Kamari is a very popular resort on the Greek island paradise of Santorini.
It is the ideal location for a relaxed beach holiday with plenty of choice in accommodation with both a range of luxury hotels and budget hotels, great places to eat and fantastic Santorini nightlife. It's just 4 km from Santorini International Airport and 10 km from Fira, the capital of the island.
There are lots of boat trips sailing from the resort to nearby Perissa along the coast or to neighbouring islands too.
The award winning Kamari beach is a Blue Flag beach because of its cleanliness, clear waters and good amenities. The volcanic black sandy beach stretches seemingly endlessly and contrasts well with the turquoise clear waters, looking simply stunning. With a backdrop of the magnificent mountain of Mesa Vouno, it really is a perfect place to de stress and relax.
There are plenty of rows of neat sun beds with parasols for hire to stretch out and enjoy the brilliant sunshine.
Fruit sellers wander around the beach offering tasty fresh fruits like local grapes and juicy watermelon.
You can also have a soothing massage on your sun lounger by a visiting masseuse – very relaxing.
For watersports lovers there's plenty to do too with windsurfing and water skiing on offer. There's even a diving centre where you have the opportunity to go diving in the volcanic sea. Snorkelling is great too among the rocky outcrops.
There is plenty of choice of accommodation to choose from in Kamari ranging from budget hotels right through to 5 star luxury hotels, with everything in between.
A lovely pedestrian promenade lined with fish restaurants, traditional Taverna and café bars lies just behind the black sandy beach. Fantastic healthy and tasty foods are offered at the Kamari eateries. A number of brilliant places could well take the accolade of best Taverna in Santorini.
Try the Santorinian Salad with the Vinsanto chicken at the traditional and quaint Nichteri. Or for a snack, coffee or cocktail try the beachside Mango Café. Perfect setting, friendly staff and good prices too.
As the sunsets over Kamari the lazy relaxed beach life is transformed into a Santorini hotspot with cocktail bars, clubs and discos enticing visitors to enjoy the lively Santorini nightlife.
Otherwise the Kamari open-air cinema offers visitor a relaxing evening watching the latest movies or the occasional live concert under the starlit sky. It is incredibly cheap and has its only cocktail bar. You can sit in a director's chair with a little drinks table to your side as you watch the latest blockbuster movie in English with Greek subtitles. There is one show nightly at 9.30pm, and with elegant drinks and snacks served, and the stars in the dark night above you, this make cinema going a pleasure in Santorini!
Don't forget to visit one of the nearby Santorini Wineries for wine tasting and picking up some bargains. You can find Koutsogiannopoulos Winery and the Volcan wine museum on the main road at Vothona that leads to Kamari beach.
It’s a great place to explore the winemaking process, the history of Santorini wines and the all important sampling of the delicious and refreshing wines.
You'll also find in the central square of Kamari the pretty church of Panagia Mirtidiotissa. The feast day for the church is the 24th of September when the locals have a feast with plenty of delicious food and Santorini wine, traditional Greek dancing and music. Visitors are made very welcome.
Visit the nearby ruins of Ancient Thira dating back to the 9th century BC. It's a two mile hike up the winding mountain road to get to the ancient town. The views are breathtaking and worth the hike. Go early in the morning to avoid the midday heat, wear a hat and take plenty of water too.
Amongst the stone ruins at the top of the mountain are an impressive amphitheatre, temples, gymnasium and other ancient buildings and a Sanctuary dedicated to the Greek hero of the Trojan War, Achilles. In 2002 a chalice of the Ionic period was found amongst the stone ruins of ancient Thira. The chalice was engraved with both the craftsman's name and that of Achilles, great warrior of Homers Iliad.
You can see many of the excavated artefacts on display at the Archaeological Museum of Santorini at Fira.
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