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Perissa

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Perissa is a seaside village on the southeast side of the Santorini island.

Understand[edit]

It is less crowded and more affordable than Santorini's main tourists hubs. It has long black sand, which is great to look at and hot to lie on. There are all the usual water-based activities plus a regular water taxi to take you around the headland to the neighboring town of Kamari.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Perissa village

Santorini Airport[18] is about 9km to Perissa.

By car[edit]

Often, a car can be rented directly at your hotel, and there are many car rentals located on the main street of Perissa.

  • Drossos, [1]. Company has one of the largest selections of cars for rent on the island.  edit
  • Santorini Blue Car Rental, Unnamed Road, Santorini 847 03, +30 697 478 1552, [2].  edit

By boat[edit]

  • The old port, where cruise-ship passengers arrive[19].
  • The new port (Athinios), where all the ferries arrive[20].
  • There is a regular water taxi to take you around the headland to neighboring Perissa.

The taxi from the Port takes about 15 minutes and should cost no more than 15 euros

Get around[edit]

Once in the town of Perissa, it is easy to rent a scooter or take a taxi, although it is sometimes difficult to locate a taxi because the town is small.

  • Mark's bikes Santorini Perissa, Perissa 847 00, +30 228 608 2833, [3]. Rent a bicycle, moto, ATV, buggy.  edit

Walking around Perissa itself is difficult as there aren't pavements for pedestrians. However now the biggest part of the beach road is closed to traffic every day from 5.oo pm - 5.oo am, May to October. A really enjoyable walk or bicycle ride.

ATVs and scooters are the most popular options of travel on the island. Tourists can be seen driving ATVs on the main roads, which are safe to drive. Local drivers are courteous and will pass tourists on ATVs without causing too much discomfort. Even though the main roads are paved, it is not well lit, so it is recommended that ATV pilots return back to the safe confines of their hotels before sundown.

A car may be a more suitable option than an ATV for a group of 3 to 5 people.

Local buses are available for tourists and locals alike. Public buses are actually large, air-conditioned green tour buses. They may be overcrowded during the high season though, so be prepared to stand for half an hour. Public buses use Fira as a hub spot to the smaller towns from there.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Emporeio Venetian Fortification Settlement[21]. It is the largest village of Santorini with a medieval settlement in the village center.
Perissa shoreline
  • Messa Vouno. It is situated on the summit of the mountain between Perissa and Kamari. Here is a 3,000-year-old ancient Greek town, which is still being excavated. Many of the relics in Athens were pulled up from here. The tour guides do not push this, because there are no organized trips there. Please beware, this is not for those who have mobility problems. Not for the faint-hearted. There is a 3km hike, up a 600M hill. then you have to walk around the ruins. Note that (as of this writing), Ancient Thira closes at 2:30pm, so this is better as a morning or early afternoon trip. Even in the evening, it is worthwhile for the views of Kamari and Perissa. From the summit, there are paths to Perissa, Kamari, or up to the monastery (from where it is possible to walk down to Pyrgos).
  • Prophet Elias church, Thira 847 03

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Beaches. Enjoy the long black sand beach and clean water.  edit
  • Climbing. Climb the mountain to view Ancient Fira (Thira) archaeological site.  edit
  • Cycling, (Perissa beach, Perivolos, Vlyhada, Emporio). The best way to explore the south part of the island or just cruise the 5km long beach road. Several places in Perissa rent bicycles from 3 to 9 euros a day depending on the quality of the bike and the days you keep it. Motomania (main road, 200m from church) has the best ones (but not the cheapest).  edit
  • Diving (Santorini Dive Center), Perissa 847 03, +30 228 608 3190, [4]. Diving sites around the Caldera and the Volcanoes.  edit
  • Fishing (Giorgaros fishing tours Santorini), Vlychada, Thera Santorini Vlychada marine 847 00, +30 693 671 6348, [5].  edit
  • Perissa - Kamari Hike. Walk of 5 kilometers is not easy because of a hill between the midway, twisty road and endless transport stream. But it is scenic walk at any case!  edit
  • Perissa circular walk. See many churches and derelict windmills along your path. The best place to start from the north eastern part of Perissa beach. At the parking "Path to Ancient Thira" the route splits in two: one to Kamari, other with the turn left is a cirle around Perissa.  edit
  • Sailing (Santorini Nautical Club), Perissa 847 03, +30 228 618 6656, [6].  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are several supermarkets and mini-markets located on the main street of Perissa and on the road along the beach (as well as on other streets too). One can buy fruits there as well but don't wait until the evening to do that.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Bay Bees Grill is one of the many beachside restaurants that line the black beach in Perissa. It has excellent Greek and local specialties, including "Santorini Meatballs" which are made out of fried onion and tomato.

