Ah, the Greece honeymoon. That most romantic of destinations, a serene and sexy place to start your married life together. Go beyond the traditional Hawaii, Paris or Caribbean to celebrate to your twosome – Greece will make you both swoon with its warm weather, breathtaking views, amazing food, gorgeous beaches and historical sites. Here’s what to know about a Greece honeymoon and some inspiration to get your started on your planning.
When Is the Best Time for a Greece Honeymoon?
The best months for a honeymoon in Greece are May, June, September and early October. These “shoulder” months will avoid the thick summer crowds and the heat. Plus, you’ll save a few (or more) dollars by not traveling during peak season. Don’t worry – the weather is still perfect for swimming, sailing and sightseeing.
Where Should We Stay for Our Greece Honeymoon?
High on every honeymooner with an eye toward Greece is the iconic isle of Santorini. Known for its white-washed architecture, colorful cave homes and caldera views, the island is a dream, particularly in the spring or fall when you’re not having to battle the crowds. Choose accommodations in Fira or Oia, the most popular towns, or consider Mystique Resort, carved into a cliffside, or Istoria Hotel on Perivolos Beach for a romantic setting. And definitely sign up for a private sunset catamaran cruise.
If you really want a quiet, romantic honeymoon, consider the rural island of Paros. This laid-back Cycladic island is proud of its fishing heritage, but also offers exceptional accommodation and dining choices – plus more than 40 spectacular beaches. Try the Parilio hotel for a decadent stay.
Looking for vibrant nightlife to keep the wedding party going? Head to Mykonos, known for its lively club scene, as well as its beautiful beaches, winding roadways and pretty churches.
A perfect honeymoon spot for those who want to get off the grid, Hydra in the Saronic Gulf has no motorized transportation. You’ll get around on foot or on the back of a donkey. Enjoy the slow pace of life here in the quiet seaside towns, discovering your own secluded romantic spots along the beautiful shoreline.
If you’re hoping to enjoy some outdoor recreation while on your honeymoon, give Naxos a look. This largest of the Cyclades Islands is the place to be for hiking, windsurfing and kitesurfing. The famous Plaka Beach is here, too.
Other Greek Isles for Honeymoons
A few other Greece honeymoon ideas: Folegandros for a typical Grecian experience, or the Peloponnese for its preserved medieval town, Byzantine churches and Venetian mansions. Anywhere you can, try out a local cooking class or wine tasting to get a feel for the fruits of the region.
How Do I Get Around the Greek Isles?
If you can’t settle on just one Greek Isle (and who can, really?), consider island hopping so you can get a feel for the region’s various pockets of culture and scenery. Twenty-five Greek islands have their own airports – these planes fill quickly, so plan as far ahead as possible. Most of the large Greek islands and some of the smaller ones also have ferry service, which is easier to get a spot on than a plane. This helps if you’d like to a bit more spontaneous. Or, book a catamaran transfer, which while more expensive, will be a favorite memory of your romantic honeymoon.
What About a Greek Honeymoon in Athens?
Don’t overlook Athens, capital of Greece, and a perennial favorite of honeymooners and newlyweds. While it’s often considered a stopover when en route to the Greek Isles, honeymooners should definitely extend their stay to enjoy all this historic city has to offer. The cultural history, the wonderful food, the romantic hotels – it’s the perfect Greek honeymoon package.
Tour the Parthenon and the Acropolis (aim for early or late in the day). Explore the tiny island village of Anafioitaka and its adorably tiny lanes. Find your way to the summit of Mount Lycabettus for 360-degree views across the Attica basin and the Aegean Sea. Visit the Brettos distillery, open since 1909 and the second oldest bar in all of Athens. Take a day trip to Corinth, at one time a large trading hub in ancient Greece and a great place for both a history tour and an afternoon on the beach.
One size does not fit all in Crete, so if you’re seeking diversity of experiences on your honeymoon, head to Crete. With its sandy beaches, mountains, palm trees and plains, you can hop from city to beach and back to your heart’s content.
Take the boat from Sfakia out to the scenic village of Loutro. It’s noticeably not windy here, making it a lovely spot for a refreshing swim, followed by an alfresco seafood dinner. Explore Triopetra village and beach – make sure to stop into one of the taverns atop the three huge rocks you’ll see for Cretan specialties and beachy cocktails. In Heraklion, you’ll see a different side of Greece – a natural paradise of green mountains and hillsides, glimmering water and a canyon, plus a smattering of Byzantine monasteries and churches. Slip away to the forest of Rouvas for a hand-in-hand stroll. Finally, visit Elounda in Lasithi for a chic vibe, water sports and sheltered romantic beaches.
Things to Know About a Greece Honeymoon
- You can drink the tap water in the major cities in Greece, but if you’re in the Greek Isles, drink bottled water.
- Tipping practices vary throughout Greece. Provide taxi drivers and local tour guides a gratuity. Many restaurants will include the gratuity in the bill.
- Keep your luggage light if you’ll be moving about on small planes, ferries and catamarans. Think light summer clothing, a few swimsuits and a summer-weight jacket or sweater for evening.
- Bring cash. The smaller tavernas, grocers and quaint restaurants will prefer cash, not credit cards.
- Stay up late. If you can, see the wee hours at the local taverns to get a feel for the island lifestyle. Don’t worry – you can sleep as late as you like in the morning.