Santorini Beaches

Updated: December 6, 2017

  • Santorini beaches are composed of volcanic sand and pebbles. Very unique and beautiful to look at but they’re not the best beaches in Greece with idyllic white sand.
  • Visitors shouldn’t come to Santorini primarily for the beaches – they should come for the volcano, boat tours, incredible views, wine, hikes, nightlife, and great food.
  • Swimming in the crystal clear blue water is refreshing and wonderful. (Since the beaches have coarse sand there’s little dust to cloud the water.)

Perissa and Perivolos Beaches in Santorini

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My favorite beaches in Santorini are Kamari and Perissa. Great places to swim, many places to rent beach chairs, and lots of good places to eat. High quality beach resorts are plentiful (though there are very few hotels located directly on the beach – most resorts are across a small road from the sea).

Santorini is not known for its beaches. They are good but not great – so don’t be expecting those idyllic stretches of sand you’ve seen in pictures of Greece. (That said, many people love the beaches of Santorini and find their unique sand and natural setting to be more memorable than “just another sandy beach”.)

Most of Santorini’s beaches are composed of dark volcanic sand that gets searingly hot in the mid-day sun. Beach sandals or water shoes are recommended for getting around on the sand.

But what the beaches lack in typical sandy splendor they make up for with breathtaking views and scenery. The cliffs that loom around some of the beaches and the nature of the sand itself make a surreal setting for swimming and sunning.

Perhaps it’s just in my head but I find the sea water around Santorini the most clear and refreshing I’ve ever swam in. It’s really wonderful.

The caldera is found on the west coast of Santorini. The beaches are on the east and southeast side of the island. So when deciding where to stay it’s either along the caldera with incredible views of the volcano or at one of the beaches.

It’s an easy drive or bus ride from Fira (the main town on Santorini) to get to the beaches (Kamari is the closest) so as much as I love the beaches I still recommend staying in Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia as these towns have the stunning caldera (volcano) views that make Santorini so unique.

(It does take an extra bus journey to go from Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia to the beaches as it requires changing buses in Fira. Renting a car is the best way to explore the island and this is especially so if you’re not staying in Fira.)

If you’re looking for nightlife you’re best to base yourself in Fira as that’s where all the clubs are found on Santorini. But the beaches of Kamari, Perissa, and Perivolos do have restaurant/bars that stay busy late into the night. But for clubbing, that’s Fira.

1. Kamari Beach

One of the best beaches on Santorini: Kamari Beach
The most upscale and touristy of the beach towns. The path along the beach is a fun and relaxing place to stroll in the evening. Lots of places to eat and drink. Kamari has a very fun vibe and one of the most family-friendly towns on Santorini. Close to the airport (but not so close as to worry about noise). It’s the closest of any of the beaches (with hotels) to Fira and the caldera. If I were to stay at a beach town it would be Kamari.
Recommended Beach Hotels in Kamari: Santorini Kastelli Resort (luxury) • Tamarix Del Mar Suites (luxury) • Sigalas (moderate)

2. Perissa Beach

One of the best beaches on Santorini: Perissa Beach
Perissa and Perivolos Beaches are essentially one very long beach that caters to the backpacker crowd and party scene (beach style, not clubs) but still has a wide range of accommodations and restaurants. The beach becomes progressively quieter as you move south towards a third beach, Agios Georgios. (It’s much farther from Perissa or Perivolos to Fira than it is from Kamari to Fira.)
Recommended Beach Hotels in Perissa: Aqua Blue Hotel (moderate) • Meltemi Village Hotel (moderate) • Sellada Beach Hotel (moderate)

3. Perivolos Beach

Perivolos Black Beach in Santorini – good bars, restaurants and beach resorts
At some point as you move south the name changes from Perissa to Perivolos (and then to Agios Georgios) but the sand and the vibe is essentially the same. The density of hotels and restaurants declines and it’s possible to have long stretches of beach to yourself.
Recommended Beach Hotels in Perivolos: Smaragdi Hotel (moderate) • Sea Sound White Katikies (moderate) • Hotel Sea View (moderate)

4. Red Beach

Red Beach in Santorini, Greece
The pebbly sand here is red and the backdrop is stunning. There’s not a lot here besides the unique scenery (though ancient Akrotiri is 5 minutes away and definitely worth a visit in its own right). Red Beach is 20 minute drive south of Fira and the walk down to the beach can be steep for some. Warning: There have been reports of some falling rock on the path down to the beach so … uhm, watch for falling rock as you walk down to the beach … or just take pictures from a distance and skip actually walking to the beach.
Recommended Hotels: Astarte Suites (luxury)

5. Monolithos

The best beach for kids on Santorini.
Monolithos Beach (a few km north of Kamari) has the nicest sand and most family-friendly beach on Santorini (unlike other beaches you can make sandcastles here). Very quiet with a small collection of hotels and restaurants. The shallow slope of the seafloor make it better for kids than the steep drop-offs at Perissa and Kamari. There’s a small play area for the kids on the sand. It’s nice here (but I wouldn’t recommend staying here), so don’t be expecting a lot of action. If you have a rental car and a few kids it might be worth an afternoon but most people would probably describe it as “dead”.

6. Ammoudi Bay

One of the best beaches on Santorini: Amoudi Bay
The best swimming spot on Santorini – but not a beach. Take the path down from Oia to the Ammoudi port (where the restaurants are) then turn left and walk along the water’s edge for 5 minutes. (You can also drive down and park near the restaurants.) Then jump from the rocks into beautiful blue water. There’s a small island that you can swim out to that has glorious views of the caldera. The walk along the sea edge can be tricky in spots and there have been reports of falling rock.
Recommended Hotels in Oia (near Ammoudi): Esperas (luxury) • Fanari Villas (luxury) • Art Maisons Oia Castle Hotel (luxury)

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71 Questions and Comments

  1. Best Greek Island for Beaches, Villages, Swimming, Shopping

    Hi Dave,

    What a great information site, I am wondering if you can give me some advise please? I live in Australia and are planning to go to Greece in the end of August 2018, I have never been before and this will probably be my only time. My sister and I are going, we are in our early 70 but very active. My dream is to go to one of the islands that has the most to offer for us, we love swimming in clear water, nice beaches, small fishing villages and some nice shopping. Can you please suggest witch Island would be the most suitable for us. But also not to long travelling time to get there. I really appreciate it!
    Thank you

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Paros and Naxos are probably what you’re looking for. Sifnos if you want something quieter (but not a lot of shopping).

  2. Rhodes, Santorini, Milos, Naxos, Crete

    Hi Dave!

    I wanted to thank you for this wonderful site, and also thank you for answering my question the other day about Lindos Blu. I recently became a patron and was hoping you could answer a few more questions I had!

    So my fiancée and I are planning our honeymoon trip to Greece, and have decided upon 16 days. We’ve narrowed it down to the following islands:

    -4 days in Rhodes
    -5 days is Santorini
    -4 days in Milos (possible day trip to Sifnos)
    -3 days in Naxos or Crete

    Here are my questions:

    1) Order of travel for the Islands? We thought to visit Rhodes first, and then take a flight into Santorini, and then island hop to the others by ferry. One of the main reasons we’re going to Rhodes is to visit Rhodes Town and all the historical sites. Since there will be a lot of walking around, we figured we’d do that first, then go to the other islands where it will be more about relaxation. Also, Rhodes is sort of far away from the other islands and that would help us consolidate the travel. Does that travel order make the most sense?

    2) In Santorini: Grace Santorini vs Katikies? I’m thinking Grace Santorini would be the best for us. Imerovigli seems to have the best views, and also I think we’d enjoy the food in Imerovigli a little more than in Oia. Also Imerovigli is a more central location and seems like it would be easier to explore the island. However, on the Grace Hotel website there is no availability for October 2018 (when we are going). Have they simply not opened up their reservations book that far in advance or do you think the hotel is already sold out? I emailed them and have yet to receive a response (which seems a little odd for a hotel of their reputation). Grace also seems to be more expensive by at least 100 a night. Would I be missing out on much by going with Katikies instead of Grace?

    3) Day trip to Sifnos or full stay? My fiancée and I are both lovers of excellent food, and we have read a lot about the amazing food scene on Sifnos. Since Sifnos is so close to Milos, it makes sense to take a ferry from Milos to go check out the food. Do you think it makes more sense to do a day trip to Sifnos from Milos or should we get a hotel in Sifnos and stay a full two days?

