Unique Beaches to Visit on Santorini

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beachWhen people close their eyes and think about Santorini, they don’t necessarily recall its beaches. The island has a rich history that traces all the way back to the Minoan civilization of Ancient Greece. Even more than its historical past, though, Santorini is known for its turbulent, volcanic history. The middle of the island was destroyed during a catastrophic eruption, and the inhabitants of the island are now concentrated to the rim of the volcano.

The last thing people think about are its beaches. But they should – they’re some of the best in Greece! The unique geography makes these beaches worth a visit. Many look as if they were carved out of the very sides of the volcano. Most of them also include rocks and colorful sand, and they most certainly point to its volcanic history. Here is more information about some of the Santorini beaches you should explore:

Red Beach

This beach is aptly named “Red” because of the red and black pebbles that characterize the beach itself. The sides of the cliff also have a reddish cast, and the water is uncharacteristically hot due to the unique geography of the area. In fact, this is one of the most unique beaches in all of Greece and definitely the most famous in all of Santorini. Even if you don’t have a lot of time to spend here, you should at least dip your toe in the water so you can experience its warmth.

Kamari Beach

If you’re looking for a beach that is fairly close to Fira, Kamari is the place to be! This beach (which is pictured in the photograph, above) is known for its pleasant weather, black sand, and the stately Mesa Vouna, the large rock that looms over the beach. During peak season, you’ll want to arrive early so that you can reserve some of the chairs. Because the sand is black, it gets incredibly hot. The beach is much more enjoyable if you’re sitting on one of the beach chairs.

Perissa Beach

Perissa Beach is the place to be if you want a more organized setting. This beach is also fairly close to Fira (about 15 km) and is known for its stunning views, warm water, and good family atmosphere. Like Kamari Beach, Perissa also has a view of Mesa Vouna, just from a different perspective. There are beds that you can reserve here, too, and there are also facilities, such as bathrooms, which can make your day much more enjoyable.

Monolithos Beach

If you’re in Santorini with your whole family, Monolithos Beach is the place to be. You’ll find plenty of children here, so if you’re looking for a place filled with families who have kids, you’ll be at home here. It’s also well organized, with facilities to make your stay at this beach much easier. The nearby rock formations also create a stunning backdrop, which can make your stay even more enjoyable.

While in Santorini, don’t miss out on visiting some of Greece’s most beautiful and unique beaches!

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