Red Beach in Santorini

Information About Red Beach

Red Beach Santorini: The red beach is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is located 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.

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 and right on the seashore are some nice pebbles you can use for your collection. Snorkeling is highly recommended due to the interesting rocks. You can also access the beach by boat that departs from Akrotiri port.

4 Reviews
Guest 2009-06
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.
Guest 2008-07
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.
Guest 2006-09
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
Guest 2012-07
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.

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