Vlychada beach

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Vlychada beach

Vlichada is an excellent beach with unique rock formations of the volcanic ash as a backdrop. The strange cliffs have been created by the weathering of the volcanic rock over millions of years, composing a ‘lunar’ and stunning scenery. This is by far the most beguiling beach on Santorini with its dark sand in and on the water’s edge, offsetting the enticingly shallow waters. Vlichada is overall, an impressive, nice, long and not very crowded beach.

There are a lot of umbrellas and sunbeds available and also a small bar at the southern end of the beach as well as some lovely restaurants further up the road overlooking the small harbor where many small colorful fishing boats dock. Yet, there are other quite remote areas, including a clothing optional area further west. The lack of natural shade and the black sand make the beach really hot in the summer, so you’d better bring an umbrella for some protection from the hot sun if you choose to stay in the non-organized part.

Do not miss to watch the sunset in the late afternoon and explore the nearby Tomato Industrial Museum, a former tomato factory and enjoy a guided tour concerning the traditional methods of cultivation and production of the tomato. The Vlichada beach is located at the very south of the island (about 11 km away from Fira), near the homonymous village and is easily accessed by road.