Are you the type of tourist that enjoys exploring on holiday? Or relaxing on a beach? Or maybe a bit of both? Luckily Santorini offers every kind of holiday experience. There’s plenty of historical and cultural sites to explore on the island, and there’s no shortage of stunning beaches and fun beach bars if you’re in need of a well-deserved rest. Exo Gialos beach is one of the easiest beaches to find and one of Santorini’s best beaches. You’ll also find Yalos Beach Bar, which offers a unique dining experience and great cocktails, as well as being the perfect place for a special occasion.

Explore one of the best beaches on the island…

Drive four kilometres east of Fira and you’ll find beautiful Exo Gialos beach. It consists of both black sand and pebbles, and you’ll also come across stunning volcanic rock formations. It’s not as busy as many other beaches and is considered by locals as Fira’s beach. There’s also a small port for fishing boats complete with swans! You can rent a lounger/umbrella for three euros per person and watch the world go by.

  Discover the natural beauty of Exo Gialos

Take a break from swimming and sunbathing and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner by the sea at Yalos restaurant. Owned by Antonis Anapliotis, you’ll enjoy a warm Santorini welcome, authentic dishes from the island, freshly caught seafood and the finest local wine. Dining in an a traditional boat which has been restored in a dining area, you’re sure to have an unforgettable gastronomic experience by the sea.

     The lovingly restored boat/dining area

Discover delicious traditional Santorinian dishes at Yalos!

So what can you expect from the menu? Delicious Mediterranean dishes made with local produce (such as fava beans, Santorini cherry tomatoes, eggplants and local cheeses). You’ll choose from a range of mouthwatering appetizers, main courses and fresh seafood (the crispy salads and fresh fish are very popular). Compliment your meal with the best Santorini wines from local vineyards or a bottle of champagne to celebrate!

        Yalos’ delicious seafood

The bar is open all day and serves hot drinks, light snacks, fresh juices and innovative cocktails – don’t forget to try the cocktail with katsouni (Santorinian cucumber) and if you can’t find your favourite cocktail on the menu, their mixologist will make it for you or create one for you if you’re feeling adventurous!

 Enjoy your favourite cocktail next to the sea

Yalos is a popular venue for weddings ceremonies and receptions (as well as pre and after wedding parties) and provides a stunning private backdrop for your special day. The restaurant can create a customised wedding menu and provides great music and a fantastic atmosphere. It also has a reputation for the best beach parties on the island, and transforms from an elegant eatery during the day to a lively party venue by night.

       You can’t beat the location of Yalos!

Make sure you include a trip to Exo Gialos beach and Yalos restaurant during your holiday in Santorini!