Considered one of the most beautiful islands of Greece and beyond, Santorini is famous for the unicity of its beaches, all volcanic and different from each other because of the lava effect.
The most beautiful beaches of Santorini
Beaches with golden sand, rocky coves or volcanic sand beaches, there is something for everyone.
Among the most beautiful and famous beaches of Santorini there is undoubtedly the Red Beach, so called because it has among its features the predominance of red. Located in the south of the island, not far from the village of Akrotiri, the beach is bathed by a beautiful and pleasant warm water and is enclosed in deep red reefs. It can be reached by boat or by an impervious path to be covered through a walking path that begins just after the parking lot.
Immediately after Red Beach there is Kambia Beach, a very quiet little beach formed by white pebbles that shine under the clear water of the shore. It can be reached by sea or through a dirt road and a steep descent. Not far from Kambia Beach is White Beach, so named for the spectacular white cliffs that surround it. The beach is small and can only be reached by sea or through an impervious path that cuts the mountain behind.
Near the lighthouse, on the extreme southern tip of the island there is the less known beach of Mesa Pigadia, a small bay covered with brown pebbles of large dimensions and bathed by clear and clean water. Also in the south of the island, in the area of Perivolos, is the beach of Vlychada, ideal for all those who are looking for a quiet corner to relax. The beach is a stretch of black sand mixed with pumice stone surrounded by high white cliffs. Moving northwards we find the Koloumbos beach, the naturist beach of Santorini, immersed in a marvelous natural scenery. Also to the north of the island are Katharos beach, Paradise Beach and Baxedes beach, all sandy and perfect for those who want to spend quiet moments.
Along the northwest coast, at the base of the crater in the village of Oia, lies the lovely beach of Amoudi Bay, a small picturesque bay discovered only in recent years. Characterized by magnificent crystalline and deep waters, ideal for those who want to immerse for discovering unexpected seabeds, the beach is dominated by the characteristic red rock of Santorini, which makes the landscape particularly spectacular. Located at the bottom of a rocky wall, it is reached by climbing a steep staircase of almost 300 steps or riding a mule.
Not far from Amoudi Bay is the beach of Armeni, ideal for those who are seeking total relaxation. Full of rocks and surrounded by a deep blue water, the beach can only be reached after walking more than 200 steps or by boat from Amoudi.
Moving along the south-east coast of the island we find one of the most popular beaches of Santorini, the famous and wonderful beach of Perissa, a long stretch of black sand jagged by pebbles that stretches for several km. Here you can practice a wide range of water sports such as water skiing, wind-surfing and diving. Immediately after the beach of Perissa is the beautiful beach of Kamari, a dark colored coastline, with small pebbles and blacks that form the beach and the seabed.
Overlooked by Mesa Vouno, an imposing rock that emerges from the water, the beach stretches for about five kilometers and is washed by a bruised-looking sea due to the presence of a low sedimented seabed. Along the east coast there is also the beach of Monolithos, much quieter than the nearby Kamari. In spite of the volcanic origin of the island, it has a sandy beach of a lighter color than the others. The shallow water makes it perfect for families with children.
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What our guests say
Read the great reviews and had high hopes. Our stay at Katharos Villas was nothing short of amazing and exceeded all hopes and expectations.
We had some dealings with our wonderful hosts, notably Francesco, before arrival and were relieved to have timely and extremely helpful responses.
After our arrival and throughout our stay, we were treated like royalty - nothing was too much trouble but everything was dealt with in a calm, sophisticated, professional way. This is a chic, classy place to stay and the hosts are a huge part of that. We were a party of 5.
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Katharos Villas. Alessandro and Francesco were extremely attentive and accommodating. The room was very spacious (2 floors, 2 bathrooms, kitchenette) and clean.
We arrived from the airport at 4 am and Francesco came to meet us to open the room and to welcome us!
We travel a lot but this kind of service was truly genuine and great to experience.
Would definitely recommend to stay here!
Exceptional stay at Katharos Villas!
Wonderful stay at Katharos Villas! They go way above and beyond the normal standard of service and hospitality. Alessandro and Francesco were the nicest, kindest, and most helpful people I've ever met. They treated me and my wife like family.
On our first day there my wife suffered some trauma to her eye and Alessandro dropped everything and rushed us to a doctor in town. The next morning, he drove us all the way to the hospital to look for an opthamologist which they didn't have there so he went with us to 2 other clinics until we finally found one. We are eternally grateful for them for their kindness and help in our time of need!
The villa is spacious and the private pool was awesome and fun to relax in, just a little chilly, but Alessandro told me they would be getting heaters for the pools in the future. Everything was clean, well taken care of and comfortable. It was an amazing vacation even with our medical emergency and we can't wait to return to Katharos Villas!
From Hollywood to Santorini
My associate and I came here for work just last week. We traveled from Los Angeles to Athens and then Santorini. The email communication of this team is excellent. Very good english and warm hospitality. They even helped arrange a car rental for us which made traveling very convenient. The rooms were very clean and the property was very cozy and quaint. Our fridge had food and they even offered to buy groceries for us. The reception staff was so kind and made us feel very at home. I really want to book this space again when we return later this year. A+ experience