One of the cleanest beaches ( it had earned the Blue Flag ) with crystal waters and black volcanic pebles. It is maybe the most suitable beach for families , with a canteen , sunbeds and umbrellas. There are also water sports for the daring. Here also you will find many restaurants , cafes , shops and the two cinemas of the island , an open air and a indoor . During high season the road above the beach, about a kilometre long , becomes pedestrian , which makes it one of the most ideal options for your walk.
Perissa – Perivolos
Two more of the most known and best beaches of the island. They stretch to about 2,5 kilometres of black volcanic sand or pebbles and clear waters. Here also you will find all facilities , such as umbrellas and sunbeds, but also many taverns , bars , shops and hotels. Here you will find the most known beach bars and watersports , Where locals and visitors compine their swimming with their coffe or drink and lots of dancing! The beach of Perissa is connected with the beach of Kamari with a small boat that sails around the mountain , if you want to take an alternative way of transportation.
The shallow waters and the thin black sand makes the beach of Monolithos one of the most ideal option for families with small children. There are available sunbeds, umbrellas , canteen , beach volley and many more activities for children. Here you will also find two of the best fishtaverns of the island.
Red – White Beach
In Akrotiri , close to the archeological site , take the road on the right , park at the parking lot in front of the small church of Agios Nikolaos , follow the path behind the cliff and brace yourself for a striking image. You will see a large wall of red lava ( the reason the beach is called Red Beach ) and the beautiful beach underneath of black-red sand and pebbles and crystal waters. Follow the path going down which will take you 5 – 10 minutes to reach the beach. While there are sunbeds , umbrellas and a small canteen , you should always keep a bottle of water and some snacks with you.
The White Beach is a small bay behind the Red Beach , which is accessible only by boat. Its main feature is the wall behind this beach which is of white ashes and pumice stone from the explotions of the volcanoes of Santorini.
Ideal choice for those you seek a quite beach. With the typical thin black sand of the island and the clear and shallow waters , it is also a nice spot to watch the sunset.Next to the beach there is a small port with fishing boats and yaghts that find here shelter. Here also you will find some of the nicest traditional and family taverns with local delicacies and fish.
There are many more beaches on the island that they are not easily accessible as the ones above , but worth to visit. Some of them are Baxedes , Kouloumpos , Pori and Katharos in Oia , Exo Gyalos in Karterados , Mesa Pigadia and Kambia close to Akrotiri.