It’s easy to see why a Greek honeymoon is consistently a top choice for couples. With jaw-dropping beaches, soaring views over the Aegean Sea, ancient ruins, and a thriving food and nightlife scene, this island country truly has something for everyone.
But with more than 6,000 islands and islets, finding the perfect island to visit can seem nearly impossible, and island-hopping will likely leave you spending more time waiting for ferries than enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of Greece.
So how to decide which island(s) should be on your itinerary? Whether you’re looking for adventure, romance, culture, or a mix, we’ve rounded up the best islands to visit based on your personality as a couple. So sit back, relax, and leave the planning to PearlDive.
Crete: For the Adventure-Loving Couple
For some, nothing is sexier than a good adventure, and the island of Crete offers plenty of opportunities for heart-pounding escapades (other than the bedroom, of course.). Lace up your hiking shoes and set out to hike the Samaria Gorge. This 10-mile gorge, located in Crete’s only national park, is the longest in Europe and offers a wildly romantic atmosphere with some of the most breathtaking mountain views in the world.
Next, head high into the mountains on a guided tour in a off-road vehicle for an up-close encounter with the island’s wildlife, ancient Roman ruins, and the birthplace of Zeus. Experience their warm hospitality of the island’s inhabitants, and sample the local culture through an authentic meal.
Finally, a tour of the ancient palace of Knossos is essential for those looking to immerse themselves in Greece’s ancient roots. Knossos’ labyrinth of corridors and rooms will give you an idea of Greek life during the Bronze Age, allowing you to imagine your love spanning the centuries between past and present.
Athens and Hydra: For the Artsy Couple
With its juxtaposition between ancient and modern, Greece’s art scene will make your heart flutter, and for those looking to lose themselves in the romance of ancient sculptures and centuries-old masterpieces, look no further than Athens. (Ok, ok, we know it’s not an island, but it’s well worth the mention). Home to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Temple of Athena Nike, these iconic landmarks of ancient Greece will astound you with their intricate architecture and seemingly impossible construction.
But ancient art isn’t the only thing the city does right, and Athens is also full of modern, contemporary galleries and museums that showcase the work of up-and-coming artists as well as international pieces. For the best overview of Greek art, head to the Athens Gallery. Located in a 200-year-old neoclassical building, this three-floor museum features all major Greek artists, crafts, ceramics, jewelry, sculptures, and museum copies.
For a look at the city’s flourishing contemporary art scene, check out About Gallery in trendy Psirri, or simply browse the dozens of small art galleries and converted warehouses lining the streets.
Although Athens is a goldmine for art lovers, the island of Hydra offers its own unique art culture that makes this island more than worth a visit. Only 45 miles from Athens, it’s been known as an inspirational hotspot for artists and writers for decades, but don’t be fooled by it’s quaint atmosphere. Tucked in among its narrow, cobblestone streets are world-class contemporary art spaces, pop-up workshops, and galleries that have put this island on the map as an art mecca.
The island’s combination of old-world charm and sleek, modern art offers a romantic atmosphere second-to-none, and you’ll find yourself swooning as you wander the streets hand-in-hand.
Santorini and Sifnos: For the Ultra-Romantic Couple
White-stone buildings perched precariously on cliffs overlooking the aqua waters of the Aegean Sea. Rooftop sunsets with a glass of local wine in hand. Sultry, black- and red-sand beaches. It may sound cliche, but there’s a reason romance-seeking couples flock to the stunning island Santorini. If it’s sun and sand you’re after, make the short hike over the rocks to Santorini’s Red Beach. Nothing is sexier than lounging on sand the color of love, and a dip in the secluded waters of this cove might be needed to cool yourself off.
Continue your amorous mood with an indulgent dinner of fresh seafood (oysters, anyone?) and a glass of crisp white wine at a rooftop restaurant with a volcano view. And don’t forget to catch the island’s most impressive show — the sunset. Watching the blazing sun turn the glittering waters of the Aegean into liquid gold as it makes its evening descent is guaranteed to ignite your passion, with promises of some after-dark activities to come later on. Oo la la!
Once you’ve indulged in all the romance that Santorini has to offer, hop on the ferry for the four-hour ride to the island of Sifnos. After the touristy atmosphere of ultra-popular Santorini, the relative quiet of this Greek island is perfect for some low-key romance with your love.
Sifnos is full of the blue-roofed Cycladic villages that make Greece so postcard-worthy, and its lush green landscape offers endless opportunities for long, romantic strolls with your love. The sleepy villages, along with the island’s gorgeous, uncrowded beaches, numerous churches and monasteries, and world-renowned chefs and restaurants, make Sifnos a perfect, if unexpected, spot to create some passion with your honey.
Mykonos: For the Opposites-Attract Couple
Rowdy, beachfront bars and tiny, hole-in-the-wall cafes. Nude beaches and 18th century monasteries. Ancient ruins and luxurious, five-star hotels. If variety is the spice of life, Mykonos is the spice you’re looking for. Spend your day bathing nude and drinking cocktails at party-central Paradise Beach or spend a quiet day entwined in the warm, white sands at Psarou Beach. Take a guided horseback ride to take in the breathtaking landscapes and local wildlife, or watch the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea at Paraportiani Church. Grab a coffee and people watch at a sleek and modern cafe, or explore the iconic 16th-century windmills overlooking the town of Chora. Indulge in a cozy, candlelit dinner in the charming and historic area of Little Venice or dance until dawn surrounded by thumping music and sweat-slicked bodies at one of the island’s world-renowned clubs.
Mykonos is an island of opposites, and this island offers the perfect opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone. Who knows- you might discover a wild side of your partner that you didn’t know existed.