A Guide to Red Sand Beach Santorini Greece
Have you really been to Greece if you haven’t twirled atop a rooftop and sunbathed at one of their red, black, or pebble beaches? With over 6 beaches to chose froms in Santorini, one of the most unique and beautiful one I’ve seen was Red sand beach by the archaeological site of ancient Akrotiri. Here I’ll be sharing some tips on getting the most of your visit to Red Sand beach.
The volcanic rock formations make up the unique color and rock formations of this beach. The vivid red pigment is from the Iron deposited over years of volcanic activity. There’s only a handful of red sand beaches in the world, and Santorini happens to have one of them. Don’t miss your chance to witness nature’s marvel. It’s so pretty in person!
We decided to rent a car the night prior and drive around the island. One of our stops was the Red Sand Beach. Getting to it we got lost as we didn’t have GPS, but after asking the locals on where to go, they graciously guided us towards the right direction. It’s a pretty straight shot once you get out of the town of Fira, it took about 30 mins by car to get to the beach. You have the option to hire a taxi, use your ATV/scooter, or renting a car.There isn’t public transportation that goes that far.
Although beautiful, it’s very dangerous as there is no paved path. You’ll have to climb on rocks and uneven terrain. It’s not a good idea to bring young children here. The risk of landslides and rockfall is real so please be cautious and careful.
What to bring
Bring a towel, plenty of water, wear your swimsuit and a hat, change of clothes, snacks, a blanket to sit on (the beach is pebbly), closed toe shoes, bring a pair of flippers, and a sense of adventure. You have the option to rent an umbrella and chair, the cost is about $45 Euros.
Best Time to visit
The beach popular among tourist, as you can imagine. The best time to visit in the warmer months when it’s most crowded. To beat the crowds I’d recommend going here early in the morning and having a picnic here, or later in the day before sunset. Although the sunset falls on the other side of the mountain it’s still beautiful to see.