    4) Naxos vs Crete? My fiancée and I love great beaches, and it seems that Crete and Naxos have the best beaches in Greece. My first instinct is go to Naxos because it is a shorter ferry ride from Santorini/Milos, and the island is also a lot smaller so we can simply get to all the places on the island quicker and thereby experience more things. It also seems that since Crete is such a large island, you really need more than 4 days to fully explore it. If we went to Naxos, we’d probably stay in the Nissaki Beach hotel as that seems to be the nicest beach hotel on the island. The one reason I question going to Naxos is because of the Caramel Grecotel in Crete… after viewing its website it looks to be one of the most stunning/beautiful properties I have ever seen… my fiancée and I love sitting under a beach cabana with an amazing view to a sandy white beach, and I feel like perhaps we would be missing out on something special by not visiting it. Any thoughts on that?

    5) Staying in Rhodes Town vs Lindos: My fiancée and I really enjoy beach-style hotels, and I think we’d enjoy Lindos Blu more than one of the castle-style hotels in Rhodes Town. Plus from your previous post, you said Lindos Blu has an amazing restaurant which we would also really enjoy. But we also want to visit Rhodes Town for at least a day, possibly two. Would it make sense to stay in Lindos and take a bus up to Rhodes Town, or would it be a huge hassle and would we be better off staying somewhere in Rhodes Town like Spirit of the Knight? How much time would you spend in Rhodes Town if you were visiting Rhodes?

    6) Transportation? Will any of those islands require a car rental or are the bus/taxi situations good enough on the islands that I won’t need to? Also, if I do rent a car, is it better to rent one car and take it on the ferry, or should i rent a different car in every island.

    7) Ferry situation… with island hopping a big worry of mine is that if the boat ride is cancelled due to bad weather it could make the situation very difficult with us missing a hotel reservation and being stranded without a room. Is this something we need to be concerned with or are the ferry schedules punctual for the most part?

    8) Tipping customs? In the US we typically tip the service staff 15%- 20% for food/beverage in restaurants. Is service included over in Greece or do people tip?

    9) Pocket cash… will most restaurants/stores take credit card? How much cash would you recommend to keep on hand? And is it easy to get cash if we run out?

    A lot of questions! I know! Am very excited about this trip! Any advice you have would be very much appreciated.



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      1. You’ll want to do Rhodes either first or last and keep the Cyclades all together. There are usually no direct flights between Rhodes and the Cyclades so you’d have to fly via Athens (2 different flights). If you were to do Crete then ferry might make more sense as there are regular ferries from Rhodes to Crete and daily ferries from Crete to Santorini. Ferry schedules won’t be out for a few more months for all those routes.

      2. Both Grace and Katikies are the best of the best. The experience is different at each based more on their location than their quality. Grace does have sunset views while Katikies doesn’t. (Yes, their website probably has not opened up those dates yet. Try

      3. I always recommend staying on islands rather than doing day trips and Milos-Sifnos is no exception.

      4. Naxos has that small-island idyllic vibe. It’s one of my absolute favorites. There are a half-dozen great restaurants within a 10 minute walk of Nissaki. The Caramel Grecotel is wonderful but there’s not as much of interest close to the resort.

      5. I prefer staying in Rhodes Town as one visit to Lindos is usually good for most. While Rhodes Town has more to wander and explore.

      6. Bus transportation on most islands is excellent. But renting a car will always allow you to see a little more of an island than you will on a bus. Santorini and Naxos are two islands where renting a car is good idea. But you can’t take a rental car on the ferry. Most cars are owned locally. You’d need special permission and have to reserve a car space on the ferry. Not worth it.

      7. Ferry cancelations do happen but they’re ultimately pretty rare. There’s often another ferry that you can jump on if your original one is canceled. In any case, there’s not much you can do about it. You have to reserve hotels in advance and you’ll never know which ferries are going to be canceled.

      8. Tipping is not the rule in Greece. On the more touristy islands, like Santorini, it’s subtly expected at the better restaurants but still not the norm.

      9. ATMs are everywhere and reliable. Credit cars are widely accepted. Have 500€ on you for backup but don’t need more than that.

  3. Beach Safety

    Hi Dave,

    I’m wondering how “secure” the beaches are in general. We live in Barcelona, Spain, and here you can’t leave your personal belongings unsupervised for a second before they disappear. Can you leave your stuff on the beach, go for a swim and expect it to still be there when you get back?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I leave my stuff on the beach unguarded all the time and have never had a problem. Mind you, I do that all the time pretty much everywhere and have never had a problem.

  4. Where To Eat at Ammoudi Bay

    Any recommendations for lunch at Ammoudi bay?
    Jen D.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      They are all good but the Ammoudi Fish Taverna (far right when looking at the water) is the best.

  5. Snorkeling Near Santorini

    Which islands have good snorkeling? Is it possible to pair one of them with an Athens/Santorini trip?

