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 are 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.
- Best Hotels: Istoria, Orabel Suites, Meltemi Village, Aqua Blue Hotel • All Perivolos & Perissa Hotels
Istoria Hotel on Perivolos Beach, Santorini – Video
Lay of the Land
Perivolos acts as a southern extension of Perissa, both making essentially one very long organized beach full of rugged charm and striking landscapes, though each town has a somewhat different feel and range of facilities. There’s no defining border between the two, and the name “Perissa” is often used for the whole strip. This stretch is also sometimes referred to as the “Black Sand Beach”, due to the coarse, dark sand created in the island’s long history of volcanic eruptions. (Be sure to bring shoes or sandals in the summer – it gets hot!) What the beach lacks in terms of typical Greek idyllic white sand, the unique dark shoreline and crystal blue refreshing waters make up for; the coarse volcanic sand means there’s little dust to cloud the water.
Visiting the Beach
These beach towns are fun, full, and very busy from June to September, and the Aegean waters are generally swimmable from late May to early October. The black sand gets searingly hot in the mid-day sun; beach sandals or water shoes are necessary for walking around, and you’ll want to sit on a sunbed or a thick towel. Sun beds and umbrellas are found at every beach bar and taverna. Usually these are free, if you buy a drink or snacks. Some places charge for sun beds; prices vary (around 10-50€) depending on where on the beach you’re sitting. Both beaches are family-friendly, with lifeguards on duty in the summer. Outside of the busy summer months, these beach towns are very quiet, the water usually isn’t warm enough to swim, and many businesses are closed.
Perivolos offers a wide variety of water sports, from wind surfing and parasailing to jet skiing, canoeing, and banana boats. The central office of the Santorini Dive Center is located in Perissa, though the dives take place in nearby Akrotiri or around the volcano.
Facilities, Bars and Restaurants
The long stretch of beach is lined with many tourist shops, mini-markets, ATM’s, cafes, good tavernas, and beach bars. The bars in both towns stay busy late into the night, but Perivolos has the more active nightlife of the two.
There are plenty of great hotels on both beaches, with more upscale, luxury, resort-like hotels in Perivolos (as well as fine dining restaurants and upscale beach clubs), especially at the south end of the strip called Agios Georgios Beach. You can find all of our favorites here.
- Santorini Wavesports: The best spot for water activities in Perivolos, offering 10 different activities, including a Jet Ski Safari and 4 types of adventure tubing. Map.
- Santorini Dive Center: Courses and excursions for divers af all levels. The main office is located in Perissa, though dives take place along the caldera in nearby Akrotiri. Map.
- Mesa Vouno and Ancient Thera: Mesa Vouno, Santorini’s second highest peak, divides Perissa and Kamari Beaches and affords spectacular views of the Aegean and landscape from an altitude of 400m. At the top are the ruins of Ancient Thera, a Dorian settlement founded in the 9th-century B.C. and active until the 8th-century A.D. 56-minute hike or 33-minute drive.
- Wine Country: Perissa is located due east of the island’s renowned wine region, known mostly for its white Assyrtiko variety but with a couple varieties of fantastic reds too. Most tasting rooms are in Megalochori and Pyrgos villages. 8 to 12-minute drive.
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