Perissa Black Sand Beach, Perissa

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One of Santorini's black volcanic beaches, Perissa Black Sand Beach remains popular for its calm waters and abundance of sea life. Lined with rustic seafood taverns, the beach offers you a chance to snorkel or windsurf the turquoise sea during the day, and explore the island's popular dining and entertainment options at night. The site lies in the shadows of the Profitis Ilias, a 560 m (1,800 ft) high mountain that protects the coastline from the harsh Aegean winds. A rugged trail starts just above the beach and leads to the ruins of an ancient Christian church, which you can explore on foot or by riding a donkey. Make Perissa Black Sand Beach a part of your Perissa vacation plans using our Perissa online trip builder .
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  • I'm really just not into black sand beaches. Somehow they just don't appeal. Unfortunately in Santorini there's not much choice, and so I was generally unimpressed with all of them. During the off sea...  more »
  • Ideal beach full of hammocks with an excellent service of restoration on the promenade and many souvenir shops. It is very close by car (15 minutes) in the capital and more cheap and comfortable to park and visit the entire island that you staying in Thira or Oya. If of course I would be by that area
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  • large well equipped beach, we visited in August 2017 cold water and sea in accordance with nothing!
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  • Nice public beach with a lot of bars and greek restaurants. Ideal for a drink and spend the day with friends. From my perspective this beach is really good option or maybe the best to swim in Aegean sea.
  • Beautiful beach. Interesting black sand which was warm to walk on even during March. Easy to get here. I got here via Google map. Didn't swim because it is too cold. Not many shops were open but the beach bar was still open for a drink or a bite. Safer than the red beach for sure. It's on the way to the red beach. Long Beach stretch. Didn't really see any beach lounged but I guess it is because it is not the tourist season . Otherwise it is indeed a place to see. But dont visit at night not that many street lights to get you here.
  • Lovely beach. I drove here on an ATV. I would recommend driving the length of the beach to pick the best spot. Lounge chairs cost money or are free if you buy something. I choose to just lay on one of free spots directly on the sand. Black sand is hot, but soft. Bring shoes. Water is cool in summer, but warms up after you get in. Ocean bottom is small smooth pebbles/rocks. Water is clear. The difference between this beach and ones at Mykonos is the beach is located next to a small town. There are about 40-50 restaurants and cafes that line the beach. Just behind the restaurants are hotels and more cafes. In town you will find shopping. All is very walkable, but with the heat it might be better to get a ATV/quad.
  • Not many beaches around. Nice place to enjoy your coffee. Black sand is the main attraction.
  • Gotta do it! Totally unique! Hot sand! Cool drinks! Plenty of restaurants! And pretty swim-friendly as the currents are fairly tame. It does get deep fast though, and getting out of the water takes some effort with the fairly quick drop off and larger-grain black volcanic sand under foot. Eat at Charlina's and get free use of a beach umbrella and two chaise loungers. Other places want to change up to 16 euros per day for chairs and umbrellas. A full day is an awful long time to stay on this hot beach--even in the shade.
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