Santorini Red Beach

Information about Red Beach

Red Beach Santorini: The red beach is arguably the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is also considered as one of the most spectacular beaches in Greece. It is located in the area of Akrotiri and only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri. The small size of the beach creates a much crowded atmosphere and there are many days where most of the visitors choose not to make it all the way down to the beach and instead admire this unique landscape of red and black volcanic rocks from the headland.

Discover the available Tours or get there with your own car rental, starting at 14€ per day.
You can also discover the Red Beach and the Volcano with a Jetski tour!

The access is relatively easy. You can leave your car at the parking space and continue all the way down that takes about two minutes. As you gradually get down to the beach you will be impressed by the different colorings of the cliffs. Many sunbeds and umbrellas cover the dark sand. Snorkelling is highly recommended due to the interesting underwater rocks formation. You can also access the beach by boats that depart from Akrotiri port.

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How to get to Red Beach

There are many different ways to get to the Red beach in Santorini from any location on the island.
Airport to Red Beach: 13 km / 8 miles | Port to Red Beach: 10.4 km / 6.4 miles | Fira to Red Beach: 11.2 km / 6.9 miles

Tour: Discover Red beach with an organized tour of Santorini, starting from 50€.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Santorini transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.

Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Santorini with as little as 14.5 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Red Beach and many other places of interest in Santorini at their own pace.

Public transfers: In Akrotiri village lies the terminal of the bus route Fira > Akrotiri. The Red Beach is 10 - 15 minutes away on foot. Fira is where the central bus station of the island is located. There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. There are buses to Akrotiri approximately every 1.5 hours. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.

Map Of Red Beach, Santorini

Reviews of Red Beach, Santorini

4 Reviews
  • afalasca 29 Jul 2012
    Red beach no thanks
    The effort you need in order to reach this beach is not worth it.
    You need to climb the cliff and it is not recommended with sea shoes, but while you're going to the beach you usually don't dress something different.
    When you are on the beach you'll find stones and entering the water is not easy in many points.
  • 1234ttr 22 Jun 2009
    Red Beach very dirty
    Red beach was very dirty. There was no rubbish bins and nothing there to sit on like most of the other beaches. I did not mind the walk down to the beach but was disappointed when I got there. I only stayed a short time and went to a cleaner beach. Very disappointing as I had been told so much about how beautiful Red Beach was, but found that it had not been cleaned up for a very long time or more to the point most people left there crap behind instead of taking it with them and disposing of it in the bins up the hill.
  • alsorrell 11 Jul 2008
    Difficult terrain and hot sand but beautiful
    This is definitely a beach to come see - but be prepared. Access to the beach is via a fairly rough, steep trail with precipitous drop-offs. Plan on wearing tennis shoes, not flip-flops or sandals for the climb. Alternatively, you can take a water taxi from just below where the bus drops you off. The taxi drops you off in calf-high water, so plan accordingly with water shoes or dive boots.

    Water shoes or dive boots are a must for walking on the beach and/or into the water. The "sand" is very hot and full of uncomfortably large rocks. Likewise, wading into the water is difficult for the rocky shore.

    The landscape is magnificent - the red rocks overlooking the dark beach is very impressive. And so were the crowds when we visited in early July 2008! Female toplessness is not unusual.

    There are NO facilities on the beach and not much nearby - there are a few stands near the car park for water, food, etc. - make sure you bring whatever you expect to need.
  • mattie 04 Sep 2006
    Red Beach: Peaceful beach
    Name: Mattie

    Nationality: Dutch

    Age: 29

    Date on the island: May 2006

    Transportation to the beach: Public transportation

    Accommodation located in: Fira

    Time to reach the beach: 1 hour

    Conditions of the road: Good

    Any delay? No

    The trip to reach the beach: Yes it was very nice with amazing landscapes.

    Dificulty to find the beach: It was perfectly indicated.

    Reasons to choose this particular beach? I read about it on the lonely planet guide book.

    Description of the beach with words:

    Long pebble beach, clear waters, crystalline waters, cold waters, surrounded by cliffs, beautiful surroundings, beautiful views, fully organized with sun beds and umbrella rentals, isolated, calm, windy, no vegetation, natural shadow, cheap.

    Could someone find everything he needs? Restaurants, beach bar.

    Did it meet your expectations? Yes Rate: 8/10

    Favorite thing about the beach: Quiet

    Something that you don't like: Clean up some rubbish

    Do you have any recommendations/tips for future visitors? Respect the peacefulness of the beach. There is a walk to it, so wear proper shoes.

    Will you come on the beach again? No because it is too far from accommodation