The Top 5 Greek Island Honeymoon Destinations
Greece is nothing if not romantic. The Dionysian energy and the bright Mediterranean light add an element of spirituality to the already spectacular natural beauty. The simplicity of island life and the charming architecture are an ideal backdrop to any event, but the Greek lifestyle and outlook are the real deal clinchers. The cost/value ratio is as golden as anything Pythagoras could’ve come up with. Amazing services for reasonable prices are common. Everyone’s happy.
But at the end of the day, your honeymoon is sacred. You’ll want to consider your options before making your decision, and that’s astute.
The sheer volume of amazing islands is scandalous. Trying to figure out what to do is like standing in front of the candy bar section in a supermarket after midnight. It’s near impossible, and that’s why we’ve decided to compile a list of the best island honeymoon destinations for you.
Clearly, Santorini is up there at the top spot, because Santorini, that’s why. The Cycladic behemoth punches well above its weight. Considering Santorini’s size relative to its visitors that is no exaggeration. Like a donut with sprinkles on it, so too is Santorini’s skyline; dotted with white washed houses and blue domes all along its cliff edge. It’s a unique sight.
The volcanic activity in the island has collapsed the center of the caldera to form a lagoon in the middle that has therapeutic properties on account of the Sulphur. You can book a tour and find out for yourself. Other tours will take you in and around the caldera to explore it.
In Santorini, life takes place atop, at 300 meters above sea level. Akrotiri and Oia are the two main settlements and each brings something different to the table. In Akrotiri there is an archaeological site that is still being excavated after decades. You can wander in to the site as part of the tour, all while work is being carried out and see for yourself the magnificent frescoes and assorted artefacts that have been preserved since the Minoan times.
In Oia, the famous sunset is the main draw. Perched on the roofs and ledges of houses and churches, people gather for this momentous event in droves. Be sure to not be late.
Santorini has luxury brands, designer and deluxe hotels and really high end services. And that extends to the food and wine. The rich volcanic soil helps produce a stunning variety of world famous wines, including the foamy Santo, while the fresh produce such as tomatoes, capers and fava beans are hands down ambrosial. Simply Santorini.
But then, there is Milos. The island made famous by a statue of Venus now in Paris, is sure to dazzle you with its amazing beaches and great food.
The lunar landscape that is Sarakiniko beach is truly a sight to behold. Volcanic sediment has formed a compact white rock resembling limestone that extends in dune like shapes to create a singularly unique formation. This beach is a honeymoon in itself.
Kleftiko offers the next most impressive sight in the island. Underwater caves that have collapsed have formed a labyrinth of navigable routes in and around them that look like Halong Bay. These were used by pirates back in the day to hide from the authorities and evidence of their activity is still visible. Good swimming opportunities to be had here.
You may not find many places to frequent during the evening, but then you’re on your honeymoon. Which works out just fine in this quiet, romantic island.
Sifnos offers a similar set up, with the only difference being the existence of nightlife.
The small villages of Artemonas and Apollonia can create some decibels, however, Sifnos is without doubt a laid back island. Tourism is welcomed but not pursued. Locals live off the land and have their own particular way of life that doesn’t include catering to tourists a great deal. Which is a good reminder that life revolves around simple things. You’ll appreciate that when you head down to the market and the cashier casually waves off the fact that you’re a couple of euro short. There is a very pure approach to life here. As pure as it can get. Sifnos is in fact home to Nikolaos Tselementes-the first ever Greek chef to publish a cook book. So you know the grub’s alright (you’re in Greece, the likelihood of getting a bad meal is almost non existent).
But what if you want to see and do more? Head to Rhodes. Rhodes is an unusually verdant island with many varied influences, manifest through its medieval castle in Rhodes town, the 3,000 year old Lindos Acropolis, various neo classical and baroque rhythms and even an Italian village deserted after the 1930’s, complete with sanatorium and church. Palm trees and other endemic fauna dot the mountains and beaches along the coast. It’s a popular destination, there is no doubting it. During the summer months it does reach full capacity, and hey, all those drunk Brits on parade can’t all be wrong, right?
But for you, the honeymooner, things are bright. You can avoid the riff raff and head for the more tranquil enclaves of Ialisos or Monolithos and its impressive 15th century castle perched on top of a hill.
For the more adventurous couples, we might suggest Mykonos. However, we strongly recommend you avoid it from July to August, unless you want to sabotage your marriage. Mykonos is an island full of temptations. The original party island of the Med. Studio 54, before it was Studio 54. Celebrities, royalties and anyone who’s anyone have all at one point or another, partied in Mykonos. If you want a honeymoon unlike your garden variety tranquil, secluded love nests, then book your tickets now. The decadence and sensuality of the island will blow your mind, clean off. Great food and awesome beaches are de rigueur, naturally, and the multinational mix up of travelers will leave you feeling like you’re in one giant festival full of party people day and night, in a virtuous loop of fun and sun.
There’s something for everyone in Greece.