European Honeymoon Hotspot: Greece

A newlywed couple on their honeymoon in Greece.

Planning your dream honeymoon is a fun experience in and of itself, and Greece is an incredibly picturesque place to celebrate tying the knot. From taking in the culture to enjoying beautiful beaches to exploring ancient towns and sightseeing, there’s no shortage of things to do in this amazing European country. And best of all, right now Greece is open to U.S. travelers that can provide a negative COVID-19 test or prove they’ve been fully vaccinated against the virus. If you’re embarking on the journey of planning a Grecian honeymoon, use the below information to guide you in making the most of your travel.

Santorini: A Classic Choice for Romance

A sunset view of Santorini, Greece.

You’ve likely seen the gorgeous, whitewashed buildings against the breathtaking backdrop of the deep blue sea in photos and on TV, but visiting the island of Santorini will absolutely make your jaw drop. The views and charm of this island are beyond the imagination, and it’s a place of pure romance, making it perfect for a honeymoon. The island is rich in history, as it was formed thousands of years ago as the result of a volcano eruption. The villages are perched on top of cliffs, allowing for unbelievable views. When visiting Santorini, be sure to check out Thira, Imerovigli, and – the most famous village – Oia. To kick back on the beach and do something luxurious like rent a daybed with all-day bottle service, visit Fira, which also has many clubs (if that’s what you’re into!) There are so many unforgettable things to do on this island, like sample wine at local wineries, watch stunning sunsets from Oia, or take in the sights at black sand beaches. Simply walking around these villages allows for tons of entertainment; shop, stop for coffee or drinks, and sample fresh Mediterranean food like you’ve never tasted before!

There are many beautiful accommodations in Santorini. The Grace Hotel, which is an Autograph Collection property, is breathtaking and endlessly romantic. This property combines the comfort of booking with a big-name chain with the unique feeling of staying at a boutique style resort. Another romantic hotel with breathtaking views of the water is Katikies Santorini. Finally, the stunning infinity pool and sunset views at Charisma Suites is sure to provide for an unforgettable and special stay for any couple.

Mykonos: More than a Party Spot

A woman relaxing on a boat near a beach in Greece.

The island of Mykonos has a reputation for being a party spot, but this chic island has more to offer than clubs. Walking around the old town of Mykonos is such a treat; get lost in the windy old paths and alleys that lead to one-of-a-kind restaurants, bars, and boutiques. There are a lot of big brand stores there, too, if you’re looking to shop for luxury items. There’s more to do than eat, shop, and club here, though! You can visit the historical windmills, and take a quick ferry to the archaeological site of Delos, which is known as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. There are many historical sights to see, such as ancient churches, abandoned lighthouses, and even a maritime museum. There’s no chance of getting bored in Mykonos, as there are many things to do no matter what you’re in the mood for.

There are also a lot of great places to stay in Mykonos. Mykonos Blu is one of the most popular options for lodging, known for its multi-level infinity pool. The Belvedere Hotel is another beautiful property that’s conveniently located within walking distance from many shops and restaurants. Plus, this property boasts a beautiful organic spa. For more of a beach resort, the Kivotos Mykonos is an all-suite hotel directly on the water, located a five-minute walk from the beach.

Crete: An Underrated Adventure

A walkway between homes in Crete, Greece.

For a lesser-known island in Greece that still is very popular among honeymooners, visit Crete. This is one of the southernmost Mediterranean islands known for its beautiful scenery, beaches, and great year-round weather. There’s a lot to experience here, and Crete is known to make its own fresh and delicious feta cheese as well as “raki,” which is a clear, distilled spirit made from grape pressings that’s native to the island. As mentioned, there are great beaches to enjoy in Crete, making this a wonderful spot to kick back and relax in. If you’re up for an adventure, hike the Samaria Gorge. Another fun thing to do is to wander the cobblestone alleyways of the Rethymno Old Town or explore Chania’s Venetian Harbour. There are also a number of ancient monasteries and interesting museums worth seeing, so you’d definitely be able to have a well-rounded trip in Crete.

Take advantage of the beautiful beaches of Crete by staying at a resort like the adults-only Domes Noruz Chania. This hotel is beautiful and modern, making you feel completely immersed in the Grecian vibes as soon as you arrive. Another beautiful place to consider staying is the Minos Beach Art Hotel, which is a beautiful, five-star property conveniently situated only a 10-minute walk from town.

These are just some of the beautiful spots to enjoy on a Grecian honeymoon, where you can experience adventure, relaxation, and lots of culture all at once!

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