In this article, we will discover some of the best swimming spots in Santorini, Greece’s picture-perfect holiday island.
Santorini’s stunning beaches have illustrated travel brochures and Instagram feeds for years, and any trip to the island wouldn’t be complete without paying a visit to one – or five.
No matter what else is on your itinerary, taking a dip in the beckoning Aegean waves is a must for every traveller landing on the island. But where can you find the best spots to cool off from the Santorini heat? We’ve scoured the island and pulled together five of the best beaches that are perfect for a summer swim.
What better place to start than the world-renowned Red Beach? This otherworldly resort remains one of the most popular spots on the island, and you don’t have to look far past the striking scenery to see why.
Under the shade of the red-tinted cliffs, the translucent waters provide a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the island. Remember to bring your snorkelling gear – the rock formations under the sea here make Red Beach one of the island’s prime locations for underwater exploration.
Another popular haunt for both locals and tourists alike is Kamari Beach. This charming sandy stretch sits on the eastern coast, just a short drive from the island’s capital of Fira, making it one of the best swimming spots in Santorini.
With a vast catalogue of restaurants, bars and hotels situated just a stone’s throw from Kamari, it can get very busy, particularly in the peak summer season.
But don’t be deterred, this Blue Flag beach is a must-see for any visitor. It’s also a popular spot for watersports, so make the most of the crystal clear waters and try out a new skill.
Having learned about how Red Beach earned its moniker, there are no prizes for guessing why the neighbouring White Beach is named as it is. Just a short way along the southwestern coast from Red Beach, this beautiful cove is best explored by diving in its tranquil waters.
It can be accessed via taxi boat, and is far quieter than other nearby stretches, making it the perfect place for a swim in the sun.
All of Santorini’s natural, rugged beauty is encapsulated in the coastal resort of Perissa. While it’s a little out of the way of the island’s more popular towns, you won’t regret making the trip to this southeastern jewel for the day.
Once you’ve fulfilled your sunbathing quota, you’ll be desperate to seek solace in the alluring Aegean, with the fiery black sand bound to leave you running for the sandy seabed in the cool waters that surround this emblematic beach.
Another highlight of Santorini’s east coast, Monolithos Beach is a stand-out spot if you’re looking for somewhere to cool off on the island, particularly for young families.
The waters here are shallow, and there is a lifeguard tower to provide added reassurance, making it the perfect place for the little ones to enjoy a paddle.
There are plenty of onland amenities to keep them occupied between swims, including basketball and volleyball courts.
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About the author: Steve Rohan, originally from England, has lived in China for over six years. He has lived in the frozen city of Harbin, the ancient capital of Luoyang, the tropical paradise of Sanya and Hong Kong.
He has travelled extensively across Europe and Asia, mostly by train, and has written about his travels for this blog as well as self-publishing his first book, Siberian Odyssey.