Perissa - together with Kamari - is one of the two big and well known beach resorts on Santorini. Along the fantastic beach with its black sand are hotels, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. By Santorini standards it is still OK. It is a fully developed beach resort that caters for package holiday makers and backpackers.
The beach is quite
unusual. The sand is black; a result of the island being
volcanic. As a result it gets incredibly hot in summer. Don't
forget to bring sandals. You will burn your feet within
seconds otherwise. Of course it looks cool. Black beach, blue
sea, one doesn't have to go to Hawaii to see that. We
in Perissa (Santorini).
We recommend pension Villa Dimitris in Perissa (Santorini).
The atmosphere in
Perissa is pretty laid back and much nicer than in Kamari.
Unlike other places you won't only find package holiday
makers but also a number of backpackers and so called
dropouts; people that left home for good and now try to make
a living in Greece. Despite its laid back appearance prices
are still quite high. As a rule: The further you go from the
beach the cheaper it is.
Needless to say that you can book a private room through a travel agency as well. Prices vary. Check with your local travel agency. My favourite in Perissa is the pension Villa Dimitris at the end of the village, about 200 meters from the beach. Nice double rooms are as cheap as 25 Euro most of the year with private kitchen and free WI-FI.
Busses to Perissa: From Perissa there are frequent busses to the capital Thira. In 2007 a ticket cost 1.90 Euro. Busses go at least every hour. During high season there are additional busses to the ferry port. The departure times depend on the ferry schedule. Busses go well in advance depending on when the ferry arrives/leaves. This only works for bigger ferries.