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Scenic holidays: Perissa holidays 2019 are based in Santorini, one of the most unique islands on earth. Its unique topography is due to the active volcano that resides on the centre of the island. There have been several eruptions over the years but none as big as the ancient explosion 3,600 years ago. This eruption contributed to the unusual shape of Santorini, it’s two headlands seem to encircle you as you enter, like two giant arms wrapping you an embrace.

Peaceful holidays: Perissa holidays are known to be relaxed, with an incredibly peaceful atmosphere. And whilst you’ll appreciate the sedate taverns and sleepy village life, there’s still plenty to do and see with ancient ruins and two stunning black beaches nearby. Plus, neighbouring Kamari is far more lively if you ever fancy having an action-packed night out.

Attractions on Perissa holidays

Ancient Thira: Thanks to Santorini’s unique mountainous topography, ancient Thira is only around 2km away from Perissa (it’s around an hour’s walk from the resort). Santorini has a rich and dramatic history, dating back to Minoan times and the volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago that rocked the civilisation to the core. The ancient city of Thira does not date back this far, but there were inhabitants here from the 9th century BC to 726 AD, so it certainly still has an illustrious heritage. Following several excavations, the ruins are now open for public viewing every day. Most notable buildings include the agora (market), the 1,500 seat theatre and the stoa. You’ll even see ancient inscriptions (some of the earliest examples of the Greek alphabet) on some of the structures.

Activities on Perissa holidays

Caldera volcano: This volatile (and active) volcano is what gave Santorini the unique topography it has today. The volcano first erupted around 1650 BC with one of the most dramatic explosions of ancient times. The island in the middle of the encircling island of Santorini was actually created due to the eruption. You can take a guided walk close to the crater where you’ll see smoke and fumes from the current volcanic activity. You can even visit the Hot Springs for a swim in sulphuric water!

Diving centres: With crystal clear waters and vibrant marine life, Perissa holidays are fantastic for deep sea diving. There are a number of excellent diving centres within Perissa, such as the Mediterranean Dive Club, and they’ll happily take you on a tour of the surrounding sea for a reasonable fee.

Beaches on Perissa holidays

Perissa Beach: In a similar way to Kamari Beach, Perissa Beach is made even more appealing by the beauty of its backdrop. As you relax and sunbathe on the beach you’ll see a huge chalky white mountain dominating the skyline. The contrast between the black beach and white mountain is quite remarkable.

Kamari Beach: Another dark, dusky beach just 1km away from Perissa holidays. One of the longest beaches in Santorini, the coastline here is a distinctive tone of black, indicating the area’s proximity to volcanic activity. The beach here also provides the link to the area’s name, as Kamara translates as ‘arch’ in Greek. There is a small arch still standing from an ancient sanctuary located at the southern end of the beach.

Red Beach: The quiet village of Akrotiri is around 8km away from Perissa holidays (roughly a 15 minute drive) and it’s well worth travelling the distance to visit this favoured beach. It’s much loved because the (admittedly pebbly) beach is backed by cliffs of the most stunning maroon red, with very unusual, angular rock formations.

Restaurants on Perissa holidays

Ntomatini: This authentic tavern serves classy Greek food for surprisingly cheap prices. The menu is also pleasingly inventive, with such delights as stuffed calamari, Cretan sausage and beetroot salad. The fresh, vibrant decor also accords well with its beachfront setting in Perissa.

The Volcano Restaurant: A fitting name for a restaurant based on this famously volcanic island. This restaurant is also another great example of Greek cooking at its finest. Lots of delicacies pack out the menu, including tsatziki (a garlicky dip), lamb kleftiko (lamb stew) and mousakka (Greek style lasagne).

Aqua Beach Restaurant: For an informal breakfast or lunch, Aqua Beach restaurant is a great choice on Perissa holidays. The international menu has a good selection of favourites, such as cooked breakfast, burger and chips or sweet crepes, and Aqua Beach even doubles as a decent cocktail bar too.

Nightlife on Perissa holidays

Nearby Kamari: Santorini has a reputation for being quiet and relaxed, and this is certainly the case with Perissa holidays. However, Kamari is just one kilometre away (easy walking distance) and is one of the most popular resorts on the island for nightlife. Some of the best bars include Tempo, Groove Bar, Hook Bar, Prince Bar, Splash bar, and if all you’re after is a home-from-home experience on your Perissa holidays, head to Just 4 beer bar – it’s just like a British pub!

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