Red Beach and Kamari Beach

Red Beach

I’m sure most of us have experienced white sand beaches around the world but we were very curious about a beach in Santorini that is landscaped with RED sand. One of the locals told us that the sand is red because of the sulfur. It’s a different colour that we see back home with the sulfur mill in Vancouver which looks yellow.

We drove to Red Beach around 10:30am and surprised to see barely any tourists around. It worked out great as our pictures didn’t get tarnished by hordes of people that generally invade the beach later on.

To get to Red Beach requires somewhat of a steep walk downhill but it’s nothing dangerous. Heck even my parents were able to do it! Although they were breathing a bit heavy when they did reach the bottom 🙂 You start in the parking lot where a church was situated at the base. Then you walk along a path that leads you to the descent.

Wow, this was a very pretty location. Majority of the sand by the water is red and gradually mixes in with some black sand as well. From afar you can see rich colours of aqua blue waters blending in with the sand along the shoreline. Behind the beach are cascading hills of red rocks that really amplify the whole scene.

Man I was starting to see things…I think I was missing food in Vancouver already…look at this big juicy tandoori chicken leg just lying there on the beach…

Anyways, more!

A very odd but cool sight are the 4 sets of doors that were along the base of the rock face. Is this a funky hotel we don’t know about? I never asked anyone about I but assume that it could be a place where fishermen stayed perhaps? Let me know if you have the answer!

If you’re ever visiting Santorini in the future, this is a must see in my opinion.

Kamari Beach

On another day we rented an ATV and rode down to a small coastal town 10-15min away from Fira called Kamari. Their beach had black sand which was created by the lava rocks of previous volcanic eruptions? The area looked quite nice with a mountainous background on the south side of the beach.

At certain intervals of the beach there are large cumulation of rocks that jet 10-20m out into the sea. Once you get out there you can still see large rocks underneath the surrounding waters. The water is so clear that you can basically see more than several meters below you.

Along the entire beach there are loads of restaurants, cafes, and sports bars for tourists, usually side by side. Some restaurants can probably accommodate over 100 people. I can imagine how crazy this place will get once the peak season rolls around.

To the south there is another town called Perissa and they also have a long stretch of beach property with restaurants/cafes but it looks a lot more grunge than Kamari. We drove by and didn’t really like the look or vibe of it so took off from there rather quickly.