Santorini beach guide
Our Santorini beach guide is designed to give you the highs and lows of the main Santorini beaches. Most of the beaches are black pebble and have striking scenery but this page will give you a bit more in-depth detail about each one.
The best Santorini beaches for tourists are probably those on the east coast with Perissa, Perivolos and Kamari all offering a good array of tourist facilities. The most dramatically striking Santorini beaches are those on the south west tip of Thira island, these include both the red and white beaches as well as Eros and Vlychada if you venture further east. All have stunning cliff scenery with the later two having superb bars to relax and enjoy food and drinks in.
If you prefer quieter more secluded beaches then make your way north, you'll have to put up with the wind that affects the more northerly beaches and you wont have all the facilities that the southern and eastern beaches offer but you'll definitely be able to find a quiet stretch to relax in peace for a few hours.
If you know the beaches you're interested in visiting then simply click on each of the headings and you'll be taken to a page that tells you more about that beach, alternatively use the filters to get a list of beaches that fit your desired style.
Popular tourist beaches in Santorini
The most popular beaches are those on the east coast, Perissa, Kamari and Perivolos, this is simply because they have the best sand and have grown over the years to offer loads of entertainment and amenities for all the family.
On top of these and despite not being the best beaches, White beach and Red beach are popular too. It's probably because of the unique scenery and the fact that they're difficult to get to which makes them feel special.
Secluded Santorini beaches
If you're the sort of person who likes to get away from the crowds and find those beaches that aren't packed with tourists then take a look at Kambia on the south coast, it's got no entertainment to ruin the peace and quiet.
Other options are Kolumbo and Baxedes, both are in the north of Santorini and are quiet and rustic, they're not for those that like the creature comforts but perfect for a tranquil day away from the masses.
Picturesque beaches in Santorini
Santorini has a number of beaches with sheer cliffs at the rear that are impressive and beautiful. When people think of picturesque beaches in Santorini they're generally thinking of Red beach due to it's unique scenery. Another option is Vlychada beach down in the south, it has stunning scenery and a pretty little harbour too so well worth checking out.
Sandy Santorini beaches
Santorini isn't known for it's sandy beaches but the best examples are also the most popular so look at the usual suspects of Perissa, Kamari and Perivolos. Alternatively, why not head for Eros beach, it has a luxury feel about it and one of the best beach bars on the island so you wont be disappointed.
Pebble beaches in Santorini
Most of the beaches in Santorini are pebble, or at least have small pebbles and stones in places so if you prefer pebble beaches then Santorini is a great choice.
White beach has a section covered in white pebbles so this is a good choice, as is Akrotiri beach, both are down on the south coast but Akrotiri is much quieter than White beach.
If you're in the north than take a look at Katharos beach, it's out to the west of Oia and is a quiet and rustic pebble beach so perfect for getting away from the hectic resorts.