Best Hotels in Perissa & Perivolos, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: September 16, 2021

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The best beach hotel in Perissa and Perivolos, Santorini.

Istoria – The best beach hotel in Santorini.

Staying in Perissa & Perivolos

Perissa is a fun coastal town and one of the best Santorini beaches. It has plenty of good restaurants, several low-key bars, and a small party scene (beach-style, not clubby). This strip of black sand beach spreads along 3 or 4 kms, peppered with hotels and restaurants – at some indistinct point it turns into Perivolos and then into Agios Georgios, but it all feels like one long spread. The south end at Agios Georgios Beach is home to a cluster of fine dining restaurants and luxury beach clubs. The sand in Perissa is much finer than you’ll find in pebbly Kamari, just up the coast (getting sandier as you move south towards Perivolos and Agios Georgios), and the swimming is excellent. It’s also farther from Fira and Oia than Kamari Beach, which makes visiting the caldera a bit more of an outing.

Map of Perissa and Perivolos

Map of Perissa and Perivolos on Santorini showing best things to do, restaurants, and best hotels.
Hotels on Map: Meltemi Village HotelSellada Beach HotelVeggeraAqua Blue HotelAnastasia PrincessBlack Rose Beach SuitesSmaragdi HotelIstoriaOrabel Suites Santorini

4 Best Hotels in Perissa & Perivolos

1. Istoria Hotel – Perivolos

Boutique Perissa hotel with pool and bar.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 81957
Easily the most luxurious beachfront hotel in Santorini, Istoria boasts an infinity pool with an attached jacuzzi, a holistic spa, and friendly, attentive service. Most of their well-appointed suites have private, outdoor jacuzzis or pools. Food and drinks are incredible at their signature restaurant Mr. E and at their all-day pool bar. The hotel also offers a serviced, private beach area. Well located on Perivolos Beach, just steps from great dining and beach clubs.
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2. Orabel Suites – Perivolos

Luxury hotel in Perissa Beach.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 85060
Adults-only boutique hotel with beautiful modern suites just 5 minutes from the beach. Orabel boasts 2 pools (the main pool and an endless current pool) with a lovely poolside bar. Suites feature sea or pool views, and all include either indoor or outdoor jacuzzis. The 2-bedroom/2-bathroom Master Suite is the largest onsite and sleeps up to 4.
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3. Meltemi Village Hotel – Perissa

Hotel swimming pool surrounded by thatched umbrellas, loungers, and palm trees
Hotel phone: +30 22860 81325
Friendly, affordable, boutique hotel with bright, traditional-style rooms and suites. Suites feature private outdoor jacuzzis, while the villa has a full kitchen and can accommodate 6 guests. Mature palm trees give the large, lovely pool area a tropical feel. Their popular cocktail bar and restaurant serve casual food and drinks in a lively setting. Located in a quiet neighborhood about a 5-minute walk to Perissa Beach.
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4. Aqua Blue Hotel – Perissa

Perissa hotel with large pool.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 85015
Steps from Perissa’s black sand beach, Aqua Blue offers a private beach area with bar service reserved for hotel guests. The 2 pools are beautiful, both surrounded by with double sun-loungers, and 1 with an extra kids pool. Rooms and suites are modern and spacious. The Family Rooms (2 connected Doubles) and Maisonettes sleep up to 5; Studios and Maisonettes offer kitchenettes. Wonderful food at the restaurant and pool bar.
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Perissa & Perivolos Beaches Information

  • Location: Southeast coast of the island with Perissa to the north and Perivolos to the south. About 12 km from the port, 13 km from the airport, 12 km from Fira and 24 km from Oia.
  • Parking: There is a large free public parking lot located in Perivolos. There is another free public parking lot available as you come into Perissa heading north on the main road by the final bus stop. There’s also free public parking all along the beach road if you can find it.
  • Bus: Perissa and Perivolos beaches are both accessible via the Fira-Perissa route. The Perissa bus stop is at the north end of the beach; Perivolos’ bus stop is outside Mera Beach Bar. General bus information and public bus schedule.
  • Dining: Many lovely cafes, tavernas, and beach bars line the main road along the beach. Our favorites include Mezedaki, Afros, Fougaro, Fretzeskos, 41 Fourty One, Savvas Popeye, and Gecko Burger Place
  • Shopping: Some small boutiques and souvenir shops are along the main road. Good bets: Riga Clothes and Accessories, Meltemi Gold and Silver, Studio Leather Zafiropoulos.

