The Ultimate Guide For The Best Santorini Beaches

Greece is renowned for its beautiful islands and stunning beaches, but Santorini offers something truly unique. Discover Santorini’s top beaches like Red beach, White beach, Black Mountain,Volcano Hot SpringsKamari, and Monolithos the biggest beach on the island. Find out which beaches you can reach by car, bus, catamaran cruise, or private boat tour with the bests Vista Yachting.

Vlychada Beach


  • A magical rocky landscape with a beautiful beach covered in pumice.
  • Pumice comes from a volcano eruption, covering many places in Santorini.
  • You can reach Vlychada Beach by car/taxi or with a yacht.

Red Beach


  • The highlight beach of Santorini island
  • One of only three red beaches in the world, the others being in Hawaii and China. But remember it’s red and black.
  • The volcano in Santorini makes rocks and iron turn red due to erosion from lava and hot springs.
  • You can reach the beach by car or boat, but it is best to go by boat due to the falling rocks on the beach.

White Beach

  • The volcanic eruption 3,000 years ago did not affect the only beach in Santorini.
  • The white color of the sand is because of the pumice.
  • You can only reach the beach by boat, although some locals claim there is a hidden path.

Mesa Pigadia Beach

  • Famous for its black pumice sand and vibrant underwater life.
  • A great place for snorkeling and diving with lots of sea creatures and beautiful underwater views.
  • The beach is accessible both by boat and by car/taxi. We suggest, but trust us, it’s better by boat.

Indian Rocks – Black Mountain

  • Not a beach, but rather enormous black rocks with over 60 underwater caves.
  • People say the largest cave is the size of Santorini itself.
  • Famous diver Jacques Cousteau came to explore these caves in search of the lost city of Atlantis.
  • You can only reach Black Mountain by yacht, and it is an ideal place for scuba diving.

Volcano and Hot Springs

  • One of the most famous “beaches” in Santorini is the hot springs at the volcano.
  • The waters near Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni have sulfur, a substance found in waters near volcanoes.
  • Sulfur has antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Doctors use it to treat various conditions, including skin diseases, arthritis, respiratory diseases (bronchitis, asthma), and fungal infections.
  • Visitors must reach the area by boat and must visit it in Santorini.

Therasia Bay

  • An island with 500 permanent residents, perfect for a boat trip to learn about the island’s history and way of life.
  • Thirasia Bay is a small cove with traditional restaurants. You can only reach it by boat, walking from Thirasia town, or by donkey. Cars are not allowed in the area.
  • You can see the volcano from both sides and choose which one you think is prettier. This is a big argument between people from Santorini and Thirasia.

Ammoudi Bay

  • A small beach below the famous Oia of Santorini.
  • The beach is enchanting due to its beautiful scenery and famous fish taverns.
  • This spot is where boats and cruise ship tenders in Santorini load and unload. It’s not ideal for a catamaran tour because loading and unloading can take over 2 hours in the sun.
  • However, people definitely recommend it as a place to eat in the evening.

Black Beach (Perissa / Perivolos beach)

  • Perissa Beach, located on the southern part of the island, is known for its black sand and vibrant beach bar scene.
  • Popular activities include water sports (jet skiing, water skiing), beach volleyball, and other sports.
  • Renowned for its clear waters due to its depth and location.
  • Accessible by car, bus, or taxi.

Kamari Beach

  • Kamari Beach in Santorini is 5 kilometers long with black sand beach like Perissa. It has won the Blue Flag for being clean.
  • Facilities include sunbeds, umbrellas, lifeguards, and water sports.
  • Accessible by car, taxi, or bus.

Kerkezou Akrotiri Beach

  • A secluded beach located near the Akrotiri lighthouse on the Santorini headland.
  • Offers stunning caldera views without the crowds, making it a more isolated option.
  • Access is challenging, requiring a short hike (15 minutes) from where you can park your car or taxi.

Monolithos Beach

  • Santorini’s longest beach, featuring golden sand and shallow waters, ideal for families with children.
  • Offers opportunities for extreme water sports like kite surfing and windsurfing.
  • Accessible by car, bus, and is also ideal for cycling.

Kolumbo Beach Pori Village

  • Situated on a headland on the southwestern side of Santorini, Kolumbo Beach is an unorganized beach with no facilities.
  • Has black sand and green water because it’s close to Santorini’s underwater volcano and the risky “Kolumbo Volcano.”
  • Accessible only by foot via a 5-minute walk on a dirt track from the car park.

Thermis beach Megalochori

  • Located near the village of Megalochori on the western side of the island.
  • A hidden gem even to locals, offering stunning views of Santorini’s volcano and caldera.
  • You can reach the beach by hiking down Santorini’s best path for one hour, but keep in mind that the path is challenging.

Beaches reachable only by boat:

These are the beaches that you will see with a sailing trip or a private yacht. Don’t miss them.

Beaches reachable only by trekking:

  • Kerkezou Akrotiri beach
  • Thermis beach Megalochori

These are the most important beaches you will encounter on a catamaran tour in Santorini. Which one do you like the most? Which one are you most interested in visiting?

Have fun!

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