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The 8 best beaches in Santorini

March 25, 2021
2021-03-25
Holidaying in Santorini is on every traveller’s bucket list thanks to its whitewashed hill top villages, blue skies and azure seas. The sunsets are known to be some of the best in the world and all the better washed down with some grilled seafood and an ice cold glass of wine. The island is surrounded by some beautiful beaches and coves so we’ve put together this guide to help you find the best. Whether it’s swimming, sunbathing or that insta-worthy sunset that you’re after, we’ve got the inside track on the beach you should be at.

Red Sand Beach 

Not many beaches pack such an aesthetic punch as Red Sand Beach. This other-worldly cove looks like it could be on Mars with red pebbly sand and red cliffs contrasting with the stunning blue sea. Even if you don’t make the walk down on to the beach (the path is uneven and can be crumbly), make sure to journey here just to view it from above. It truly is one of the most visually arresting sights in all of Greece. 

 

Best beach Santorini

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Perissa

Perissa is probably the busiest and most popular beach in Santorini with a huge range of bars and restaurants catering to the young and trendy crowd. Like most of the island, the sand here is black because of the island's volcanic origins, so gets very hot under the feet in summer. You’ll also find all the water sports you can think of here, from waterskiing to wind surfing so it’s ideal for keeping little ones busy. 

 

Best beach Santorini

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Vlychada

The unique rock formations that surround Vlychada beach are the main draw here, towering up from the sand and making for an impressive sight. At one end there is a small port where fishing boats moor in the summer and at the other end there is a small number of sun loungers and umbrellas to keep you comfortable in the sun. 

 

Best beach Santorini

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Kamari 

This beach is close to the airport and nearby to much of the accommodation on the island. That makes it popular with families who love the ease of spending the day here. There is a variety of restaurants and bars here to pick up a spot of lunch, and it’s easily accessible by both private car and public transport. It’s a must visit on your vacation in Santorini.  

 

Best beach Santorini

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Agios Georgios

Set up for tourists, Agios Georgios has everything you need for your holiday in Santorini. From umbrellas and sunbeds to water sports and restaurants, you’ll never be bored at this popular beach. It’s also only 3km from Perissa Beach so you could even cover them both in one day. 

 

Best beach Santorini

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Cape Columbo

Cape Columbo is one of the most secluded beaches on the island making it a popular spot for nudists and anyone after a little more privacy. The long stretch of pebble beach is home to a few cafes and restaurants although you can never guarantee that they’ll be open. It can get windy here so there are sometimes some waves crashing on the beach. It’s these waves that have given the surrounding cliffs their impressive shapes. 

 

Best beach Santorini

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Monolithos Beach

If you’re travelling with little ones then this is probably the best beach in Santorini for you. The long and wide beach has the softest and finest sand on the island which is otherwise mainly surrounded by rocks and pebbles. Soak up the sun in one of the beach-front restaurants while you tuck into the catch of the day. 

 

Best beach Santorini

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Vourvoulos

Vourvoulos isn’t on the usual tourist trail so you might have it to yourself, but don’t go here if you’re hoping to swim. The strong winds that batter the beach bring in big waves making it a not so friendly swimming spot. 

 

Best beach santorini

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If you’re all set for a holiday to Greece but not sure where else should be on your list then you should consider Mykonos. A ferry ride away from Santorini, you can read our guide to the best beaches in Mykonos to help make up your mind. 




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