    Thank you,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Paros is the island with the most snorkelling near Santorini and on the direct Athens to Santorini ferry route.

  6. Water Taxi from Fira to Kamari

    Hi Dave GREAT website. Can you tell me. Can we get a water taxi from Fira to Kamari.
    Thank you,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Short answer: no. Longer answer: if you’re willing to pay, someone (private boat, charter) will do it for you, but this is not a scheduled route.

  7. Santorini Parasailing and Jet Ski

    Hi Dave,

    We were hoping to go to a beach for a little bit of a day while in Santorini. We are staying in Oia. While at the beach we wanted to go parasailing and or jet skiing. Which beach would be best for this, and have the prettiest views while doing this?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Most of the water sports is on Perivolos Beach (south of Perissa). Try Wavesports which has an excellent jet ski tour to the volcano and caldera.

  8. Pool for Non-Guests in Oia

    Is there a swimming pool in Oia hotel that allows non-resident to pay to swim?
    Just for our kids, you know.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Lioyerma is a cafe pool bar in Oia. Free use of the pool when you order something.

  9. Best Santorini Beach for Sunbathing and Swimming

    Hello Dave,

    I go to Greece every year and this year I am planning to try Santorini (first part of July). Usually I go alone and I like just to stay on the beach all day, sun bath and swim. Which part of Santorini would you suggest? (P.S. I do not have driving licence).

    Thank you,


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Perissa is the best beach with a relaxing beach scene. Sand is still “pebbley” but lots of sun loungers and beach bars. Swimming is great.

  10. Hotel near Nightlife for 3 Forty Year Old Women

    We are 3 40+ ladies planning a 5 day trip to Santorini in June 2017. We want good nightlife-bars/restaurants/dancing (love traditional Greece). We are looking for somewhere classy to stay-a pool and a pool bar is a must with nice rooms (not basic) We will not be hiring a car so walking distance to everything is a must although happy to bus/taxi to beaches if not in a beach resort. Can you recommend any hotels and would you say Fira would be our best bet?

    Lisa Craig

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I’d highly recommend Cosmopolitan Suites in Fira. Nice pool has incredible views of the caldera and you’re less than a 3 minute walk to the clubs and nightlife (though not so close for it to be a bother). Bus station is about a 6 minute walk so it’s a great location if you don’t have a rental car.

  11. Ios in October

    Hey David,

    Thanks for the great site!

    I’m in airport headed for Santorini now – have 3 nights booked.
    Also had 4 nights in Ios planned but a friend recently came back and said it’s dead now (first week of October). So I cancelled hotel.

    Would you advising spending all 7 nights chilling in Santorini – or would you still take 4 nights and head to Ios?

    I’m solo and just hang out on the beach, love food, and a few drinks.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I would stay on Santorini as Ios will be very quiet. But if weather is nice over the next few days and you’re happy with sitting on a near empty beach then sure. But if weather is on the cooler side then there’s far more to do in Santorini.

  12. Airport to Kamari Beach

    We will be arriving in Santorini airport (JTR) on a Friday morning (8am) in late May. We were thinking of going straight to Kamari beach from the aiport, before checking into our Fira Hotel in the afternoon.

    Is there a public bus that goes from the JTR airport to Kamari? or one must go to Fira first and then change? Also, how much should a taxi charge from the airport to Kamari beach?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There’s a bus from the airport to Fira and then Fira to Kamari. You can also get the bus to drop you on the road where the bus paths cross, you’d then wait there for the bus to Kamari. Buses from the airport are not common – it could be a 30 minute to 1 hour wait. (You could actually walk from the airport to the main road then wait for the Fira-Kamari bus there, but you’d need to ask directions.) Taxi is about €10 to €12 from the airport to Kamari.

  13. Honeymoon in Greece

    Hi Dave,
    Thank you for the details provided on Greece, it’s very helpful.
    After reading your article on the difference between Santorini and Mykonos we decided to plan our 5 days, late June, honeymoon in Santorini for the next summer despite the fact that Mykonos has better beaches.
    I reserved a hotel/appartment in Kamari next to the the beach. Was that a good choice? Staying in Kamari on the beach and going for Fira and Oia by bus in the afternoon till night? Are we gonna miss the beauty of Fira and Oia if we stayed in Kamari? Is it better to do it differently and stay in Fira instead and go by bus to kamari beach?
    One more question, can we find buses from Fira to kamari late at night?
    thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There is no right answer but I prefer to stay in the caldera towns and go to the beach through the day. Back to the towns at night for the best restaurants and nightlife. Kamari is cheaper so you can save money by staying there. What makes Santorini so special is the caldera so to stay somewhere else and only experience it in bits and pieces is not my first choice. But it’s a great island regardless of where you stay so it’s not as if staying in Kamari is going to be bad.

