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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  • August 17, 2017
    It is the biggest beach of Santorini spans 4 km. Unfortunately tourist in absolute exploitation with a very small piece free. The prices of most hot from the Sun. The deck chairs most of the old service quite aggressive (every 15 minutes to ask if I would take something although, you've already paid for the sunbed, if you don't bring your drink there things are challenging, savvy black list) and prices soared. The sea is very clean and relatively cool. Perhaps the best beach of the island. Negative image of the abandoned early Christian Church of Agia Irini rumored that gave the name to the island. Miserable situation almost extinct in the bus stop, all sacrifice in "tourist development" of the island.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Perissa beach of black volcanic sand is very characteristic. The water is blue and it creates a nice contrast but we found it very full and with dozens of factories. There are several bars where to eat, some even great local cuisine. The beach was held in much nastier because loses much of its charm.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Santorini is beautiful but ... go there to visit not to sea! Given that may be particular to once see a beach as black as Perissa...ma once vista, personally, I never stopped. There are good facilities but between the heat emanating from the dark sand and sea uninviting. better see it (as all the beaches of Santorini) and change the island for seaside living
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  • June 26, 2017
    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
  • June 30, 2017
    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.
  • July 6, 2017
    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
  • July 4, 2017
    Cool looking. Nice and clean. Rocks on beach, not good with out beach shoes
  • June 19, 2017
    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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