This is a review and not a questions but I do not think the topic has been mentioned before.
Hike from Kamari to Perissa
This hike takes about 2 hours and involves 22 hairpin bends over
Mount Mesa vouno which rises to 400metres and is the second highest peak on Santorina.
The road on the Kamari side is paved and quiet, this is where you find the 22 hairpin bends. The route down to Perissa is a donkey track, which is still used by donkeys.
This route is not suitable for flip flops, Ladies dress sandals, small children or push chairs. You need to be quite fit and sound of limb to attempt it, but it is quite an easy walk.
Take a hat, water and a camera. Rest in the shade. Take your time and enjoy it.
September 11th 2013, 10am
We set off from the main bus stop in Kamari and headed uphill. We were wearing Timberland and Ecco sandals. They are very tough and we have done several long walks in them. We also carried a day bag with swim wear, towel, water and fruit.
5 minutes after setting off we came to a grocers shop where we bought fruit and water. Dont attempt the walk without water, it will only make the hike up a chore.
The walk up the hairpins is not as hard as it appears from the foot of the mountain. The traffic is quiet as there is no way off the mountain, it is a cul du sac. There are several rest stops on the way up so take advantage of them and be surprised how close to the airport you are.
The road ends where the hairpins end and the traffic has to come back down the hill. At this point there was a mobile snack wagon, when we walked it.
The track to Perissa now starts to drop down onto the plain, but you can carry on to the summit of Mt. Mesa vouno, if you wish.
The track down is a donkey track, but is not difficult. The way down is clear, except at one point where the track forks. The left fork is to a small White chapel on the cliff face. It is only a short walk. The track down leads to Perissa.
You enter Perissa at the bus stop which takes you to Krifa. Perissa is a lot quieter than Kamari, but there are still shops and restaurants. The sea is often a lot calmer in Perissa and not as deep as at Kamira.
To get back to Kamari, you can retrace your route, get the shuttle boat back to Kamari or take the bus to Krifa and then change to Kamari.
The total trip including a swim and lunch in Perissa takes about half a day and is well worth it. We really enjoyed it.