It is next to Perivolos, situated in the shadow of the imposing Mesa Vouno, which separates it from Kamari. Perissa used to be a holiday destination for the residents of the island and had fish taverns from the old days. It grew after the 1956 earthquakes when it started being densely populated.
On the beach, which has fine black sand, you will find sun beds and umbrellas. There are beach bars, taverns, a water park, a diving center, hotels, rooms to let etc.
Dominating the area is the temple of Timios Stavros (Honest Cross), the largest church in Thera, with 5 domes and an ornate steeple reconstructed with initiative from the Panthiraiki Union, after being destructed by the 1956 earthquakes. For those of you who love to walk, there is the path to Mesa Vouno. You will reach the chapel called Chamilos Profitis (Prophet) Elias and from there you will witness a view that will take your breath away!
Another walk is towards Panagia Katefiani, the church built within the rock between Perissa and Mesa Vouno.
How to get there
Reach Perissa beach by public bus or by car.
From Fira to Perissa beach: 12.0km
From Kamari to Perissa beach: 13.2km
From Oia to Perissa beach: 23.1km