Olympic Holidays

Perissa Santorini travel guide

The popular beach resort of Perissa is located on the south-east of Santorini at the northern end of a seven kilometre stretch of volcanic black sand.

Notably less busy than its busy neighbour Kamari, Perissa is still an attractive alternative and a favourite of those who like their beach holidays yo include watersports with windsurfing, parasailing and water skiing on offer alongside a couple of scuba diving centres.

Plenty of tavernas and bars are strung along the back of the beach of coarse black sand, with several mini-markets and tourist shops found a little further inland.

Perissa is the most northern of a trio of beach resorts strung along the south east coast that all blend into one another so it is never clear where one resort begins or ends, the other beaches being Perivolos and Agios Georgos.

For those who want to do more than sunbathe, the Byzantine church of Agia Irini is nearby with a small museum offering displays of rare plant fossils. Big street festivals for the island saint are also held here in mid-August and September.

Perissa village also has one of the largest churches on Santorini and the nearby village of Emborio is worth a visit to see one of the island's original fortified castles.

There are regular buses from the main square in Perissa to the island capital at Fira, which is about 13km away.