Vourvoulos beach guide Santorini
Vourvoulos beach is definitely one to escape the crowds that cram many of the other Santorini beaches. The village is a virtual continuation of of the hugely popular Firastefani but Vourvouls is lot quieter and, sitting more or less in the middle of the island and with an elevated location has extensive and impressive views both east and west over Santorini.
There are a number of small beaches along this stretch of coast. The most northerly is called Xiropigado but this is just a narrow strip of pebble and stone at the end of a long dirt track off the main east coast road and it's not particularly notable.
Vourvoulos beach, it has to be said, is not to everyone's taste. It may look rather bleak to some with grey and black cliffs looming over a long strand of black shingle.
A long cement wall doesn't add to the charm of the place and, the beach being open and exposed, Vourvoulos does tends to attract some debris along the shoreline and, if the wind gets up, the waves here can be seriously strong.
But the wind sculpted cliffs offer some weirdly interesting sights and, if you want to escape the crowds, this is a beach to head for
There is a small harbour with fishing boats, a coastal path is lined with beech trees and there is a small taverna to cater for basic needs while, behind the beach are many old island windmills that have been converted into luxury homes and apartments .
Just south is Vourvoulos beach itself, down another dirt track and not particularly attractive either. It is the same thin strip of gravel, though black sand is more in evidence here and there.
Those seeking even more solitude should head just to the south of Vourvoulos to Kanaraki beach, named after a local factory owner, where dark grey and red bluffs of volcanic rock loom above a thin, narrow beach of shiny black pebbles.
There are no facilities here or at nearby Exo Gialos beach, similar to Kanaraki where caves have been hollowed into the rock, although a small beach cantina does sometimes open here in the high summer.
The Museum of Prehistoric Fira on the Greek island of Santorini displays a very large number of ancient artefacts from across Santorini, notably from the fabulous Minoan site at Akrotiri.
It's the white cube houses of Oia on Santorini that make the most tempting scenes for the tourist clicking cameras followed by sites in Chania in Crete, Corfu and Mykonos.
Wine-making has been going on throughout Santorini for thousands of years. Small vineyards are dotted all over the island, and the locals have always been proud of their wines.
Tempting as it might be to pay big money for the best sea view on the island, we would recommend a slightly different approach when on holiday on Santorini island.