The beaches in Santorini are much different than other beaches in Greece due to their special geological features. Red and black volcanic pebbles lay the shores of Santorini beaches and cliffs provide a picturesque ambiance of unique beauty.
In brief, the most famous of Santorini beaches is the Red beach, while particularly popular are Perissa beach, Kamari beach and Perivolos beach. Note that some beaches are not easily accessible by road but can be visited with a Jetski Expedition! The black or red sand of the beaches can become very hot due to their dark colour.
Santorini is a very popular and busy island and it is not always easy to find a free sunbed on the many organized beaches.
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You will find below a list of the best beaches on Santorini island sorted by popularity. You can also view them on an illustrated map.
After exploring them, don't miss to check All Things to Do in Santorini (best sights, villages, restaurants and more).
Well-Organized, Diving Club, Watersports, Family Friendly, Pebbled
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Location: 11.7 km south east of Fira Description: Perissa is a tourist resort that gets very crowded in summer. An impressive and organized beach, Perissa has black sand on its shore. The remains of Ancient Thera are close by.
Location: 11 km south east of Fira Description: Agios Georgios is a popular beach, just 3 km from Perissa, on the southern part of Santorini. With black pebbles and organized, Agios Georgios is one of the most tourism-friendly beaches on Santorini.
Location: 8.5 km north east of Fira Description: Cape Columbo is one of the most isolate and quiet beaches on Santorini. Surrounded by a wild landscape, Cape Columbo often gets windy. In fact, it is the wind and the waves that have formated the wild rocks of Columbo.
Location: 6 km east of Fira Description: Monolithos is one of the most family-oriented beaches on Santorini. The beautiful coast has a playground and a beach volley court, while it is surrounded by few hotels.
Location: 13.4 km south west of Fira Description: The cove right next to the Red beach is known as the White beach. It is very similar to the Red beach, with black pebbles on the shore, only that the surrounding cliffs are white.
Location: 1 km North of Oia Description: Katharos Beach is a secluded beach at the northwestern part of the island, 1 km away from Oia. It is a pebbled beach, with a rocky landscape that is totally unspoiled.
Location: 4 Km East of Fira Description: Kanakari beach is situated in the area of Exo Gialos and it is a natural extension of Agios Nikolaos beach. It is named after the now-abandoned facilities of Kanakaris Tomato Factory.