|Παραλία Μονόλιθος / Paralía Monólithos
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. The beach took its name from the village it is located in. The village is a little bigger than most on the northeast coast of the island. It has its own market, where you can buy almost anything you might need which is an advantage over other beaches to the north from it. There are also typical Greek tavernas and bars serving snacks here. The beach is not sheltered by cliffs, so tourists relaxing on it can be exposed to strong gusts of wind.
How to get here
The town of Monolithos has a bus connection with nearby Fira and it is a 20 minutes’ drive.
If you want to get to Monolithos with a car it shouldn’t pose any problems as the roads leading there are in good condition and there is no problem with the availability of parking spaces on site.
Monolithos is a well-developed beach. For a fee, you can easily rent deckchairs and umbrellas here, as well as take advantage of the local dining facilities. Most of the restaurants serve Mediterranean cuisine, including fish caught by local fishermen. There is a beach volleyball field and a playground for children.
Near the beach there is an old tomato factory D. Nomikos. In contrast to the one in Vlyhada which was converted to a museum, this one is abandoned and the buildings cannot be directly entered.