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greggd12

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One of the most common things I've heard about Santorini is that it is great for sightseeing and walking around but it is not that great for beaches and swimming. I've heard that the beaches are also hard to get to and are usually at the bottom of a cliff...that being said, does it make sense to get a beachfront hotel in Santorini? Is it true that the beaches aren't that great? Im wondering how much of my time I will actually spend at the beach. Looking forward to replies...thanks!
 
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Deborah

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Unless you’re looking for beach-focused-only vacation, my answer would be no. The most unique features of Santorini are the topography, view, and archeological digs. The beaches offer the same exquisite water, but are quite varied from red/black sand, pebbles, to jumping off the rocks. I would opt for accommodation on the Caldera either in Fira or Oia. That way you would always have the view and quick access to the Fira - Oia cliffside walk which is particularly spectacular in the early morning as mist rises from the Caldera or at sunset. Many cliffside hotels offer either a private/semi-private pool - but if too expensive for what you want to spend - I would recommend an in-town hotel like the
Aressana Spa Hotel which offers a swimming pool and quick access to the town, nightlife, and caldera view. Day trips to the villages, digs, Therasia and beaches are quite easy.
 
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k_tsoukalas

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I agree with Deborah... the beachfront hotels tend to feel kind of isolating. I would consider getting a cliffside hotel with a pool - it's the best of both worlds. If you want a beach vacation, I am not sure Santorini is the best island for you. Maybe Mykonos or even Crete in that case?
 

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