Situated on the southeast coast of Santorini is the tranquil, seaside village of Perissa. Finally sinking our feet into the glistening (read: scorching), black volcanic sand right beside Mesa Vouno felt surreal, seeing that this was our very first black beach experience. With the end of summer approaching, the beach felt serene and quiet. The sea remained calm throughout the day as we read, swam and had our fair share of sangria and wine. It was a happy, perfect day in the sun!
How we got there: We caught the earliest bus from Oia to Fira square, and then switched to another bus from Fira to reach Perivolos and Perissa. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes or less; you pay on the bus and you’ll be graced with breathtaking views of the coast as your bus snakes around the island and over hills overlooking the deep blue of the Aegean. Even at the end of summer, the buses always came on time and there would always be one every 15 to 20 minutes. You could also opt for a water taxi if your plan is to shuttle from one beach to another.
Waking up in Oia on a balmy September morning marked the beginning of our Greek island trip. Crescent-shaped Santorini is the southernmost island in the Cyclades and is home to an active volcano, almost 16,000 inhabitants and whitewashed villages that cascade toward the sea. Each morning, we had breakfast on our balcony overlooking the caldera and the deep blue of the Aegean. I love waking up early back home, and even more so in a foreign place.
Our traditional cave house in Oia came with a breathtaking view of the Isle of Saint Nicholas. What looked like a deep sea of blue and turquoise from afar was in fact very cool, crystalline water up close.
We had a quick breakfast while waiting for the bus to Perissa; a black sandy beach located southwest of the island.
After a 12 hour flight and short layover in Qatar, we made our way to our apartment, admiring the plains, valleys and low mountains that surrounded the city from our taxi’s window. Our apartment was located above a souvenir shop along Adrianou Street in Plaka, at the foothills of the Acropolis and a skip away from the flea market neighbourhood of Monastiraki.
The sun casted a warm glow over the caldera as we followed tiny painted signs leading 235 steps down to Amoudi Bay, a tiny, rocky alcove located right below Oia village. On the right is the church of Aghios Nikolaos, an interesting site for the adventurous; where one may plunge deep down into the turquoise waters below.
Amoudi Bay is a special little place on the volcanic island of Santorini, Greece. I’ll be writing more it about soon.
THE PASSAGE BLUE GUIDE TO KO SAMUI: 4 THINGS TO DO ON THE ISLAND
Come with us on a little adventure on the laid back island of Ko Samui. It needs little introduction; surrounded by the sea, its shoreline is dotted with soft, sandy beaches and a thick fringe of palm trees. Its interior on the other hand, is covered with a dense, tropical rainforest. Before we arrived, we gathered that the island would be large enough for some serious exploration yet easily circumnavigated in just a couple of hours by motorbike. We rented a villa for seven in the outskirts of Chaweng, where most of our daily travel plans were made.