The Kouros Village was among the first hotels to ever be built in the quaint resort town of Perissa, on Santorini’s south-eastern coast. Renowned for its spectacular black-sand beach that stretches for more than 3km, Perissa is serviced by water sport and leisure facilities and an array of excellent restaurants, cafés and bars. The beach is not only long but also quite wide (hence the water sports services) and is lapped by tranquil turquoise seas.
The sheer size, beauty and laid-back vibe of Perissa make this the most enjoyable beach in all of Santorini. Think we’re biased? Well…why don’t you come and find out for yourself?!
Here, away from the bustling scenes of Oia and Fira, you will discover Santorini’s quieter and more authentic side. You will still have the best of the island at your doorstep, mind you: discovering the most unmissable historical and cultural highlights will still be child’s play. Yet you will have a quieter beach in which to indulge and, for this alone, we think Perissa is the best place to stay on the island.
The most famous and coveted of all the Greek Islands, Santorini carries more than 5,000 years of fascinating cultural history on its shoulders. Human habitation here is believed to date back at least 7,000 years. Created by the rising sea levels over 3 million years ago, Santorini and her Aegean archipelago sisters are essentially the peaks of ancient volcanos.
The volcanic nature of Santorini is what gifts her breath-taking landscapes. The nutrient-rich soil, moreover, gives us some of the most delicious wines and tomatoes in the entire Mediterranean region. Such unique ancient origins have created utterly unique experiences for visitors nowadays. From the island’s sunken and flooded caldera to ancient villages precariously perched atop rocky cliffs and unique wine varieties, like Vinsanto and Assyrtiko, that have been nourished over thousands of years.
The awe-inspiring landscapes in Santorini are equally matched by captivating human histories. At the end of the day, this is what makes the island such an idyllic and varied holiday destination. Yes, people visit Santorini to delight in the world-class beaches, amazing scenery and incredible cuisine, yet if it is archaeological splendours you wish to discover…you willll find plenty of those too.
At the height of its prominence, before being spectacularly blanketed by deadly volcanic ash, Akrotiri boasted innovative town planning and outstanding works of art. One of seven Santorini treasures that are on UNESCO’s tentative protective lists, the Akrotiri Archaeological Site is an unmissable highlight for anyone visiting Santorini for the very first time.
Not only is Fira the economic heart of the island but also its cultural core. Yes, the town can be a bustling tourist hub in summer but there are many hidden cafés, restaurants and boutiques to discover in its maze ofcharming side-streets. The town’s old harbour, Ormos Port, can be reached on footalong a rustic mule-path (which, it must be said, is much easier to descend ratherthan ascend!) or via cable-car and is ideal for a spot of people-watching. Picturesqueand enchanting, Fira oozes old-world charm and offers the kind of jaw-dropping views that cemented Santorini’s fame.
with whitewashed houses, Amoudi Bay offers eye-popping views of Santorini’s famed caldera. Come here to enjoy a delicious lunch of net-fresh seafood and a refreshing swim, keeping an eye out for daredevil cliff jumpers. You can reach Amoudi Bay by car yet the walk down from Oia Village, down 300-odd steps, offers endless photographic opportunities.
Whilst we certainly recommend a visit for the incredible views, this is perhaps not the best beach in which to spend a relaxing day soaking up the rays. For that, we would recommend our next stellar option…
With full beach services, plenty of space and unreal views, you would be hard-pressed to find a more idyllic setting for your Santorini vacation.