Arguably the most impressive beach, the Red Beach is located very near the Akrotiri ancient site. If you plan on visiting the island during summer, be aware of the fact that the island gets easily crowded given the size of the beach. But if you do not mind lying on a tower next to a stranger, then you will surely have a blast. If not, try to visit the island outside the peak period.
Koloumbos (or Columbos) is a long, secluded beach located about 10 kilometres away from Fira. Volcanologists believe it is in Koloumbos that one will find the largest active underwater crater of the volcano. As such, the water is usually warmer than anywhere else. Be aware that the beach is frequented by nudists and doesn’t have any canteen or taverna nearby so make sure to pack some water and snacks if you plan on spending the day.
A stunning beach bordered by white rocks, Vlychada is a somewhat organized beach with a few beach bars, sunbeds and umbrellas. If you walk all the way to the end of the beach, you will be able to admire the impressive white volcanic formations. Perfect for a relaxing sunbathing session, Vlychada is a must-visit.
Perivolos is a long beach of black sand on the south-eastern side of the island, near Perissa beach. Bordered by taverns, cafés and bars, the beach is a favorite among locals and visitors as it is well organized and offers many services such as water sports and scuba diving.
Extending over seven kilometres, Perissa beach is blessed with black sand and turquoise waters. But probably the most striking feature is a massive rock emerging from the sea, called Mesa Vouno. With a plethora of beach resorts and hotels, Perissa is a popular destination but if tired of the beach, visitors can opt for following the small path winding through the mountain to visit the ruins of Ancient Thera.
Another black sand beach, Kamari is located on the eastern side of the island, close to the airport. The beach, being very organized, offers a variety of options when it comes to eating, with a plethora of cafés and tavernas bordering it. Relax at one of the many beach bars and take it all in. At night, skip the usual drive to Oia for some entertainment and take advantage of the local outdoor cinema to watch the latest blockbuster at the Kamari open air cinema.
A continuation of Vlychada beach, Eros is a secluded beach encircled by impressive rock formations. While part of the island is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, you can find an area which is mostly free. A beach bar completes the picture, and for those who cannot stand to just lie around under the sun for hours, a beach volleyball court is available.
Covered in black, grey and white sand and pebbles, the White Beach is located near the Red Beach and Akrotiri. The beach has a dramatic atmosphere with massive cliffs surrounding it. There is a small cave canteen with umbrellas and sunbeds and despite being well-known, the beach remains quiet and peaceful, offering perfect isolation for those looking to relax.