Santorini is a complex of five islands. Santorini, Thira is the biggest island and there are many islands around it such as Thirasia, Aspronisi, and two volcanic islands called Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni. It was one island called Stroggli circle in Greece around 1645 BC when the volcano erupted in the middle of the island and Caldera was created. The two volcanic islands appeared much later from various eruptions starting from 157 BC until the last one in the 20th century.
Santorini has some magnificent beaches. The shinning pebbles, the unique land formations, the black, white, and red sand, all make for unforgettable scenery. The sea is deep blue and crystal clear. Most of the beaches are well organized by offering the choice of lounging chairs, umbrellas, and various water sports.
Rich in history, Santorinu has many great museums to visit. The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is located in the island's capital of Fira isn't an ordinary provincial museum. Its special content which includes masterpieces of art in the prehistoric period such as the famous wall paintings and the unique gold ibex figure, place it in the same class as The Acropolis Museum of Classical Greece and Vergina Museum of Northern Greece.
In Fira, there also is the Archeological Museum in which are housed fines that represents the island's long history. The museum contains collection of sculpture, inscriptions, vases, and clay figurines.
The Megron Gyzi is a beautiful old mansion museum located in Fira It exhibits engravings of the 16th through the 19th century with dresses, views, and maps of the Cyclades Islands as well as old manuscripts and old photographs of how Santorini looked before the devastating earthquake of 1956 and paintings of well known Greek artists who worked on the islands.
The Folklore Museum is located in Kontohori, Fira in a cave house that was built in 1861. The museum displays the works of carpenter's, barrel makers, shoemakers, and tins makers as well as an ordinary old winery. Also located in Ia, the Naval Museum houses all kinds of displays that show all types of marine objects that illustrate the years of maritime history on the island especially during the 19th century.
One of the most visited museums in Greece is the Wine Museum. It has presented the history of Santorini wine from 1650 to 1950. With mobile and immobile figures and the sound effects of the Wine Museum is great. It is located on the premises of the winery called Volcan Wines of Koutsogiannopolous family which is on the way to the beach called Kamari.
For a couple of Euros, you can get a tour of the Wine Museum with an audio guide along with three wines to taste at the end of the tour. The tour takes you underground and there is a fairly long tunnel that you walk along to see all of the exhibits. With the help of the audio guide you will be well informed about the wine making process. There is an old wine press to look at that dates back to about 1660. The tour of the Wine Museum takes about forty minutes and then you will get a chance to sample Espkiopi wines. Touring around many museums is one of the most interesting and fascinating pastimes on Santorini.