Perissa is a seaside village located at the southeast of the island, with one of the most popular black sand beaches which stretches along several kilometers.
Nowadays is a place with hotels, restaurants, bars, super markets, beach bars, sports facilities and a camping.
In a nutshell, Perissa and Perivolos are the heart of the day-life of the island with many beach, food and sports facilities that will keep you busy or relaxed (depending on what you are looking for) from the morning till the evening.
Less crowded than Kamari and very close to Perivolos with many nice beach bars, Perissa is a good place to stay if you want to be close to the beach and you are on a low budget!
However, Perissa is not a new village. Its history dates back to the ancient times and is believed that the church of Agia Irini (Saint Irene) located at the base of Mesa Vouno mountain gave its name to the island. There are ruins of the Basilica of Agia Irini which was originally constructed during the 5th century AC and reconstructed in the 6th century.
Mesa Vouno mountain is the site of Ancient Thira. The chapel of Panagia Katefiani is also located there, 200m above sea level, overlooking the village. The locals used to go there to protect themselves from enemies’ attacks and the volcano eruption in 1650.
The Church of Timiou Stavrou, one of the largest of the island, is located at Perissa’s main square. Originally built between 1835-1840, it was reconstructed after the 1956’s earthquake which caused serious damages in the island.
In Perissa you can also find the Museum of Minerals and Fossils.