  14. Swimming on Santorini in November

    Hi Dave,

    My girlfriend and I are going to Santorini next week, November 8. Is it going to be too cold for swimming? We are from Boston so chilly water is not foreign to us. I felt the water in Amalfi, Italy today and it was warm to me. Just curious if it is the same there.



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      In November, it’s going to be too cold for 98% of visitors to swim 🙂

      I can’t say whether that will apply to you. It’s certainly not freezing, so if you’re used to going for a cool swim in the Atlantic in late September – then I’m sure you’ll be able to brave it. And you could get some unseasonably warm weather that makes the sea a little more inviting than usual. I think water temps will be close to Amalfi, maybe a little cooler.

  15. Honeymoon in May

    My Bride, Janine, and I are planning to spend two full weeks in Fira or or Kamari.
    Our time frame is arriving May 10 – departing 24 May.
    We love the Ocean and long Walks on the Beach.
    Is this a good choice of stay? or should we head farther south (Spain or Portugal) for warmer waters and long sandy beaches?
    The Weather and the Ocean has to be sunny and warm for our needs and personalities >> Bathing Suits – Shorts and Tank Tops Daily >>> We do NOT plan to bring warm clothes.
    Will you please be kind enough to express your candid opinion to help make our Honeymoon filled with a blissful memories.
    Waz and Janine

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      In May it can be warm and nice for hitting the beach but that is not 100% certain. The weather in Spain and Portugal is very similar to Greece so no big advantage by going there. The southern coast of Crete does tend to be a little warmer than Santorini and the Cyclades. The great thing about Santorini is that even when it’s not hot there’s still plenty to see and do. If you want a long beach of uninterrupted sand then go to Perissa/Perivolos instead of Kamari.

  16. Santorini Highlights for 3 Days

    Hi Dave,
    Love the site.
    My Wife and I will be doing a trip to Europe in June 2016. We will be stying for 3 nights in Santorini. My question is, if you had 3 days/nights what would you do to take full advantage of your time?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I would:
      – Walk from Fira to Imerovigli (or all the way to Oia if you have the time and energy).
      – Do a boat tour of caldera, volcano, hot springs, sunset
      – Go to Oia for the sunset. Explore the town too.
      – Go To Akrotiri and Archaeological Museum in Fira.
      – Eat Fresh Seafood in Amoudi. Try to get to Metaxy Mas for lunch or dinner.

  17. Best Things To Do on Kamari Beach

    Hi dave
    Me and my husband are going to Santorini on July and I was womdering if you could give me some tips on things to do while we are at Kamari.
    We like boat trips.
    Thanks dave,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Best Things To Do at Kamari Beach
      1) Hike up to Ancient Thera. Takes a couple hours, great views of the island.
      2) Take boat to Perissa Beach. They leave every 30 or 40 minutes. It’s a short fun trip. Can also combine this with the hike to Thera. Go up the Kamari side, down the Perissa side, and boat back to Kamari.
      3) There are boat tours of the volcano, hot springs, Thirassia, and the cliffs around Oia. The bus picks you up in Kamari and takes you to the port on the opposite side of the island. Be sure to get a tour that includes the sunset. Dinner is served on the boat. All the companies that offer it are pretty good so just pick the tour with the best times. No need to book in advance.
      4) Eat at Metaxy Mas. The best restaurant on Santorini and about a 8 minute drive from Kamari.
      5) The Wine Museum is pretty close to Kamari and worth a visit.
      6) Go to the Outdoor Cinema in Kamari. This is so much fun. Don’t miss it. Drink some wine or beer in the warm night air as you watch a movie (recent ones and they’re usually pretty good).
      7) And obviously, be sure to get to Fira (direct buses from Kamari take 20 minutes) to walk along the caldera path and enjoy the incredible views.

