Honeymoon in Greece: Plan the Ultimate Trip of a Lifetime
August 7, 2021
Your Complete Greece Honeymoon Guide
Is Greece a good honeymoon destination? Greece is one of the best destinations to visit in the entire world – and it also just so happens to be one of the most romantic. It’s the perfect place for a honeymoon because Greece has such a vast array of activities, you can cater your trip itinerary to whatever it is you wish to do. Want to spend a couple of nights on a remote island? You can do that. Want to watch the sunrise from a cave dwelling on Santorini? You can do that too. Want to get out of your romantic bubble and view ancient ruins from some of the oldest civilizations in the world? You can also do that. And the truth is…every island in Greece is romantic if you’re with the right person.
So, what should you do on a honeymoon in Greece? Watch the sunset nightly, eat tons of feta, rent a quad bike to ride around the islands, explore ancient ruins, and visit world famous beaches.
When time of year is your honeymoon? Is that a good time to visit Greece?
Watching the sunset in Santorini from your private pool is spectacular, but it might not be so great from November – March. Greece is a seasonal destination. The ferries don’t run very often during the off season and flights are much more sporadic as well. Many shops, restaurants, and beach clubs on the islands are closed. When is your wedding? Is your honeymoon scheduled right after? These are some of the questions you’ll need to ask yourself when determining if Greece is the right honeymoon destination for you. If you can plan your honeymoon from April – October, then Greece is absolutely an option!
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How long should your Greek honeymoon be?
10 days to 2 weeks is the perfect length for your Greek honeymoon. And if you have more available time off than that, then by all means take it! You certainly won’t regret it. But, plan on spending a couple of nights in Athens and visiting at least two Greek islands during that time. If you only have 10 days, then two islands plus Athens is the perfect amount for your itinerary. Traveling between islands can be a bit of a hassle, so you don’t want to spend your entire honeymoon doing just that. I know it’s tempting to see as many islands as possible, but I guarantee that you’ll have a more relaxed and enjoyable time if you spend at least two full days at each destination. It will take another half day or so to reach your next destination, and you’ll need to be in the city that you are departing from the night prior to doing so.
Read More ~ Greece: An Ideal 10-Day Itinerary
Is Greece expensive for a honeymoon?
The nice thing about Greece is that you can travel there on a budget or in complete luxury. It isn’t the cheapest destination because it does cost to ferry or fly between the islands, but inexpensive accommodations are easy to find as are cheap eats. Bear in mind – if you plan on staying in Oia during high season on your Greece honeymoon, expect to pay upwards of $1000 a night to do so.
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Which islands will you visit on your Greece honeymoon?
Unless you fly straight into Santorini upon arrival, chances are that you’ll spend a night or two in Athens. Use this time to visit the Parthenon at the Acropolis, peruse the Archaeological museum, and enjoy a romantic dinner in the Plaka district at a restaurant overlooking the Acropolis at night. It truly is one of the most majestic views!
As a newly married couple on what will hopefully be one of the most romantic trips of your lives, it might be nice to choose one Greek island (ahem, Santorini) that is popular and one that is a bit more relaxed, unspoiled, and private. All of the islands that are suggested below can be easily reached by ferry. I recommend using Ferryhopper to book ferry rides between islands.
The classic honeymoon spot, Santorini should absolutely be on the Greece honeymoon itinerary. This will probably be your priciest island, but for good reason. There truly is nothing else like it; the island was formed from a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago with layers of lava rock and the beautiful stone dwellings that make up its prominent cities like Oia and Thira sit atop the cliff sides.
What should you do on your Santorini honeymoon?
- Go on a wine tour and tasting at Santo Winery.
- Have lunch and go swimming in Amoudi Bay.
- Get up early, roam the streets of Oia, and watch the sunrise.
- Stay in a cave with a private pool or jacuzzi and avoid the crowds by watching the famed sunsets from there with your significant other.
- Rent a quad bike and spend the day exploring the beaches and ancient historical sites like Akrotiri.
- Have lots of romantic dinners post-sunset. The cuisine in Greece is the best in all of Europe! (Sorry, Italy)
- Take a romantic catamaran cruise around the caldera.
Santorini Private or Small Group Tours
My personal favorite of all the Greek islands, Paros, has a more low-key vibe than its cousin, Mykonos, but maintains the same level of beauty. I generally recommend that travelers stay in Parikia during their Paros visit, because it is so accessible to the port and bus station; however, if you are on your honeymoon in Greece, I would stay in Naoussa. The astoundingly picturesque fishing village is too pretty and romantic to not!
What should you do on your Paros honeymoon?
- Take a day trip to Antiparos and eat at the Beach House.
- Rent a quad and drive to the beach just after sunrise. Stop at a bakery for coffee and pastries before getting back on the bike and exploring the rest of the island.
- Take the bus or scooter and visit the hill town of Leftkes for lunch.
- Eat by the sea in Naoussa as much as possible.
Milos or Folegandros
A great way to structure your Greece honeymoon is to choose one touristy island like Santorini and another that is slightly less inhabited, relaxed, and more authentic. Milos and Folegandros are two islands that are also in the Cyclades group – so they are relatively easy to get to from Santorini – that fit the bill. You should rent a car or a scooter if you plan to spend part of your honeymoon on either of these islands.
