Beaches at Santorini. List of the Best Options

Santorini is a volcanic island in the Mediterranean. Thanks to volcanic rocks on the beaches of this land are sands of rare shades, from pink to black. The island will delight you with its cuisine, the azure sea, and beautiful architecture, a characteristic element of which is white buildings with blue doms. All together creates a unique and enchanting image of this Greek island. Our overview rating of the best beaches will help you determine the vacation in Santorini destination that suits you.

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1. Kamari

It is the most famous and especially popular among vacationers of Santorini beaches. Its name is pronounced with emphasis on the second syllable. It is connected with a small arch, which can still be seen on the southern edge of the beach. According to legend, these are the remains of the sanctuary dedicated to Poseidon. This scenic area is a real business card of the island. The crowded coast with exotic black pebbles is one of the most recognizable landscapes in the photo.

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kamari santorini beach

2. Red beach

Red is the most unusual, most exotic, and beautiful beach in Santorini, Greece. Many people visit it not so much because of a beach holiday, but for the sake of unique photos of Martian landscapes. The beach owes its name to the dark red rocks and the same color of sand on the coast. It is also known to many as the Red Beach, but the main name associated with the nearest village is Akrotiri or Kokkini Paralia (as the Greeks themselves say) they usually forget. It was the fantastic landscapes that gave him the glory of the most photogenic in Santorini.

red beach of santorini
red beach in santorini

3. Perissa beach

It is the largest, most comfortable, and especially crowded beach on the island, as it is chosen not only by tourists but also by residents. This beach took its name from the nearby village, whose inhabitants became famous for fishing. Now it is one of the most popular Santorini resorts, and the beach itself is almost the only place on the island, which is just perfect for families with children. You can relax here as comfortably and safely as possible, which attracts many vacationers.

Perissa beach
perissa beach in santorini

4. Columbus

This Santorini beach is located in the shadow of a sheer cliff – the cape of the same name overhanging the sea. Picturesque landscapes and warming well due to the underwater thermal activity of the water attract here all the true connoisseurs of a secluded beach holiday. For those who like the “wild” beaches, Columbus beach is just the perfect place.


💡 If you want to hang out on the island check this advice on what to do in Santorini.

Columbus santorini
Columbus beach santorini

5. Vlychada Beach

One of the longest beaches in Santorini, located in the fishing village of the same name in the south of the island. It is covered with dark sand and pebbles, and around it stretch picturesque white cliffs, whose bizarre shapes were “created” by time and wind. There are sun loungers on Vlychada, there are usually few vacationers, so nothing prevents you from enjoying a quiet pastime. On the shore, you can find several bars and cozy family taverns. This is one of the most popular beaches for shooting. Especially beautiful photos are obtained in flying dresses.

Vlychada santorini
Vlychada
Santorini Vlychada Beach

The beaches in Santorini are an attraction in themselves. You will not be able to see such beauty on other Greece islands. We advise you to conduct a photo session on this wonderful beach in the 2nd part of the day, the sunset photos will be fantastic!