Lay of The Land

The scenic and lively village of Fira is the island’s capital and built into the cliffs of the caldera. Its name comes from the ancient name of the island, Thera. Fira offers spectacular panoramic views of the 18km-long caldera, from the southern village of Akrotiri to the northern village of Oia. There are picture-perfect views of the volcanic island of Nea Kameni and Thirassia Island from here as well. Caldera views from Fira are equally spectacular day and night, and Fira is also well known for its nightlife.

The village is the commercial hub of the island, full of picturesque narrow alleys filled with clothing and gift shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries, bars, and clubs, as well as the island’s police station, post office, and other municipal offices. The central square in Fira is called Plateia Theotokopoulou, located in front of the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral with spectacular caldera views. Here there are plenty of coffee shops and places to eat. On the main road through town are banks, pharmacies, travel agencies, and shops as well as the bus terminal, taxi station, and a public parking lot.

All business on the caldera side of the village have beautiful ocean, sunset, and caldera views – making dining, drinking, and lodging there much more expensive. Plenty of great places can be found off the caldera as well, however, and generally at a lower price-point.

The Old Port
Below Fira is the Old Port. Unless you are being tendered from a cruise ship, there is little reason to visit here. The old port is connected to Fira by a steep zig-zag footpath and a cable car. Donkeys carrying tourists going up and down the path all day long are a common sight. We do not recommend this activity.

Fira to Oia Hike
Definitely one of the best things to do in Santorini is the Fira to Oia hike. The 10.5 km trail takes you along the caldera cliff and through the villages of Firostefani, Imerovigli, and on to Oia. It takes between 2 and 5 hours depending on how fast you walk and how often you stop. If you do a side trip to Skaros Rock, it will add at least an hour. Part of the path is similar to a sidewalk, parts are cobblestone, and parts are a dirt path. There is a good climb in both directions. The climb from Oia to Imerovigli is long and gradual so you don’t notice it as much. The climb from Fira to Imerovigli is short and steep. The trail is not baby-stroller or bike-friendly. Most 7 year-olds would have no trouble completing the walk in terms of difficulty because the quality of the path is good, but it is a very long walk for anyone under 10.

Firostefani is the smaller village adjacent to Fira, about a 1 km walk along the Fira-Oia trail. If you want to be close to the action of Fira but don’t want the crowds, then Firostefani is a great place to stay. Views here are equally wonderful. There are 10 to 12 restaurants in Firostefani, a bakery, and a couple of markets – but no bars or nightlife.


  • Oia-Fira Hiking Trail: 1-minute walk. One of the top attractions on the island is this scenic 10.5 km hiking trail connecting Oia and Fira. A mix of sidewalk, cobblestones, and dirt trail, this route boasts gorgeous vistas the entire way. Hiking northwest, the full length of the path from Fira to Oia Castle takes about 2.5 hours (add at least 30 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock when you head north).
  • Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral: This imposing cathedral dominates the main square in Fira. Fully renovated after the ’56 earthquake, this landmark church is surrounded by a series of grand archways, and is adorned with frescoed walls and ceilings inside in gold and vivid colors.
  • Old Port of Fira: A.K.A. Fira Skala, the Old Port has a few tavernas, shops, and pretty sea views. The only connections from the port to the village are the cable cars, donkeys, or walking up the 587 steps. Nowadays, the Old Port is mostly used by cruise ship passengers, arriving daily by the thousands in the high season. To avoid the largest crowds, plan excursions around the cruise ship calendar.
  • Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist: Often referred to simply as the Catholic Church, St. John’s is recognizable by its brilliant yellow and blue exterior and clock tower.
  • Skaros Rock: Impressive volcanic rock formation housing the ruins of a medieval castle and town, dating to 1207. The trailhead leading to Skaros begins at Agios Georgios Church in Imerovigli.
  • Fira Museums The Archaeological Museum of Thera, The Museum of Prehistoric Thera, The Folklore Museum, and Megaron Gyzi.

