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Red Beach, Akrotiri

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Beach · Nature / Park
Famous for its red rock formations, Red Beach sits just steps from the site of an ancient Minoan settlement destroyed by a volcanic eruption and buried in ash around 1627 BCE. Blue waters lapping this beach create a striking contrast with the all-red landscape of the surrounding steep cliffs, which offer unobstructed views of the sea and the curving coastline. The small beach attracts hundreds of visitors each day, creating a lively resort atmosphere well into the evening hours. Two small cafes, cut into the volcanic cliffs just a short walk from the beach, offer cold drinks and light snacks. Add Red Beach and other attractions to your Akrotiri trip itinerary using our Akrotiri trip planner.
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  • Red Beach is quite a unique geological site and has a great view. It has a car park but it does not allow coaches, and it’s around a 15-20 minute walk from where coaches can park. We were on a tour...  more »
  • This is a beautiful location, but we drove a car and there wasn’t much parking and the roads may be difficult for some to feel comfortable driving. Very steep, narrow, and unpaved. A quad would be a....  more »
  • From another planet! Must visit and swim!
  • I am so happy that we went to this unique beach

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