Santorini beaches are wonderfully picturesque complements to the raw beauty of this volcanic island. Santorini Greece is the largest island of the Santorini archipelago. These islands constitute the southernmost members of the Cyclades Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. They are specifically located about 120 miles southeast of mainland Greece. Santorini offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy natural beauty at its very best, which includes the amazing beaches, a 1,300-feet-deep lagoon, valleys, and impressive volcanic rock formations, not to mention the island flora and beautiful architectural structures that are built into the sides of the cliffs. There are nine beautiful beaches on the island where you can lavish in the sun and warm surf.
Red Beach is one of the most alluring beaches on the island due in large part to its distinctive qualities; namely, the red-black sand, crystal blue waters, and formidable, rocky outcroppings. The sand is not particularly comfortable for lounging. As such, there are plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas. Red Beach is known widely for its purely aesthetic attributes and many people make the easy seven mile trek from Fira to visit it. There are no lifeguards on duty and limited public facilities, but there are places to eat and drink, as well as rent gear and equipment nearby. This is a particularly popular spot for snorkeling because of the clear water and interesting volcanic rocks.
Agios Georgios, on the other hand, offers something more akin to a comprehensive resort experience. The beach itself is long and wide and features a mixture of black pebbles and sand, as well as accommodating surf for swimmers and snorkelers. There are also abundant opportunities to enjoy water sports and activities here, including windsurfing, scuba diving, and boogie boarding. There are places to rent all the gear you need as well as a full range of public facilities and beach services, including lifeguards on duty. You will also find a wide variety of guest accommodations, restaurants, taverns, and places to shop right along the beach. Agios Georgios is situated about five miles east and south of Fira.
Perissa is also easily accessible from Fira (fewer than seven miles to the southeast) and hosts large crowds, especially during the busy summer months. It is very well-maintained and organized, offering everything in the way of beach services and amenities. There are lifeguards, concessions, rentals, beach chairs, and much more. It is another one of the Santorini beaches that is vibrant and lively and offers many beach activities and attractions. This is a very tourist-centric beach that provides access to many hotels, restaurants, and bars.
Vlychada Beach is a place where you have the ability to enjoy a more relaxing and tranquil experience. It does not get nearly as busy as Perissa or Agios Georgios, but still offers loungers with umbrellas and access to public facilities. You will also find some nice little shops and restaurants in the area. This is an ideal beach for those people looking to enjoy some privacy as the rest and relax in Greece. Vlychada Beach is located just a hair over six miles south of Fira.
Some more fine beaches on Santorini Greece include Vourvoulos Beach, Monolithos Beach, and Cape Columbo.