This unique and stunning beach was formed by volcanic eruptions and is one of the must see attractions for tourists visiting the gorgeous island of Santorini. As the name suggests, its sand has a distinct red hue.
Located on the southern part of the island in Akrotiri Village, Red Beach is a 20-minute drive from Fira town. If you’d rather have someone else do the driving for you, there are also buses running from Fira town. Another option is to join one of the boat tours that run daily.
You will need to hike along a small footpath that leads to the beach and keep in mind that it can be dangerous due to the unstable cliffs and frequent rockslides. Be sure to load up on supplies from one of the two canteens before beginning the journey along the footpath, as there isn’t much on offer at the beach itself and the weather can get very hot in the summer months.
To avoid heavy crowds, it’s best to visit early in the mornings or late in the afternoons. The water is normally warm enough for swimming between May and late September. It’s a good idea to keep your flip flops at the hotel and instead bring your reef shoes when visiting because you’ll come across some unstable terrain, walk on hot sand and the sharp pebbles in the water aren’t barefoot friendly.
Check out the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea on a snorkelling adventure and be amazed at the underwater world beneath the surface. Cast off on one of the kayaking tours to unleash that inner-explorer. They’re suitable for families and start at around two hours long. For adrenaline junkies after a faster way around the waters, jet skis are available to hire, so you can whizz around at speed.
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