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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. Our Perissa vacation route planner makes visiting Perissa Black Sand Beach and other Perissa attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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4.4
  • We ate at Acropolis Restaurant so got above. The beach is dark (being made of pumice stone, I think), but don't let that put you off. You may wish to wear crocs or similar as the beach can get hot. We...  more »
  • Lovely place, with stunning scenery. Friendly and helpful people. Good eating places.Very relaxing and chilling. Plenty of places to eat and drink. No rowdiness.  more »
  • I was traveling with my husband and two daughters ( ages 19 and 23) so this review reflects an overall average based on family feedback. Our daughters enjoyed the covered lounging chairs and the abili...  more »
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  • Long black fine shingle beach, almost all the beach front restaurants have 'free' sunbeds if you buy drinks or food from them. Plenty of open beach though if you'd rather just lounge on your beach towel. beware though shingle can get almost too hot to walk on so footwear is advisable
  • Really pretty beach with loads of restaurants. Tip: if you want to sit on a beach chaise, pick one with a good beach menu to sit in front of as you need to order something.
  • Best beach in santorini. Walking across the strip since nice. Has a hipster feel than the rest of santorini, more down to earth and chilled
  • Cool looking. Nice and clean. Rocks on beach, not good with out beach shoes
  • Awesome black sand. Depends on the time of the year you will find the water at different temperature.

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Where to stay in Perissa

Most people come to Perissa for its beach, which means that popular hotels near the seafront charge steep prices and fill up early in the season. Reserve in advance to ensure you get an air-conditioned room with a view, as well as access to secure parking and private swimming areas. If you like to travel spontaneously and pay less for your lodgings, consider one of Perissa's budget-friendly guesthouses, which provide simply furnished rooms within walking distance of the sea.
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