|Περίσσα παραλία / Períssa paralía
Perissa Beach in Santorini is a long beach filled with tiny volcanic pebbles that sometimes take a sand-like form. Due to its characteristic dark shade, this litter likes to warm up quickly. Especially in the middle of summer, you will need flip-flops or water shoes to move around which later can be used in the sea.
The water here is clear and usually fairly calm. The volcanic dust, however, takes away some of the azure glow that can be experienced on rocky shores. The seabed is suitable for active recreation with children, there are no sudden jumps in depth. The surrounding slopes of the mountains protect a bit from the wind, which makes swimming more pleasant. In addition, they provide beautiful views, perfect for a holiday photo session. The beach is quite large, so you can find a place for yourself even in high season.
Along the coast there are many taverns with Greek specialties, boutiques and mini-markets where you can buy water shoes, diving equipment and all the necessary assortment of sunbathers. In addition to numerous hotels offering accommodation in close proximity to the beach, there is also a campsite. Next to it, there is one of the largest and most beautiful Orthodox churches in Santorini. The blue domes and the belfry are the hallmarks of the Church of St. Cross.
When ordering something in nearby restaurants, which, by the way are in high numbers here, we get the opportunity to use the sunbeds and umbrellas. This is a much more pleasant option to spend money than just renting the equipment, which in Santorini usually costs around 10-15 euros per day.
How to get here
If the weather conditions allow, boats depart from here to another very popular among tourists beach which is Kamari. Then you can see for yourself which one suits you best.
The beach, from what we have seen, is the only one that has a special infrastructure for disabled people, which allows you to enter the sea on a special chair. It is located at the northern end of the beach.
At the foot of the Mesa Vouno mountain (366 m above sea level), which protects the beach from the north, there are archaeological excavations – the remains of the early Christian Basilica of St. Irena.