Perissa Beach, SantoriniSituated 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!

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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.