Best Santorini Beaches & Bay

Jocelyn Murray July 15, 2015 No Comments

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KAMARI BEACH

Red Beach
There is something primitively passionate about volcanic sand. It has a harsh beauty that stirs the soul

Let’s face it. White sandy beaches have always had their appeal. But there is something primitively passionate about the black sand of volcanic beaches. The volcanic history of Santorini has produced gorgeous beaches. Unlike the tame and tranquil allure of white powdery sand, Kamari Beach possesses a harsh beauty reminiscent of prehistoric times. It is located on the island’s east coast, about four miles south of Fira. The sand can get quite hot, so it’s best to come prepared with appropriate footwear. Sports rentals are available including kayaks and jet skis, while umbrellas and cabanas can also be rented. The beach is close to many hotels, taverns, shops and restaurants in the town of Kamari, making it a fun place to explore for a day.

 

RED BEACH

Another gorgeous beach with primitive appeal, Red Beach is located by Ancient Akrotiri. It owes its name to the reddish color of its volcanic sand. It too has taverns and cafes, but is much more secluded than Kamari Beach. The color of the water is a stunning turquoise against the backdrop of the volcanic sand and the red cliffs rising from sea like something chiseled with a rough precision of an artist’s creative hand. But its secluded location requires a bit of a hike to get there. Nevertheless, it is well worth the effort. You will not be disappointed.

 

AMOUDI BAY

The sunsets in Santorini are legendary

Located in the town of Oia, the fishing port of Amoudi Bay offers breathtaking views of the caldera. This tranquil spot is nestled within steep cliffs overlooking the serene basin whose azure waters reflect the brilliance of the Aegean Sea with a timeless splendor. There are 300 steps descending from the top of Oia, and a very worthwhile trek, though some visitors opt to travel on the back of an obliging donkey. This quaint site features a rocky beach, restaurants, taverns and cafes, but its natural beauty is what makes it so appealing.  The sunsets from this part of the island are legendary, drawing visitors from everywhere as the sun descends in a glory of passionate reds and golds before dipping into the horizon beyond sea.

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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