Kamari is a popular resort town on Santorini’s east coast with a black sand beach and spectacular scenery. Having been rebuilt after an earthquake in the 1950s, Kamari is now a mix of old and new buildings but has maintained its original charm. The resort’s spacious pedestrianised promenade and upmarket hotels give the resort an upmarket, polished feel, and the beach lies in the shadow of the impressive Mesa Vouno mountain.
A holiday here would not be complete without hitting the water, and the beautifully kept beach offers up dark sands to lounge upon and a range of watersports to match any seafront on the island.
Kamari’s beach is very popular and for good reason! It’s clean, sunny, and has a huge choice of watersports available covering everything from jet skis to paddleboarding. A temple dedicated to Poseidon is at one end, and the Mesa Vouno mountain is a great backdrop for your holiday photos!
Cruises around the caldera are very popular, especially when timed to witness the famous Santorini sunset.
A day trip to Thira, an ancient village on top of Mesa Vouno, is a must for those who are interested in Santorini’s history – here you can find ruins of temples, churches and a theatre, and get lovely panoramic views of the caldera. It’s a great place to explore the majesty of the island and provide a chance to really get a feel for how its civilisation has developed.
Wine enthusiasts will be treated to one of the island’s best vineyards just outside the Kamari resort, Canava Roussos, and day trips here will intrigue and inspire those who want to know more about its production. With so many vineyards dotted around the island, relaxing with a glass of locally produced wine while overlooking the sea is a must.
Film lovers trying to make the most out of cheap Kamari holidays will also surely want to visit the open-air cinema, with movies being shown in picturesque surroundings.
Being so close to the sea, the area is naturally renowned for its seafood, so visitors will surely want to sample some sea bass, salmon, swordfish or any other delights that are available. The beach restaurant of Vassilikos will provide a stunning sea view as well as space on the menu for whatever the local fisherman have caught recently.
If seafood is not for you though, why not indulge in some lamb kleftiko, traditional Greek moussaka or a Santorinian salad, safe in the knowledge that whatever you plump for will be of high quality with locally sourced produce.
Fira is known as Santorini’s main party hotspot, but you shouldn’t rule out a night in Kamari. The relaxed, and sometimes lazy, ambience of the beach resort belies its lively nightlife, with many hotspots opening late for your enjoyment. You can expect live music or DJ sets, and Kamari has a huge number of open-air beachside bars where you can sit by the ocean and sip cocktails under the stars.
If you are more of a clubber, you should head over to the more boisterous capital of Fira, with Koo Nightclub being a particular favourite of visitors, though Doom club will provide an opportunity to cut loose on the dance floor on the resort of Kamari itself.