In the previous blog post, we talked about Akrotiti and what it has to offer. Here is a quick recap about Akrotiri: On the Greek island of Santorini, there is a settlement called Akrotiri and the Archaeological Site is the primary attention of the small settlement of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini. Akrotiri is part of the Thira region, it is situated 15 kilometers south of Fira, the island’s capital, and was constructed on a hillside with breathtaking views of the caldera cliffs. Since Akrotiri was coated in volcanic ash, it is known as the “Greek Pompeii.”
There are a couple of things visitors can do at Akrotiri and they include: Day cruises, Day trips,Point of interest and Landmarks, Photography tour, Bus tours, Holidays and seasonal tours, Yoga classes, Sporting events, Dining experience, Nature and Wildlife tour, Art gallery, Wineries and Vineyards, Spas, Sailing, Safaris, Sunset cruises and most of all, beaches.
Now as a first-time visitor looking to visit hidden beaches at Akrotiri for the purpose of pleasure, privacy, relaxation and swimming; You should note that there are no beaches in Akrotiri village, but there are a couple of private beaches around Akrotiri village, where people who live there can go for relaxation. This blog post gives insights on hidden beaches at Akrotiri for the purpose of relaxation and swimming that visitors must experience. So, let’s get to it.
List of Hidden beaches in Akrotiri you should visit.
As a first-time visitor in Akrotiri who do not like other people invading their privacy as well as like the idea of private places that gives them peace of mind, the following hidden beaches that are the closest to Akrotiri include: White Beach, Almyra Beach and other beaches that are listed in the section.
Locals often refer to White Beach as Lefki Ammos (white sand) or Lefki Paralia (white beach). Since there are rocks and gravel in the sand, it is not white as the name would imply. However, the cliffs that surround the beach are essentially white.
Only boats can get to this beach because it is in a remote location. You can board a boat from Red Beach and travel to White Beach. A kayak or a yacht rental are further choices. Offering amenities here is challenging hence on-site rentals for sun loungers and umbrellas are available. But that’s the extent of the amenities. It is worthwhile to bring food, cool drinks, and sunscreen while visiting for an extended period of time.
Almyra Beach, located a few kilometers from Akrotiri, is a less well-known, remote beach. Coming to this beach will give you some peace and quiet in contrast to the commotion at other beaches. It is a beautiful site with clean seas, tiny stones, and large cliffs that were sculpted by the forces of nature. Locals use burrows that are located in the rocks as well.
Akrotiri and Almyra Beach are only separated by about 3 km and can be reached by both land and water. Only a dirt road leads up to it, making it challenging to reach by car. There isn’t a bus option available here. This beach doesn’t have a lot of amenities because not many people go there. However, you can still get a few things from the neighborhood. In a fish bar, the chef serves freshly caught fish.
You should also note that near Akrotiri, there are other numerous beaches that are less well-known but no less stunning. Some include: Perivolos Beach, Vlychada Beach, and Monolithos Beach.
Vlychada is notable for its massively carved cliffs, which appear to be the work of an artist but are actually the result of a natural process caused by the volcano, the wind, and the sea. It is a long beach with shallow seas, stones, and dark volcanic sand. Numerous sunbeds, straw umbrellas, and a cafe are among the amenities at the organized and not overly crowded Vlychada beach, where you may unwind for a while while taking in the breathtaking scenery all around.
Even just one marvel of nature makes it worthwhile. The southernmost beach in Santorini is called Vlychada beach, and it is a beautiful place. There are umbrellas and sun loungers there. It also has a small port where sailing, yachts and fishing boats can stay in the summer.
Vlychada beach which is on Santorini’s south shore is just 13 kilometers from Fira and is conveniently reachable by car or bus.The island’s main bus terminal is located in Fira. The bus station for the Fira to Vlychada route is located in the village of Vlychada. Most sections of the island can be reached by bus from this bus terminal. There are three buses every day that go to Vlychada.
On the way to Stavros, in the Chorafakia district, is where you’ll find Tersanas Beach. Since it is hidden away, few tourists are aware of it.
Due to its protected location and general lack of exposure to hazardous currents or strong winds, this relatively shallow, narrow harbor is excellent for kids.
The beach is well-maintained, and some of its amenities include umbrellas, showers, and a bar that is conveniently located next to the water. A modest fishing port that originally served the village of Chorafakia is located on one side of the beach. Tersanas is bustling, especially on the weekends when local families and teen groups visit the region to play sand volleyball or tennis, swim, and sunbathe.
The beach in Maxairida is one of the best-kept secret beaches around Akrotiri. This is a tiny cove with a small but lovely sandy beach that is surrounded by tall rocks for protection.The beach is totally disorganized, so you must be there very early in the morning to find a place to stay; also it’s better to bring your drinks and prepare a lunch because there isn’t any structure. Maxairida Beach is well-liked by naturists because it is so undeveloped and hardly known. The beach in Maxairida receives direct sunlight from the West, thus the colors on the water are beautiful. The water is transparent and quite shallow, with stunning hues that range from turquoise to deep blue. The sunset hour is particularly lovely.
Private yachts frequently anchor here for a day or two because it is a relatively exclusive region. Hence, to get to this beach from Tersanas beach, you would travel approximately a kilometer inland, park close to the road, and then descend for about ten minutes until you reach the beach. It’s a dirt walk with lots of rocks, oregano, and thyme bushes.
I would also recommend that you note that if you do not mind using public transports, every day of the week, buses run frequently from Fira, the island’s main bus hub, to the parking lot near Akrotiri Red Beach which takes roughly 20 minutes to get from Fira to the Red Beach parking lot, and an adult ticket costs about €2. You can access the majority of the beaches from the parking lot near Akrotiri Red Beach.
If you are privileged to read the blog post, it would be a fact that you are now well knowledgeable on the best hidden beaches in Akrotiri you have to visit to relax and swim. This blog post has been able to cover an overview of the island of Akrotiri and its main attractions, the type of hidden beaches around Akrotiri for relaxation and swimming.
It is essential to note that most of the listed beaches are hidden beaches that are the closest to Akrotiri and therefore you would have to transport yourself from Akrotiri to these beaches using the various guides listed with each of these beaches.
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Written by : Olamide Olajoseph