Lounge on Vlychada Beach on Santorini
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Santorini is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Greece. People head her to relax, enjoy the cuisine, and take in the stunning scenery. Because of the unique geography of the island, it doesn’t have the beachfront that some other places in Greece do. However, there are still some gorgeous beaches here. Vlychada Beach is one of them. Here’s more information on visiting this pretty beach:
Getting to Vlychada Beach
Vlychada Beach is actually only about 13 kilometers or about 8 miles from Fira, which is the main town on the island. The beach is easy to reach by car or taxi and there may even be the chance to take a bus to the area. Before you can head to the beach, however, you need to first make your way to the island. There’s an airport here, which makes it easily accessible from Athens and elsewhere in Greece and other nearby countries. You can also head here by ferry, especially if you originate in one of the other islands in the Cyclades, such as Mykonos.
About Vlychada Beach
The beach is a reminder at just how unique the landscape on the island and its volcanic heritage. The dark gray sands are still a welcoming place to unwind and catch some rays, with the complimentary straw beach umbrellas providing some much needed shade. This is especially true when contrast with the stark cliff and industrial chimneys near by. Don’t be put off by those chimneys, they are part of the soul of Vlychada. In fact, once you settle in and learn more about the area, you are sure to be captivated.
What to do at Vlychada Beach
There is plenty to see and do at this beach and it will all depend on what your interests are. Some visitors will enjoy nothing more than lazing on the sun and enjoying the views, which is fine. However, there is much more to explore here to see Santorini at its best. Many visitors will head out to the water, either snorkeling beneath the waves or heading out on a charter yacht. Others will enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the history of the area. Be sure to rent a sun bed and umbrella if you want to lounge so you can be comfortable!
There are some man-made chimneys here that are reminiscent of the area’s industrial past. and give it a unique character. They actually belong to the Tomato factory – now the Tomato Industrial Museum, which is worth checking out while in the area. These tomatoes are important part of Vlychada’s culinary heritage. On that note, why not end the day in Vlychada with dinner on the marina. This allows for spectacular views of the local scenery while you sample the areas best fish and produce.
Vlychada has been something of an overlooked treasure. Visitors are impressed with what they find here, but they don’t always think to visit. The sand isn’t as crowded as some other beaches, but is still a great place to relax.
This post was written by Greek Boston