Kamari Beach, Santorini Island
A very good swim, with a great surprise - no sand. No sand, but no rocks, too.
The soil is so compact that we felt like in a tarmac surface - smooth but extremely hard.
With a great surf, that could be dangerous, but we found a calm sea, and everything was safe.
We stayed in Kamari for our holiday. Kamari (along with Perissa) are the main beach resorts on the island and both resorts are located on the eastern side of Santorini separated by Mesa Vouno.
Kamari has a long black pebbly beach which gets very hot and has row upon row of sunloungers. The water is clear and inviting and has a Blue Flag certification. Watersports can be found on the beach, jetskis, bananas and doughnut rides to name a few. Kamari has the tourist at the forefront of it's mind and caters well for them with a wide range of facilities.
There is a long promenade beside the beach with many restaurants to eat in and many bars to drink in. We found that the restaurants to the southern end of the beach (closest to Mesa Vouno) were the best in quality and service.
The main downside of Kamari is the proximity to the airport. Whilst this guarantees a quick transfer, it means that you get a view of the numerous aeroplanes coming and going all day!!!
Kamari also has a cinema which is located on the main road out of town towards Fira.
If you want to go for a swim and get a tan ( and you really tan here....) go to Kamari beach, in Kamari village. This beach is very different form the beaches we are used to as its sand is from vulcanic origin and it's black!
Kamari is a very large beach with many restaurants, hotels and shops around. Be careful because the sand is too hot and I advise you to wear some flip flops or shoes so you don't get your feet burned. Also use a high protection sunscreen , you might get red like a lobster without even noticing it:).
One of my favourite things about Kamari was its beachside tavernas. They run the entire length of the promenade and it's apparent that one end is more "upmarket" while the other end is more "traditional" (the "upmarket" end is in the direction of the rock between Kamari and Perissa). Almost every place we went past looked compellingly appealing and had menus with dishes that sounded really good. Most tastes are catered for and prices were a bit cheaper than at the Fira side of the island. We ate at Navy's when we visited during the day and returned on another evening to eat there again.
There are no beaches on the Fira side of the island, so if you're staying in that area you'll have to travel across to the other side. There are a variety of beach resorts, the biggest of which are Kamari and Perissa. We visited both, but preferred Kamari by quite a margin and went back there for a second time.
The beach at Kamari (as almost everywhere on Santorini) is a combination of fine black sand and black pebbles. It seems to be better the nearer you get to the rocky outcrop that separates it from Perissa (1st picture). The beach shelves initially quite steeply into the sea but then slopes more gently as you head out.
We reckon if we go to Santorini again we'll stay in Kamari because it's cheaper to stay at than Fira, more relaxed of an evening, has great beachside tavernas and has a lovely ambience along its promenade. And it's also only 15 minutes from Fira by (cheap and regular) bus, so you can still do all of those "Fira" things that you want to do. I'd recommend Kamari to anyone on a budget too tight to allow a stay on the caldera side.
Not so fantastic if you compare with tropical beaches. But, it's worth going, as instead of filling by delicate white sand, it has volcanic stones to form the beach! Interesting. Just minutes from main city, Thira. The guy in the picture is our taxi driver!
Kamari Beach is a typical volcanic beach beach covered in black sand and pebbles
you need to wear footwear on the beach as the sand and pebbles become very hot .a boat sails round the headland to perissa you get on as it beaches it self
you can also see the ancient harbour of the old city of thira which is up on the head land above the beach ,the big boulders forming the harbour make a good place to swim out and snorkel around (have alook at the foundations how did they get the massive stones down on the sea bed to fit so perfect.)
I loved this beach. I adored our hotel on this side of the island. Kamari is a beach town, and therefore can be kind of touristy. We came early enough in the season that it was still uncrowded. The beach itself is black volcanic rock, not sand. Be sure to have flip-flops or shoes of some kind. And splurge and rent the umbrellas and chairs. It's only $6-10. It's a steal compared with lying on rocks.
I liked Kamari, I liked the beach. Yes, it is a little touristy, but hey, I am a tourist, and I like this stuff.
I liked wandering up and down the beach on the boardwalk, on one side the shops, restaurants, on the other side, the sun worshippers, with bodies exposed to the tanning rays of the sun. I liked stopping for a gelato, or for a nice cold beer, sitting in the shade, just watching, relaxing, just enjoying the moment with the person I care the most about.
My first sight of the umbrellas laid out in straight even lines was one of annoyance, for no other reason than it was different from Canadian ways, where two other couples on a beach would be cause to pack up and move elsewhere. Now, I find I love the activity, the life, plus even crowded beaches allow privacy, as respect is given to those in your immediate vicinity.
Another great black sand beach is that of Kamari, just north of Perissa. I prefered Perissa because of the bar/restaurants there, and the fact that it was less crowded when I was there. However, some people have told me that that is not normal, and that Perissa is normally the busier beach. Whatever, neither were crowded and both deserve a look. Just remember about the temperature of the sand!!
Santorini is not famous for the beaches it has.In my opinion, the best beach is in Kamari 9kms from Fira in the east side of the island.Its a very long beach with black sand and you must becareful your feet from burn!
It's a typical beaches resort. The main attraction is black beach... well, it's an attraction if you like this kind of beaches.
Completely rebuilt after the 1956 earthquake, Kamari was the most important strategic point on the island after the decline of Acrotiri in ancient times. Not far from the village is the archaeological site of Ancient Thira. Also interesting is the church of Panaghia Episkopi which was built in 1100.
The beautiful black sandy beach of Kamari stretches for five miles in length along the eastern coast of the island. Plenty of taverns, hotels, bars, water sports points.