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Perivolos beach guide Santorini

Santorini Perivolos RS

Photo: Wolfgang Staudt

Combined with the neighbouring beaches of Perissa and Agios Georgios, the beach resort of Perivolos helps make up the longest stretch of beach on Santorini. Which bit of beach belongs to which resort is a bit of mystery though as there are no markers to divide them , although the sands at Perivolos appear distinctly lighter than those at Perissa.

Perivolos is another beach of coarse grained sand but much of it feels softer underfoot, especially beneath the waves, although there are areas of shingle and rock too.

Perivolos is a popular beach with all the facilities you'd expect — beach bars, sunbeds, watersports and so on. But Perivolos appears to attract a younger and more lively crowd and can be said, outside Fira, to be a centre of the island club scene.

There is certainly plenty of throbbing club music from the Perivolos beach bars. Guest DJs turn up now and then and there are several special events each summer to pull in the crowds.

Those who don't want music throbbing all day long can head for nearby Agios Georgios, on the southern tip of Santorini, which is a bit quieter, although still with beach bars and tavernas.

For even more peaceful surroundings head to Vlichada where there is a much quieter stretch of beach and a small marina, home to Santorini's Sailing and Yachting Centre.

The cliffs behind Vlichada have been sculpted by wind and weather to look more like a moonscape than a Greek resort.

There is a beach cantina and sunbeds and interesting caves in the limestone rock that date back to Hellenistic times. Nearby, and accessible only on foot is another 'moonscape beach' at Almyra.

fira blue monkeys

The Museum of Prehistoric Fira on the Greek island of Santorini displays a very large number of ancient artefacts from across Santorini, notably from the fabulous Minoan site at Akrotiri.

Santorini Home RS

It's the white cube houses of Oia on Santorini that make the most tempting scenes for the tourist clicking cameras followed by sites in Chania in Crete, Corfu and Mykonos.

Santorini Wines

Wine-making has been going on throughout Santorini for thousands of years. Small vineyards are dotted all over the island, and the locals have always been proud of their wines.

Santorini Kamari RS

Tempting as it might be to pay big money for the best sea view on the island, we would recommend a slightly different approach when on holiday on Santorini island.

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