We can probably guess two experiences that will be high on your list of things to do in Santorini – watching the sunset in the beautiful village of Oia and sipping cocktails at a beach bar. Both Fira, the capital and Oia can get very busy with tourists, especially in peak season (June – September). It’s worth knowing where you can get a great view of the sunset and avoid the hoards of tourists visiting Oia for the same reason. Katharos Lounge just outside of Oia is the perfect place for the full Santorini sunset experience without the hassle. So yes, there is (kind of) a beach bar in Oia!
Where can I find this beach bar in Oia – Katharos Lounge?
Katharos Lounge is in the far north of the island, not far from Oia. Take the road from Oia to Ammoudi Bay. Before the bay look for the driveway, you’ll see the sign for Katharos Beach & Lounge. You can’t take public transport here (If you’re on foot it’s an 18 minute walk). It’s nestled away on the cliffside on its own, with the most fantastic views of the sunset. You can expect a chilled out atmosphere, with DJs and musicians playing relaxing beats day and night. This is the place if you’re looking for a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere, with privacy and peace guaranteed. Katharos Lounge serves lunch, dinner, coffee and a wide range of drinks, including an impressive cocktail menu to accompany your sunset watching. it’s highly recommended to reserve a table for dinner.
What’s the menu like at Katharos Lounge?
At lunchtime you can expect a selection of wraps, burgers and their excellent salads – try the Katharos Salad and the Strawberry Salad for something a little different. You can also choose Bruschetta and a wide range of meze – highly rated are the baked feta, mussels, grilled shrimp and the artichoke dip. Enjoy an iced coffee, herbal tea and juices. This is a great place to try local beer and wine. Katharos Lounge serves Crazy Donkey beer which is brewed on the island, as well as Argyros Estate wine. And of course don’t watch the stunning world-famous sunset without a cocktail in your hand – give one of their unique raki cocktails a try! The staff here will bend over backwards for you to make sure you have the best experience possible.
“We visited Katharos beach and on the way down passed this very delightful bar/restaurant – we made sure we got back and had a table to watch the evening sunset. This was my favourite evening during a trip to Santorini. We watched the beautiful sunset whilst enjoying Mojitos which were delicious. We then choose some tapas dishes – can thoroughly recommend the lamb skewers. The staff were so friendly and welcoming – it really was like being a special guest in someone’s house. A lovely finishing touch – the staff gave us warm blankets so we could continue to sit outside when the sun went down. Finally thank you for a great evening!” – Susan A
“We ended up here by mistake whilst trying to found a particular restaurant. So glad we ended up here. Someone hadn’t shown for their booking so we were very lucky and got a table. There is such a purity to this location with nothing else around. The view at sunset is the best that I have seen. Fantastic tapas style food. Finally, outstanding service and worth making a booking here.” – Minnsy_10
Finally, to find out more about Katharos Lounge please visit their Facebook page! This is THE beach bar in Oia!