An ideal destination for newlyweds and couples, Santorini, with its charming white-washed architecture, picture-perfect villages, majestic sunsets, enticing beaches and award-winning wine culture, is a favourite among locals and visitors alike when it comes to romantic escapes. You can book a luxurious suite with a view over the caldera, enjoy the sunset from your terrace or private infinity pool, dine in delicious restaurants or indulge in the comfort of your room. However you spend your time, you will leave the island with memories you won’t soon forget.
Another romance-infused destination is Nafplio, in the Peloponnese. The sheer number of weddings celebrated every year there proves that it is truly a beautiful place that attracts many couples. Even if you only visit for your honeymoon, the magic and charming aura of this little town, which was the country’s first capital, will seduce you. The neoclassical mansions covered with bougainvillaea, the small squares with their plethora of cafés, the waterfront, which is perfect for romantic evening walks, and the surrounding area all invite you to enjoy your stay in this lovely town.
If Santorini is too popular for your taste, then Monemvasia may be the place for you, as it’s a more low-key destination. The old town, which connects to the mainland via a causeway, is a highly recommended locale; you will feel like you have stepped back in time and will surely enjoy wandering the stone-paved narrow streets. Its location also makes it an ideal place from which to explore the nearby historic sites and the region, where you will stumble upon hidden and secluded beaches and coves where you can relax, swim and even snorkel away from the crowds. After a day of exploring, you can end it with a delicious dinner in one of the many tavernas where you can sample the best of the local cuisine with a bottle of delicious wine.
Located only two hours away from Athens, the island of Spetses is known for its natural beauty and laid-back vibe. You can stay in one of the island’s boutique hotels and spend a lovely afternoon on secluded beaches before heading back to town to enjoy delicious dishes at the several restaurants and tavernas. You can also spend the day exploring the neighbouring islands or sailing in the Saronic Gulf. At the end of the day, you can take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride around the harbour. Whatever you choose to do, you are bound to have a pleasant time.
If you cannot make a decision on where to stay for your honeymoon, you can also do an island itinerary. There are many travel agencies that will allow you to build your own honeymoon tour, but if you prefer to call upon an expert’s help, Travel Smart has a unique package for an island-hopping experience in the Aegean Sea in a private yacht, with discounts and bonuses for honeymooners. You will get to discover beautiful Cycladic islands such as Antiparos, Delos, Folegandros, Kythnos, Mykonos, Paros, Poliegos, Poros and, of course, Santorini.
Milos may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of winemaking, but you will be pleasantly surprised once you stay at Kostantakis Winery, where the volcanic soil and mild climate create an astonishing array of delicious wines. Set in the scenic seaside village of Pollonia, the winery includes a complex of small apartments in the traditional style where you can relax and revel in the beauty of your surroundings. You can take part in wine tasting sessions, discover the whole island while exploring its stunning beaches (including the lunar-looking Sarakiniko) and its picturesque little villages, spend a day sailing along the island’s dramatic coastline or visit the neighbouring island of Kimolos.
Kostantakis Winery, Pollonia, Greece, +30 6936 644481
Not everyone is into the ‘relax and chill’ honeymoon, so for those of you who need some exciting adventures, why not take a road trip across Crete? Offering the best that Greece has to offer on a smaller scale (rich history, archaeological wonders, urban life and natural landscapes, including spectacular beaches and awe-inspiring mountain tops), this southern island is easily explorable by car. You can start and end your day in Chania (stay in Avra Imperial Hotel, it’s your honeymoon after all) and make your way through the island by stopping at points of interest. If you need some help, Cycladia already has a historic road trip itinerary available, but you could definitely personalise it to suit your tastes.
To mark the beginning of a lifetime as a married couple, why not treat yourself to your own villa on one of the most scenic islands in the country. Located near the small village of Pesada, Trapezaki Beach Villa may be just what you need. This little gem sleeps two people comfortably and includes a modern kitchen, a dining and living area, as well as a bedroom with a bathroom and an infinity pool just for you. You can choose to lazily relax in the comfort of this luxurious villa or explore the island; either way, it will be a memorable retreat with your significant other.