More Great Perissa and Perivolos Hotels

Sellada Beach Hotel – Perissa

Pool and patios at Sellada Beach Hotel in Perissa, Santorini
Hotel phone: +30 22860 81859
Set right on Perissa Beach with a well-maintained pool (that never gets too crowded) and beachfront bar service. Rooms, studios, and apartments (some split-level for up to 5 guests) are fresh and clean with modern bathrooms. Apartments and studios include kitchenettes.
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Veggera – Perissa

Exterior view of Veggera Hotel in Perissa, Santorini
Hotel phone: +30 22860 82060
Elegantly, traditionally furnished, and great for families. Suites and maisonettes sleep up to 4, and apartments sleep 5. Central sundeck with 2 adults’ and 1 kids’ pool. Located just opposite the beach (with a private area for guests) and with a good selection of shops and restaurants nearby.
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Anastasia Princess Hotel – Perissa

Hotel phone: +30 22860 81957
Adults-only, all-suite resort with 2 pools just 2 minutes’ walk from the beach. Suites, Apartments, and Studios all include kitchenettes and private terraces; Suites include private, outdoor jacuzzis or plunge pools. The fantastic pool bar serves light bites and an especially great breakfast.
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Black Rose Beach Suites – Perivolos

Hotel phone: +30 22860 85124
Elegant small hotel with 6 spacious suites spread over 8 acres of gardens, an Olympic-size pool with sea views, and a wonderful location directly across from Perissa Beach. All suites include private terraces, and all but 1 have private pools with built-in jacuzzis. Breakfast is included in the room rates and delivered to each suite daily. Excellent beachfront location with a private beach area.
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Smaragdi Hotel – Perivolos

Hotel swimming pool surrounded by villa-like suites
Hotel phone: +30 22860 82701
The best budget hotel in Perissa/Perivolos, Smaragdi sits just a few meters from the beach (a less-than-1-minute walk). The lovely pool and hot tub are served by the all-day poolside bar, which offers cocktails and light fare. The hotel offers an huge variety of rooms and suites, all spacious, from the entry-level standard room (26 sqm) to the luxury 1-bedroom Master Suite (42 sqm). 2-story maisonettes are the best family options, sleeping up to 5 over 2 floors. Suites include private indoor or outdoor jacuzzis. Great location near restaurants, bars, and a small supermarket.
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Atlantis Beach Villa – Perivolos

Exterior view of Atlantis Beach Villa in Perissa, Santorini
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28575
Beachfront boutique hotel with a private beach area, pool and kids’ pool, and massage services. Rooms and studios sleep up to 3, all with private balconies. All studios have kitchenettes, and 3 studios have private, outdoor jacuzzis. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate, and the pool bar serves light bites and cocktails throughout the day. Wonderful location in Perivolos near several restaurants and beach clubs.
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Sea Sound White Katikies – Agios Georgios

Hotel phone: +30 2286 082701
Cycladic-style houses and suites with private beach access. All have kitchenettes and sea views. The villa can sleep 8. Lovely shared pool and gardens. Located at the southern end of Agios Georgios Beach, almost in Vlichada (perhaps too isolated for some).
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Staying at Perissa & Perivolos Beaches – Things to Know

road along the beach

The road along the beach that includes both Perissa and Perivolos.

taverna seating

Typical taverna seating on the beach side.

tables in sand

Many restaurants straddle the road, with tables in the sand and a dining space with open facade across the road.

Long Beach

Perissa and Perivolos together make one long beautiful beach.

clear water

Clear delicious waters.

sand boardwalk

The sand gets too hot to walk on in the middle of the day during summer months.

shade trees

Limited natural shade underneath the trees on parts of the beach.

sandy beach

Looking toward Perissa.

sand play

Playing in the sand.

beach bed rentals

Many beach beds for rent.

lifeguard station

Lifeguard station.

taverna on road

Tavernas and restaurants line the road along the beach.

afros taverna

Afros Taverna has excellent food.

restaurant menu

A typical restaurant menu.

water sports rentals

Water sports rentals on the beach.

Santorini Dive Center

Santorini Dive Center.

public bus stop

Public bus stop on Perivolos in front of Mera Beach Bar.

town to beach road

The road connecting town to the beach.

road parking

Public parking along the beach road.

beach bed rentals

Rentable beach bed and umbrellas on the beach.

The hotel's infinity pool is one of Santorini's largest.

The incredible pool at Istoria Hotel on Perivolos Beach.

public parking lot

Free public parking lot.

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