Close to many attractions
Perissa is very close to Ancient Thera and even if you’re not a great history buff, you might like to give this wonderful archaeological site a chance. It’s situated on top of the nearby Vouno Mountain, so catching a bus, taking a donkey ride – yes, this is a possibility – or driving up the mountain will all be easier ways of visiting the site than taking an uncomfortable hour-long hike from Perissa.
Once you reach Ancient Thera, there are Roman baths, remnants of ancient shops – the city ruins date back thousands of years, as well as mosaics and artefacts. Hiring a guide to take you around will be helpful so you can understand the layout and history of this fascinating site.
If you have hired a quad bike, there are plenty of venues that you could discover around Perissa. You’re never far from a village, or for that matter a welcoming bar or taverna. The terrain is often rugged but that just makes it more fun to explore. The monastery of Profitis Ilias is outstanding, and the view from the mountain’s summit is stunning.
Santorini as a whole is famous for its watersports, and spending a holiday in Perissa means you can learn how to dive, in order to explore what’s under the sea, or look out over the whole island from the vantage point of a parasail or a glider.
For a fantastic adventure, the Perissa waterpark has slides and features to satisfy the most demanding of visitors. There’s also a restaurant and bar on site and the park is open until midnight. As an added bonus, the beach is close to the park.
Eating and drinking
With eating and drinking high up on the agenda for anyone’s holiday, you’ll be amazed at the range of restaurants in Perissa. Most of these places take enormous pleasure in serving locally-sourced, home-cooked food. Open until late and serving a wide variety of dishes and delights, the menu is extensive.
Many of the restaurants and bars are situated facing the beach, so you’re guaranteed some fantastic views while eating your meal. From seafood to vegetarian delicacies, all members of the family will find something to satisfy their appetite. Washing your meal down with local beer or wine will only add to the taste.
Whether you’re looking for live music, traditional Greek music or just a chilled time at your favourite bar, the best place to head for is down by the seafront. If you like your music to be loud and raunchy, then Yazz beach bar is the place to head for – expect an eclectic mix of musicians and live DJs. The Beach Bar hosts parties right through the summer season – making this the venue for dancing until dawn.
Dorian’s pub & cocktail bar is always a fantastic place to spend an evening – Vinsanto’s is also recommended, and with live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays, there’s surely no better way to unwind during cheap holidays to Santorini.
Anyone looking for some handmade leather goods to remember their Santorini holiday by will be delighted there are two outlets in Perissa. Look out for shoes as well as the more usual souvenirs and bags. There are also clothes shops, jewellery outlets and retailers selling beach toys in Perissa. Most of these opportunities for a spot of retail therapy are open until 10 or 11pm and there’s also a well stocked supermarket in the village.