The Greek Islands are one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world and there are few places more romantic than Santorini. According to legend this beautiful destination may well be the site for Atlantis, the island famously depicted in Greek mythology. Not only are the islands blue and sun bleached domed chapels and houses a thing of beauty and the ocean a glittering shade of azure but the sunsets are unlike anywhere you'll experience across the globe - in Santorini they leap into your soul and stay forever.
Perched on the northern tip of the island sits the village of Oia. The tranquillity of Oia is unsurpassed whilst the beauty is almost impossible to describe in words. Quaint white houses frame the hillside with splashes of colours deep from the volcanic earth - reds, pinks, blues and okras. Once you’ve trekked the steep laneways to arrive at this remote village it doesn’t take long to discover why Oia is one of the most photographed spots in Greece (if not the world!) and how it has inspired many an artist, poet, musician and all that set foot on to the Santorini shore. Boasting some of the most luxurious, private and romantic honeymoon suites and accommodation you’ll ever encounter it really does provide you both with a once in a lifetime experience.
Get ready to feast! Greek food truly encompasses the Mediterranean with lots of fresh local goodness – incredible Greek salads, tender octopus, whole fish, melt-in-your-mouth eggplant and of course salty but delicious feta cheese and plenty of refreshing tzatziki. Santorini also has some of the best designed rooftop bars and restaurants around so make sure you book an evening all to yourselves so you can dine outdoors, at the top right under the sky for a magical sunset view whilst savouring an array of delicious Greek delicacies.
The best way to get around and see the island is to hire a scooter. Head south and check out Red Beach, which again has such a variety of earthy colours, most notably red, hence the name. Once you’ve stopped for a dip then scoot on over for another coloured beach at the south end of the island, this time the black beach of Perivolos. You’ve got to love volcanoes for creating such unique and wonderful places to explore.
Other top tips include hopping on a cruise to the caldera where you can explore the natural beauty of the flooded volcanic crater – take a dip in the hot springs, swim and snorkel at the many beaches, and enjoy a private dinner on board at sunset. There’s that sunset again!
Because of the volcanic ash present in the soil, Santorini produces unique and interesting wines. Visit Santo Wines in the centre of the island, enjoy wine tastings complemented with island grown olives, cheese and fresh local bread, take in the spectacular views from the balcony and stay for another stunning sunset because they are amazing!
Delve into some Greek history and visit the archaeological site of Minoan Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri or put on your hiking boots and take the scenic trail from Fira to Oia along the rim of the Caldera (definitely one not to be missed!), passing beautiful little chapels, smaller historical sites and breathtaking views of the blue Aegean Sea below.
Santorini, just as the myth alludes truly is a paradise found, not only is it perfect for romantic seclusion but also for beauty and history, making this one of the most idyllic honeymoon locations for any couple.