A guide to our 5 favourite beaches in Santorini

The paradise island of Santorini; white washed buildings and blue-domed tops, incredible sea views from quaint cliff-side villages, winding side streets and heavenly sunsets, and of course let us not forget the beautiful red and black sand beaches. Due to its volcanic landscape, Santorini has a totally unique beach offering with the most incredible panoramas and here are 5 of our favourite Santorini beaches to visit.

Monolithos Beach

Monolithos Beach is a great local favourite, so if you’re looking for an immersive travel experience where you can mingle with the locals, make your way to this black sandy beach conveniently located close to Santorini Airport. With its safe and shallow waters, this is one of the safest beaches on the island and is perfect for families with children. Sunbeds and beach umbrellas make Monolithos a comfortable choice and there’s even a well maintained play area for kids.

1.Monolithos

Red Beach

Red Beach is one of the island’s most famous beaches, offering a striking red landscape and dramatic cliff drops. This is a small beach so it can sometimes get quite crowded but the red and black volcanic site is a bucket list must for anyone visiting Santorini. There’s a car park nearby so there’s easy access and the beach area is also well serviced with sunbeds and umbrellas for visitors. Not only is Red Beach a great place to sunbathe and enjoy amazing views, but the unique rock formations make snorkelling a truly rare experience.

2.Red Beach

Kamari Beach

Situated on Southern Santorini, Kamari Beach is a favourite with tourists and locals alike. This beautiful beach is just over 6 miles from the island’s capital of Fira and there are buses running from the main bus station daily. Not only is this beach a hotspot for water sports, but it also offers outstanding views for the sunbather. Lined with a large rock called the Mesa Vouno, Kamari Beach is just as great at night time when the rock lights up in the dark, bouncing reflections from the water – so stick around after sunset to see it!

3.Kamari Beach

Cape Columbo

If you’re after a secluded place with unbeatable views, make tracks for Cape Columbo which is a secreted little seaside gem easily accessible a few miles from Fira. If you have a hire car during your holiday, you can park it on the headland and then follow a narrow path all the way down to the beach. This isolated spot doesn’t offer touristy sun loungers or umbrellas but the huge red cliffs will offer enough shade if you need a break from the sun. The small sacrifice you have to make for this top secret location is the lack of shops and cafe. But if you pack a blanket, some food and some bottled water, you can enjoy an al fresco beach picnic with absolutely no-one else around.

4.Cape Columbo

Agios Georgios Beach

This is one of the most famous black beaches on Santorini Island and it’s also one of the better managed beaches, making it a popular choice for travellers from all over the world. The tourist friendly site includes sunbeds, loungers and umbrellas for hire as well as a huge choice of hotels and bars lined along the waterfront with rates and menus to suit every budget. And for those adrenaline junkies, there are plenty of water sports to choose from too including scuba diving, jet skiing, windsurfing or paddle boats. So if you’re looking for a convenience beach with ample amenities and facilities, Agios Georgios comes highly recommended.

5. Agios Georgios Beach

Christos Hajipapas is Head of Business Development & Strategy at Cyplon Holidays.

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