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Perissa Black Beach

High on History
Perissa Beach is located at the village of Perissa in the island of Santorini. There are a few things that make Perissa Beach worth spending time at. First of all, the volcanic activity on the island is evidenced at this beach in the form of its unique, black sand. Over the centuries, the molten rock from various volcanic eruptions hardened and then eventually broke down due to erosion. Today, beachgoers can lounge in the warm sand, rent a sun chair, and in general enjoy the beauty that the unique color of this sand creates.

Top things to Do

Hiking Ancient Thera
The path to Perissa leads you through the slopes of Profitis Elias and Mesa Vouno. It is an ancient path, its history hidden under the undergrowth and the rocks.
Museum of Minerals and Fossils
The Museum of Minerals & Fossils of the Cultural Society of Thira was founded in 2006 and is located in Perissa, close to the Church of the Holy Cross. Display cases include minerals and fossils from Thira, the rest of Greece and abroad. Amongst the exhibits is an invaluable rich collection of minerals from Lavrio.
Church of Timios Stavros
This church is one of the largest in Santorini. From far away you can make out the blue domes. The first church was built in 1835-1840, but was destroyed by the earthquake of 1956 and had to be rebuilt.
Panagia Katefiani
The little church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) Katefiani is built on the rock of Mesa Vouno, high above the beach of Perissa. The name ‘Katefiani’ comes from the word katefio, or katefygio, meaning a place of refuge, since the inhabitants sought refuge there in times of hostile raids. It dates back to 1537 to 1650 AD.
Food & Drinks
The local restaurants and taverns offer a wide range of typical dishes, so don’t miss the chance to try them. Greek cuisine is based on the healty Mediterranean one, but more enriched.
5 km
5 m
473 (2011)
Antonios Sigalas
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