Brimming with ancient ruins, miles of sun-drenched coastline and charming tavernas, Greece is the perfect place for an island-hopping romantic break.
Choosing an island for your Greece honeymoon is the first step: the beaches of Zakynthos and Crete; the lush hills of Kefalonia; nightlife of Mykonos; ancient towns of Rhodes or stunning sunsets of Santorini? Whichever you pick, don’t miss the mainland too – Athens is a capital unlike any other, with the unforgettable Acropolis right in the centre.
Where to Go in Greece
Each island has its own flavour but the two most popular for honeymooners are Santorini and Mykonos. Instagram was designed for Santorini’s whitewashed houses that drape down the cliffs to the Caldera. Most luxury hotels are found in the towns of Fira and Oia but charming towns like Akrotiri and its surrounding wineries abound. The best way to see it all is by a sunset catamaran cruise.
Mykonos is the hedonistic jewel of the rocky Cyclades islands’ crown. Claim a sunbed on one of the postcard-worthy beaches during the day before heading to the renowned party towns at night for some sophisticated wedding celebrations.
When to Go to Greece
July and August are peak season for tourists and it's best to avoid these because of the soaring temperatures and overcrowding. Go just outside these in June and September and you'll get the sunshine without having to jostle for space on the beach. Early spring (April-May) and autumn (October) are also wonderful times to visit.
What to See in Greece
Any Greece honeymoon is incomplete without a bit of history, but nowhere is quite as awe-inspiring as the six 14th century monasteries of Meteora. These red-roofed buildings sit atop massive stone pinnacles of rock, riddled with ladders and caves, creating a magical and mystical sight.
Other unmissable spots are the Acropolis in Athens, the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, and the Palace of Knossos on Crete.
Where to Stay in Greece
Canaves Oia Suites, Santorini
Recently crowned Hotel of the Year, the traditional whitewashed Canaves Oia Suites offer some of the most stunning views of the Caldera and Aegean on Santorini. The whole experience is Instagram perfection.
Kinsterna Hotel, Monemvasia
This renovated 13th century estate is now a charming hotel and spa for couples with a sustainable ethos: their produce comes from the olive and lemon groves and vineyards around the hotel. With a hammam spa, the Kisterna Hotel feels at one with its beautiful surroundings.
Grace Mykonos, Mykonos
Close to the buzzing nightlife of Mykonos Town, the sleek Grace Hotel is a little haven of tranquility with every amenity and desire thought of. You’ll never want to leave the king-sized beds, but luckily they do fine dining room service.
Lindos Blu, Rhodes
An adults-only resort chiseled out the rocky cliffside, with terraces full of villas and pools that lead down to the sandy beach. Relaxation and indulgence are the buzzwords at Lindos Blu: try the spa or one of their five restaurants and bars.
Naxian Collection, Naxos
A simple but chic collection of minimalist villas are the embodiment of barefoot luxury. You can spend as much time as you like just the two of you, or re-enter civilization in their lobby, where you can dine with views of Naxos Town and the lagoon below. Naxian Collection was made for honeymoons.
How to Get to Greece
Low-budget airlines fly to Greece multiple times a day so you're guaranteed to be able to get a cheap flight to the mainland or most popular islands. The flight time to Athens is a little under 4 hours.
It's quite possible to do a little tour of Europe on your way to Greece if you take the train. Catch the Eurostar to Paris, the TGV to Milan, then an overnight cruise to Greece; it's like having lots of little honeymoons in one.
You can even take a cruise around the Greek islands direct from Southampton, meaning you can cross lots of cities off your list in one.
No visa is required for British passport holders.