  18. Fira to Oia Hike/ Romantic Restaurant with View in Oia

    Hi Dave! Just want to run an idea by you. We will be in Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos next month. My partners bday one of the days. Planning walk from Fira to Oia early morning. Then swim in amoudi bay. Then lunch at one of tavernas. Then walk around Oia. Then cab to santo for wine tasting. Then back to Oia for dinner with a view. Do you think this is ok for one day? Can you recommend a great restaurant with a stunning sunset view for his birthday dinner? Thanks! Note we only there for 2 and a half days and other day planning boat cruise around caldera and trip to red beach!! Staying in Firostefani. Thanks for your help!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The plan sounds good but I’m guessing that when you get to Oia you’ll be ready for lunch right away and won’t want to walk all the way to the end of Oia, then down to Amoudi, then around to the point where you swim (another 5 or 10 minutes) and then back to Amoudi to eat. So perhaps be flexible there. Ambrosia is the most romantic view restaurant in Oia – and good food too.

  19. Proposing on Santorini

    Hi Dave,


    I came across with your web site and I have found it very interesting and informative. I’m at crossroads here and I am wondering if perhaps you can shed some light into my dilemma. I am travelling to Santorini with my girlfriend during the last weekend of August (arriving very early Friday morning coming back to London on Monday mid-day). Purpose of the trip: I’m going to pop the question. After two years of wonderful relationship I think the moment has come for us to move forward. And I tought that romantic and idilic Santorini would suit my purpose. But with so much info on the Internet and so many places to visit I am completely confused as to how best to organise the trip.

    We will be staying at Nikos Villas Hotel in Oia. From the research I have done I’m thinking in going to places like Finikia for an evening stroll, Fort Londa or Kastro walls for sunset, dining at Ammoudi and heading towards one of the beaches. Anyway, my questions are:

    1. How would you organise a weekend in Santorini? Would be able to recomend me some sort of itinerary from Friday to Monday? Please feel free to add and/or delete more places to the ones I mentioned above.

    2. And this is very important. The moment of poping the question. Now, she told me very early on the relationship that she would dream with being asked the question next to the sea. So I want to make her dream come true. Seaside at sunset preferably with breathtaking views. But also I want the moment to be as private as possible. Certainly I don’t want a horde surrounding us at that intimate moment (and knowing her, she would also feel uncomfortbale). What seaside or beach would you say is the most suitable for my purpose? From what I read it seems that Perissa might tick all the boxes but with so many beaches around I don’t really know.

    OK Dave, I’m very sorry for this very lengthly “essay” but as you may understand I am half nervous half excited and I’d like everything to work out as best as possible. Please note that I will be renting a car so travelling from one spot to the other should not be an issue. Hope you can help me. Thanks a lot!! Diego.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      1. I would not over-organize your trip. Leave lots of time to hang out and wander around Oia. On one of the days on the island I would make the hike from Oia to Fira – or if that’s too much walking take the bus to Imerovigli and then walk to Fira from there. On another day I would do a boat tour of the caldera and volcano (get a tour that includes the sunset) or rent a car and tour the island.

      2. I would recommend proposing at one of the restaurants in Amoudi. Very beautiful and while the restaurants are often busy they’re not crazy. If it does get too busy for your tastes you could wait and walk along the small path that leads south from the restaurants. It’s easy to find a quiet spot there.

      1. Diego

        Hey Dave, thanks for swift response. Which beach would you say is the best for proposing? Apart from Amoudi. And again thanks for the advices. Diego.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

          If you’re looking for a stunning setting then Vlychada is pretty good. Quiet too.

          1. Diego

            Awesome Dave. Thanks a lot!

  20. Best Beach Restaurant in Kamari


    My girlfriend and I will be spending a beach day in Kamari during our week-long trip to Santorini in September. It sounds like some of the loungers are affiliated with the restaurants and have drink/food service right on the beach. Can you recommend a beach club/taverna with the best combination food, beach location, and atmosphere to set up camp for the day?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I like Stis Varkes – better food than most places along the beach, free beach chairs and umbrellas with ordering a drink, and good central location (near bus stop). They have table and chairs just above the beach if you like to sit at a table while you eat.
      Good beach restaurant in Kamari.

  21. What To Do in Santorini

    Hi Dave
    Excellent site, thank you. We used it lots in planning our trip. I’m travelling with my mum and dad, and 9month old and 2.5 year old.
    We are in santorini now and have a full day tomorrow before leaving for Naxos on Wednesday. We did Fira, cable car and pyrgos today. Tomorrow we’ve hired a car. What do you suggest for an itinerary for the day? Where should we go? And any kid friendly restaurants enroute as we have yet to find one with a kids menu/small portions.
    Thank you,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      If you haven’t visited Oia, I would put that at the top of my list. The beach at Perissa or Kamari, Emborio, and Akrotiri are also recommended.

