The pretty resort of Perissa lies just south of Kamari, popular with visitors for its fantastic beach! It’s a small, typically Greek village scattered with whitewashed buildings where you can expect a relaxing holiday with a fun party vibe. The scenery is another thing that makes Perissa so popular; the north end of the beach lies in the shadow of Mesa Vouno, a rocky mountain that seems to rise from the sea.
Perissa has one of Santorini’s best beaches, boasting a Blue Flag award for its cleanliness and convenient facilities. Like most Santorini beaches it has black sand, which is less ‘photo-friendly’ than the golden stretches that are common in the rest of Greece, but the mountain scenery and clear, refreshing sea more than makes up for it! Perissa is known for its watersports, and there are bars lining the back of the beach.
With the Mesa Vouno mountain right there, it would be rude not to make the trip to the top! The walking trail to the top takes about an hour, or you can drive up via a road from Kamari. At the summit are the ruins of the ancient town of Thira, and you can enjoy sweeping ocean views. Perissa has a beautiful blue-domed church in its centre, and a promenade of shops and restaurants.
Perissa is the closest resort to Santorini Water Park, where kids can enjoy three swimming pools and water slides while parents relax at poolside bars and cafes. If you want a change of scene, Perissa is flanked by two other beaches – Kamari on one side and Perivolos on the other – and Santorini’s small size makes a trip out to Fira or Oia a quick and easy option.