Top 3 Santorini beaches for watching the sunrise

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Top 3 Santorini beaches for watching the sunrise

Santorini is a place for exploring beaches for sure. It’s volcanic origin comes with some of the most unique beach spots in Greece – some small secret beach pockets, some black volcanic sand, rocky, sandy – Santorini has it all! And another thing that is a classic around here, is watching the sun. Around the sunrise and sunset people gather to be washed over with the golden hour light and feel truly connected to this small spot in the Aegean Sea.

Some spots are better than others for this, and every local will tell you that they have a secret spot. Especially when it comes to the actual placement of the sun, it gets tricky – Santorini has a lot of rocks that cat essentially block your view to the whole morning show. Well, today might be your lucky day, because I’m willing to share :)

Kamari beach has a very special quiet vibe in the early morning. The usually bustling and busy place turns into a serene spot for a calming sunrise dip. With its  caldera shining in the golden morning light, the warm morning water is both refreshing and calming at the same time.

Perissa beach has the black volcanic sand, that has its own unique vibe in the golden morning sunlight. Early morning also might be the perfect time to go there, because the black color of the sand absorbs a lot of the sunlight heat, sometimes up to the point that you cannot walk on it in midday. So if you want to have an empty black sand beach, walk barefoot and have the most calming swim of your life a sunrise Perissa visit is for you.

And finally, cannot forget about Monolithos. It’s especially stunning in mornings where there is a slight gust of wind and its pure azure water gets slightly wavy. With only a couple or no people around at all, you get transported into the old days of Santorini, when life was more simple and there were no tourist crowds. Definite favorite for a rejuvenating morning swim on the slow currents.

So here they are, some of the spots. As a local, of course you always keep a couple of more places hidden. But I visit those with my photoshoot couples regardless, so it’s not that hard to guess :)

Read more on Top spots to watch the Santorini sunset

And Perfect hidden Santorini beach

Sunrise photo from me,
Santorini photographer Anna Sulte

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