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Red Beach
Santorini’s Red Beach is not your average white-sand beauty. Rather, it’s a narrow, pebbly stretch hemmed in by high scarlet cliffs and scattered with large volcanic rocks. Together with the sapphire blue waters of the Aegean Sea, these volcanic features create a striking natural color palette that draws photographers to its shores. 

The Basics
While Red Beach is a popular swimming and sunbathing spot, it can also be a dangerous one, with occasional landslides and falling rocks. Because of this, many visitors prefer to admire the beach from afar, either from the parking area overlooking the beach or from the sea itself. 

Many catamaran cruises, some of which include meals and drinks on board, and kayaking tours travel by the beach. Some Santorini day tours combine a visit to the beach with a stop at the nearby ancient Akrotiri archaeological site, an excavated Minoan settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • With its unusual colorful appearance, Red Beach is a must for photographers.
  • Bring along sunscreen, water, and a picnic to enjoy while soaking up views of the beach. 
  • Red Beach can only be accessed via a steep trail, and the beach’s surface is rocky, meaning it is not suitable for wheelchair users. The beach can, however, be clearly seen from the parking lot.

How to Get There
Red Beach is situated on the Akrotiri Peninsula in southwest Santorini. It’s about a 25-minute drive from Fira and offers free though limited parking. A steep access trail leads from the parking lot to the beach. Car-free travelers can take the KTEL bus from Fira to Akrotiri and make the short walk from there. 

When to Get There 
Despite the dangers of loose, falling rocks, Red Beach still attracts a lot of sunbathers and from June through September is often crowded. The red of the beach’s cliffs and rocks is most vivid at sunset. 

Beaches on Santorini
Santorini’s volcanic topography has resulted in a range of visually diverse beaches. Contrasting with the intense color of neighboring Red Beach is remote White Beach, which is backed by light-colored cliffs and can only be accessed by boat. For a family-friendly option with ample facilities including restaurants, water-sports operators, sun loungers, and umbrellas, try Monolithos Beach on the island’s east coast. Black-sand Perivolos Beach, on the southeast coast of the island, is another popular choice, attracting a lively, youthful crowd.
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Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Full Greek Meal and Drinks

Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Full Greek Meal and Drinks

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Experience Santorini’s beauty, hot springs and beaches on a catamaran cruise. Select a daytime or sunset cruise, and sail around the island and caldera (flooded volcanic crater) on a deluxe catamaran. Stop to bathe in the Nea Kameni springs; swim, snorkel or unwind at beaches; and enjoy unlimited Santorini wine and Greek beer, plus a Greek meal prepared on board. On the evening cruise, be treated to awe-inspiring sunset views. A cruise is essential when you visit Santorini, and with numbers limited to 18, this offers a small-group experience.
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  • 5 hours
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$149.80
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Semi Private Standard | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with Greek buffet and drinks

Semi Private Standard | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with Greek buffet and drinks

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Experience the coastline of Santorini from the water during this 5-hour catamaran cruise. Choose between daytime and sunset bookings, both allow you to travel with an intimate group of 20 or fewer fellow passengers. Snorkel equipment is available for stops along the route, and you'll dine on snacks, drinks, and a full barbecue meal.
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  • 5 hours
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

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Succumb to Santorini’s charms on a private tour to see its highlights. Traveling by luxury, air-conditioned vehicle with a guide, learn about Santorini’s history and culture as you explore. Stop at Red Beach, view the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri independently, see Oia, visit the village of Megalochori, and more. An optional winery visit is also possible.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours
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$209.72
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Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations!

Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations!

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Explore Santorini’s most iconic landmarks on this private trip. Visit the island’s highest peak, the Red and Black beaches, small villages and family farms, the Akrotiri Lighthouse, and the famous village of Oia. For the afternoon departure, spend the day soaking up the atmosphere of the island and admiring the views of the Aegean Sea before ending the tour with a beautiful sunset in the village of Oia.
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  • 6 hours
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Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

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Enjoy a day of discovery on Santorini island on this tour from Fira. With an itinerary that covers all the must-see sights, the tour lets you find your own favorite spots on the island. Visit the volcanic Red Beach, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, a winery, the Prophet Elias Monastery, and then finish on a high note as you watch the sun slip into the sea from Oia village. A tasting of Santorini’s distinctive wine is included.
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  • 10 hours
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Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer

Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer

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Spend the day sailing around beautiful Santorini on a catamaran. Imbibe unlimited amounts of white wine, soft drinks, and water and indulge in a delicious barbecue prepared onboard the catamaran as you sail in the gorgeous blue waters of the sea off the shore of Santorini.
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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer

Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer

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Cruise the waters off Santorini during this 5-hour boat journey. Step aboard the luxury catamaran and relax in one of the comfortable seating areas as you sail out of Amoudi port. Stop first at the volcano to take a dip in the hot springs or indulge in a mudbath. Sail past one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece, Akrotiri, then go to the Red and White beaches area. Swim, relax and enjoy a traditional Greek barbecue meal. Food, snorkeling equipment, open bar and round-trip hotel transportation are provided. This Viator exclusive tour is not available anywhere else. 
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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Sailing Dream Catcher with BBQ Lunch and Drinks

Santorini Sailing Dream Catcher with BBQ Lunch and Drinks

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Spend the morning swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing around Santorini on this 5-hour cruise. Along the way, see landmarks such as Indian Head Mountain and the Old Venetian Lighthouse; visit the Red and White Beaches; and take a dip in the Hot Springs. Tour includes hotel pickup and a delicious BBQ lunch on-board.
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Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

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Make the most out of your time in Santorini aboard this relaxing and tranquil sunset sail on a catamaran. Enjoy the splendid views from the catamaran as it sails around Santorini. Swim and snorkel in the blue sea and indulge in a delicious barbecue dinner prepared onboard. Imbibe unlimited drinks such as local wine and water.
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  • 5 hours
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Romantic Sunset Catamaran Caldera Cruise incl. Meal & Drinks

Romantic Sunset Catamaran Caldera Cruise incl. Meal & Drinks

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Get views of Santorini from aboard a catamaran during this boat excursion. Sip unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks while taking in glimpses of the island's beaches and volcanic landscape. Make stops at the White Beach, soak in some local hot springs, go snorkeling, and watch the sun dip below the horizon in Oia. Barbecue meal and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, drinks, transfer

Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, drinks, transfer

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Experience the volcanic beauty of the Aegean and an unforgettable Santorini sunset on this afternoon catamaran cruise. Travel in style and comfort aboard a luxury catamaran, stopping to bask on Santorini’s red and white sand beaches, snorkel among crystalline waters, and soak in volcanic hot springs. With included hotel transport plus a fresh Greek barbecue and unlimited soft drinks, beer, and local wine served onboard, it's a decadent way to enjoy the island’s famous sights.
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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Private Minibus Sightseeing Tour

Santorini Private Minibus Sightseeing Tour

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The ideal introduction for first-time visitors to the island, this private, half-day driving tour covers all of Santorini’s most spectacular sights. Travel comfortably between locations in a chauffeured, WIFI-equipped vehicle, stopping at iconic landmarks, from postcard-perfect Oia to the famous red-sand volcanic beach. Tours include an optional visit to Akrotiri Archaeological Site plus free time for lunch or a swim.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Semi Private Premium | Small Group Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board & Drinks

Semi Private Premium | Small Group Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board & Drinks

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Cruise around Santorini on this half-day catamaran tour departing from Vlihada Marina. Observe famed sights such as the Venetian Lighthouse, the Indian Rocks, the Red Beach and the village of Akrotiri as you glide atop clear blue water. Go ashore at the White Beach and enjoy a swimming and snorkeling excursion, then take in panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring Cyclades Islands during the return trip. During the trip indulge in a buffet-style meal and sip drinks from the open bar on board.
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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

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See the attractions of Santorini on a private sightseeing tour with a driver-guide who introduces you to the island's natural, cultural, and culinary delights. You can visit locations like hillside villages and volcanic beaches, or customize your itinerary to check out specific places that interest you. Any food, drinks, activities, and entrance fees are at your own expense.
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  • 7 hours
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Santorini Classic Highlights Tour

Santorini Classic Highlights Tour

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Experience the best of Santorini in one day on this excellent-value round-island trip. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to breathtaking viewpoints, traditional villages, volcanic beaches, and to the island’s Wine Museum where you’ll enjoy a tasting of local varietals. Soak up views from the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and finish up in time to catch the sunset in Oia.
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  • 8 hours
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Santorini Photo Safari Top Places

