While you may have booked a trip to Santorini for the white cave houses, infinity pools and sunsets of Oia, the resort town and the black sand beach in Perissa is the perfect place to let time slow way, way down. To just seep up the rays of sunshine, feel the hot black sand sink through your toes, dive into the pool, and drift among the waves of the Aegean Sea. The best thing to do in Perissa is to simply mellow into the laid-back Greek island vibe.
Where to Stay
While we usually end up finding a place to stay on booking.com or Airbnb, we landed a great place on a website new to us, hostelworld.com. It has a lot more than just the shared room type places I usually think as qualifying as a hostel, and our hotel, complete with pool, white and blue buildings and beautiful pink bougainvilleas was just steps from the black sand beach in Perissa.
What to Do
The tavernas lining the huge stretch of sand have plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, many of which you can use if you order food.
Because the sand is black in Perissa, it gets hot hot hot! Remember your sandals.
If you’re looking for more adventure, check out the few rental shops offering jet skis, parasailing and even banana boats. Rent quads for about €30 a day to explore more of the island.
Hike up the hill at the end of the beach to Ancient Thira, with ruins from as far back as the 9th century B.C. This 3 km trail will take a bit over an hour, and offers sweeping views of the sea. Entrance fee into the ancient city is €2.
While there are plenty of dining options along the beach, you’ll get much better prices by heading one street over into town. Our favorite food stops were Gyros Time and the 24 hour Santa Irini Bakery.
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