|Παραλία Γιαλός / Paralía Gialós
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.
Gialos Beach is surrounded by brown cliffs and there is plenty of wild vegetation. The beach is made up of sand and gravel which is typical on Santorini. The number of tourists is usually limited here. If you are looking for an opportunity to sunbathe and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you will definitely like this place.
On Gialos Beach, during season, it is possible to rent sun loungers and umbrellas and you can also go on a boat trip. There is a restaurant right next to the beach serving Mediterranean cuisine.
There are stones and algae on the seabed that are easy to slip on. For our part, we suggest that before coming here you should equip yourself with water shoes. This attribute is also necessary because of the dark, volcanic sand of Santorini, which heats up very quickly in the sun and can burn your feet.
Gialos Beach is located in the southwest part of Santorini and it faces the caldera. The access is provided by a steep, winding road and leading through the surrounding hills. At the end of it, there is quite a large parking area that usually has plenty of free space. Drive from Akrotiri shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes, while it will take a good 20 minutes to get here from Fira. Public transport does not reach here.