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.
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. At night you can go to Kamari Cinema to watch films outdoors.
Santorini doesn’t have the most visually appealing beaches in Greece as most are covered in black volcanic sand, but despite this Kamari’s beach is very popular and for good reason! It’s clean and sunny, and has a huge choice of watersports available covering everything from jet skis to paddle boarding. A temple dedicated to Poseidon is at one end, and the Mesa Vouno mountain is a great backdrop for your holiday photos!
Fira is known as Santorini’s main party hotspot, but you shouldn’t rule out a night in Kamari. The main promenade has plenty of bars and nightclubs, and the hotels put on entertainment for their guests. 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!