  22. Day Trip to Athens

    We are going to Santorini in August, and are staying in Imerovigli for a week. What would be the best way to go to Athens for a day trip? Approximate cost? From everything I am reading on your posts, we would have to walk to Fira to a bus, then out to a ferry?
    Diane Young

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The only way to do a day trip to Athens from Santorini would be to fly. Get the earliest flight to Athens and the latest return to Santorini. It’s not a very common day trip but it’s doable.

  23. Santorini, Naxos, Athens in early September

    Great Site Dave, thanks a million!

    Were thinking of heading to Santorini from Sept 1-4th for a few days/nights of romantic sunsets, good food, and hopefully nice water to swim in!
    Sadly we waited too late to get any nice hotels at reasonable rates. 🙁

    So considering all the infinity pools are gone, and all the nice Oia caves etc I am wondering if this may be the best plan and would love your suggestions.

    First, we are coming mainly for the sunset, food and beaches, maybe some hiking and some exploring if there is time and a little night life. But most important is the sunset and good food and view.

    I was thinking, maybe get a really cheap but decent place on the east coast near a beach such as this
    so we can relax during the morning/afternoon on a beach. Then take a cab or if we can get car/moped, drive 20 minutes over to Thira or Oia for dinner and the sunset. Then go to a bar or club, and go back to the east for a repeat the next day of beach, then back to west for dinner sunset, repeat.

    Is that feasable and worth doing? or is it better to just find a semi not so good (cheap) place around Thira and instead drive to the east beaches?

    Trying to find best thing to do vs prices, etc.

    So I guess the main question is, is it very difficult or expensive to take a taxi from one side to the other, and can we do that any time of night? From what I have read, there are not really many beaches on the NorthWest side where all the nice sunset views are.

    On a side note, we’re then going to Naxos for about 5 days and am wondering what’s the best to do there?
    The plan is beaches! Golden Beaches! 😀 But is the city of Naxos worth checking out? Is it hard to get around Naxos since its bigger, and if we wanted to go up and down the West coast to try different beaches each day? Are the East coast beaches good? Would getting a car and driving all around the coast be easy to do in a day?

    From there we go to Athens for 2 days… what’s there to do beside the Acropolis?

    Cheers so much for all your help! 😀

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      So far this year taxis on Santorini have been impossible to find (not sure why), so location is more important than ever. The buses are good and fairly reliable though very full between the main towns. I would much rather stay close to caldera and commute to the beach towns than vice versa.

      Naxos Town is wonderful and the place where I suggest staying. The best beaches are all a short (10 to 20 minute bus ride) from town down the west coast of the island. Buses run regularly and a rental car isn’t essential. Getting around the island in one day is easily done.

      Besides the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, and walking around the sights of the Plaka are the highlights of Athens.

  24. Quad Bike Rentals on Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Your site has been extremely helpful to us. I have just one question we are planning to stay in Santorini for two weeks, me and my partner as we like to relax and go for nice dinners…nothing too crazy. However from what I read, Fira seems to be the most suited place for us but the hotels are mostly full on the dates we are planning to travel so we are thinking to stay in Imerovigli and either walk or ideally rent a quad bike so we can get to Fira and other towns more easily in the evenings.
    Is there quad bike rentals in Santorini like there is in Mikanos or not? Or would we have to take a bus?

    Thanks for your help.

    Georgia Wilson

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Quad bike rental shops are all over the island and there are places to rent in both Imerovigli and Firostefani (the town in between Imerovigli and Fira). But buses and walking are both good options too.

  25. Restaurant Recommendations

    Hi Dave,

    Any restaurant recommendations in Pyrgos?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Metaxy Mas in nearby Exo Gonia is one of the best restaurants on the island.

  26. Inexpensive Restaurants in Fira

    Hi Dave,
    What restaurants would you recommend in Fira that are not too expensive?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Ouzeri is the best restaurant in Fira and is moderately priced. Lucky’s Souvlaki has delicious gyros and is very cheap.

  27. Thank You

    Hi Dave,

    We just arrived in Zagreb last night after 10 fantastic days in Athens and Santorini. I wanted to thank you for all of your help via the website as I have been using it since March to plan our trip. It was invaluable like when our ferry was cancelled on 10 April and the step-by-step instructions for Piraeus port were perfect (we ended-up catching the 9am ferry on the 11th and it was one of the highlights of the trip. Naxos looked fantastic on our way to Santorini). We also stayed at the Blue Dolphin hotel in Firostefani and had a wonderful Easter lunch in Megalochori. I wish there was a website like yours for everyone of our destinations. I hope you maintain the site and, maybe it will be Naxos next time.

