Perissa beach on Santorini

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Perissa beach is in my opinion the best beach in Santorini. It is also the island's longest beach extending for 7 kilometres. At about in the middle of the beach it is changing name to Perivolos, and another few kilometres away the beach changes name again and then it is called Agios Georgios, which in turn extends almost all the way to Vlychada.

The beach has its beginning at the foot of the Mesa Vouno headland that separates Perissa and Kamari. Perissa is just like Kamari a large tourist resort. What really sets them apart is that Perissa is a more scattered tourist resort, and that there is no pedestrian seafront promenade. The centre, if one can call it that, is located at the foot of Mesa Vouno with hotels, tavernas and bars along the waterfront. There are also several travel agencies, supermarkets, clothing shops and souvenir shops, diving school, ATM and a campsite.

But how is the beach? It is quite similar to the one at Kamari: gray-black sand that gets blisteringly hot. There is a maze of wooden footbridges on the beach that makes it possible to walk without burning your feet. Thongs is recommended. The sand is not as coarse as in Kamari.

You can go by beach boat from Perissa to Kamari and vice versa. The beach boats starts out from the headland's foot and cost about 4 €. The crossing takes about 15 minutes.

In Perissa lies Santorini's best moped rental, which you can read about here »

Part of the long beach in Perissa.

Part of the long beach in Perissa.

The seafront promenade in Perissa. Tavernas.

The seafront promenade in Perissa.

Perissa beach was where almost all island hoppers stayed
when I started to go island hopping. Now it's different. Today there are hotels for all tastes and budgets and also many family-run pensions. Below are some suggestions for hotels and pensions. If you do not find anything you like you can find more options via the link at the bottom.

Book Villa Voula »

Book Samson Village »

Book Margarenia Studios »

Book Roula Villa »

Book other hotels in Perissa here »

View of Perissa from Ancient Thira.

View of Perissa from Ancient Thira.

Perissa beach in low season

Perissa beach in low season. The island that is on the right is Anafi.

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