During our time in Santorini, we found that far and away our favorite beach was Kouloumpos Beach. Just a short ride from Oia, Kouloumpos is one of the most underrated and unheralded pieces of property on the island. It was not featured in any of the travel guides and it is seldom featured in online “Go Here in Santorini” lists. It’s hard to find information about it online; I almost feel like the locals are trying to keep the masses from figuring out it exists.
It does exist, though. And you should go there! (Just don’t tell too many people.)
If you’re used to milky white sand and Caribbean beaches, you’ll be disappointed in all of Santorini’s beaches. You don’t go to Santorini for the beaches, but they are a nice bonus and should not be missed. At first glance, Kouloumpos looks nondescript. However, it turned out to be a welcome sight because of its lack of unwelcome sights – the crowds.
I know, I know. As tourists, we are part of the “crowd.” That’s just the way it is. But there are times on vacation where you just don’t want to be near everyone else. We found that solitude on Kouloumpos. There were no food stands, restrooms, or people renting umbrellas for 5 euros. It was empty. We loved it.
The sand looks a bit rocky and coarse from afar, but it’s actually not too bad.
The beach is also great for swimming, because you can relax in the water and not have to worry about noisy children or crowds.
Many beaches in Santorini offer umbrellas and refreshments (as you may have seen in the previous post) and cater to what amounts to a mass “organized sunbathing” atmosphere. If that is not your scene (it’s not mine at all), you will be drawn to Kouloumpos. You will have the beach to yourself and really be able to stretch out and enjoy it.
Unique rock formations at your back
Taking in the Kouloumpos sunset
Ready to head home – just 6.5km back to Oia proper
If you want to find Kouloumpos, the beach itself is not even on Google Maps! However, you can navigate there by entering information for the Soulis Apartments – this small lodging is across from Kouloumpos.
Up next time: eating tzatziki in Imerovigli!
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