The church of Panagia Katefiani in Santorini: The beautiful chapel of Panagia Katefiani is located in Perissa, on the slopes of Mesa Vouno Mountain, at an altitude of 200 meters. In particular, it is situated on the path from Perissa to Ancient Thera. The small church, which is built on a huge rock, was used as a refuge for the locals in times of war and pirate attacks.
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Set in a fabulous location overlooking Perissa and the south coastline of Santorini, the chapel provides a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea. Behind the chancel lies a small cave with an ancient fountain with water that is believed to have therapeutic effects. Panagia Katefiani celebrates on September 8th, the day of the Virgin Mary's birthday.
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 scheduling a direct pickup by a local driver at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.
Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from your hotel. You can then visit the Ancient Thera 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. Bus connections between this bus station and most areas of the island are available. There are buses to Perissa approximately every 1.5 hours. Note that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.