Perissa, Santorini, Greece 2016 
The first time I heard of Santorini I was running on the treadmill at the gym, whilst watching Keeping up with the Kardashians (don’t judge!). They stayed at a luxury resort in Oia and the views were incredible. From that moment on Santorini felt like a place I could only dream of visiting because I was silly enough to think only the rich and famous could afford basking in its beauty. So when we found an amazing deal online for a trip to Santorini, we couldn’t believe our eyes!
We stayed in the small village of Perissa at the lovely Hotel Gardenia. The hotel had very friendly staff and was located just a short 5 minute walk from the beach, a 7- kilometre stretch of black volcanic sand framed by Mount Vouno at its far end (which you can see a glimpse of in the first photo below). The black sand was beautiful and unusual, although during the hottest time of the day it was scorching! The Aegean Sea was a wonderful sight, however the waves were very rough and the water too deep, so we didn’t swim there too much.
Running parallel to the beach is a wide array of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. I enjoyed a traditional Greek vegetarian Moussaka and the most delicious crepes I have ever tasted. Our biggest concern was the fact the food was a little too expensive, especially considering we were students at the time. So if you’re planning a trip to Santorini, you should start saving up!
Enjoy my photos of Perissa below, and keep an eye out for future blogposts of the other areas of Santorini we explored!