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It's important to know that since 2013, Red Beach has been on watch for landslides and vulnerable parts of the beach are sanctioned by rope for visitors not to enter. If you're uncomfortable visiting this attraction, but still want to get an eyeful of red cliffs, visit Amoudi Bay.

Located less than a mile southwest of Ancient Akrotiri, this beach earns its name from its towering red cliffs and dark sand. Travelers say the scenery is stunning – be sure to bring a camera to take photos of the stark contrast between the brick red cliffs and the aquamarine water. While the water may look tempting to dip your toes in, travelers strongly suggest choosing a different shoreline as the site of your beach day. Some even suggest skipping this spot entirely for a number of reasons. Travelers have said that there is no paved path to get to the beach. Visitors must park at a parking lot nearby then traverse a rocky pathway to the beach. Some said they didn't know how rugged the path would be prior to visiting and had great trouble making it to the beach without sneakers. Travelers were also keen to point out that the beach is small and unless you get there early or are traveling in the offseason, it can get very crowded very quickly. What's more, the rough, rocky sand made it hard for a lot of visitors to really kick back and relax. On the other hand, those who did enjoy their experience at Red Beach suggested hiking to the beach (with the proper footwear) to get a look at its incredibly unique geography and leave it at that. 

You can get to Akrotiri via the KTEL bus from Fira then walk from the ancient site to the beach. KTEL buses don't go directly to Red Beach, so if you're not up for walking you'll need to get there via car. 

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#1 Kamari Beach Santorini's volcanic history has led to the formation of some of the more unique beaches in the Greek Isles, and Kamari is no exception. Sitting about 4 miles southeast ... Read more » LeighAnnRahn / Getty Images

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Kamari Beach, located on Santorini's east coast, is a popular place to pull ashore and enjoy the Aegean sun. LeighAnnRahn / Getty Images

Some say Amoudi Bay provides the one of the best views of Santorini's landscape and surrounding water. Many small restaurants in this area serve up the fresh fish caught nearby. turtix / Getty Images

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The incredible ruins of Ancient Thera, which include ruins from Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras, rest high above the seashore. Gatsi / Getty Images

Santorini's wine is unique because it grows in volcanic soil, creating an interesting taste hard to find outside the island.  yoh4nn / Getty Images

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