Santorini Photo Safari Top Places

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Of all the islands in the Mediterranean, Santorini is one of the most photogenic. This photo safari tour takes travelers from sight to sight for a combination of well-known attractions and hidden gems. With stops at all of the island’s most picturesque locations, this is the perfect tour for amateur and experienced photographers alike.
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  • 3 hours
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$143.81
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Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

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Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

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Experience Santorini like a local on this private island tour and maximize your time with a custom-made itinerary and a choice of four different tour lengths. Perhaps experience island life with a visit to villages such as Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani; admire the views from Profitis Ilias;
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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All of Santorini in 6 hours (private)

All of Santorini in 6 hours (private)

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Our journey begins from Fira or we may pick you up from your hotel or cruise ship and we stroll to discover the Caldera hidden gems and take pictures. Afterwards we proceed to visit the beautiful village of Firostefani and enjoy the caldera and admire the view of Thirassia, a beautiful island and debris of the old Santorini, the Volcano, the mountain Skaros which is protected by UNESCO and the numerous blue-roofed churches. The journey continues to Imerovigli where we can see and take pictures of the caves, the place where the old Habitants of the island used to live. Then, we head to the edge of Imerovigli to see the well-known Skaros, an UNESCO protected mountaint that really floats on the air and take pictures of the region. On the way to Oia, we can witness red, black and yellow volcanic lava on the left side of the mini bus.
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  • 6 hours
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Santorini Popular Destinations

Santorini Popular Destinations

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Santorini is famous for its white-washed towns, beautiful beaches, and dreamy sunsets. On this tour, enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide and customize your itinerary to your preferences. Choose to visit popular attractions such as the villages of Oia and Megalochori, explore historic monuments such as the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and Pyrgos Castle, or cool off with a swim Perivolos Beach.
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  • 6 hours
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Semi-Private Luxury | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board and Drinks

Semi-Private Luxury | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board and Drinks

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Experience the Aegean in style on this sailing trip from Santorini aboard a luxury catamaran. Start by heading out to the volcanic area just off of Oia, with plenty of time to soak in the hot springs before moving on past the Venetian Lighthouse. Then stop at the White Beach to swim while the crew prepares a sumptuous barbecue of meats, seafood, salads, and local white wine. Set sail for Red Beach, where wrap up your experience with more swimming and cocktails.  The sunset sail follows the same itinerary in reverse.
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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Flexible Day Trip! (Choose your start time and Destination)

Santorini Flexible Day Trip! (Choose your start time and Destination)

The most flexible Tour ever happened! Choose your starting time, choose your starting location , choose your destination, OR let the experts help you!!
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  • 3 to 12 hours
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$192.73
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Best of Santorini Highlights Private Tour

Best of Santorini Highlights Private Tour

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Personalize your experience of Santorini, one of the world’s most beautiful islands, on a private tour that provides a hassle-free overview of the Greek island. While you receive the undivided attention of your guide, you’ll travel between island highlights such as Red Beach, the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, and the village of Oia, home to an iconic blue-domed church. To make things even more convenient, hotel pickup and drop-off are included and multiple departure times are available.
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  • 5 hours
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$227.70
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Santorini Traditional Fishing Experience with transportation

Santorini Traditional Fishing Experience with transportation

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Join an expert crew for a day of fishing off the coast of Santorini. You can participate or simply watch while riding in a traditional fishing boat with nets and poles. Swim and snorkel on one of the island’s colorful beaches while the crew prepares lunch with the catch of the day, served right on board with an assortment of Greek sides and unlimited drinks including wine and ouzo. In a place famous for its seafood, it doesn't get any fresher than this.
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  • 5 hours
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Santorini Luxury Catamaran Day Cruise with BBQ,drinks,transfer

Santorini Luxury Catamaran Day Cruise with BBQ,drinks,transfer

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If you’re seeking a luxurious way to see Santorini then look no further than this Viator Exclusive catamaran cruise—an extra-special way to explore one of Greece’s most picturesque islands. On a luxury sailing yacht, arguably the best mode of transport to explore Santorini on, you’ll cruise to Red Beach and stop at top swim and snorkel spots. Plus, unlimited alcoholic and soft drinks, hotel pickup and drop-off, and a Greek BBQ meal are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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