(Closed) Greece for honeymoon? Any suggestions on which islands?

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Don’t skip Santorini, which is quite touristy but has the beautiful white churches with blue domes which Greece is famous for. If you like wine there is also a wine museum that has the history of wine-making in Greece and they do tastings as well. I also really enjoyed Athens – so much great fashion, and the food and people were really wonderful!

In terms of what to skip, I found Hydra to be quite boring with dirty beaches and not much else.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

My Fiance and I went to Mykonos & Santorini before we got engaged and they are awesome!

Mykonos is def more of a party place, there the slogan is the "party starts at 3" and on the beaches they start playing music and bring out dancing girls that dance on platforms in the sand. Its not like Cancun because its mostly older people & locals (and by the way Greece has all nude beaches!!) Strangely enough the only people to bare all where old men & women! This island is gorgeous though (personally I thought it was more beautiful then Santorini!) We rented a scooter and had a blast exploring the island. If you want to mix things up between a romantic place & a party place, Mykonos is known as the best party island and we had a BLAST there!

Santorini was much more secluded and romantic, in fact we met several couples on their honeymoons there. They are famous for their black sand beaches, which is really volcanic ash. The island is less populated, but there is a decent amount of tourists. Santorini is famous for their sunset, its supposed to be the most beautiful sunset in the world, and it is, its breathtaking!

The thing we loved about the Greek Islands is the people, the owners of restaurants will stand outside asking you to join them at dinner and are very accommodating. The wine is cheap and all you do is walk into the store and fill up your entire water bottle for like 3 euro! Techno is HUGE there and my FI & I are not techno fans at all, but what is so cool is that there are 2 songs that whenever we hear them they remind us of being there on the beaches, and we’ll be playing these songs at our wedding 🙂  

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Sorry, I haven’t been to Mykonos. For our September honeymoon we had the following 2-week itinerary (we spent several days traveling so the days don’t add up to a full 2 weeks)

  • 3 days in Vouliagmeni, a sleepy beach resort town outside of Athens (loved it!)
  • 3 days in downtown Athens (wished we had more time, my new favorite city)
  • 7 day sailing ship cruise (Southern Cyclades route on the Star Clipper) including stops in Rhodes, Bodrun (Turkey), Dalyan River (Turkey), Santorini, and Hydra.

I highly recommend the ship as well. It’s so nice to come back to the same room each night instead of constantly packing and unpacking.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

smmcdowell, we’re planning for the Greek Islands as well.  Any favorites/can’t misses/might as well skips amongst the islands you visited.  I think we want to spend several days in each place and go to fewer islands.  We’re definitely planning on Athens and Santorini.  Vouliagmeni sounds amazing.  I want to go to Rhodes, what did you think?  Anything else you recommend?

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We did Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete.  Mykonos and Santorini are a must!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Fi and I are both Greek American and we’ve both been to Greece quite a few times so if you have any specific questions (anyone!) feel free to pm me. In general- we have both been to a number of places in Greece (though not together .. yet!). He LOVED santorini… I liked it too but I was a little young to fully appreciate it when I went. It was beautiful though and I hear it’s quite the spot for honeymooners.

Personally I LOVE Myknonos- it has the best shopping, people watching, nightlife, and it is simply beautiful! I would say it might not be the best "romantic" spot, though it certainly could be depending on where you stay. I love love love it there. It’s definitely worth going for at least a day or two. 

While you’re in the Cyclades, don’t skip Paros! I took a class there for 2 months a few summers ago and it was awesome! Naxos was great too. 

If you’re looking to spend some time in a really GREEK place, try Ikaria… it’s super quaint, quiet, not touristy, and very pretty. 

I personally don’t like Rhodes very much.. found it very touristy and even though Mykonos and Santorini are as well, it’s a different kind of tourism in Rhodes. It doesn’t have as "Greek" of a feel. 

 Obviously spend at least two – or three- days in Athens too. Athens is awesome but do it on the front end of your trip because you’ll want to relax after it! 

Anyway definitely send me a msg if you want to know anything else… I can recommend food, give general advice, etc! Don’t be shy! 

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2009

evelinej, what did you think of Crete? We have 8-9 days and are thinking of Santorini, followed by Crete, and then Athens. Crete was suggested to us to cut down on travel time between islands, but I wonder if we should look for somewhere else to spend a couple of nights.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

Santorini was my favorite greek island, hands down!!! I have a friend to owns an newly renovated apartment they rent out with the most gorgous views right on the caldera, lemme know if you want her info.

I also visited the Hotel Heliotopos while I was there and Mr. Lovebird and I agreed that if we were ever going to renew our vows~ we’d do it there. 

By the way, any know where I can get some tomatokeftedes in the city? I’m still craving the ones I had on Santorini…

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I will give Santorini another vote, although from what I’ve seen of Mykonos, it’s a contender too!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We are debating between Greece and Italy right now… any suggestions on how to find great little places to stay in Greece? Any good web sites? It sounds fantastic!!

Post # 15
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Newbee

Santorini was GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Ok, update… we just had dinner with some coworkers who swear by Santorini and go often, so it’s a major possibility. Any suggestions for places to stay? We’d like to do a really nice, romantic place for a couple of nights, then perhaps somewhere more local, or less expensive. Thanks for any ideas!

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