Honeymoon Destination: Santorini, Greece
The southernmost island in the Cyclades group, Santorini is Greece’s answer to honeymoon perfection. Built literally atop ash on a circular archipelago amid the remains of a volcanic caldera overlooking the Aegean Sea, Santorini architecture is stunning and almost beyond words. Whitewashed buildings jet out from the cliffs while nearly-neon blue skies dazzle above sparkling black sand beaches. An artful experience from first sight, Santorini is one of those places that you have to see to believe.
If Santorini is your choice, you won’t get a honeymoon in a box. Instead, you will get one of those once in a lifetime experiences that can only be enjoyed in a place that is a world all its own.
Popular Tourist Attractions
Entertainment: The Open Air Cinema Kamari is one of the most unique outdoor movie theaters you will ever attend. English versions of movies containing Greek subtitles run from June until the first days of October, and at only seven euro a show, you can fill up on endless strawberry daiquiris while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors with your newly minted Mr. or Mrs. by your side.
Outdoors: You cannot visit Santorini without longing to climb high enough to drink in the amazing views. The hike from Fira to Oia is one of those trails that inspire awe around every bend. Somewhere in the ballpark of four hours long, wear comfy shoes, sunscreen, and your camera. Even if you consider yourself to be a novice photographer, the scenery above Santorini will do all the work for you.
However, if you don’t consider yourself to be a surefooted hiker, then take the less taxing trail at Tramonto and Oia a scenic walking trail that leads you to amazing bars right on the water for a spectacular sunset.
Beaches & Bays: If you happen to be driving a car, be sure to wind yourself down to Amoudi Bay. One of the most beautiful places to eat and relax, the peacefulness of this bay is unprecedented in the area. With amazing taverns and apparently excellent calamari (try it at Sunset Taverna), not only is it impossible to take a bad picture here, it is impossible to not have a wonderful time.
Donkey Rides: Amoudi Bay is also known for its 300 steps down to the water. However, while some people take the challenge by foot, others get to the bottom (or top) by hiring the local four-legged friend to do the heavy lifting for them. The donkey rides in Santorini will be, by far, some of the most memorable moments and photos in the entire honeymoon lot. Perfect for garnering laughs for years to come, be sure to take a hop on and let your inhibitions go.
Culture Clue In
While some of the modern day opinion on taxes and social structure in Greece have left some parts in a bit of disarray, the beauty of Santorini and the charm of the locals here are worlds away from any nationwide financial strain. With gorgeous restaurants, hotels, and attractions, honeymooners will not find any place in the entire world that can translate earthly beauty with such a heavenly flair.
Best Time to Visit Santorini
Since a honeymoon is synonymous with uncrowded streets and romantic evenings, fall is the best time to visit Santorini. The weather’s warm and the crowds are few. If you plan on traveling during the peak season (summer), make your reservations at least two months in advance.