Post # 1
I had decided to go to Italy for our honeymoon (at the end of March, most likely…) but my FI has been thinking about going to Greece. Has anyone done this? How was it? Where did you go? Thinking of going somewhere like Athens and then to an island? Any advice would be great!!!!!!!!!
Post # 3
I’ve been dying to do our HM in Greece!!! I work with a guy who is from Greece and goes back every summer…he says how unbelievable it is all the time. From what he’s told me, Mykonos, Santorini, and Oia are the must see islands. He did say that Athens is dangerous right now, and not safe to stay there but it’s ok to visit during the day. Good luck!
Post # 4
I wouldn’t advice going to Athens (I’ve been to Greece 10+ times) – even in more peaceful times than now it’s crazy, loud, hot and a little dirty (besides the Acropolis, I wouldn’t know what to do there either).
How about Peloponnes? It’s not full of tourists but has perfect honeymoon spots. Also, if you want culture, there is Olympia, Corinth, Epidaurus, Sparta,… My favorite spot in the world, anyways 🙂
Chalkidiki is also not that bad.
I haven’t been to the islands, though.
Post # 5
*listening in* – I have always wanted to go there!
Post # 6
What about Crete and Santorini?
I just don’t really know what to DO over there? I know it’s gorgeous…I’m still set on Italy I guess. hah.
Post # 7
I didn’t honeymoon there, but as a post-grad trip I did island hopping and Athens. I agree with @moiraine, Athens can be done in a half day or day, as part of a stopover between ferry and flight or vice versa. I did Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Santorini-Crete via boat and then a quick flight back to Athens. Super easy and amazing, every step. I did it all alone (and booked all by myself) in my mid-20s without incident over the span of about 2-3 weeks.
Greece is awesome because each of those islands have some major ancient ruins or other points of interest plus some incredible beaches for just lounging in between. The city area in Mykonos is worth just exploring and experiencing. If you like ocean and beaches as well as history, it’s perfect.
I would have thought it was a perfect honeymoon trip! Especially since FI gets restless, between island hopping and checking out different ruins and little towns, he was sure to be entertained. But he doesn’t want to do something I’ve done before.
Post # 8
I am Greek, my grandmother was born and raised there so I have a lot of family still over there. Like other bees have said, I would advise only doing Athens in a day rather than staying there, especially with the way it is over there now. The islands are gorgeous from what I’ve seen and heard from family. I would definitely do Santorini.
I have never been myself, but we are planning our honeymoon for Greece (as well as Italy and France).
Post # 9
Greece is wonderful! However, March is still low season there, which of course means cheaper accommodation and less crowds, but also weather is not so warm, ferries don’t run so often and accommodation can be limited since some places shut down for the winter. If you can, wait at least a month or so and travel there in May.
I’ve been to Santorini, Naxos, Anafi and Crete and can easily recommend any of those places, at leat in summer. Crete is of course the southernmost island, so it’s probably the warmest place. Also there are towns in Crete (Chania, Rethymno, Iraklio) with a large local population, so everything is not shut down.
Post # 10
@amandasouthcarolina: I got my MA in Classical Archaeology and I’ve done two separate digs in the area of Greece.
I second the PP who said the Peloponnese. I spent the majority of my time in Pylos, which is a lovely coastal city on a bay and has plenty of gorgeous UNESCO sites and beaches within bus distance. The city was small enough to navigate easily and the people were SO friendly.
^This is a personal pic of Voidokilia Bay taken from Nestor’s Cave.
I’ve also been to Macedonia, and stayed in the town called Edessa. It’s this beautiful town with a good nightlife. Also, the town had GORGEOUS waterfalls with parks that ran around them. Very romantic.
^One of the Edessa waterfalls.
The only island I’ve been to is Crete, and I only stayed in Heraklion for 2 days. That trip was solely about geeking out at Knossos and the Archaeological Museum. But it did have some lovely beach-side bars, and there was this great Venetian castle thing that I explore with some magnificent views of the Mediterranean.
^Personal pic of the view from my hotel in Heraklion.
You’ll love Greece, it’s amazing.
Post # 11
@Shamus11: I looooove the Voidokilia area!!!! That’s where I’ve been most of the times. It’s a dream come true!!!!
Post # 12
We’re planning on a Greek Islands honeymoon as well as maybe a short visit to another city towards the end. Would love to keep track of this thread!
Post # 13
I’m trying to convince FI to do honeymoon decently close to wedding instead of waiting a few months. The best options for us for July are Hawaii, Italy, and Greece. I asked him which he’d want most hypothetically and his excitement for Greece especially the islands made the decision for me.
Following to get more ideas. thanks bees
Post # 14
My husband and I went to Greece for our honeymoon and it was the most spectacular trip I have ever taken (and I’ve traveled quite a bit!). We only overnighted in Athens and then spent a week each in Santorini and Naxos. Santorini is absolutely stunning; red and black sand beaches, unbelievable sunsets over the caldera, the gleaming white and blue buildings… it’s amazing. If you go, be sure to take a sunset boat tour of the caldera. We leaped off the ship and swam in hot springs, climbed the volcano, were serenaded by a saxophonist as the sun went down, danced and drank wine. It was so much fun. Santorini has so much to see and do. I recommend staying in Oia, as it’s less crowded than Fira (where the cruise ships dock).
Naxos was much more low-key and you really get more of a local flavor there. It also had outrageously delicious food! The island is one of the most fertile areas of Greece, so there are a plethora of local cheeses, honey, fruit, etc., to try. The beaches on Naxos are amazing — pure white sand and turquoise water. There are also charming little mountain villages to explore in the interior. It was honestly the perfect honeymoon; a bit of adventure, a bit of history, lots of relaxation and incredible food. We honestly want to retire in Greece now!! You should go!!
Post # 15
@amandasouthcarolina: I’m from Crete 🙂 I vote for Islands and day trips to Athens!!
Post # 16
@amandasouthcarolina: you guys have some WONDERFUL advice and recommendations!!! i am for sure leaning towards Greece now! thank you!!!!!!!