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8 Must-See Museums in Santorini (With Pictures)

Santorini is the iconic Greek destination with the most fascinating sunsets and postcard-pretty cliff houses carved on the slopes of the caldera, coated in sparkling white, which contrast with the light cobalt blue of the church domes and with the vivid magenta of the bougainvillea in bloom. It’s an island with a rich past, albeit checkered at times, a brilliant example of human endurance in challenging conditions.  So, we’ve rounded up eight of the must-see museums in Santorini that show some of the historical trials that make the island great.

Vlychada, the Beach with a Lunar Landscape

One of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, by many accounts the most fascinating on Santorini, Vlychada is a short 40-minute drive from Oia. It’s not far from the Tomato Industrial Museum and Santorini Arts Factory – two must-see attractions when you are in the area. The strange shapes in the rock are natural sculptures.

Also known as the Moon Beach, a well-deserved nickname for its spectacular lunar landscape, Vlychada rests on the southern coast of the island. It is a long beach caressed by the waves of the sea, which, together with the wind and rain, created the mesmerizing sculptures in the rock formations that separate the beach from the rest of the island. If you plan a visit with children, keep in mind that the sea is deep here, and not safe for people who cannot swim well. Also, some more secluded parts of Vlychada are favored by nudists.

The moon beach of the island, with its dramatically-eroded pumice cliffs, Vlychada is worth a visit even if you are not a beach-goer. The lunar landscape of the beach makes Vlychada a favorite attraction with photographers too. This is where you will find that perfect Instagram moment.

Vlychada beach

There are also areas equipped with chairs and umbrellas, and beach cafes that serve delicious savory specials from the bounty of the sea. A small marina nearby offers docking for yachts and boating tours by Santorini Yacht Services, who also offer services like yacht charter cruises and tours, air taxi, helicopter transfers, moonlight cruises, and more.

When you visit Vlychada, Akrotiri is another nearby attraction worth seeing. You can always search our official blog to find out what to see and do when you are on Santorini. Your private concierge at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa is happy to offer advice and fix a custom itinerary for you too.