible by car, so you will need to leave somewhere and continue on foot.

There is also access by tourist boat from Akrotiri and Perissa.

It would be good to have a pair of beach shoes and a bottle of water with you.

Upon arrival, you will be impressed by the unique natural landscape and the beach, which consists of red and black pebbles.

White beach

It got its specific name because of the white rocks that surround it.

It is located next to the Red Beach and is only accessible by sea.

You can get there by tourist boat from Akrotiri, Perissa and from the neighboring Red Beach. If you are a large group, we would suggest renting a sailboat and doing the tour of Santorini at the same time.

It is considered one of the most famous beaches.

For the adventurous, there is access by swimming through the cave, which connects Aspri beach with the neighboring Mesa Pigadia beach.

In addition to a few umbrellas and sunbeds, visitors can get water and other supplies from the underground canteen located on the beach.

Mesa Pigadia beach

The ideal beach for foodies, since after your swim in the sea, you will have the opportunity to taste the delicious food of Santorini, in the beautiful traditional taverns located there.

Leave your car in the parking lot and go down the beautiful white cave steps that lead to the beach.

Also worth seeing are the traditional under-wires, used by fishermen as a parking space for their boats.

If you’re into adventure, I’d suggest going through the cave that leads to Aspri Beach.


If you are looking for beach parties in Santorini, Perivolos is the right beach for you.

Santorini may be famous for its romance, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have options for the free and beautiful.

The beach bars in Perivolos host well-known guest DJs from all over the world, offering the ultimate entertainment to the guests.

For music and dance lovers, it seems like the ideal place.

It is mainly recommended for the youth, as it is the noisiest beach in Santorini.

Together with Perissa, which is right next to it, they form the largest beach of the island.


Perissa is one of the most organized beaches in Santorini and the cheapest place to stay on the volcanic island!

It forms the base of Mesa Vounos (Mountain of 360 meters), which separates Perissa from Kamari.

Perissa is one of the busiest beaches in Santorini and has been awarded a blue flag.

It is a fully organized beach that has a mini market, water park, bars, cafes, taverns and shops selling beach accessories.

Also, if you are a fan of beach sports, there is a beach volleyball court available, while for water sports fans, there are facilities with watersports equipment.

Perissa is located 13 kilometers from Fira.


One of the most secular beaches of the island, due to its proximity to Santorini airport.

It is located on the other side of Mesa Vounos, under the hill of Ancient Thera. It is one of the most organized beaches, with a blue flag and has all the necessary shops for a visitor.

It is famous for its volcanic black sandy beach which, in combination with the white accommodation located around, offers an idyllic landscape.

On the paved pedestrian street of the beach you will find restaurants, cafe-bars and ATMs as night clubs operate in the area in the evening.


Looking to find the most popular family beach in Santorini?

Monolithos seems like the ideal place for you in the island.

The fact that it has shallow waters and fine sand, without pebbles, attracts many families looking for safe beaches for children.

It is considered the favorite beach of the locals.

Near the beach there is a playground, as well as courts for various sports.

At the end of the beach, there is a picturesque harbor and along the beach the rock that looks like a sculpture of nature.

On the beach you will find some restaurants and fish taverns up where the wave breaks.

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