What do Do in Milos
- Rent your own boat or take a chartered boat tour to snorkel near the Kleftiko Caves.
- Admire the uniqueness of Sarakiniko Beach where the rock looks like the moon’s surface.
- Watch the sunset from the Venetian Castle at the top of Plaka or the colorful fishing village of Mandrakia.
- Try food cooked in the sand at Sirocco restaurant on Paliochori Beach.
What do Do in Folegandros
- Lounge at the beach at Agali Bay.
- Drink espresso, eat gelato, meander through the winding streets, and eat dinner often in Chora, the capital city.
- Hike to Panagia church to watch the sunset.
The island’s reputation precedes it; yes, you can absolutely come here to party and that’s pretty much what I did. But, there is more to Mykonos than its beach clubs. You can indulge in the fun while on your honeymoon in Greece, but you can also participate in some more laidback activities on the island.
What should you do on your Mykonos honeymoon?
- Dine at a waterfront restaurant in Little Venice and watch the sunset.
- Hit up one of the beach clubs and rent a sun bed for the day.
- Go “art gallery hopping” in Mykonos Town.
- Take a day trip to Delos to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Show off your post-wedding moves and dance until dawn with some of the world’s most famous DJs.
Mykonos Private or Small Group Tours
The largest island in Greece, you can literally stay here for an entire summer and still not see it all. So if you do decide to honeymoon in Crete, you need a week here on the island, at a minimum. If your top honeymoon priority is beautiful, sandy beaches, then Crete has the best. Beaches on the Greek islands are predominantly pebbly, but Crete has some of the top sandy beaches in the world like Elafonisi, Voulisma, and Georgioupoli.
You can choose to base yourself in a popular, but beautiful area like Chania or you can stay in a small fishing village like Elounda for a more quiet, less commercialized seaside getaway.
What should you do on your Crete honeymoon?
- Take a day trip to Elafonissi Beach, the famed pink beach off the southwestern side of Crete.
- Spend the day exploring Balos Lagoon and wade in its gorgeous turquoise blue waters.
- Watch the sunset from the Venetian lighthouse at Chania Harbor.
- Enjoy Cretan cuisine at a restaurant right on the water.
- Visit Spinalonga Island during the day. End it at one of Plaka’s fabulous fish restaurants, just 5km outside of Elounda.
Read More ~ Crete Greece: The Ultimate 5-7 Day Itinerary
Greece Honeymoon Hotels
When looking for a hotel in Oia, you want one that is centrally located just off the main street, but far enough down to be completely quiet and private. If you want to split your time on Santorini between two villages, you could also stay in Imerovigli or There.
Katikies Hotel is a dream honeymoon spot. The views, the accommodation itself, the hospitality of the staff – it’s all as close to perfection as you can get. There are three swimming pools on the property and breakfast is delivered daily to your patio.
Andronis Luxury Suites is a luxury cave hotel with minimalist design overlooking the caldera. The hotel has fabulous views, a swimming pool, and breakfast on the balcony is included in the price. It’s the idyllic accommodation for honeymooning in Greece.
If you are looking for some more affordable options, check out the Best Airbnbs in Santorini: Oia and Fira.
Cavo Tagoo is a 5 star luxury property with a memorable view of the sea from its pool and bar. It’s also Instagram paradise; you’ve probably seen the cave pool tagged in your favorite influencer’s photos. Mykonos Town is just a short walk away, which makes this hotel perfectly located, or you can take the complementary shuttle to get there.
Kouros Hotel & Suites is a 5 star hotel with impeccable service. The property is a 10 minute walk from Mykonos town so that you have those uninterrupted sea views from above. There is complementary shuttle service to town if needed. Breakfast is included with your stay and there is a small fitness center and spa as well.
Melian Boutique Hotel & Spa is a boutique property with 15 luxury sea view suites and breathtaking views of the sea. The hotel is located in the scenic village of Pollonia.
Anemomilos Boutique Hotel is a stunning hotel perched along a cliff with idyllic views of the Aegean Sea. While your room is in its own sequestered space, the hotel is located just a short 5 minute walk away from the main village on Folegandros, Chora.
Check rates directly on their website and read reviews on TripAdvisor.
Stelia Mare Boutique Hotel is a 4 star hotel located just outside of downtown Naoussa. The spotless hotel is tastefully decorated and features amenities such as a breakfast buffet, swimming pool, and hot tub. The property’s staff is outstanding and attentive. There are even complimentary treats waiting for you each afternoon.
Casa Delfino Hotel and Spa: This boutique hotel, housed in a 17th century Venetian mansion, used to be the private home of the Delfino family. There are 24 well-appointed guest rooms and suites that mix traditional architecture with modern amenities. The hotel is right in the center of the old town near the restaurants, shops, and bars, but off of a quiet street and without noise. There’s a rooftop terrace to enjoy a cocktail with views of the harbor, a daily breakfast, and spa on the property.
What islands will you be visiting on your Greece honeymoon? Let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out some of my other detailed travel guides about Greece: