Monday, 7 October 2013

Life's a Beach! The Red, White and Black Beaches in SANTORINI

Who doesn't love the beach? 


The Red Beach. September 2013, taken by dad with Canon EOS 5d Mark II
Many countries around the world are famous for its unique sandy beaches, like Boracay in Philippines, Cannes of France, Ibiza of Spain, etc. 

I personally find beaches in Santorini particularly near Akrotiri to be truly rare and unique, hence the name given for the beaches - Red Beach, White Beach and Black Beach. Akrotiri is the place to go, if you wish to know the archaeological part of the isle, as there's an archaeological museum. 

On my first trip there in June, all I can expect from reading various blogs online is that we have to go through a rocky cliffs to get down to the Red Beach. It wasn't easy for two girls to be honest. One way for getting to the beach through Akrotiri is not too long a walk away. Follow the crowd. For those who drive, there's a small area where you can park your car/ATV when you go to the beach. 



The rocky path to the Red Beach. Taken on September 2013, by my dad with Canon EOS 5D Mark II

We were amazed by the beauty of the red rocks on the cliffs with mixture of colours, and overlook the turquoise crystal-clear water of the Aegean Sea.



 The Red Beach. Taken on June 2013, by my Canon EOS M

 The Red Beach. Taken on June 2013, by my Canon EOS M

If you look closely at the colour, it's such a gem! Though it's not sandy beach, it's rather rough like small pebbles. The wave isn't too rough, just nice for a swim. 
The Red Beach. Taken on June 2013, by my Canon EOS M
The Red Beach from sea level. Taken on September 2013, by my Canon EOS M

However, when I returned in September 2013, there was a danger sign (see below) advised people not to use the rocky pathway to the beach. 


 The rocky path to the Red Beach. Taken on September 2013, by my dad with Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Hence, the other option would be going by the boat near Akrotiri bay. They charged 5 Euros per person for the boat service, but if you want to sit on the boat for a 'mini excursion', bringing you to see all the three beaches. 


The boat for excursion to Red, White and Black Beach. Taken on September 2013, by my dad with Canon EOS 5D Mark II

With the boat, Red Beach is the first stop where you can get off. There isn't a pier for you that means you got to jump onto the shallow water with little difficulty. 

The second stop would be the White Beach. Along the way, you will get to see how amazing the rocks on the cliffs are, the changes in colour due to volcano eruption many years ago, give Santorini such nature of beauty!


Taken on September 2013, by my Canon EOS M

Look at those beautiful rocks, they just took my breathe away! Hence we are approaching the White Beach. Beware, when you get off from the boat, the water level would be up to your waist. 



The White Beach. Taken on September 2013, by my dad with Canon EOS 5D Mark II

And last but not least, it would be the Black Beach. 

The Black Beach. Taken on September 2013, by my dad with Canon EOS 5D Mark II

The Black Beach is really small and looks like the White Beach. Overall, it's quite worth it to take the 5 Euro 'mini excursion' if you do not have much time to spend there. At the beaches, there's sunbed available to rent, or you could just bring your own!

This beach experience is lovely and it's different than many other beaches I went to. I went to the other beach in June, Kamari Beach, which I think it's mock up like Cannes minus the luxury. 

Just love it!



Till then!

x.o.x.o
Anna

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