located on the other side of Mesa Vouno, this is the lively seaside
resort of Kamari. Its black lava, crescent shaped beach is a mixture of
dark grey small pebbles and sand and stretches for over 5km, coming to
an abrupt end on the southern side by the amazing looming presence of
Mt. MesaVouno. This gives the beach a stunning landscape which is even
more spectacular at night when the rock is lit up. Like Perissa, it has
been awarded Blue Flag status and the beach is also provided with
lifeguards during the summer months. The beach is well protected from
winds on both sides by volcanic rock and the impressive Mt. Mesa Vouna.
The deep – but cold - blue water here is a particularly enchanting place
for snorkelling offering a wonderful kaleidoscope of colours as the
dappled sunlight reflects on the dark rock of the seabed, showcasing the
delightful arrays of bright coloured fish. About halfway down the beach
and around 8 metres from the shore are some strange black rock
formations which are interesting for snorkellers to explore. The resort
is very well organised for tourists.
There are umbrellas and sun beds to hire, showers and changing facilities, as well as a sun bed free zone on a section of the beach towards the headland. There are good watersports facilities, including scuba diving lessons. It is also possible to take a boat from Kamari Beach to the other side of the Cape of Mt. Mes Vouno, landing at Perissa Beach.
The area behind the beach is very developed with a good selection of accommodation and numerous shops and boutiques catering for all the needs of the summer visitor. There are plenty of good quality, reasonably priced restaurants, tavernas, cafes and bars lining the attractively paved pedestrianised promenade which runs parallel to the beach. The bars are more reasonably priced than those in Fira and being located so close to the beach provide a romantic setting in the evening.
Unlike Perissa, the houses in Kamari village line the beach and the pedestrianised promenade allows plenty of pleasant evening strolls along the seafront. However, Kamari is busier but it also has a bigger choice of amenities. Kamari also has two cinemas, one of them being an outdoor summer cinema. If you have never experienced this it is definitely worth going - and nearly all the films are in English with Greek subtitles.
Getting to Kamari is very straightforward. Santorini International Airport is about 5km away to the north east whilst Athinios Port lies around 12km to the north west. . There is a regular bus service from the capital town of Fira (around 8km to the north west). The bus journey from Fira takes around 20 to 30 minutes and costs around 1.50-2.00 euros per person. The service is very frequent, especially during the summer months and passes through the villages of Exo Gonia, Messaria and Katerados and some very fine wineries on the way before stopping at Kamari.
Nissia Apartments its a wondrful complex of apartments right at
the sea front of Kamari beach with excellent sea views and the colourful