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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  • Had fun here. It's a pretty long bus ride from the other side of the island but if your looking for something different than the cliff-side of Santorini and want to jump in the water it's worth the tr...  more »
  • It was the beach but we enjoy in Santorini, why we went twice. It is easy to get, parking is ample and free, the beach is quiet and extensive. There are dining options, the sand with many stones, but water crystal clear and excellent temperature.
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  • Wide beautiful beach with straw huts and lots of shops and restaurants in order to enjoy your beach experience.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great piece to come and hang out. A few boutique shops, lots of places to eat, free WiFi and an excellent view of the black sand beach. Will definitely come back during my next visit
  • I do prefer the black sand vs the red sand beach although it gets hot as f...... during the day however is nice to walk in evening and night.
  • Loved the black sand. We went in the off season and it was like a ghost town with only one or two cafes open the morning we visited. Must see!

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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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