This obviously isn’t a post written by me. Notice all the “we’s” and talks of honeymoons. I’m still a single guy who loves his solo travel. This post comes from some friends of mine that have some great insight into the Greek travel scene. I hope it helps anyone planning a honeymoon in Greece or anyone looking for some general Greek island travel tips…
If you, like us, are planning your Greece honeymoon, you might be a bit baffled about the sheer number of islands that Greece has to offer and how to go about choosing one of them. Each Grecian island is different from the other, and each island has its own charisma and unique flavor to it. So whether you want to relax on a white-sand beach, or swim in crystal clear water, or go wine tasting, there are more than enough options for you to choose from. To make it a tad bit easier for you, we decided to come up with a top ten experience that you need to have on your Greece honeymoon.
Watch the Sunset on a Caldera Cruise in Santorini
We thought we would get the easiest out of the way first. Yes, Santorini is probably the most popular of the Aegean islands, and for the right reasons. From white-washed houses, with narrow cobbled streets, and sunsets views from accommodation to die for, Santorini has got it all. It is the honeymooner’s paradise in Greece.
While watching the sunset from the streets of Oia is an amazing experience, we highly recommend getting on board a luxury catamaran that takes you to the neighboring islands like Thirassia and also around the caldera for a once-in-a-lifetime sunset experience with a BBQ and a glass of champagne in your hands.
Not only are the views great, but the overall experience is also a lot more intimate given they don’t take more than twenty-five people on a single catamaran.
Party till the Sun Rises
If you love clubbing and partying, look no further than the Grecian islands of Ios or Mykonos which are known for its amazing all-night-long beach parties. Mykonos, often dubbed as the Ibiza of Greece, has parties raging from sunset till sunrise.
Head to the beaches of Paradise, Super Paradise, and Paranaga, if you are looking for the ravest parties. You never know, you might be shaking your leg with someone famous as well. If you are looking for something that is a bit more laid back but all the more fun, head to Ios, where the crowds are a bit younger and don’t have the touristy crowds that Mykonos has.
Dig into a Grecian Moussaka
There is nothing like being able to dig into a delicious bowl of Grecian Moussaka, while sipping on a glass of champagne, and watching the sun go down, against the caldera in Santorini. Greek cuisine is well-known for its authenticity. While in Athens, or Santorini, definitely try out a baklava, a combination of olive oil and honey, wrapped in a flaky pastry, and a Moussaka, an oven-bake that has layers of fried potatoes, minced meat, and covered with a layer of béchamel sauce that is baked to a nice crispy golden brown. Subconsciously, I have just triggered a craving for Moussaka. Sigh.
Explore the Beginnings of Western Civilization
Even if you aren’t an ardent history buff, we still recommend visiting some of the ruins in Athens or Delphi or Delos, just for their sheer importance, or the impact that these places have had on modern-day systems from democracy, to architecture, and culture. Some sites such as the Acropolis or the Parthenon temple, even provide amazing sunset views that are worth a visit just for the views that they offer. If you are planning to just visit one of these, we highly recommend visiting the Acropolis especially during the closing hours, when the crowds are a wee bit thinner and the temperature is also a bit cooler.
Stray-off the Beaten Path
Greece isn’t all about Santorini, Athens, and Mykonos alone. Yes, they are amazing, but given their popularity, they are also touristy, crowded, and expensive. While we were initially planning only a 7-day trip to Greece, we ended up extending it by 10 days and visited the other islands which aren’t featured a lot on many itineraries.
There are a ton of islands to choose from, and as we had said at the beginning of this post, each has its own charm. Head to Naxos, if you would prefer quiet laid back beaches without the partying crowds of Mykonos or Ios. Sail to the island of Milos, if you prefer swimming beneath the rock and amazing limestone cliffs. Fly to the Ionian islands of Corfu or Zakynthos, and experience the rare opportunity to swim with the turtles or dock on the famous Shipwreck beach of Navagio. Not only are these islands beautiful, but they also come with the added advantage of more privacy, better prices, and some even are home to some of the best scuba and snorkeling sites in all of Europe.
Still confused? We were too. Reach out to travel experts such as Pickyourtrail, who specializes in curating itineraries that are based on your travel style, budget, and preferences. Even if you plan to book everything on your own, you do have the option as their website allows you to change hotels, or add activities on your own. Alternatively, you can also choose from our Greece Tour Packages, where you’ll find pre-made itineraries handcrafted by our destination experts.