From the planning to the ceremony to the reception, weddings can be stressful. But your honeymoon shouldn't be. After your special day is in the books, you'll want to set off for some well-deserved fun, adventure, and relaxation. There are few better places for newlyweds to go than Greece. Millennia of history and culture, fantastic Mediterranean cuisine, and miles and miles of pristine beaches combine to make Greece a one-of-a-kind honeymoon destination. From whitewashed villas to chic apartments, there's no shortage of vacation rentals to serve as the launchpad for an unforgettable honeymoon.
Top destinations for island honeymoons in Greece
With thousands of islands scattered across the surrounding seas, it can be hard to choose which of the Greek islands to visit for a romantic idyll. Luckily, thanks to the country's long history and welcoming attitude to vacationers, many of Greece's islands will have what you're looking for. From historic sites to charming tavernas, buzzing nightlife to laid-back beaches, these islands offer everything for a memorable honeymoon.
Set atop an active volcano, Santorini, the largest in the island chain of the same name, lies south of the mainland in the Aegean Sea. Picturesque whitewashed towns, ancient ruins, and stunningly blue waters make the island a top destination. Amateur volcanologists, and anyone who likes a scenic boat ride, can take a tour of the volcanic caldera—or just enjoy the black sands on Kamari Beach. For a bit of history, check out the ancient ruins of Akrotiri or the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, and don't miss a trip to the island's many vineyards. Just be sure to book a vacation rental with a terrace, for enjoying gentle breezes and fantastic views.
Honeymoons on Mykonos
Mykonos, part of the island group known as the Cyclades, is a great destination if you're looking for some of the finest nightlife Greece has to offer. Packed with bars from the towns to the beachfront, there's no shortage of options for partying the night away. For fun in a slightly lower key, check out the famed windmills of Chora, stroll the shopping streets of Mykonos town, or take the short trip to the nearby island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And of course, there's plenty of sun and sand to enjoy. Book a vacation rental with a pool and stay at the water's edge any time of day or night.
Off the west coast of the mainland lies Zakynthos, part of the Ionian Islands. Boasting turquoise waters, magnificent cliffs, and secluded caves, Zakynthos is full of natural splendor. Navagio Beach, nicknamed "Shipwreck Beach," is a popular destination for experiencing the best of the island's geography. The surrounding waters are also great for snorkeling with loggerhead sea turtles. Away from the beaches, Zakynthos Town is great for strolling or people-watching at the cafes, and the Venetian Castle above the town offers some fantastic views. Whether you want to honeymoon in the hills or at the water's edge, you can choose a vacation rental with a chef's kitchen to prepare a special meal for your special someone.
Honeymoons on Crete
The largest and most populous of the Greek islands, Crete is a great spot for honeymooners interested in history and culture. While blessed with fantastic natural beauty, Crete's greatest draw is its outstanding historical sites. The island has been inhabited by numerous cultures over the millennia, and Heraklion, Crete's capital, attests to this history in its many top-notch museums. See the 4,000-year-old palace ruins from the Minoan civilization in Knossos, which has been called Europe's oldest city. Chania, the island's next-largest city, features architecture from the island's Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman eras. For a relaxing evening after a day of exploring, you can choose from numerous vacation rentals with a hot tub.
Honeymoons in Athens
If heading out to the islands doesn't appeal, or you're looking for a day trip to the mainland, there's no place better than Athens. Visitors have been flocking to the Greek capital since antiquity—and for good reason. For archaeological sites, the Acropolis is the place to go. With many ancient temples and theaters, most notably the Parthenon, even if you're not a history buff, it's a can't-miss spot. Away from the sites, the Athens Central Market and the Plaka neighborhood, among the city's oldest, are great for a taste of Athens as the locals know it. Book yourself a chic apartment with a balcony to get the best of Athens, old and new.