Volcanic island, Santorini has a horseshoe-shape: the interior side is a 400 m steep slope, while on the opposite, the outer side is a gentle downward slope to the sea, giving life to many beaches:
– Kamari, Red Beach, Monolithos, Perissa, Perivolos and Mesa Pigadia.
The first one is about 4,5 km long and 200 m large, it is a black beach totally covered with pebbles, gradually thickening towards the sea.
The sea in Kamari has a livid look because of a sedimented deep sea bed that let you swim near the shore.
The promenade is full of bars, restaurants, shops, minimarkets, ouzerie and gyros takeaways.
The Red Beach is located south in a large inlet originated by the erosion and the sliding of the mountain behind.
The beach is dark-red somewhere in the area, while its high red in many other points. Along with the crystal clear sea it offers a very unique sight.
The great beauty of the Red Beach is also due to toughness to reach it, by climbing a small hill, through an impervious path, along the mountain by the sea side, … a thrilling walk with a guaranteed reward!
Monolithos beach is located in the east side of the island, north from Kamari.
Despite the volcanic origins of Santorini, it has a beautiful sandy beach and a downward slope less sudden than other places.
The sea bed is not deep and it allows you to walk in the sea water for many meters.
The village was named (monolithos in Greek stands for one rock) after the solitary rocky outcrop and the soaring smokestack of the tomato paste plant. So it looks like a desolate and arid area.
Nevertheless, the sandy beach is well organized with chalets, Hotels, beach bar, umbrellas and tavern. It is also populated by young people enjoying sea sports. Some areas on Monolithos beach are dedicated to naturists.