|Κόκκινη παραλία / Kókkini paralía
Kokkini Paralia, or Red Beach in Santorini, owes its name to the original colors of the steep cliffs created from the volcanic lava. Both the road and the beach itself are covered with a characteristic reddish-black gravel. The coast on all sides is surrounded by rocks, which guarantee unforgettable views of the bay.
The beach is 12 km south-east of Fira. Access to the site is possible both by land and by sea. Local transport is provided by buses departing in this direction several times a day from Fira. The end stop is in Akrotiri near notable excavation sites and beach descent. The journey by public transport takes about half an hour. In addition, boats from Fira or Akrotiri also cruise to Kokkini Paralia.
Access by car
You can park your car in the parking lot near the Church of St. Nicholas in Akrotiri. This parking lot is not too large, so in high season there may be problems with finding a free parking space. From a traditional Greek white church with blue shutters, there is a well-marked trail that takes you to your destination in approximately 15 minutes. It leads down a steep, rocky route, so it’s worth getting comfortable shoes.
Environment and beach type
High red cliffs provide a bit of shade on hot days and protect visitors from strong winds. The bottom is covered with small pebbles, but due to the presence of sea urchins in this area, it is recommended to use swimming shoes.
The beach is quite well stocked. While there are no freshwater showers or toilets, local tavernas and stalls are found in the vicinity of the church. In high season, you can rent sun loungers and umbrellas on the Red Beach. Admission to the beach is free.
Although the Red Beach is very popular on the island, the opinions about it are mixed. Some people praise it, its visual qualities, others criticize volcanic dust falling from the rocks. In our opinion, it is worth visiting this unusual place and forming your own opinion about it.