After one hour and forty-five minutes by high speed boat, I arrived Santorini from Crete. Most beautiful photos regarding to blue-white world in travel books were from this island. But Santorini has more than just blue-white buildings; there is also ancient ruins, and volcano here. Whether ruins or volcano, they have related history connection to Crete.
Different to Oia and Fira, Perissa is smaller seaside village on the south east coast of Santorini . The famous black sand beach is here, it is also longest beach in this island. There is also a ruin Ancient Thira on the small mountains nearby. Actually “Santorini” was named by Venetian around 13th century, its official name is “Thira”.
Daytime and sunrise in black sand beach.
Ancient Thira was founded on the top of the hill of Messa Vouno beside Perissa, indicator sign stands in the entrance of hiking road. Mules for riding upward hill seems available, because I saw the mule shed there; however, I didn't see any mules at that time, maybe the time was late and the ancient sites closed already. It spent around 40-50 minutes to walk up, although the main site closed, some scattered ruins outside can be seen. In addition, the view of overlooking Perissa was nice.
This is the town that in another side of Messa Vouno hill, Santorini airport is also in this side. I also saw an airplane preparing to land, it was interesting to stand high and look “down” the airplane.
A small whitewashed church built into the rock face of Messa Vouno, one of rock climbing location is nearby.
I stayed in hostel Villa Kasteli for two nights, it has good locations, just foot distance to black beach. It is also cozy, the super friendly host treated every guests as family members. One of my roommate was a nice girl from south America, she had good smiling. We arrived in same day, after walking in beach and eating dinner together, we decided to rent motorcycle together to exploring this island next day.