We stayed here for a week. We came from 3 days in Oia then went to to 4 days in Fira. Although the towns on the caldera rim have the best character and breathtaking views they are also expensive, and there is little to do there that doesn't cost money. Perissa on the other hand is a strange little town that manages to be quite busy and yet quiet at the same time. Villa Valvis is a cheap place to stay and is aimed at those on a tight budget. The rooms are equipped with hot plate, fridge sink cupboards and plates cutlery etc so it it possible to make simple pasta dishes and salads. We enjoyed this aspect as even in Perissa the food is not as cheap as you might expect. Having said that it's cheaper than anywhere else on the island so you might as well enjoy it. We found the room clean and spacious for what we needed. The pool was lovely and the beach very close. There is internet access/quad bike hire (very cheap)/ food shops and loads of taverns and snack places on the doorstep. There is also a brilliant bakery around the corner. If you are on a tight budget i would strongly recommend somewhere like Villa Valvis as a base as the rest of the island is pretty accessible by quad bike from there and the prices to live are much cheaper than up on the rim. You can see a video of our room here:
Plus points: proximity to beach/amenities, cost of food/drink, friendliness of owners (marina gave me loads of free drink!) plenty of affordable places to eat ( we got a shared salad, bread, fish platter, ouzo, fruit, 1/2 litre wine for 20 Euros all in). Cheap hire of a quad makes the rest of the island accessible in the day. Get out there!
Negatives: I didn't like the beach much as it was quite course black sand. We had 3 American girls in the next room who would come in at 1Am and talk loudly till3. To be fair to them they were just talking and we didn't tell them to can it but be aware that it's the sort of place where lively young people are going to be doing that sort of thing and the walls aren't very soundproof!
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Valvis Hotel Perissa
- Villa Valvis Santorini/Perissa