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Kamari

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Kamari is a seaside village on the southeast side of Santorini, an island that is part of the Cyclades group of Greek islands.

Understand[edit]

The village got its name from a small arch (in Greek Kamara) that still rises at the southern end of Kamara beach at the same being the remains of an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Poseidon.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Santorini Airport[24] is very close about 3km. Most days the noise from landing planes is sporadic and kept to daylight hours. There are exceptions to this.

By car[edit]

  • Drossos, [1]. Company has one of the largest selections of cars for rent on the island.  edit

By boat[edit]

  • The old port, where cruise-ship passengers arrive[25].
  • The new port (Athinios), where all the ferries arrive[26].
  • There is a regular water taxi to take you round the headland to neighboring Perissa.

Get around[edit]

Ancient Thera

If staying in Kamari for a week a rental car, scooter or quad would be advised for about 3 days. Most companies offer discounts for rentals of this period. While scooters and quads are very popular, the vehicle best suited to exploring the island in full is a small 4x4 like the ever-popular convertible Suzuki Jimny. For the even more adventurous there are street-legal beach buggies that seat 2 and look like a lot of fun.

There is ample parking by the beach, with several larger car parks (so don't bother with street parking).

You could also walk along the coast in the black sand from Monolithos to Kamari. You could switch to the road adjacent to the beach, which runs along the coast. Remember there is no pedestrian walking separately on the road.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Ancient Thera, tel. +302286081939, [27]. Open from 8.30-15.30 most days (closed on Mondays). It is an ancient mountaintop city with ruins situated literally above Kamari. There are buses available to take you to the top, but you can walk or drive. The drive is up a cobble-stone cliff-side and twisty road, which requires not only confidence behind the wheel, but the ability to ignore the scared passengers, who are actually looking down. The walk takes about an hour and is quite steep. The walking trail to the ancient Thira is the path that had been used from the old times. It goes through the stones, plants, bushes and is very steep and tiring.
  • Archaeological site Thira. Another great place to make distinguish between Thera and Thira. This site is located West of Kamari.
  • Church of Saint Irini Chrysovalantou. (Αγία Ειρήνη Χρυσοβαλάντου) Imposing white blue painted church is situated on the strict forms square.

Do[edit][add listing]

Kamari beach
  • Beaches. Kamari has a long black sand and a single beach where topless sunbathing is commonplace. Beach is equipped with sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports, beach volley courts, showers, lifeguards, bars, cafes, and restaurants.  edit
  • Diving (Volcano Dive Center), Makedonias, Kamari 847 00, +302286033177, [2]. Explore the world of Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Santorini crystal waters.  edit
  • Helicopter tours (HeliAlpha Helicopter Service), Greece unnamed road, Exo Gonia 847 00, +306974271193, [3]. Sightseeing, Airtaxi, and VIP Transfers.  edit
  • Hiking. Enjoy the white buildings of Kamari walking the trails of Mesa Mountain. Also walk the coastal road of the village, that runs along the long beach. Visit the Santorini sunrise viewpoint, follow Camino de la Vieja Thira, then add Accurate Sun Dial path and keep the further direction towards the South Santorini.  edit
  • Mountain biking, [4]. Rent a bike from Santorini Adventures and ride Kamari - Monolithos.  edit
  • Open Air Cinema Kamari, +302286033452, [5]. This outdoor cinema is about a 20-minute walk from the beach that has one showing every day at 21:30. The film they show changes every few days but they are published in its leaflet which can be found in most towns around the island (there is a poster board just south of the bus station in Thira). The films it shows tend to be American blockbusters (recently it has been playing Iron Man 2 and The Ghost Writer) but it also shows some Greek movies (e.g. The King of Mykonos). There is a bar on site. Smoking is acceptable and even dogs are left in to watch the movie with their owners.  edit
Kamari chapels
  • Santorini blue-domed Churches tour (Kamari Tours), Kamari 847 00, +302286031390, [6].  edit
  • Sunrise. If you manage to stay near the Kamari coast in the early morning, you would not want to miss the heavenly view of the Sunrise directly from the sea.  edit
  • Wine tasting (Volcanic Slopes Vineyards winery), Episkopi Gonias 847 00, +302286031368, [7].  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

The long promenade is a pleasant stroll to check the shops, restaurants, taverns and cafe-bars.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The streets of Kamari are abundant with restaurants and especially so along the beach. Kamari is a great place to while away the afternoons sipping cocktails before heading to a great restaurant for a truly memorable meal. While some places, in particular, are mentioned below, most of the restaurants offer incredible food at good prices. If a restaurant is empty or has staff who are overly keen to get you in the door with offers of free wine or discounts, move on.

