If the forces of Mother Nature and the famous black sand beaches are appealing to you, then the vacation spot for you is the Santorini Island region of Greece. The island's existence is because of a still active volcano. It doesn't matter if you plan to stay for a while or only the weekend Santorini Island is an exciting place to be. We have already mentioned the active volcano there, however there are other features of this region that are just as exciting. It isn't often you can lounge on a beach of black sand or explore quaint villages with many specialty shops to explore.