If you’re a young couple that loves being outdoors, Andros is for you. This underrated destination is full of opportunity to explore the luscious nature on offer. Whether you want to trek through waterfalls or climb verdant hills, there are ample spots to enjoy a good hike. Meanwhile, watersports lovers will find themselves spoilt by the diving and windsurfing opportunities. For the optimum experience, stay at the BluEnigma Hotel. This affordable and boutique spot is home to a terracotta skate bowl and mountain tracks.
Head north from Volos to discover the mountainous region of Pelion. Unlike the Greek islands, Northern Greece remains relatively unexplored and therefore far more affordable for young couples than its southern counterparts. You can either rent a car or get a bus from Volos to one of the small mountainous villages. Here, tranquil evenings spent enjoying local dishes such as rooster pasta or slow-cooked rabbit are the ideal escape from big city life. Or spend time by the coast on uninhabited beaches that offer the ultimate Instagrammable sunset. In the winter, ski resorts provide a great and budget-friendly alternative to other European destinations.
If you’re a young couple looking for a lively Greek getaway but still want a sense of authentic Greece, Corfu is the destination for you. Corfu’s old town, Kérkyra, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a sprawling array of beautiful neoclassical buildings. There’s a host of great bars and clubs to spend evenings in the centre too. During the day, hike to Angelokastro, one of the island’s famous Byzantine castles, and make the most of Corfu’s extensive trails. There are also resorts for those looking to enjoy more of an all-inclusive experience.
Amorgos isn’t the easiest of islands to get to. Located five and a half hours away from Athens, it’s farther away than the rest of its Cycladic siblings. However, it is well worth the journey to this bustling island, and visitors will find themselves with an endless array of things to do. Young couples on a budget will find great camping sites here, with long picturesque beaches and crystal-blue seas to cool off in as the sun rises. For history buffs, there are many archaeological sites to discover – Amorgos has been inhabited since the prehistoric era. The island is excellent for nature lovers, with plenty of trails and climbs that offer breathtaking views. In the evenings, enjoy traditional island food in the town and make the most of rakomelo – honey-infused raki that is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.
If you’re a couple that wants an affordable island break without feeling too isolated, Crete is the ultimate destination. In spite of its location as one of the southernmost spots in Greece, Crete is lively and absorbing – it’s no surprise the island evokes such ardent fans who return year after year. Enchanting villages and towns such as Sissi, Matala and Agia Pelagia are dream romantic getaways where you can stay in local, inexpensive hotels and enjoy scenic views. The main towns of Heraklion and Chania offer a lively combination of historical sites, art galleries, great restaurants and bars which you’ll find yourself sitting at until the early hours. Plan a longer stay to ensure you get to enjoy everything the island offers.
While Athens is the largest Greek city, Thessaloniki is the alternative spot to head for if you’re looking for a refreshing city break. As the city lies in the north of Greece, you can fly directly to Thessaloniki, and usually at more affordable prices than the cost of getting to Athens. Once there, the choice of what to explore is yours. Thessaloniki’s food scene is widely renowned, and cool local restaurants such as Negroponte and Agioli offer more modern takes on traditional Greek flavours. Social initiatives such as the National Theatre of Northern Greece put on fantastic productions that are worth checking out, and throughout the summer, there are festivals such as the International Film Festival and Wine Festival, which heighten the buzzing atmosphere in the city.
Art-loving couples should head to Hydra, a sleepy island that has banned cars. In summer, the annual exhibition at the project space Slaughterhouse transforms the island into a buzzing creative hub as Athenians and visitors hop over from the mainland to enjoy the show. Alongside the array of cultural spots, Hydra also offers a picturesque town that is perfect for strolling through at sunset and a range of delicious, stylish restaurants such as Omilos where you can while away warm, romantic nights. The lack of vehicles on the island means that aside from walking, donkey is the main way to travel. Prepare for the ultimate Greek adventure.