Popularity: Not much
Style: Freeride, Wave
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
If you're looking for baby soft golden sand beaches with gentle waves lapping the seashore in Santorini you may be disappointed. Because of the volcanic activity that formed this Greek Island the Santorini beaches is an intriguing mix of black or grey, often course sand with pebbles. The Beach is in front of the PPC factory and it is essentially the continuation of the Perissa beach.
Medium Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: N, NE, SE
Main Direction: N, NE, E, SE, S, NW
Main Wind Direction: Side Onshore
Blowing at: Morning, Midday
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
Because of its location Monolithos is subjected to some strong thermal winds. The summer winds are in July to August, like all the Aegean islands. The main wind direction here is north and this is a direction that works well here along with north northwest. Sometimes the wind is steady for more than 20 knots for a week and more during the day hours, the wind power is falling in the afternoon and during the night. During the winter the wind is more sporadic, but also much gustier.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
The conditions can be flat with small to medium waves. The water is mainly flat behind the mole. It is not advisable for beginners to practice here because of the rocky mole situated just off the coastline.
Bathers Period: June, July, August, September
Kid Friendly: Yes
The beach at Monolithos is made up of black and greyish sand with a scattering of black pebbles and shingle mainly nearer the water line and it is tree lined. It can get busy with tourists during these times, so there may well be restrictions in place. The beach has a children's playground and basketball court.
Access to Monolithos:
Right at the airport area, next to Kamari beach and only 6 km away from Fira, the beach is very reachable from all directions. You can easily get here by car or the local bus, which runs pretty frequently from Fira and the bus stop is a couple of meters from the spot.
Access to Santorini:
Arrival by Airplane: You can reach Santorini by air and arrive at Santorini International Airport, located north of Kamari village, 6 km of Thira town, with regular flights of 45 minutes duration from Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens. During the summer season, you can reach Santorini with direct flights from many European countries.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: Santorini Island features two ports; the main port is Athinios, which is 3 km south of Fira Town and where all the ferry and commercial boats arrive. There is also the Old Port, mostly used for cruise ships. There is a cable car travels from Fira harbor up to Fira town.
The main port to take you to Santorini from Athens is Piraeus, but there are also ferries departures, especially high-speed ferries, from the port of Rafina, which is closest to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, in Athens. There are two types of ferries; the high-speed ferry which takes approximately 4,5 hours and the normal ferry which is much slower and takes approximately 7 hours. You can also travel to Santorini by ferry from/to main Cyclades Islands.
Local Transportation: When you arrive in Santorini, you can either use the public transportation (local bus) or taxis or, even better, rent a car (or a motorbike in the summer).
Arrival by Car: You will find a multitude of car rentals, with the majority of them in Fira Town and in the Fira Harbor.
Arrival by Bus: You can easily travel around Santorini if you take the local bus service which is air-conditioned, reliable and really low cost; however, if you intent to stay on the Island more than 4 days and in order to be independent to move whenever and wherever you wish, it is worth hiring a car from one of the many car rental services you will find almost everywhere on the Island.
Travelling by bus within Santorini is safe but can be tricky as sometimes the timetables changes without prior notice. During summer, the buses depart every 30 minutes and the main bus depot is near the central square of Fira.
Arrival by Taxi: You can also get around Santorini by taxis; you will find the main taxi stand below Fira square. Taxis in Santorini are silver. You are advised to ask for the fare before getting in the taxi in order to avoid bad surprises. They can be hailed on the street or arrive by appointment.