Lined from end to end with sun loungers and umbrellas of thatched palm leaves, Perissa Beach is renowned for its unusual black sands. They are the result of volcanic eruptions from Mesa Vouno Mountain thousands of years ago, and create an impressive contrast with the whitewashed buildings and deep blue sea around it.
Situated on the southeast coast of Santorini, the black sands continue into the shallows, making Perissa Beach a good pick for anyone wishing to enjoy the water as well as soak up the sun. Awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness, offshore activities include windsurfing and parasailing, kayaking and banana boat rides. There are two dive companies in operation for anyone keen to experience snorkelling or scuba, while additional beach facilities include a children’s playground, lifeguards and public showers.
Perissa Beach is also well served with cafes and restaurants. During the day, the beach sees a wide range of ages taking advantage of this popular stretch of Santorini sand. As evening turns towards night, the roads backing the beach are dominated by visitors in their late teens and twenties looking to explore the strip’s nightclubs.
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- Diving & snorkelling
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