Resting on the South East coast of the island of Santorini, the resort of Perissa sits sandwiched between its renowned beach and a volcanic landscape, giving it an alluring aura that today’s British tourist will find hard to resist.
The pretty resort is popular with visitors for its fantastic beach, as well as for being 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.
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.
With the Mesa Vouno mountain right there, a 3,000-year-old Greek village that’s still being excavated today, and which has been the source of many relics that are held in Athens, 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.
You will find a wide range of restaurants within the resort, and many will specialise in traditional Greek dining and use the local produce that is on offer. For this reason, you will be able to select from a large selection of fish dishes, often dining al fresco so you can look out over the water while tucking into the fruits of the local fishermen’s labours.
If fish is not for you though, there are plenty of options, with many meat-based dished available also. The Santorini meatballs from Bay Bees Grill, in particular, are highly thought of by those who have enjoyed the dining the resort has to offer.
As well as this, the family-run Santa Irini Bakery is open 24 hours a day with breads, pies, pizzas and more all made fresh daily, so you will never go hungry no matter what time it is. Having first opened in 1936, the torch has been passed on generation after generation and has become something of an institution on the resort.
The resort is quieter than some of the others on the island, particularly the capital Fira, though there is a wide selection of lively bars and tavernas available for those who visit. Relaxing beachside is certainly a pastime of those who visit regularly and the Yazz Cocktail bar by the beach will provide refreshing drinks with live music and DJs at night.