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Perissa is a beautiful beach, situated 11.7 km southeast of Fira, on the southwestern side of Santorini. Its seashore is a natural continuation of Perivolos beach and it is 7 km long.
Perissa and Perivolos beach surrounded by beach bars, water sports,restaurants and shops,offer you the fun of the day.Just 10 min.drive from Megalochori
A long sandy stretch with many beach bars and tavernas. Great to catch the morning sun followed by a tasty meal at one of the many fish taverns.
The south-east coast of Santorini, located on the foot of Mesa Vouno is of special interest to all who love leisure at the seaside. Approximately 4 km of organized black sandy beach remains to their disposal. The sea is clear and the bottom has an interesting, volcanic form - shallow and slippery by the shore, where are prowling many Mediterranean fishes, suddenly drops into dark depth of the sea. The summer adventure begins in Perissa! Excavations conducted in the 19th century indicated that Perissa was built on the site of the ancient city of Eleusina. At times of Hellenistic rule on this island (4th to 2nd centuries BC) the port of Eleusina was located at cape Exomitis (south from Perissa). The ancient settlement, according to information provided by archeological research, was abandoned around 7th century AD. In Perissa is located the church of Holy Cross (Timiou Stavrou) which is the biggest church of the island. Its five blue domes are visible from the public road leading to Perissa. The church was built in the 19th century. Originally its interior was covered all over with beautiful wall-paintings. Most of them did not survive the 1956 earthquake. In Perissa there was also excavated an old Christian basilica of Aghia Irini (6th century), the island’s patron saint. Santa (Aghia) Irini died here on exhale in the 4th century AD. They were Crusaders who at the beginning of the 13th century started calling the island after its patron. Thus Thera became Santorini. Perissa underwent its rapid development within the past 30 years and is a good example of “touristic metamorphosis”. Until mid-seventieth Santorini was a quiet, unknown island lost somewhere in the Cyclades. Perissa was a green, almost deserted land. A couple of houses scattered here and there and the church of Holy Cross were the only signs of life here. From 1970 the significance of Santorini as a tourist destination increased dramatically. To accommodate the constantly increasing influx of tourists, new hotels have sprung up like mushrooms after the rain. Putative economical profits offered by new industry attracted also locals, and soon number of permanent residents doubled. Today’s Perissa is a well known summer resort, offering sandy black beach, summer sports, a bunch of souvenir shops, bakeries and mini markets scattered all along the village. The blue domes of the church of Holly Cross are not any more alone. They sink in the sea of white houses and hotels. Perissa is a lively place during summer. The square of Perissa is the focus for main attractions of the village apart from the beach: The church of Holy Cross, Basilica of Aghia Irini, the Museum of Minerals and Fossils and it is also a good starting point to explore Ancient Thira on the top of Mesa Vouno. Strolling around: The black, sandy beach of Perissa is a temptation in all its length. The beach is equipped in every amenity you need to spend unforgotten and relaxing day. You may have a problem to choose among numerous lively beach bars. The general rule is that if you order something in a beach bar, you can have an umbrella at your disposal all day long without any additional charge. Otherwise you may be asked to pay around 7 Euro per umbrella. If you are looking for a quieter place, without umbrellas and beach bars in the nearest proximity, there is a chance you will find it near the mountain. This part of the beach is called by the locals Kolata. If it is not satisfying, you will have to undertake a 3 km walk along the beach to Perivolos. On the beach are operating two diving centers, you will find also a water park nearby. Scubadiving, water ski, parachuting, windsurfing, jet-ski are at your disposal on the beach. In Perissa you can also try horse-riding. Have also a stroll to the square of Perissa. Here you will find the big church of Holy Cross. Some 50 m behind the church, at the foot of Mesa Vouno, are the ruins of Basilica of Aghia Irini. While at the square, step by to the small Museum of Minerals and Fossils, next to the church of the Holy Cross. On exhibition are fossils found on Santorini, which are estimated to be from 50 thousand to 1.5 billion years old! The museum is open from 10:00 to 14:00 everyday (ask before). Option for tough hikers: From the square leads a street towards the mountain. If you follow it for the next 200 m you will get to the signpost for Ancient Thira. You can venture a walk up there. The footpath from Perissa is quite steep. During hot summer days it may be quite exhausting, especially if you are not used to mountaineering. You need about 40 minutes to get to the top, and because the excavation area is closed after 14.30, you must start before noon. At the entrance to excavations there is a church of Aghios Stefanos, the oldest church on Santorini, dated to the 5th century. From here there is another 10-15 minutes walk to get up to the ancient city. It may seem difficult, but consider that they were Spartans who founded this settlement! About one third of the way to Ancient Thira or just 10 minutes away from the foot of the mountain where you have started climbing it up, there is another footway stretching to the east. This leads to the church of Panagia Katefiani. The church is built on the steep slope of Mesa Vouno and is visible from a distance as a white spot in the middle of the mountain. Behind the church are caves. In medieval times this place offered refuge to the islanders during pirate attacks. It was also a refuge during so called “time of Evil” or in other words - terrible eruption of the volcano Koloumbo in 1650
The south-east coast of Santorini, located on the foot of Mesa Vouno is of special interest to all who love leisure at the seaside. Approximately 4 km of organized black sandy beach remains to their disposal. The sea is clear and the bottom has an interesting, volcanic form - shallow and slippery by…
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