Relaxing one crisp morning on The Red Beach is one moment I will never forget in Santorini, Greece. Ferry riding to the beautiful island made a dream come true, as I was able to explore this Mediterranean gem. Yes, ever since I saw the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie, I had been daydreaming about Greek island getaways. When I had the chance to hop on a boat for seven hours to Santorini on my spring break while studying abroad, I was so excited.
Now, I take you with me on this journey to the Red Beach, one of Greece’s famous beaches. Santorini is home to some fascinating landscapes and nature, as it formed as part of a volcanic eruption years ago. With is red lava cliffs, the Red Beach is famous for its color and beauty. With blue April skies and the sun shining bright, it was a perfect day to trek out to see the ocean waves blend into the magma-colored rocks.
To reach the Red Beach, we rented a car and drove from Fira, the capital, to the Agios Nikolaos church in Akrotiri. After parking, I bought some sunglasses at a small beach shop before finding the trail to the beach.
Locals were selling incredible jewelry along the trail to the Red Beach. On my way out, I was able to pick up some necklaces made from volcanic rock. It took about 10 minutes to reach the water, but we stopped and took in the view (and snapped some photos of course).
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After walking over the pebble-speckled beach, we came to the center of the Red Beach to lay on our towels and sunbathe. Even in April, the weather was beautiful and the water was pretty warm. There were only a couple other people around us: a family, group of friends and a couple. It felt so special to experience the island when it wasn’t crowded. Tip: Go early to beat the crowds and try to go in the off-season!
We walked along the beach some more and I cooled off in the water, taking in the views around us. To finish, we hiked back up the rocks to get in one last view of the little paradise carved by nature’s hand.
Have you ever visited Greece? What was your favorite spot to relax and enjoy nature? Share with us in the comments!