Best Beaches in Santorini

Discover pretty Kokkini Paralia Beach, located close to the ancient site of Akrotiri, or unwind on the volcanic black sand of Kamari and Perissa beaches.

Santorini's best beaches include…

Kokkini Paralia Beach

This narrow strip of unique red and black sand, more commonly known as Red Beach, nestles between a soaring red lava cliff and clear blue waters, creating a magnificent setting for swimming and snorkelling.

Pack a picnic, relax on the fine-grained red sand and perhaps make time to visit the ancient Minoan ruins at nearby Akrotiri.

Red Beach is located on the south coast of Santorini, an easy drive from Thira, followed by a short walk down to the beach. You can also take a water taxi.

Kamari Beach

This seemingly endless black-sand beach stretches into the distance from the rocky headland of Mesa Vouno (which stands at 396m).

Sunbathe on the beach, swim and enjoy various watersports in the bay and later relax (or party hard) at one of the many bars, cafes, tavernas and nightclubs that line this popular beach.

Kamari is located 10km south-east of Firá and offers a range of holiday accommodation options.

Perissa Beach

This long and smooth black-sand beach lies on the south side of Mesa Vouno.

Nestled beneath Profitis Ilias Mountain (956m), Perissa offers excellent swimming and snorkelling as well as provides ample protection from the Aegean’s meltemia (summer winds).

Perissa is one of Santorini’s most popular beaches and is lined with hotels, bars, cafes, tavernas and nightclubs. It is located on the south-east coast, around 15km from Firá.

Latest update: Best Beaches in Santorini: 10 May, 2022