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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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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 and drinks.
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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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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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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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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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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

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

Semi Private Premium | 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 Gold Semi Private Catamaran Cruise

Santorini Gold Semi Private Catamaran Cruise

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A cruise through the caldera is a must for any visit to Santorini, but many visitors don't realize just how much variation there is between different caldera cruises. This half-day cruise is operated by catamaran, offering a faster and more stable ride. See more of Santorini's caldera highlights during your cruise, and reduce the risk that seasickness from a bumpy ride ruins your day out. -Enjoy great Greek food and wine, without a rolling boat spoiling your appetite -Pack light: use of snorkeling gear and towels included -See the famed Santorini sunset from a different perspective -Avoid a crowded boat: this tour is limited to 16 guests
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  • 5 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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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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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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Best of Santorini Highlights Private 5 Hours Tour

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Best of Santorini Highlights Private 5 Hours 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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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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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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Santorini Highlight Private Tour 6 hours

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Santorini Highlight Private Tour 6 hours

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Explore beautiful Santorini on this half-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel, airport, port or cable car pickup, travel by luxury vehicle to must-see sites like the picturesque village of Oia, the beautiful Blue Dome Church, and the Black and Red beaches. Enjoy a delicious glass of wine and capture panoramic photos from Prophet Elias Monastery
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Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

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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$194.83
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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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Santorini Luxury Catamaran Sunset Cruise with BBQ, Drink and Transfer

Santorini Luxury Catamaran Sunset Cruise with BBQ, Drink and Transfer

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Set sail aboard one of the most luxurious vessels in Santorini, the one-of-a-kind Ipanema 58 catamaran. On this Viator Exclusive tour, feel like a member of the jet set as you cruise inside the caldera for a soak in volcanic hot springs, swim and snorkel at the island’s red and white beaches, and watch a famous Santorini sunset from the water. Relax on spacious deck lounges and be pampered by an attentive crew, who serves up a delicious Greek barbecue lunch right on deck.
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Santorini Caldera Private Sailing Boat Cruise

Santorini Caldera Private Sailing Boat Cruise

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Get ready for the ultimate sailing experience in the most beautiful place on earth! Get on board the brand new sailing boat Ocean King and explore the hidden gems of the Santorini. Enjoy the sun, dive in the deep blue waters, visit the most exclusive beaches, taste Greek flavors, experience the unique sunset while having the whitewashed houses on the background and a cold glass of wine. Escape to another island! With up to 6000 islands, Greece is the perfect place for a full day or a multi-day sailing adventure. Either you travel solo, with your other half, family or friends, tailor the trip of your dreams. Choose the islands you wish to visit and leave the rest on the Caldera Yachting team. One of our suggestions is Anafi, the closest island to Santorini. Ios is another option for a full day trip, only 22 miles from Santorini and Folegandros one of the most peaceful islands in Cyclades, with its untouched piece of true Greece and exotic beaches.
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Private Morning Tour: Lagoon 400 Sailing in Santorini ,lunch, drinks, transfer

Private Morning Tour: Lagoon 400 Sailing in Santorini ,lunch, drinks, transfer

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Santorini’s sandy beaches and glittering waters make an idyllic backdrop for a sailing adventure, but sharing a boat with dozens of other tourists can detract from the experience. This private 5-hour cruise is tailor-made for you, so you can enjoy swimming and snorkelling, soak in the hot springs, and admire landmarks such as Indian Rock and Akrotiri. A barbecue lunch and unlimited drinks are served on-board.
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Santorini Private Sunset Sailing Tour with Dinner, Drinks &Transfer included

Santorini Private Sunset Sailing Tour with Dinner, Drinks &Transfer included

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The company Angel Sailing was founded by the merchant marine’s captain George, who after being on duty in oceangoing ships for the last 15 years, moved towards cruises! Angel Sailing has a sailing yacht 44ft able to carry up to 10 passengers, so they can enjoy each other’s company within a relaxed atmosphere. So with us, you will enjoy a private cruise, while also having the opportunity to reserve the sailing yacht exclusively and customize the schedule and the boarding location. What is unique about Angel Sailing is the fact that the crew consists of the captain and owner of the sailing yacht, his brother who is also a sailor himself and national champion of FINN and their father, former sailor and in charge of the meals. In other words, Angel Sailing’s cruises are a family affair, making sure that you will have the time of your life.
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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 Caldera Sailing Cruise

Sunset Caldera Sailing Cruise

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Watch the sun sink into the Aegean Sea on a 5-hour sailing cruise from Vlychada Marina to the Santorini caldera. Drop anchor off picture-perfect Red Beach to swim and snorkel in the clear water, and enjoy drinks on deck as you spot rock formations and the Akrotiri lighthouse. At the volcanic caldera, swim in natural hot springs and explore brilliant beaches, then enjoy a fresh BBQ dinner by the shore. Make a final swimming stop at Mesa Pigadia beach before returning to shore.
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