  • Acropolis, Perissa, Thira 847 03, +30 228 608 1458, [7]. Beach side restaurant - Top quality, excellent service.  edit
  • Charlina, Παραλία Περίβολος / Perivolos Beach, Σαντορίνη / Santorini 847 03, +30 228 608 2813, [8]. Greek restaurant  edit
  • Poseidon, Perissa Beach, Santorini 847 03, +30 228 608 5080, [9]. from 9-10AM till 11PM-12AM. Salads and main dishes are large (easily shareable between 2 people); very good Greek cuisine; rich chunky soups; not too salty; usually serve free small sweet bonuses after meal; inexpensive. Dinner for ~50-60 euro for 5 persons. (36.34995,25.469272) edit
  • Santa Irini Bakery, (5 minutes from black beach), +30 228 608 2582. Very close to Katerina and John Hotel (see below). Amazing bakery with a 76 year history. Open 24 hours! Reasonable prices. Run by a wonderful older Greek gentleman stuffing free extras in your bag.  edit
  • Tranquilo, Beach Bar- Restaurant, Perissa 847 03 (south corner of the beach), +30 228 608 5230, [10]. 9:00-14:00. Inexpensive vegetarian/vegan cuisine.Famous for its supersized fresh salads. Very popular among travellers, backpackers and expacts. Relax reggae atmosphere with sofas and hammocks. Yoga classes in the mornings and occasionaly live music on the evenings.  edit
  • Volcano, Perissa Beach, Perissa 847 03, +30 228 608 1239, [11]. A luxurious Greek restaurant that lies on the beachline.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Lazy Lizard Bar, Main Street Perissa, Santorini 874 03, +30 697 098 7105.  edit
  • Wet Stories Bar, Unnamed Road, Santorini 847 03, +30 228 608 2990, [12].  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Katerina and John Hotel (Hotel Katerina and John), Santorini, 84703 Perissa, +30 694 800 3059. Extremely affordable budget hotel with amenities to spare. On site ATV rentals, Internet, a small on-site pool, clean sheets and towels. It's a short walk to the "Black Beach" that's lined with seafood tavernas. The 24-hour bakery across the street and cheap convenience store next door surely makes up for the lack of a shower curtain. Dorms and private rooms available.  edit
  • Mary Bill Hotel, Perissa main street (~2 min walking from Meltemi jewelery towards the mountain). checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Very helpful staff; air-conditioning, TV, fridge, hair dryer, electric kettle (upon request); free Wi-Fi Internet access in public areas and in rooms; swimming pool featuring mountain view; nice breakfast (excellent mini sausage and cheese pies). (36.354279,25.46957) edit
  • Perissa Hotel, +30 697 211 9972, [13]. The hotel Perissa, B category is situated in Perissa, the most beautiful and largest black sandy beach of Santorini.The hotel consists of six separate buildings, a breakfast room, bar, internet access, restaurant, swimming pool, parking places, and playground. Each of the 57 spacy rooms of apartments has a bath, telephone, air-condition, fridge, TV, (some of them also have a kitchen), safe box, and private balcony overlooking the sea. The hotel also offers the service of rented cars, motorbikes, and transport from the port and airport.  edit
  • Santa Irini Hotel, Perissa - Santorini Greece - P.C. 847 03, +30 228 608 3391. Medium sized (~15 rooms), family-run hotel, very clean service and premises (including the large swimming pool), impressively comfortable rooms (with refrigerator and air-conditioning), at very low prices. The friendly personnel and their amazing chef have amazed us. Hint: Try the hotel's restaurant. Great omelets in the morning!  edit
  • Smaragdi Hotel, Perivolos, +30 228 608 2701, [14]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 11:00. Smaragdi Hotel is an A-class complex, built according to the unique, traditional Cycladic architecture. It combines the island's beauty with the charm of small hotels offering all modern facilities. On the famous black beach of Perivolos in Santorini, sunny and cozy are the studios and the luxurious apartments all feature: Fully equipped kitchen, air-condition, satellite color TV, direct-dial telephone, safe-box, and hairdryer. To clients, disposal are The swimming pool and the pool snack bar with the beautiful gardens, private parking, barbecue, breakfast lounge, playground, safe, Fax-service, Rent-a-car service, Exchange service. Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge.  edit
  • Utopia guesthouse, Perissa beach (on the beach. Right behind Tranquilo, and Meditteranean dive school), +30 228 608 1065, [15]. Utopia is located on the beach, next to Tranquilo restaurant. Relaxed atmosphere, artistic looks, chill-out vibe, tree yard. Rooms are basic and clean. Colorful hammocks, easy barefoot access to the beach. Sunrise & sunset yoga sessions. Friendly price policy.  edit
  • Veggera Hotel, +30 228 608 2060, [16]. Veggera is located on Perissa beach that offers rooms, apartment sand suites accommodation.  edit
  • Villa the birds, Perissa Santorini, +30 228 608 1177, [17]. checkin: 13.00; checkout: 11.00 am. Deep in the heart of Santorini countryside, one can find 'The Birds Villa Hotel and "The Birds Villa Apartments". They lie on the road to Ancient Thira at the base of the Mesa Vouno mountain, under the protection of Katefiani monastery. 300 meters for the hotel and 500 meters for the apartments away is the black volcanic beach of Perissa. The large freshwater swimming pools are surrounded by high walls for absolute privacy. Surrounding the Villa flowers & olive trees create a relaxing environment. The Birds Villa Hotel in Santorini offers 4 double rooms & 2 maisonettes for up to 3 guests. All the rooms have air conditioning, a private balcony with Sea or Mountain view, a TV, fridge & bathroom. The Maisonettes are split-level with a loft - the living room on the ground floor. (60,) edit

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