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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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$42.75 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great trip! A must for those looking to experience Santorini to the fullest
Tanya is an amazing tour guide! she was full of energy, explained things very thoroughly. We loved all parts of the tour, especially the tour in the archeological park, where the guide was also really great (also tickets were 6 euro for all non-Eu residents under 25) We ended the tour with wine tastings which were exceptional. We also loved how Tanya found great photo ops and offered to take photos of all who wanted :)
Noa_R, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Santorini

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Great day out
Oliver_H, Jul 2022
Santorini Red Cruise with Catamaran
The crew were fantastic, kept us safe, made it fun and taught us a lot about the island and the stops we made. Seeing the sunset at the end of the cruise was beautiful too.
star-5
Tanya was amazing! Great...
Jessie_S, Jul 2022
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
Tanya was amazing! Great sites and great tour guide. Akrotiri was very cool and interesting. Definitely recommend.
star-5
Spectacular views
Tammy_H, Jul 2022
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
Beautiful Views all over Santorini. Red beach was spectacular and black beach was calming. Winetasting was the best in Santorini
star-4
Great day
Nikita_K, Jul 2022
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
We had a wonderful day and the tour guide was funny and enthousiast. The only thing is that it are a lot activities in a couple of hours, that was kind of tiring. With one activity less (in our opinion the wine tasting) it would be amazing.
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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!
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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.
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Akrotiri…
Agnieszka_B, Jul 2022
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
Amazing places and funny tour guide, Tania. Thank you so much! Recommend to visit the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri with a guide. I would give 5 stars but it was too short time to spend time on beaches. If the trip should start earlier, then it might be more time…
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Best Tour of Santorini
Kamil_K, Jul 2022
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
We had Tanya the tour guide and Marcos the rider. If you get Tanya, you will definitely have the best tour guide, she is funny, full of excitement, teaches you alot about the history and takes great pictures.
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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.
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Great guide, smashing day exploring
Sam_W, Jun 2022
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
Fantastic tour- Tanya was an incredible guide! (And took great photos!) A really fun day for me and my partner. Would recommend :)
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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
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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: