A Greece Honeymoon Filled With History, Food and Views for Days

A romantic getaway so good it's fit for the gods.
Mykonos, Greece
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Raven McMillan
by Raven McMillan
Updated Nov 15, 2021
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Known as the cradle of Western civilization, there are few places in the world that boast the combination of breathtaking beauty, mythical wonder and deeply rich heritage the way Greece does—it's no wonder this country consistently ranks as a bucket-list getaway.

A Greece honeymoon is perfect for newlyweds who want a little bit of everything. Whether you opt to kick off your marriage in the thriving metropolis of Athens or choose to take a sunset cruise to the sandy beaches of the islands, this destination offers the complete honeymoon package.

Ready for an unforgettable Greek getaway? Start planning the trip of your dreams.

Is Greece Good for a Honeymoon?

Melissani Cave, Kefalonia Island, Greece
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A European honeymoon is typically an easier jaunt for those on the East Coast since you can find direct flights from major cities like Atlanta, New York and Philadelphia that are just under 10 hours long. From the West Coast, travel times are almost twice as long with at least one stop along the way. No matter where your sojourn begins, it'll be worth it once you land in Greece.

Pros of a Greece Honeymoon

History buffs will appreciate the archaeological sightseeing at every turn, and hopeless romantics will swoon over the natural beauty of the Greek isles. There are endless combinations of day trips you can embark on from the mainland or integrate into an island-hopping itinerary.

Cons of a Greece Honeymoon

Because of its popularity and privileged weather, the Aegean archipelago can get extremely crowded in the summertime when international visitors and European tourists all flock to the islands, hiking up prices and limiting availability.

The Best Times of Year to Go on a Greece Honeymoon for Good Weather

The warm-weather season stretches from May to October, peaking around mid-July to August—during this time, you can expect beautiful beach weather and bountiful tourists. Summer months are ideal, especially if you're planning to hit up the islands, but September is prime for striking the balance between enjoying the sun-kissed shores and beating the heat.

If you decide to visit during the lower or shoulder seasons in April or October, you'll snag incredible deals, but be prepared for chilly evenings and limited options for shopping and dining, especially outside of Athens.

Things to Do During a Greece Honeymoon

Athens skyline, Greece
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Time Travel in Athens

Join one of ToursByLocals' resident guides for immersive sightseeing with a born-and-raised Athenian. As a local archaeologist and licensed tour guide, your new Greek friend will take you on a half- or full-day tour, where you'll learn about archaeological sites in the city. From the legendary Parthenon to the lesser-known monuments of the Byzantine era, you'll be wowed at every turn.

Luxuriate on the Riviera

The Amalfi Coast, Nice and Cannes are often the most coveted coastal getaways in Europe, but if you venture down to the Athenian Riviera, you'll find an equally glamorous escape. On this idyllic peninsula where the city meets the sea, renowned brands such as the Four Seasons and the soon-to-open, ultra-luxury One&Only Aesthesis are worth the splurge.

Sail the Mediterranean

Sprinkled across the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades are some of the most spectacular Greek isles. You can embark on a nine-day island-hopping excursion sailing these islands on one of National Geographic Expeditions' cruises. Under the billowing sails of the four-masted Sea Cloud, you'll voyage to rugged Sifnos for secluded swimming holes, to Santorini for incredible sunsets in the village of Imerovigli, and to the mystical isle of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo.

Go Island Hopping

Whether it's the windmills of Mykonos or the impossibly blue waters of Naxos, you can pick anywhere from two to five of Greece's romantic islands and spend at least a couple of nights on each. Every isle has a uniquely fascinating culture and scenery that is bound to woo honeymooners.

Best Hotels and Resorts in Greece for a Honeymoon

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Blue Palace Elounda

Greeted with a bubbly bottle of champagne and a plethora of sweet treats, newlyweds are treated like royalty at this palace in Crete from the second they arrive. This iconic retreat rests between the celebrated coast of Elounda and the relics of storied Spinalonga Island, creating a destination within a destination that features inspired architecture, an expansive spa and a chic beach club. Of the many exclusive experiences offered, spending an evening sailing Crete's coastline on a traditional caïque fishing boat is a must.

Perianth Hotel

This neo-modern property celebrates contemporary Greek design in the center of the country's capital, creating the ideal basecamp for an urban odyssey. Plant yourselves in the Penthouse Suite and wake up to a 360-degree view of Athens, from the Acropolis to Lycabettus Hill. Spend the day taking in the city from your wrap-around terrace or personal pool, or head downstairs to find yourself in the center of Agia Eirini, a neighborhood likened to New York City's SoHo.

Andronis Suites

At this upscale, all-suites retreat in Santorini, 29 heavenly chambers are carved into the caldera cliffside, each with its own private pool or jacuzzi. With a view of the ancient volcano and surrounding islands in the distance, this romantic property combines classic luxury with soul-nourishing serenity at the peak of Oia. On the edge of the hill, the property's sommelier organizes an exclusive wine tasting and Greek food pairing for only one couple every night.

Katikies Mykonos

It's not all about nightlife in Mykonos—this luxury hotel captures the essence of chic seaside living in the most charming corner of Agios Ioannis. Here, you'll find a relaxed atmosphere with upscale restaurants, awe-inspiring panoramas and white-sand beaches. In the Honeymoon Suite, couples can enjoy the intimacy of their own sun deck and relax in the private pool while taking in stunning views of the Aegean Sea.

Angsana Corfu

An alternative to the more populated islands to the south, Corfu is home to lush scenery, pine-framed beaches and fascinating food. Angsana Corfu, Banyan Tree Group's first-ever European resort, is perched on a hilltop overlooking the turquoise waters of Benitses Corfu. The Ionian Seaview One Bedroom Pool Villa is a honeymooner's sanctuary featuring outdoor pavilions, terra-cotta rooftops and a private pool with far-reaching views of the sea.

Parilio

This design-forward boutique hotel located on Paros is the perfect perch to embrace the sublimely slow-paced living of the Cyclades island. Mountainous heaps, secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages frame the property, making this the perfect honeymoon hideaway. The famed Kolimpithres Beach—with its otherworldly rock formations—is just a short stroll away.

What to Pack for a Greece Honeymoon

Fira town on Santorini island, Greece
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Clothing light in color and fabric will help protect you from the summer sun, along with hats and sunglasses to shield your eyes from the dazzling sunlight reflecting off of the white houses.

Due to the landscape and architecture (pebbled streets and lots of stairs) found throughout the archaeological sites and tiny islands, the best option for daily footwear is a pair of sturdy sandals or sneakers.

Pack a few fun, resort-chic outfits if you plan on sampling the fine-dining restaurants or nightlife the higher-end neighborhoods and party islands have to offer.

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