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Top Beaches in Santorini

Whether you’re seeking adventurous water sports or sun-soaked relaxation, here are some the best beaches in Santorini.

One of Santorini's beautiful beaches during Golden Hour
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Lying in the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini is a volcanic island of rugged shorelines, rolling waves, and soaring cliffs. But the Greek island’s main draw is its postcard-perfect beaches. Whether you’re seeking adventurous water sports or sun-soaked relaxation, here are some the best beaches in Santorini.

Monolithos Beach

Monolithos Beach on a blue-sky day.
Monolithos on a sunny day.Photo Credit: Aleksandar Todorovic / Shutterstock

Of all of Santorini’s beaches, Monolithos ranks among the most family-friendly, with a playground and beach games to keep youngsters entertained all day. It’s also popular with families thanks to its ample shade and gentle waves. Monolithos Beach lies just over 4 miles (7 kilometers) from Fira, on the eastern shore of Santorini.

Kamari Beach

Sunbeds on Perissa Beach.
A sunbathing spot on Kamari Beach.Photo Credit: Jana Milin / Shutterstock

Framed by the towering limestone cliffs of Cape Mesa Vouno—topped by the ruins of Ancient ThiraKamari is a sizzling black-sand beach with all the spectacular coastal views people have come to expect of Greece. Rent a beach chair, pick your spot, grab a drink, and watch the waves roll in.

Perissa Beach

Sunbeds on Perissa Beach.
Watching the sun at Perissa Beach.Photo Credit: gzceccato / Shutterstock

Like Kamari Beach, Perissa is a black-sand beach and a great spot to park yourself and top up the suntan. Snorkeling and windsurfing are popular activities by day, and when night falls, Perissa turns into a lively party beach.

Top Beaches in Santorini

Sunrise at Perivolos.
Fishing boats at Perivolos.Photo Credit: Roman Bjuty / Shutterstock

Perivolos is the longest stretch of sandy beach on Santorini. Break up a long coastal stroll with a refreshing drink at one of the welcoming beach bars, which fuel nighttime beach parties after the sun goes down. The deep blue waters make Perivolos a popular dive site, as well.

Red Beach

A boat at Red Beach.
Red Beach is dramatic indeed.Photo Credit: Olga Gavrilova / Shutterstock

Nestled beneath soaring cliffs, with volcanic red pebbles and clear, turquoise waters, Red Beach is widely considered among Santorini’s top beaches. Shallow waters close to shore make it popular among families, with plenty of fun to be had among the rock pools and paddling spots.

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