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Perissa

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Perissa

Perissa (Greek: Περίσσα) is yet another sea-side village (or rather: tourist waterhole). It has a long black sand, which is great to look and hot to lie on. There are all the usual water based activities plus a regular water taxi to take you round the headland to the neighboring town of Kamari.

Get in[edit]

Taxi, Bus from the Boat Stop ot from Thira, Oia; mini-bus offered by the (funny) touts viz. hostel representatives when you stumble down from the ferry. You can *not* easily walk over to Kamari, as there's quite a hill in between - water taxi, an endless bus ride or wiking it is! The taxi from the Port takes about 15 minutes and should cost no more than €15

Get around[edit]

Once in the town of Perissa, it is easy to rent a scooter, or take a taxi, although it is sometimes difficult to locate a taxi because the town is small. Walk in Perissa is also difficult as there isn't sidewalks to pedestrians. Even in the coast street you have to walk with the cars at the same place. Take care mainly during the evening when sometimes the motorcycles and scooters are running everywhere.

ATVs and scooters are the most popular options of travel on the island. Tourists can be seen driving ATVs on the main roads, which are safe to drive. Local drivers are courteous and will pass tourists on ATVs without causing too much of a commotion. Even though the main roads are paved, it is not well lit, so it is recommended that ATV pilots return back to the safe confines of their hotels before sundown.

Local busses are available for tourists and locals alike. Public busses are actually large, air-conditioned green tour busses. Public busses use Fira as a hub and spoke out to the smaller towns from there.

See[edit]

  • Messa Vuna Do not go to Perissa or Kamari without visiting here. It is on the summit of the mountain between Perissa and Kamari. Here is a 3,000 year old ancient Greek town, which is still being excavated. Many of the relics in Athens were pulled up from here. The tour guides do not push this, because there are no organised trips there. Please beware, this is not for those who have mobility problems. Not for the faint hearted. There is a 3KM hike, up a 600M hill. then you have to walk round the ruins. Note that (as of this writing), Ancient Thira closes at 2:30PM, so this is better as a morning or early afternoon trip. Even in the evening, it is worthwhile for the views of Kamari and Perissa. From the summit, there are paths to Perissa, Kamari, or up to the monastery (from where it is possible to walk down to Pyrgos).

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Creamerie Vienna, On the Black Beach (Walk alongside the black beach towards the mountain until you see it on your left. Besides Pepi's). 9AM-11PM. A new seaside gelato shop that opened up early June 2008. Alexanderia, the owner, and her staff makes gelato fresh every morning. The only fresh gelato to be had on the Beach at Perissa. From 2.00 Euro.
  • Bay Bees Grill is one of the many beachside restaurants that line the black beach in Perissa. It has excellent Greek and local specialities, including "Santorini Meatballs" which are made out of fried onion and tomato.
  • Vulkano A luxurious restaurant that lies on the beachline.
  • Charlinas Beach side restaurants in Perissa and Perivolos.
  • Acropolis Beach side restaurant - Top quality, excellent service.
  • Sea Side At the far end of the beach (in Perivolos), this restaurant is very highly regarded by locals. It is moderately expensive (~20EU per dish)
  • Mother's Recipes Inexpensive restaurant, highly regarded by locals, and quite good. Take a right after the Mediterranean Dive Club, walk to the main road, and walk a block or two back towards Perissa Rock. It will be on your right.
  • Locals also recommended God's Kitchen, on the road just past Mediterranean Dive Club. We only ate there once, and found it above average, but not spectacular.
  • Atlas Restaurant and Bar, Main Road, +30 22860 83363. On the main road across from Youth Hostel Anna, Atlas is a quirky and cool restaurant serving both traditional Greek and western classics. The best burgers in Perissa. At night, the bar fills up with the local expat workers and can be highly entertaining.

Drink[edit]

  • Bob's Bar (aka The News Bar) Outdoor bar, on the main street. Run by a Lebanese family. If you like pina colada, you must give Bob a go!

Sleep[edit]

  • Katerina and John Hotel (Hotel Katerina and John), Santorini, 84703 Perissa, +30 2286083283. Extremely affordable budget hotel with amenities to spare. On site ATV rentals, Internet cafe (1 Euro per hour usage, 1/2 price if you bring your own laptop), a small on-site pool, clean sheets and towels. It's a short walk to the "Black Beach" that's lined with seafood tavernas. The 24-hour bakery across the street and cheap convenience store next door surely makes up for the lack of a shower curtain. Dorms and private rooms available. 6-56 Euros.
  • Hotel Perissa, +30 697 2119972. The hotel Perissa, B category is situated in Perissa, the most beautiful and largest black sandy beach of Santorini.The hotel consists of six separate buildings, breakfast room, bar, internet access, restaurant, swimming pool, parking places and playground. Each of the 57 spacy room of apartments has a bath, telephone, aircondition, fridge, TV, (some of them also have kitchen), safe box and private balcony overlooking the sea. The hotel also offers the service of rented cars, motorbikes and transport from the port and airport.
  • [dead link] Villa Marvalia, +30 697 2496296. A family run economy guesthouse about 100 meters from Perissa Beach. 8-30€ per person.
  • Smaragdi Hotel, Perivolos, +30 2286082701. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 11:00. On the black beach of Perivolos in Santorini. It has a swimming pool, private parking, barbecue, breakfast lounge, playground, safe, Fax-service, Rent-a-car service, Exchange service. Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge. 20 - €100 per person.
  • Santa Irini Hotel, Perissa - Santorini Greece - P.C. 847 03, +30 22860 83391. Medium sized (~15 rooms), family-run hotel, very clean service and premises (including the large swimming pool), rooms (with refrigirator and air-conditioning). Great omelets in the morning.
  • villa the birds, perissa santorini, +30 2286081177. Check-in: 13.00, check-out: 11.00AM. 20.
  • Veggera Hotel, +30 22860 82060. Veggera is a 4 star hotel located on Perissa beach that offers rooms, apartment sand suites accommodation. € 74 - € 370.
  • Glykeria Mini Suites. Beach hotel in Perissa with small suites and family rooms & a bar-restaurant.

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