- 2 km northwest of Oia
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Just a 20-minute walk from pretty Oia (up and down a few hills), Katharos beach lies hidden away between rugged cliffs and rocks. A total escape from the brasher aspects of the island, it remains blissfully undiscovered (no sun beds, no umbrellas), and its fine black volcanic sand, moody sea and stunning sunsets give it an other-worldly vibe. Along a path and up some steps, above the beach, the boho-chic Katharos Lounge (Tel: 6970 966 754; daily 11 am-2 am) serves freshly-squeezed juices and light snacks, and stages live music most evenings.