The church of Panagia Katefiani in Santorini: The beautiful tiny chapel of Panagia Katefiani is located in Perissa, on the slopes of Mesa Vouno Mountain, at an altitude of 200 meters. This small church, built on a huge rock, was used in the past as a refuge for the locals in times of war and pirate attack.
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Set in a fabulous location overlooking Perissa and the south coastline of Santorini, the chapel provides a breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea. Behind the chancel, there is a small cave with an ancient fountain whose water is believed to have therapeutic effects. Panagia Katefiani celebrates on September 8th, the day of Virgin Mary's birthday. It is located on path from Perissa to Ancient Thera.
How to get there
The Church of Panagia Katefiani is located on a hillside above the beach of Perissa.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.
Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car with as little as 14.5 euro per day and pick it up directly from your hotel. You can then visit the Church of Panagia Katefiani but also many other places of interest.
Public transfers: In Perissa village lies the terminal stop of the bus route Fira > Perissa. The Church of Panagia Katefiani is a 12-minute walk away. Fira is where the central bus station of the island is located. There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. There are buses to Perissa approximately every 1.5 hours. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.