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- Red Beach - More beaches can for instance be found in the south near the village of Akrotiri (Red Beach and White Beach). Picturesque Red Beach or Kokkini Ammos has reddish sand and a steep and highrising black and red rock / lava cliff behind it. The beach is not so very large so it can get crowded quickly. Small boats leave from Perissa and from Akrotiri and bring you to Red Beach. From all the people that come to Red beach not everybody is staying. Some of the visitors just want to take a look, make a picture or two and then go on to do other things. The Red Beach is a sight on its own. It is favorite by many visitors because of its natural beauty and cristal clear water (lots of sea weeds though on part of the beach), and because it is not so over-commercialized with tavernas yet. There are a couple of hotels not far from the beach.
You can also reach Red Beach by car from Akrotiri and there is a bus stand a little bit further at Akrotiri Beach. You will see a beautiful small church against the red rocks and here is the parking. Around the corner of the parking lies the beach. Just before the beach there is one small cantina that sells drinks (nothing more beyond that) and a couple of people with small stands selling local products and jewelry. You walk over the path and then make a descend down to the beach. Red Beach is unorganized zo there are no parasols and sunbeds.
- White Beach - Next to Red Beach is the smaller White Beach or Aspro Paralia which is only accessible by boat (sometimes you read you can get there on foot but you would really need a parachute for the last part down the cliff). This beach is is a a pebble beach - an many of these pebbles are quite large - which is surrounded by high white cliffs. Note: since I have see White beach I am not sure if it is impossible to get there on foot because I saw houses on the hills behind it and it seems there is a path leading down to the beach.
These beaches (Red and White - two of the most famous beaches of Santorini) can be reached by kaik (a traditional Greek wooden boat) or Red Beach also on foot from the village of Akrotiri in about ten minutes (or from the parking with the church only a few minutes). Red Beach and white beach are not far away from the ruins of the Minoan city. In the area of Red Beach there are some hotels, whereas at White Beach there are none at all.
Note: there is a warning out nowadays for Red Beach because of landslides (see Tripadvisor).