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Santorini Beaches

Check out our guide to all the beaches of Santorini – there is something for everyone here.

Balos Beach

Balos Beach

Balos Beach in Santorini is a small deserted beach in the southwest of the island. On its shore you can find abandoned huts, the picturesque white church of Agios Nikolaos, boats decaying with age and the remains of sunbeds. It is definitely a beach for lovers of nature and mystery.

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Katharos Beach seen from above

Katharos Beach

Katharos Beach can be safely considered as one of the most beautiful beaches on the northwestern tip of the island. It is located just 1 km from Oia and can be accessed via a paved road that takes off from the route from Oia to Ammoudi Harbor.

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Ammoudi Beach

Amoudi Beach

Ammoudi Beach is located south of the port of Ammoudi. This is not a typical beach with sand and umbrellas – more a fragment of the wild, rocky, volcanic coast. Perfect for diving enthusiasts. The water is slightly warmer than in other parts of the island, it is also characterized by higher sulfur concentration.

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Xiropigado Beach

Xiropigado Beach

Xiropigado Beach in Santorini is located in the central part of the east coast of the island, approximately 2.5 km from the village of Vourvoulos. Xiropigado is situated close to two popular beaches: Pori and Vourvoulos. However, this is a wild beach.

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Pori Beach

Pori Beach

In the north-eastern part of the island lies a picturesque bay of Pori. It is a resting place for residents. They like it because of the calm nature of the sea and the well-sheltered beach. The reddish rocks surrounding it are arranged in the shape of a crescent, thanks to which people relaxing here rarely have to worry about the raging wind.

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Bird's-eye view of Perivolos Beach

Perivolos Beach

Perivolos is located on the south-eastern coast of Santorini and is situated between two other well-known beaches Perissa Beach and Agios Georgis. This area is very popular among tourists visiting the island. None of the aforementioned beaches have clearly defined borders, you can go for a long walk along the seashore and admire beautiful views of the coast.

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Monolithos Beach

Monolithos Beach

Monolithos Beach can be recommended for families with children, as the water here is quite shallow. The sandy beach has a dark volcanic colour. The beach is located right next to the airport but we didn’t find the noise to be a problem, especially that the Santorini airport is nothing like a big city aerodrome.

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Mesa Pigadia Beach

Mesa Pigadia Beach

Mesa Pigadia Beach is located in the bay that bears the same name. It is surrounded with rocks that effectively protect the sunbathers against strong winds. Difficult access to the place (long, gravel road) allowed this beach to maintain its wild character.

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Kanakari Beach

Kanakari Beach

Kanakari Beach is located on the eastern shore of the island and, like most beaches in Santorini, consists of dark, volcanic pebbles and rocks. Water shoes are a must-have attribute of every tourist coming here.

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Gialos Beach

Gialos Beach

Paralia Gialos is a less frequently visited beach in Santorini. It is located in the southwest of the island near the inactive Kokkinópetra volcano. There are only a few additional attractions on site, but there is o lot of peace and quiet. Due to the fact that this beach is located in a bay, you can find shelter from the wind and relax in the surroundings of beautiful and wild nature.

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Unlike many Greek islands, Santorini is not an island famous for its beaches. Tourists from all over the world visit this place, encouraged by the amazing volcanic landscape, the view of the caldera flooded with water, high cliffs, and picturesque villages situated on their peaks. This does not mean, however, that we will not find great places for swimming and sunbathing here. On the contrary!

In Santorini, we have dozens of beautiful beaches at our disposal. Among them, there are both fully developed ones with showers, toilets, sunbeds, umbrellas, and access to cafes and bars, as well as completely wild ones, which are sometimes difficult to get to, but you can rest on them in peace and quiet.

You can find descriptions of all these places on our website.

The beaches on the west side of Caldera are difficult to access. An asphalt road leads to only a few of them. The sun reaches them late and they are covered with shadow relatively early in the afternoon. Due to the characteristics of the coastline, it gets very deep in the water quickly. However, this is compensated by the fantastic view of the Caldera and all the islands of the Santorini archipelago.

The beaches on the east side have a relatively flat entrance to the sea and are mostly covered with fine, dark, volcanic sand. The beaches of the tourist resorts of Kamari and Perissa stretch for miles along bustling pedestrian streets filled with cafes, restaurants, and shops.

In the north-eastern part of the island, you will find several beaches that are less developed, quieter, but with equally easy access to the sea. In the south-east, on the other hand, it is worth visiting a few “geological gems”, including Red Beach, White Beach, and Vlychada Beach.

Check out our guide to all the beaches on the island of Santorini. We guarantee that everyone will find something for themselves here!

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