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Santorini is a Greek island that was created as a result of a volcanic eruption and forms part of the Cyclades group of islands.

When we visited Santorini this month, the weather was heating up and all we wanted to do was jump into the sea.

So that is what we did.

We spent 5 days swimming in Santorini and found 3 beautiful beaches.

Red Beach

Red Beach, is considered by some to be one of the best beaches in Santorini because of its unique red cliff sides and red sand.

RedBeach

Red Beach, Santorini

After parking our car, we walked along a gravelly path to reach the red beach. I was wearing flip-flops so it became increasingly difficult for me to walk on stones.

I soon forgot the pain when we turned the corner to see the amazing sight that is Red Beach. We did not swim at this beach but we did enjoy the view of the remarkable red cliffs against the clear, aqua-coloured water.

Where is Red Beach?

  • The beach is located in the Akrotiri area and very close to Ancient Akrotiri.

Handy tip:

  • Red Beach has limited free parking. If you find yourself without a car spot, you can also park at the nearby parking lot for Ancient Akrotiri. This is a 5 minute walk around the corner from Red beach. It cost us €3 and we were allow to park our car there all day. Prices vary depending on your type of transport.
  • You could also add Ancient Akrotiri to your itinerary as it is close to Red Beach and well worth the visit.
  • The beach provides umbrellas but there are no other facilities (including toilets!). Either bring a picnic or purchase food from the kiosks just before you enter the beach.

Perissa Beach

Perissa Beach is number 2 on my list of top Santorini Beaches. Perissa Beach is a long stretch of black sand beach with a large selection of beach side restaurants. This beach offers many facilities from banana boats to jet skis. Restaurants also provide beach-side bar service.

Perissa Beach, Santorini

Perissa Beach, Santorini

When I first jumped into the crystal, blue waters of Perissa Beach, I found myself sliding around. I had expected to land on smooth black sand, but instead found myself slipping on smooth, white rock. The rock was so smooth that I almost felt like I was in an endless bath-tub. As we waded through the shallow edge towards the ocean, we found that the smooth, white rock floor turned to black sand.

It was too deep for me to swim any further as the water quickly changed from shallow to deep. We still had fun splashing around close the shore and attempting to spot fish while snorkelling. Perissa Beach is considered a great snorkelling spot but I think that you need to swim out further to get the full experience.

Perissa Beach, Santorini: This is one of the signs on front of a beach bar in Santorini. I thought the message was great!

Perissa Beach, Santorini: This is one of the signs on front of a beach bar in Santorini. I thought the message was great!

Where is Perissa Beach?

  • The beach is located in the village of Perissa and is not difficult to find as it is the most touristy beach.

Handy tip:

  • Umbrellas will cost you €7 and also includes 2 sun chairs. You can use it for as long as you like. Just place your stuff on the seats and wait for the staff to arrive. They will give you a receipt which will confirm your reservation and payment.
  • Some restaurants will allow you to rent an umbrella free of charge if you buy food from them. Keep a look out for signs that suggest this.

Eros Beach

Number 1 on my list is Eros Beach. Eros Beach was suggested to us by our hotel as a beautiful beach frequented by locals. The beach is so new that it did not appear on our GPS maps but does appear on the standard map provided by the hotels.

Eros Beach, Santorini

Eros Beach, Santorini

Eros Beach is my favourite because it is secluded. Although the beach attracts many locals and some tourists, the beach has a cool vibe. We enjoyed relaxing under an umbrella as we listened to the music that was softly playing from the nearby Theros Bar.

Eros Beach and Theros Beach Bar, Santorini

Eros Beach and Theros Beach Bar, Santorini

The beach-side service is also fantastic. We did not order drinks but the bar staff were always available to bring you a drink.

Once we were ready for a swim, we put on our diving shoes and walked on the pebbly ground towards the water. At first, the water was cold but then as we jumped in, it was the perfect temperature for swimming.

We loved putting on our snorkelling gear to look at the tiny fish swimming around the sea-grass and managed to spot a few colourful fish. The water was so clear that we did not really need goggles, but as we swam 25 metres out, we started to see water so clear that we felt like we were looking through the glass of an aquarium. Since there are limited facilities around Eros, the water and the beach is kept very clean.

We spent at least 3 hours per day in this water which is the longest that we have ever spent on a European beach so it gives you an indication of how much fun we had.

Where is Eros Beach?

  • The beach is located near Vlihada. You will see a sign that says Eros Beach. If you follow the sign, there will be a long, dusty, windy road that will lead you to Eros Beach. You know that you are on the right track if you see an outdoor gym with a boxing ring. Very random, I know!

Handy tip:

  • Try to arrive at Eros Beach before midday as there is limited parking space available and also limited umbrellas.
  • Umbrellas will cost you €5 and also includes 2 sun chairs. You can use it for as long as you like. Just place your stuff on the seats and wait for the staff to arrive. They will give you a receipt which will confirm your reservation and payment.
  • You can order something from the Eros Beach bar from one of the friendly staff members walking around the beach
  • Bring diving/swimming shoes because Eros Beach is a black-pebble beach which is also referred to as ‘black sand’. Note that to me it does not seem like sand but more like small pebbles.

How did I find the best Santorini beaches?

  • I used this list on WikiTravel and determined what my needs were.
  • I asked the locals. In every destination that we visit, asking the locals has always given us an idea of where the locals spend their time. You’ll also find some great hot spots that have not been published in the tour books yet!

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