Santorini has long been called the diamond of the Greek Islands. Its white sculptured villages are nestled atop steep volcanic cliffs that fall sharply to the deep blue Aegean Sea. This is paradise for shoppers, photographers, artists, or anyone who just wants to sit at a cafe and soak up the sun and scenery. The beaches are also magnificent and much different from others in Greece due to their special geographical features. The most famous is Red Beach because of the slabs of red and black volcanic rocks. Most people just come to admire the steep cliffs and never make it down to the hot sand. Those who do are treated to a picturesque ambience of sunbathers and natural beauty rarely seen anywhere else in the world.