  • Alexander’s Restaurant, Zoodochou Pigis, Kamari 847 00, +30 228 603 2131. Located about 50 meters from the main bus terminal, offers fresh fish, steaks and Macedonian specialties. Very high quality of food and very very tasty.  edit
  • Captain's Corner, Kamari 847 00, +30 228 603 4111. Greek restaurant  edit
  • El Greco, Beach Rd, Kamari, Kamari 847 00, +30 228 603 1950. Greek restaurant at the beachfront. The seafood in general and calamari, in particular, are very good.  edit
  • Saliveros, Νυμφών, Kamari 847 00, +30 228 603 1702, [8]. Located at Kamari beach. Good food and special price. Great location in the promenade in Kamari.  edit
  • Seaside, Kamari 847 00, +30 228 603 3403. Greek restaurant is very highly regarded by locals. It is moderately expensive.  edit
  • Soul by Splash, Καμάρι, Καμάρι, Σαντορίνη 847 00, +30 228 603 3731. Greek restaurant  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Artemis Karamolegos, Exo Gonia 847 00, +302286033395, [9]. The third-largest winery of Santorini in terms of production volume with a variety of different wines, a restaurant, and winetasting.  edit
Kamari cafe
  • Gaia Wines, Perivolia, +302286034186, [10]. Winery  edit
  • Hook Bar, Kamari 847 00, +302286033441. Situated on the beach promenade in the big rock end of the promenade. Good music.  edit
  • Kamara Beach Bar, Kamari 847 00, +302286033458.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Acqua Vatos Santorini Hotel, Central Road of Kamari Village, Santorini 847 00 (in the heart of the village, 50 meters from Kamari beach), +30 22860 31660, [11]. checkin: 1PM; checkout: noon. €50.  edit
  • Aegean Plaza Resort, Kamari 847 00, +302286028740, [12]. Hotel with a traditional and unique Cycladic architecture, combined with modern facilities.  edit
  • Alesahne Beach Hotel, Dekigala 40c, Thira 847 00, +302286032222, [13].  edit
  • Argiris Studios, Kamari 847 00, +306974475259, [14]. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. Budget accommodation in 10 studios & 1 honeymoon suite just 50meters from the beach of Kamari. (36.378909,25.485798) edit
  • Bellonias Villas, Kamari Boulevard, Kamari 847 00, +30 22860 31138, [15]. A sophisticated, Cycladic-style complex of hotel apartments, studios and suites  edit
  • Imperial Med Hotel, Aghia Paraskevi, +30 22860 32532, [16]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Traditional Cycladic architecture. (36.394546,25.484295) edit
  • Irini's Rooms, Kamari 847 00, +30 22860 31246, [17]. A family owned business.  edit
  • Kafouros hotel, Kamari 847 00, +306970471316, [18]. Small, friendly, family-run with a great pool and bar that's open till late. Handy to the beach and space to park your rental car. Adonis and his family will become friends to see you later.  edit
  • Makris Beach Hotel, Kamari 847 00 (On the Kamari Beach), +302286030181, [19]. Large apartments 20 meters from the main beach of Kamari. Located at the center of Kamari.  edit
  • Matina Hotel, Thira 847 00, +30 22860 31491 (), [20]. Santorini Hotel Matina, in Kamari Beach Santorini is a boutique hotel situated in a tranquil and pleasant garden with a swimming pool, only 2 minutes walk from the beach in Kamari with budget rooms. Hotel Matina is your ideal accommodation in Santorini in Kamari Beach for a relaxing holiday in Santorini Hotel Matina Greece.  edit
  • Mediterranean White Resort, Ag. Paraskevi, Kamari Cyclades, 84700, +30-22860-31167 (, fax: +30-22860-31402), [21]. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00.  edit
Zoodochos Pigi cave church
  • Sunshine Hotel, Perivolia 847 00, +302286032240, [22]. A small and expensive hotel by the beach promenade. Has very basic standard. Staff not particularly friendly. Many of the "balconies" are so small that for all practical purposes they cannot be used.  edit
  • Tamarix Del Mar Hotel, Kamari 847 00, +302286034172, [23]. The island’s traditions were carefully respected, particular care was paid to detail, and interventions were made to provide all modern comforts and facilities.  edit

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