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A picture-perfect Greek gem

Perissa is a pretty village on the southeast coast of Santorini. The Greek island is known for its eye-catching black beaches, the treacly sand created by lava from the volcanic terrain. It makes the Aegean Sea look even more sparklingly clear and blue – perfect for envy-inducing holiday snaps.

On Perissa holidays you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a magical land – the hilly village is dotted with traditional whitewashed houses boasting jewel-bright blue-domed roofs. The winding streets are lined with craft shops and churches, including the 17th-century Agia Irin church, from which the island derives its name. Walk the trail from the village to the summit of Mesa Vouno for panoramic views across the ocean and to explore the ruins of the ancient city of Thira.

Holidays to Perissa can be as tranquil or as active as you want. The village is conveniently located just 20 minutes from the bustling modern capital Fira, with its wide selection of lively bars, clubs and restaurants, but for blissful lazing in the sun, Perissa is as relaxed as it is beautiful.

Your Perissa questions, answered

The beach at Perissa is uniquely beautiful and great for families. There are sunloungers and umbrellas, and the crystal-clear water provides the perfect conditions for snorkelling.
It’s warm-to-hot and sunny throughout the year in Santorini. Visit out of season to avoid the crowds and explore the sights in slightly cooler conditions.
Perissa has a handful of bars and restaurants. For clubbing you’ll need to head to the capital Fira – if you grab a taxi you’ll be there in 20 minutes.

Best things to do in Perissa

Make a splash

The black-sand beach boasts some of the clearest waters in Santorini. Cool off in the shallow water or go snorkelling and marvel at the darting colourful fish.

Visit an ancient city

The ancient city of Thira was located at the summit of Mount Vouno. Today you can wander the site and explore ruins of the theatre, gymnasium, royal arcade, shrines and temples.

Try the local food

Perissa is home to restaurants and coastal tavernas specialising in seafood. Order fish with lemon and ouzo, mussel souvlaki and giant calamari alongside a chilled glass of wine.