Not far from the ancient sites at Akrotiri, is the red beach with the same name. You couldn't ask for a more breathtaking setting for a swim. Soaring red lava cliffs which drop right to the black sandy shore and into the clear blue sea make for a majestic setting and one to enjoy. Meals and snacks can be gotten at a nearby hotel and if you fancy, boats leave from Akrotiri to other beaches further down the southwest coast.

The beautiful black sandy beach of Kamari stretches for five miles in length along the eastern coast of the island. You don't have to walk far to find tavernas on the seafront as well as restaurants, hotels, tourist shops and entertainment spots. A number of water sports are also available like water skiing, windsurfing and paddle boats. From Fira you can take the bus to Kamari with frequent service. Located close is the Avis beach, another black-sand quiet one with sports facilities and beach clubs.

Just north of Kamari and on the eastern coast is the beach of Monolithos. Here you will find more peace and quiet than other Santorini beaches, however with all the comforts of the other beaches as there are bungalows and facilities for snacks and meals available.

Ammoudi and Armeni are two beautiful beaches which are frequented by visitors to Oia, that fascinating town built on the edge of a cliff. Ammoudi is situated directly below Oia on the northwest tip of the island while Armeni is a little further on.

An array of water sports is available at Perissa (water skiing, wind-surfing and diving), one of the most popular beaches on the island. The unique black lava sand and clear deep blue sea are the main attractions. Seafront tavernas, hotels, camping facilities and trees for shade add to the location. The beach is located on the southeastern tip of Santorini.

Another of the quiet variety beaches on the island with small tavernas and rooms to let opposite the beach. It is located on the southern tip of the island. Sport facilities are available here In Perivolos you will have a great time in the well organized bar-restaurants.

Also in the Perivolos area as well, this beach offers a perfect spot for those wishing to find a quiet beach and avoid the big crowds.