As Greece’s premier honeymoon destination, Santorini is blessed with coal-black sands, rugged multi-colored cliffs, flaming sunsets, and a night sky glittering with trillions of twinkling stars. Add to this heady mix the stark-white buildings and the cobalt blue sea reflected in the bright roof tiles and no wonder this island has a reputation for love. Here are the most romantic things to do in Santorini.
1. Take a Sunset Sail
Witness the sun going down over the Cyclades with an evening cruise around Santorini’s dramatic coastline. Sailing boats leave from the harbors in Fira or Athinios, explore tiny unspoilt covers, stop at the hot springs where sulfur from the volcano heats the water, and serve a romantic dinner on board as the sun slips dramatically into the Aegean Sea.
2. Volcano and Hot Springs Trek
Yomp to the top of the gently steaming volcano caldera for a great view of Santorini’s villages scattered below, with their bright blue roofs dancing in the sun, and take some magical photographs of your partner. Clean off afterwards with a swim out to the natural hot springs.
Planning a trip? Take a Private Tour of Oia, Fira and the Akrotiri Excavation
3. Sunset at Oia
See Santorini’s famously flamboyant sunset as it goes down across the fractured caldera of the submerged volcano from the trendy little village of Oia, hanging precariously over 853-feet (260-meter) cliffs on a north-coast headland. After dark, stay for a supper of grilled octopus and retsina in one of Oia’s tavernas and explore its many art galleries.
4. Explore Ancient Ruins
Head for the clifftop ruins of Thira, an antique city destroyed in 726 AD and excavated in the 1990s. Still visible are the long main street, scattered masonry from temples and the forum, remains of courtyards, sanctuaries, and terraces, and of course, glorious views across the submerged volcano and sparkling azure sea.
5. Get Hitched
Choose your romantic spot and get married on Santorini; check the paperwork needed and book an eight-day stay on the island to realise your dream of marrying on a Greek beach, in a minute whitewashed chapel, or even on a tall ship.