(Closed) Honeymoon in Greece – where to go, what to do?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I havent been, but I’m planning a trip also and would love to hear more info too.  🙂   I did ask a Greek friend of mine who had been several times and he gave some quick info to me:

“Acropolis, Delphi, Meteora, Cruises that brings you to a few islands and give some time to explore. Santorini is unique – took a ship out to the volcano off the coast of Santorini, and ate at the cliffside.

Which islands you go to depend on if you like night life partying or a more low key type of thing like me.  Santorini beaches are kind of rocky, although unique because there are different color beaches (red, black, white).  I enjoyed a beach in southern Crete in the town of Matala that had a unique cave formation around it. Oh and don’t bother bringing a bathing suit top to Greece LOL you’ll barely see any”

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We went to Athens, Santorini and Crete. 

Athens is mostly sightseeing. We were able to see everything all in one day there. 

Santorini is my favorite. Catch the sunset at Oia and Fira is a must.  You can rent a ATV for a whole day for about 15 Euros and you can drive along the island. The scenary is amazing.  The beaches there are a bit rocky. 

For Crete we stayed in the Elounda area.  The water there is crystal clear.  The beaches there are much better than Santorinin. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I studied in Greece for a semester (Volos) and we traveled a lot. We went to Aegina and Santorini, traveled all around the Peloponnese peninsula and went to many cities to the North.

I will say that Santornini is beautiful but it does cater to tourists (obviously).

My favorite place in Greece was Meteora – absolutely incredible:

 

It’s in western Thessaly though, so you would have to venture inland if you wanted to see it. 

If you have specific areas you are interested in or other questions I would be more than happy to help!

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Here is some other stuff I just came up with off the top of my head. 

Only American tourists wear tennis shoes. If you want to blend in more, wear sandals.

Greek men are pretty forward – think stereotypical construction workers – but they are harmless for the most part. It’s just a complement really.

There’s not really any tipping (at restaurants, etc.). It’s common to spend hours eating a meal.

Everything is closed on Sundays.

The only beer they regularly have in every restaurant is Stella, Mythos, and Amstel. (At least when I was there in 2006).

A “greek” salad doesn’t have lettuce in it (tomatoes, cucumbers, onions).

Dinner doesn’t usually start until 9 or 10. Most cities have a “siesta” in the afternoon where shops close, people nap, etc.

I’ll try to think of more! 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I would avoid Athens as much as possible.  When I was there I got stuck in the middle of a transport strike.  Couldn’t get anywhere or around the entire time I was there. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Iluvmydog: Ugh! That sucks! 

I liked Athens, but it wasn’t like I expected. In some areas, it’s a little dirty (but what big city isn’t?) but I thought it was really cool to see the ruins throughout the modern city. I was there before the economy crashed, so I don’t know how that changed things. 

Oh, thought of another thing – there are strays (cats and dogs) everywhere. There are generally well-behaved and won’t bother you, but it made me sad. I wanted to take them all home.  

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Its not in the isles, but I have been to Delphi, and it is honestly one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to in my life. (and I have been to Europe multiple times).

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’ve also read that Mykonos is one of the top gay traveling destinations in the world.  To some people, that matters.  Especially when they go in not knowing that.  They have hotels, beaches, nightlife, etc. that specifically cater to gay couples. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re planning on going to one or two Greek islands during our honeymoon. We’re starting our honeymoon in Turkey and from there traveling to the Greek islands so we can avoid Athens altogether. I’m disappointed to not be visiting Athens, but it’s probably for the best considering the current situation.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We were in Greece last year, and went to Athens and Mykonos.  Athens, we were only there for a day, and honestly… it was enough.  You’re in, you see the Acropolis, and a couple Olympic related things, and from there anything else specifically “Greek” you might want you can find elsewhere.  It’s really just a big city like any other.  I would think even with the unrest at the moment, they do a pretty good job of making sure the Acropolis stays tourist friendly. 

Mykonos was beautiful, and if you’re a beach lover, you could probably spend a while there winding down and just enjoying the food and scenery.

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