Perissa, 84700, Greece
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A scenic island!
The cable cars
view from our room at Thira's Dolphin
The restaurant in daylight.
Perissa or Perivolos?
Our choice is between these two resorts .. Can anyone give me a personal view on either of them?
RE: Perissa or Perivolos, good for a few days.
They aren't really two resorts Perivolos is merely an extension of Perissa to the south, both places have developed to accomodate direct charter flight punters in recent years. Perissa is the original centre with all the facilities, depending on where your accomodation is Perivolos can be a long hike into Perissa. The beach is the same grotty black sand/grit. I stayed in Perissa when going to the island, however I left after a few days for other islands. It is good for a few days as part of an island hopping trip but a 2 week package, no way.
RE: RE: Perissa or Perivolos?
Well, we decided on Perivolos - preferring the quieter of the two and the change to walk off some of the food of an evening ..
Because we are only there for one week, I'm not too fussed about where we are staying really .. although if finances had been no worries I would have chosen Oia.
I'm a real beach lover but it sounds as though I'm not going to be too impressed with the beaches of Santorini .. so Thailand in February it is! ;o)
RE: Perissa or Perivolos?
We stayed in the Arapiou Apartments (thomas Cook) in Perissa, a few years ago and they were very nice.
Perissa is a laid back sort of place. It does have a few streets leading down to the beach whcih have a variety of tavernas etc, whilst it also has a road lining the beach which goes all the way to Perivolos.
I ran around both resorts and can only say that although I like family based, greek style quiet resorts, Perivolos appeared too quiet.
Perissa was pleasant without being either too busy or empty.
If you are visiting Santorini for Thira, Oia and all the rest, then don't worry too much. Both are 30-60 mins away by bus/car. The resort of Perissa isn't the most pretty resort you will find in Greece but it is simple, has plenty of nice places to eat, feels Greek most of the time, and won our aproval.
Travel Tips for Santorini Island
Perissa is the other side of the rock to Kamari - there is no direct walking path between the two beach resorts - its up and over the hill. Fortunately a water boat taxi service operates frequently between the two. There is a lovely big church behind the beach road with a tall bell tower.
We stopped here for lunch on the day we had the car and first impressions were is wasn't as upmarket a resort as Kamari and beach looked a bit more untidier i places. The beach cafes had noisy traffic going past so wasn't as peaceful - we were glad to have stayed in Kamari. The beach did look to have finer sand and as we drove through after lunch and onto Perivolos - that looked a much quieter resort although not as much choice of eateries.
THE PIRATE SHIP -- Arrrrr!!!
Saturday, our VT group headed down the Funicular to the Port area as we were going on the PIRATE SHIP. At least 50 of us were on board that day and what a fun day it was. First place we went was across the Caldera to the Volcano on Nea Kameni. Many got out and walked along the lava rock. It was quite hot to be doing that. Our next stop was at the hot springs. That was awesome, to see everyone jump from the ship into the water. Hansi did a magnificent belly flop. The water near the shore was a brown colour because of the sulphur.
Next was the stop on Thirassia island. We were to have lunch at the Panorama, but first we had to get up the steep hill where the restaurant was located. So you could either walk up or take the Donkey ride up the hill which most of us did. Now that was a hoot. (See my travelogue on Thirassia Donkey Ride). The lunch was fabulous with traditional Greek dishes.
I once saw a big book at a bookstore here in the U.S. devoted entirely to cats in the Greek Islands. And sure enough, we saw scenes similar to those in the book repeated over and over in Greece. There must be ten times as many cats as people in some places. These two sleepy kittens were napping on a stairway in Akrotiri when I came lumbering along with my camera.
A word of warning though: Nearly all the cats we came across seemed more wild than domesticated, so give them their space and don't try petting them unless they seem friendly. I can almost guarantee that they have not been declawed!
Hike from Fira to Oia
If you can handle a 10K hike, I would strongly recommend a hike from Fira to Oia. The views are amazing, and you get to see a part of the island that most people don't. You start out walking through Fira, then Firastefani village, then another small village, and the rest of the way you are walking along the cliff side, with nothing around until you read Oia. It took us about 3 hours to do the hike. A couple of us walked in flip flops, so it's not a very difficult hike. I would recommend starting out around 5 pm to make it in time to watch the famous Oia sunset. Finishing the hike, watching the sunset and then looking at the distance you just hiked, makes you feel a great sense of accomplishment.
From ancient times...
It is a "paradise" for people who want to have cheap, but even much more expensive souvenirs. Tourist shops can be found everywhere, especially in the capital, Fira, a reason that makes it not as attractive as the other villages...
Artshops, jewelleries, shops with local products offer you many chances to spend money. Well, in Santorini this is not difficult... It depends on the season, generally the prices are high. It would be a very good idea if you could avoid being there in the summer, especially in August...
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Address: Perissa, 84700, Greece