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Red Beach

Red Beach

Free admission
Santorini, Greece

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.

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Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
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Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
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$44.00 per adult
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Great guide, smashing day exploring
Fantastic tour- Tanya was an incredible guide! (And took great photos!) A really fun day for me and my partner. Would recommend :)
Sam_W, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Santorini

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Beautiful day in paradise!
Sheila_P, May 2022
Santorini Red Cruise with Catamaran
What a fun day! The crew was awesome! Food was yummy and the views just amazing!! The boat was so comfortable laying out on the front was so enjoyable!
star-4
We enjoyed Akrotiri very...
Connie_F, May 2022
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
We enjoyed Akrotiri very much and learning about this ancient civilization. Weather was too cold to swim at Black Beach and I thought the walk down to Red Beach was very long and you cannot swim there. We were completely unaware of the stops at Monastery, Village, and winery as these were not mentioned in description and made the day quite long.
star-5
Amazing and Varied Day
Michael_D, May 2022
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
The archeological site was breathtaking. It was amazing to see such an advanced civilization captured in time, from so long ago. Our guide, Tanya, was so knowledgeable and full of energy!
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Very happy
Alejandra_M, May 2022
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
I had trouble finding the pick up location, and didn’t make it on time but the host was very accommodating and we made something work. I’m happy with the experience
star-4
Nice relaxing ride
Ann_H, May 2022
Santorini Red Cruise with Catamaran
Just the whole trip was great.. but as an older person. Cappuccino would have bin nice.relaxing. food was very good.
star-5
A good range of activities
Kevin_L, Oct 2021
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
A good intro to Santorini including village, monastery, beaches, winery and the ancient site of Akrotiri destroyed but preserved by the Theran eruption. Tania was very enthusistic and informative on diverse topics, good value all round.
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Tanya was wonderful, very...
Kathy_N, Oct 2021
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
Tanya was wonderful, very Personable and Knowledgeable! Definitely would do another tour with her! The Monastery is a must see.
star-5
Seeing the Best in a Day!
Jeanne_C, Jun 2021
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
Red Beach was amazing. Tanya was very helpful in getting me through the hill and rocks. I felt safe with her as my guide.
star-5
Cover a lot of ground in one day.
Shannon_B, Sep 2021
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
Excellent tour. A few extra places in there that we weren’t expecting. Went up to a monastery and through a small village. Could have maybe spent a little less time there though to give us more time on black beach, but overall was very nice. The guide was knowledgeable and fun. Got to see a lot of places in just the one day so if you don’t have much time, this helps you cover some ground quickly.
star-5
Well-organized tour to see highlights of Santorini
Cara_M, Jul 2021
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
Great guide, well organized. This tour allowed us to see all the main areas that we wanted to see on Santorini.
star-5
Informative tour
AJ_Z, Oct 2020
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
This tour is very convenient and time saving as it covers many main sites in Santorini that I would otherwise have to drive/taxi to. Our guide Tanya is very informative and entertaining throughout the trip. She also knows the best picture spots! Would highly recommend!
star-5
excellent
Carolina P, Sep 2019
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
Tania was our amazing tour guide, she was fun and knowledgable, enjoyed our 7 hours tour, very informative. Highly recommend this tour and her tour guide Tania.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Red Beach?
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What else should I know about attractions in Santorini?
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As well as visiting the Red Beach, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: