Best Islands for a Honeymoon in Greece

Best Islands for a Honeymoon in Greece

One of the world’s most coveted honeymoon destinations, the Greek Islands are perfect for kicking off the love of a lifetime, but with 227 inhabited isles, choosing one of the best islands to visit in Greece for your honeymoon can be challenging. There’s something for everyone, from couples who want to focus on Greek food and wine to beach lovers, history buffs, and outdoor adventurers. The long list of activities includes sailing, snorkeling, and hiking, and nearly everything in between. There are tranquil islands ideal for romantic seclusion along with lively islands famous for beach parties and nightlife. But what are the best islands for a honeymoon in Greece? This guide will help you decide which is ideal for your postnuptial getaway.

Santorini

Santorini

With its luxury resorts, colorful beaches, cobalt-blue sea, tasty island-grown wine, and whitewashed villages, no wonder Santorini is one of the world’s top destinations for a honeymoon. It guarantees photos so impressive it will be hard to believe you didn’t use a filter, but the scenery is even more awe-inspiring in person. The arrival alone is worth the journey, one of the most dramatic in the Greek islands, coming face-to-face with the dramatic caldera when gliding into the port by ferry. Stroll hand-in-hand along cobbled streets with vibrant bougainvillea and views of the brilliant blue sky melding into the Aegean Sea. Imagine watching stunning sunsets together, enjoying romantic candlelit dinners, and retiring to your cave-style honeymoon suite with a private plunge pool.

Mykonos windmills

Mykonos

Mykonos has a romantic atmosphere with traditional whitewashed architecture, honeymoon-worthy sea-view resorts, powdery sand beaches perfect for long walks, and fine dining restaurants. Most luxury hotels include spas for pampering treatments, many with options to enjoy them right beside your new spouse. The picturesque pedestrianized streets of Old Town Mykonos are ideal to stroll with their many enticing shops and you can look forward to breathtaking sunsets from the island’s historic windmills. They overlook Little Venice, the island’s most enchanting neighborhood with Venetian-inspired 16th- and 17th-century sea captains’ homes and buildings on the waterfront with their brightly painted wooden doors. You might even take a cooking class so you can make some of your favorite Greek meals together when you return home.

Crete beach

Crete

Crete is the largest island in Greece, renowned for its beautiful beaches, rich history, and vibrant local culture. It’s one of the most diverse in terms of landscapes, with a swirl of pink and white sands, towering mountains, lush valleys, and rugged canyons. There are ancient ruins like the Palace of Knossos dating back to 1700 BC, while Samaria Gorge is a bucket-list hike where you can spot the famous endemic wild goat, aegagros. The food is some of the best you’ll find in Greece, with the local cuisine a top reason to visit, from comfort foods to gourmet fare. The most romantic town to base yourself in is charming Chania with its pretty harbor, Venetian architecture, and even castle accommodation.

Lindos Beach in Rhodes

Rhodes

The largest island in the Dodecanese, Rhodes has a rich past that can be seen in the historical center of medieval Rhodes Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts some of Europe’s most well-preserved Venetian architecture. The castle complex is massive and romantic, with a maze of cobbled streets. The Palace of the Grand Masters now serves as a history museum, and there are a number of historic treasures to explore throughout the island, including a Minoan settlement and an ancient monastery. One of the most beautiful Greek Islands to visit in the summertime, nature lovers can stroll the trails in the Valley of the Butterflies among countless colorful butterflies during the summer months, as well as enjoy mountains, waterfalls, and sandy beaches.

Corfu cove

Corfu

One of the greenest Greek Islands, Corfu lies in the Ionians. The scenery alone is enough to make for magical moments enjoyed together on postcard-perfect sandy beaches, next to cascading waterfalls and bird-filled lagoons, and along charming streets in places like Corfu Town with its idyllic mix of Venetian, French colonial, and British influences. Check out the fortresses, palaces, and museums while admiring the beauty. The rest of the island has the feel of Tuscany but with some of the most idyllic beaches in Europe. In the tiny fishing village of Agni, you can rent a boat and cruise around to find your own secluded cove. There are cooking classes, wine-tasting tours, and a wide range of romantic eateries too.

Naxos ruins

Naxos

Naxos is one of the lesser-developed Cyclades Islands, although it’s become increasingly popular in recent years, something that seems to have picked up significantly after the late Anthony Bourdain showcased its food scene, nearly all of which is farm- or sea-to-table. The island also boasts some of the best beaches in the country, with long, soft white sands ideal for romantic strolls. Chora, or Naxos Town is also a lovely place to walk hand-in-hand along the marble-paved streets flanked by Venetian mansions with ironwork balconies and splashed with vibrant bougainvillea. Visitors can also enjoy everything from swimming in translucent turquoise water that looks like a big swimming pool to hiking mountains like the nearly 3,300-foot-high Zeus, the Cyclades’ highest summit.

Skopelos coastline

Skopelos

One of the Sporades Islands, Skopelos is tucked between Mount Pelion and the island of Evia, providing a blissful honeymooners’ retreat easily accessed, just off the east coast of the Greek mainland. Sometimes referred to as the “Mamma Mia” island, the popular movie was filmed among the olive groves above Glysteri Beach on its north side. You’ll also see the olive trees where Sophie sets off from Villa Donna for her wedding on a donkey. The beautiful landscapes include picturesque beaches with brilliant blue-green water and pine tree-covered hills. Skopelos Town is one of the prettiest ports in the country with whitewashed walls and terracotta rooftops spilling down the hillside, all overlooked by a grand Venetian fortress.

Paros town

Paros

Paros is part of the Cyclades, one of the less crowded islands in the archipelago while providing the perfect Greece honeymoon destination. There are gorgeous beaches with crystal-clear, calm turquoise water for swimming and idyllic stretches for watersports like windsurfing and kite surfing. Kolymbithres Beach is stunning – bring a picnic and find a quiet spot to soak up the views while enjoying each other’s company. Paros Town is one of the prettiest in Greece, with a 13th-century Venetian castle and the 4th-century Church of 100 Doors, the island’s most important historical landmark. The fishing village of Naoussa is an ideal spot for a romantic dinner overlooking the harbor and the Lighthouse of Cape Korakas is a must for sunset watching.

Symi colourful buildings

Symi

Symi may be lesser-known but it has that wow factor as one of the best islands for a honeymoon in Greece. Your first glimpse when cruising into the harbor is the steep hillsides strewn with colorful neoclassical mansions, an image perfect for postcards. Along the waterfront, are a variety of shops selling the island’s famous sponges and handmade leather items. In between, traditional tavernas often feature Symi shrimps. There are many beautiful beaches, both pebbly and sandy, edged by water in shades from deep emerald to electric blue. Visit them by taking a boat tour that brings to some that can only be reached by water for romantic seclusion. Nanou Beach is ideal for relaxing and boasts a taverna serving fresh seafood.

Famous Zakynthos beach

Zakynthos

Famous for its breathtaking natural wonders and stunning sandy beaches, Zakynthos never fails to seduce. A romantic boat excursion to the Blue Cave is one of the top things to do. You’ll witness a majestic play of light while swimming in surreal surroundings. Many tours also visit Shipwreck Beach, tucked between two towering cliffs framing Easter egg blue water. You might take a private boat trip to Turtle Island, an uninhabited isle and protected sea turtle nesting area. Or snorkel together at Porto Limnionas among loggerhead turtles, moray eels, parrotfish, and more. No matter where you stay, rise early to catch a sunrise from the island’s east side where the sky fills with a brilliant array of oranges, golds, and yellows.

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