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Vlychada Beach, Greece

Also known as “Moon Beach” due to its moon shaped landscape, Vlychada Beach is a stunning beach on Santorini’s south coast, recognised for its unique cliffs and dark volcanic sand. The tall jagged cliffs set behind this beach are a natural marvel and set it apart from any other. In places, the wrinkled appearance of these magnificent cliffs make them appear like giant manmade sandcastles, but they are in fact formed as a result of the wind and sea eroding the volcanic rock which comprises the cliff face. Volcanic rock is also the reason for the dark coloured sand that can be found at this beach, which is created by the compression of ancient volcanic rock into sand over thousands of years.

This amazing beach, which even holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, also has a fabulous beachside tavern close by, which provides beachgoers with delicious traditional Greek food and crepes.