    Best regards,

    Chris Giaras

  28. Mykonos

    Hi Dave!

    One more question. Do you have info about Mykonos? We are staying there for a week before going to Santorini. If you don’t, is there someone you can put us in touch with?

    Brandi Bliss

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Mykonos Info.

  29. Stay at the Beach or in the Towns of Santorini?

    My husband and I are headed to Santorini for about 6 days. We will most likely be staying in Thira at an airbnb type place. Questions: We love socializing. We love hanging out with new people, eat new food, drink new drinks, culture, etc. We don’t mind staying up until midnight or 2AM. In addition, I’m a HUGE beach person. I LOVE being in the water. I want to see as many of the various cool beaches on Santorini as possible. I want to see the beaches with the mountains all around, like the one near the caldera. Is Thira a good place for us to stay and be able to travel to the beaches on that side of the island?? How hard would it be to go to Paradise beach or Kamari for a night and experience that side of the island? Should we plan to just stay on that side of the island for a night or 2? Thanks in advance for any advice you can give. 🙂

    Brandi Bliss

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I prefer staying in the towns along the caldera and commuting to the beaches through the day. Fira is indeed the best town to stay in if you are going to be heading to the beach most days. Fira has direct bus routes to most of the beaches unlike the other caldera towns from which you have to take a bus to Fira then switch to the beach buses. From Fira to most beaches is 15 to 30 minutes by bus and during the summer buses run late. Note also, Paradise Beach is not one of the better beaches on Santorini. Kamari, Perissa, Perivolos, and Red Beach are the best.

      1. Brandi Bliss

        Thank you SO much, Dave! Fira it is.

  30. Business Class or Economy

    Hi Dave, really helpful article thanks! Although i am now dreading the trip from Santorini to Mykonos as I get very seasick and thought I could stand on the deck!! We are a family of four are we best to book the business with table seats on the Hellenic HighSpeed? Sounds like a ferry will just take too long!
    Thanks for all the info

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There’s very little difference between business class and regular seating on the Hellenic ferries. If budget is any concern go with economy tickets.

  31. Perivolos to Fira

    Hi dave, me and my boyfriend wil spend a summer holiday in Perivilos. Is it far to Fira? or is there any accesible transportation public/private all day or was it limited?

    Thank you,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      It’s about 30 minutes by bus from Perivolas Beach to Fira. There is about one bus every hour in summer. You want the bus to Perissa which should usually make a stop at Perivolas – though sometimes you might have to walk from Perissa bus stop to Perivolas (about a 15 minute walk).

  32. Notos Therme Spa Hotel in Vlychada

    Hi Dave,

    My friends and I are looking to book a week long stay at the start of June, and have seen a deal for the Notos Therme & Spa Hotel which is located on the harbour at Vlychada. It looks like there is a nice beach there, but could you tell me more about the area? Is there much else there in terms of restaurants etc?

    Many thanks,


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Vlychada is nice if you’re looking for a quiet destination but it’s very secluded with only a handful of tavernas around. The beach is good with a picturesque backdrop. You would almost certainly need a rental car as bus service out to here is sporadic at best. You could walk to Perivolos and Perissa beaches but it would be a good hour or more.

  33. Santorini and 2 Other Islands

    Hi Dave,

    We are going to Santorini in September and would like to go to a few other islands while we are there. Do you have any suggestions? (We were thinking of spending 1-2 nights on each island – 2 islands max). Thanks! Lee.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Naxos for beaches, wonderful traditional villages, and great hikes. Mykonos for an enchanting and picturesque capital town and superb beaches.

  34. Athens to Milos to Santorini in June

    Hello Dave,

    I’m going to Greece in June and planning on spending 2 days in Athens, 5 – on Milos and 2 in Fira. Could you tell me if it’ll be easy to get from Athens to Milos and from Milos to Santorini, do ferries go daily/frequent to and from Milos?

    Thank you,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      No problem at all. For Athens to Milos there are 2 ferries per day, one early in the morning (SeaJet) and one in the afternoon (Hellenic) – and occasionally another ferry as well. For Milos to Santorini there is at least one ferry per day each morning (SeaJet). After June 12 there is also an evening ferry (also SeaJet).

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