A honeymoon in Santorini means you will be on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, with ferries arriving and departing in the harbour, and visitors walking or riding donkeys up the steep winding path to the towns. The towns are equipped with hotels, restaurants, bars and plenty of nightlife to keep tourists happy while they relax between visiting the archaeological remains of ancient Thira. Other attractions include the excavations at Akrotiri, an archaeological museum, and an 18th-century monastery. Santorini has two swimming beaches, Perissa and Kamari, both characterised by their volcanic black sand.
Santorini has an irresistibly romantic draw for any sun-drenched, beach orientated honeymoon. The white Cycladic houses, with slithers of blue roofs up top, hover over rock terrace cliffs and a beguiling, crystal blue sea below – it looks like a utopia.
About the climate:
In our opinion, the best time to go on honeymoon Santorini is between late April and early November, when there is a very low chance of rain and the weather is warmer. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds and prefer more comfortable sightseeing, we suggest April to June or September to November. If however, your priority is guaranteed sunshine for swimming and sunbathing, then June, July and August would be the best time to go.
About the culture:
As a result of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, Santorini is essentially the remnants of that eruption with the islands all spooning around the enormous volcanic crater left behind. Historically, life on these idyllic islands go all the way back to prehistoric times, with the Minoan site of Akrotiri being a major draw, as well as the village of Oia, a stunning hilltop village that will take your breath away. The Greek locals, equally, are notoriously friendly and laid back.
What we love:
The romance. Santorini is the Mamma Mia, picture postcard, incredibly beautiful scene you dream of for a honeymoon.
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The following are companies we would recommend...
There are some wonderful places to stay out there – provided you know where to find them. Mr & Mrs Smith's site and guidebooks take you on a tour of the most stylish and individual hotels in destinations around the world. They tell you the best room or suite to ask for, where to head for the tastiest lunch, and then signpost you to the best beaches and picnic spots. While Mr & Mrs Smith are not the cheapest option available, you pay for quality and they are the inside track.
Kenwood Travel has nearly 40 years' experience in providing the best luxury holidays for less. They specialise in a quick, easy and personalised phone & online booking service, meaning your dream escape is just a click or call away. Thanks to their proven track record as a fully-bonded direct-sell tour operator, they are able to contract directly with hotels and airline partners.
With a wide selection of luxury honeymoon destinations, Destinology is a popular choice of tour operators for newlyweds. Whether you're looking for beautiful sights from the most romantic locations in the world, or a chance to explore with your new spouse, there are so many options for you from Destinology. They pride themselves on ensuring that every single holiday they provide is unique, and make sure that you have your own personal travel consultant to help you plan your perfect honeymoon.
A European focused company, and with offices in London, Oliver's Travels send over 30,000 customers on holiday ever year. Oliver's Travels really understand the industry: they have won British Travel Awards in 2014 and 2015, offer a best price guarantee, and have been in business for over 12 years - so they are a tour operator that you can trust to deliver something incredibly special and memorable.