Multi-coloured cliffs, deep red sunsets and white marble streets – few places on the planet pulsate with as much dramatic energy as this blissful Greek isle.
Where it is: Greek Islands.
Honeymooner type: Those who want to put themselves in the postcard – or relive the passion generated on the 1982 film Summer Lovers.
Why we love it: Legend has it that the blue on the Greek flag represents Aphrodite, the goddess of love, rising from the sea foam. That bodes well for honeymooners who can surround themselves with the beauty and romance of this postcard-perfect island of whitewashed buildings with blue domed roofs.
What to do:
- Kamari’s seaside retail precinct has boutiques and ethnic craft shops, Greek tavernas, restaurants and hotels.
- Soak up some Greek art and history at Oia – there are art deco galleries, gold shops and hand-made wooden artifacts. Don’t miss the museum – it has artifacts dating back to the mid-sixteenth century.
- The walk heading north from Oia to Firostefani and then Imerovigli – the highest point of an ancient volcanic rim – is unforgettable.
- Visiting the historic Minoan Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri will blow your mind.
- For some R&R head to the black-sand east-coast beaches or set off on a day trip to the tiny isle of Palia Kameni, which boasts gorgeous hot springs.
Where to stay: Both the East and West coasts of the island have their drawcards. If you want dramatic, cliff-top accommodation with unrivalled views, try Fira or another west coast village. West coast accommodation gives guests spectacular sunset views. Our favourite? Villa Ilios & Selene – a luxe villa built in the traditional ‘yposkafa’ style. If your idea of the perfect honeymoon includes plenty of beach time, however, the island’s iconic beaches are on the east and southeast coastlines.
Most Romantic Spot: On a private yacht, watching the sun set behind the island.
When to go: September, when the crowds have thinned.
Don’t forget: To pack as lightly as possible – many hotels are up steep roads or on clifftops, sometimes only accessible by cable car or foot. Save yourself an involuntary endurance workout by keeping luggage to a minimum.
For more info:Visit-Santorini.com