Olympic Holidays

Kamari Santorini travel guide

The Santorini holiday resort of Kamari is located on the south-east coast and has been rebuilt as a major beach resort after the original village was destroyed by a 1956 earthquake.

Kamari has long and deep beach of coarse black volcanic sand backed by scores of restaurants and bars to service the crowds.

The black sand can get extremely hot in mid-summer as it absorbs the heat of the sun and many holiday visitors use some sort of footwear, both as protection from the heat and from the sharp gritty sand.

This is a popular, well organised beach with sunbeds, showers, toilets, watersports and diving as well as a paved traffic-free promenade that runs parallel to the beach.

The resort itself is well geared up for the thousands of tourists that arrive each season with plenty of tavernas, cafes, bars, shops and supermarkets, along with some lively nightlife.

There are frequent buses to the island capital at Fira and the resort has all the usual tourist facilities such as car and bike hire.

The Greek name for the resort at Kamari is Episkopi Gonia, from the local church that holds a village festival in August. Kamari is also noted for an annual jazz festival.

Looming over Kamari is the impressive mountain of Mesa Vouno topped by the ruins of Ancient Thera. The ancient site lies up a steep and narrow road but it's worth a visit both for its archaeological treasures and the breathtaking views.