Playa Perissa

Perissa, the coastal village of Santorini

It is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful black sand beach, which stretches for over 7 kilometres and is backed by cliffs and hills. The town is also known for its lively atmosphere, with a variety of bars, restaurants and shops catering to tourists.

As well as enjoying the beach, visitors to Perissa can explore ancient ruins and historic churches, including the ruins of an early Christian basilica and the Church of Timios Stavros, which dates back to the 19th century.

Perissa is well connected to other parts of Santorini, with regular buses running to the island’s capital, Fira, as well as other towns and cities. The town is also home to a number of accommodation options, ranging from budget hostels to luxury resorts.

Where is Perissa

Perissa is a coastal town located on the southeast coast of the island of Santorini in Greece.

Tourist map of Perissa

The following map of Perissa shows the most important places in the town that you should visit. It is an interactive map of Perissa that you can move and pan around as you wish.

How to get to Perissa

From Santorini airport to Perissa

If you arrive by plane to Santorini and want to go to Perissa

from the airport, the cheapest, safest and quickest option is to book a transfer from the airport to Perissa, the private transfer will be waiting for you on arrival so you can make the most of your stay on the island.

You can also take a taxi, but it’s expensive as they try to take advantage of tourists.

Save on your airfare by booking on our Santorini flights website and enjoy your holiday the way you deserve.

Getting to Perissa by bus

To get to Perissa by bus or public transport, check all the information, routes and timetables here.

From Athinos port to Perissa

If you arrive in Santorini by cruise ship and disembark at the port of Athinos (the island’s main port) you can hop on one of the many buses that you will find in the port itself, as all ferries and cruise ships are connected in route and timetable with Santorini’s public transport. The journey time from Athinos from to Perissa is approximately 15 minutes.

The most comfortable and fastest way to get to Perissa from Athinos is to book a private transfer in Santorini 

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Booking an island tour

The option of booking a Tour or Excursion is the best way if you want to explore the island and not leave anything to see and do. We recommend this private tour with English speaking guide.

Tours and Excursions in Perissa

If you are a lover of sport and adventure, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the town of Perissa. Try water sports such as windsurfing or paddle surfing in the crystal clear waters. And if you prefer the mountains, hike in the colourful hills and enjoy panoramic views of the coastline, experience unforgettable moments in Perissa and book one of these activities!

What to see and do in Perissa

Perissa is a unique place with many things to see and do on your trip to Santorini. Here are some of the most important tourist attractions in the area.

Visit the ancient city of Thera

Recommended: Explore Thera Town on horseback

Ancient Thera is an archaeological site located on top of a mountain Mesa Vouno just above Perissa. This ancient city was inhabited from the 9th century BC to the 4th century AD and has been excavated and restored in recent decades, allowing visitors to explore its fascinating ruins.

The ruins of Ancient Thera include a theatre, temples, houses, public baths and cobbled streets. Visitors can walk through the narrow streets connecting the buildings and see what life was like in the ancient Greek city. The buildings are made of volcanic stone and some have beautiful decorations and mosaics.

One of the highlights of Ancient Thera is its hilltop location, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the sea and the coast of Santorini.

Ancient Thera is a fascinating place to visit in Santorini, and is an excellent way to learn about the history and culture of the island.

Boat excursions along the coast of Kamari Perissa

Recommended: Santorini caldera cruise with Greek food

Seeing the coast of Santorini island from the sea is one of the best things to do in Perissa.

Perissa is a great starting point for boat trips to explore the breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and the island’s coastline.

Boat trips from Perissa are usually half or full day trips, and offer a variety of options for visitors, such as exploring the island’s beaches and bays, swimming in crystal clear waters and visiting Santorini’s famous hot springs.

One of the most popular excursions from Perissa is a visit to Santorini’s caldera.

Caldera tour of Santorini with full Greek meal and drinks


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Discover the black beach of Perissa

Located on the south coast of the island, the black beach of Perissa is known for its dark, succulent sand, which is a product of the volcanic eruption of the island thousands of years ago. The beach is an ideal place to take a dip in the Aegean Sea, and also offers a wide variety of water activities, such as windsurfing and diving.

Enjoy the wineries and their wines

This winery is known for its high quality wines and its beautiful location offering breathtaking panoramic views of the island.

The Ancient Thira winery is located in an area of Santorini known for its wine production, and specialises in the production of traditional wines such as Vinsanto and Assyrtiko. The winery also offers wine tastings, where visitors can taste different local wine varieties and learn about the history of wine production in Santorini.

In addition to wine tasting, Ancient Thira Winery offers guided tours of the winery and vineyards, where visitors can learn about the wine production process and learn about the history of the winery and the region. The tours also include information about Santorini’s viticulture and the grape varieties grown on the island.

The Ancient Thira winery is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, with panoramic views of the island and the Aegean Sea.

Recommended: Santorini Wine Tour at sunset

Places of interest and monuments

Visiting the beautiful Timios Stavros Church

The church is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the area due to its traditional architecture and rich history.

The name “Timios Stavros” translates as “Holy Cross” in Greek and refers to the cross on which Jesus Christ is said to have been crucified. The church of Timios Stavros is known for its impressive blue and white bell tower that rises above the main building. The bell tower is a distinctive symbol of the church and can be seen from afar.

The church was built in 1835 and was dedicated to the Holy Cross. During Byzantine times, the island of Santorini was an important trading centre and it is believed that the church was built to serve the community of sailors and merchants who lived in the area.

Christian Basilica of Agia Irini (Saint Irene)

The remains of this ancient church are what gave the island its name when the Venetians arrived in Santorini (Santa Irene = Santorini). It was built in the 5th century, was 25 metres long and had three naves. In 1992 archaeological work was carried out and the remains of a very important Byzantine building were found, and although it has not yet been possible to excavate to the floor of the ancient basilica, it is clear from its size why it gave its name to the place.

It is a twin of the Basilica of St. Apollinaris in Ravenna (built in 493). It is another of the most historic places to visit in Perissa and you will learn a lot about the beginnings of Santorini.

Accommodation in Perissa

Recommended Hotel: Aqua Blue Beach Hotel

Accommodation in Perissa includes luxury hotels, flats and villas, as well as budget hotels and hostels for travellers on a tighter budget. Many of the accommodations in Perissa are located just a few minutes’ walk from the beach and offer stunning views of the Aegean Sea.

Luxury Hotels

Perissa offers a wide selection of luxury hotels for those looking for an unforgettable holiday. These luxury hotels in Perissa offer first class services and amenities to ensure a high quality and comfortable stay.


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Romantic Hotels

Perissa is a popular destination for couples looking for a romantic holiday on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini. There is a selection of romantic hotels in Perissa offering elegant rooms, luxury amenities and stunning locations for the perfect romantic getaway.


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Cheap Hotels

There are several budget hotels in Perissa that offer good value for money for budget travellers. All of these hotels offer a convenient location close to the beach and the main attractions of Perissa, as well as a friendly and homely atmosphere that will make guests feel at home.


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