Greek Romantic Vacations: Sailing the Seas of Romance in Greece

Melina Thalassinou
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Key Takeaways

  • There are numerous exquisite islands and coastal towns for Greek romantic vacations.
  • Santorini is a favored option for couples due to its iconic caldera views, romantic sunsets, and luxurious hotels and villas.
  • Milos, another romantic island in Greece, has secluded beaches, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque villages.
  • Greece has a diverse selection of romantic activities for couples, including sunset cruises, private beach dinners, and couples' spa treatments.

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If you're looking for a romantic vacation destination, look no further than Greece.

With its Greek islands, stunning scenery, and idyllic beaches, Greece is the perfect place to escape with your loved one.

So, are you ready to sail the seas of romance in Greece? Here, you will find a guide for your Greek vacations. 

Best Greek Islands For Couples


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Of course, everyone knows about the Greek island of Santorini! The best Greek island for the most epic sunsets and the most romantic hotels.

The island with the largest caldera and the most imposing beaches. Its cobbled streets, its unique view from above that enchants anyone who sees it, and its vibrant nightlife and mouthwatering cuisine rank it among the best Greek islands suitable for couples worldwide.


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Mykonos is the famous 'island of the winds' in the heart of the Cyclades islands and the Aegean Sea. Bright and airy in daylight, charming and mysterious at night.

Mykonos has been established as a popular cosmopolitan destination worldwide.

Mykonos Full-Day Sailing: Delos Guided Tour & Rhenia Swimming

Mykonos is one of the few Greek islands with a "dual personality ." It may be intense, bright, and cosmopolitan on the one hand.

Still, on the other, it is very picturesque, with cobbled alleys, whitewashed houses, chapels, and windmills, which exude peace and tranquility.

During your time on Mykonos island, make sure to visit the neighboring islands and historic sites of Rhenia and Delos, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and spend your time there exploring ancient ruins.


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Milos Island is one of the most romantic and best Greek islands. The magnificent sea view and the unique shape of its coastline have turned Milos into an excellent refuge!

You will be able to enjoy beautiful moments of relaxation in unspoiled natural beauty. And the leisurely walk on the cobbled streets of the old town of Milos island is an experience in itself.

In addition, during your romantic getaway, you can enjoy hiking and sailing tours around the island's nearby beaches.


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A treasure of the Aegean, the small island of Folegandros, will offer you incredible landscapes and romantic places that calm the eye and soul.

Due to the altitude at which the Chora of the island is built, it will enchant you with its imposing landscape. 

Folegandros is not one of the most fertile and green Greek islands. Regardless, it emits a unique sense of eroticism.

It enchants every visitor with its amazing beaches, while the genuinely romantic island atmosphere will make you never want to leave. 


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Amorgos is a beautiful island with endless beauties, where the famous movie 'The Endless Blue' was shot.

There, you will swim on incredible remote beaches in the Aegean Sea and take a romantic stroll on unique paths in the upper town overlooking the most peaceful blue you have ever seen.

It is the best Greek island for peace and love.


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It may not be one of the most popular Greek islands, it is, however, one of the best and most romantic Greek islands.

Clear waters, stunning beaches, and striking landscapes are some reasons that will make you choose Koufonisia without a second thought. 

In the wonderful Koufonisia, you will find two islands with equally gorgeous beaches that you will fall in love with at first sight.

They are ideal for alternative holidays and nature and swimming lovers. Please keep in mind that there is no beach bar in all of Koufonisia.

Most romantic cities in Greece


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Where will you walk in the cobbled alleys and cafes overlooking the famous Bourtzi and Palamidi? In romantic Nafplio, the first official capital of Greece in 1828.

With its Castles and neoclassical buildings, the old neighborhoods, the sidewalks, and the large squares, the city's beauty will enchant you.


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Epirus is waiting for you for a romantic trip to its picturesque city. Its capital, Ioannina, will guide you to the town's beauties around the lake of legends.

We are talking about Lake Pamvotida, which invites you for a water exploration by boat between the tales of Ali Pasha and Kyra - Frosini.

If you are looking for more activities, you can canoe on the lake and enjoy the sunset at sea. Of course, a walk through the narrow castles is a must.


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Pelion is a cult-classic destination for a romantic Greek trip. A place that harmoniously combines all four seasons invites you for a spring trip for two.

You will enjoy traditional architecture, the aroma of nature, and the incredible tourist facilities. It is worth visiting the picturesque villages of Pelion, with a stop in Makrinitsa.

There, you will enjoy coffee in the square with the plane trees with plenty of views, nature walks, and small markets.


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Thessaloniki, together with Athens, is the largest city in Greece which can compete with many European cities on an equal footing!

But, of course, it is a shared secret that the co-capital is a little more romantic, especially when you walk hand in hand with your other half on the beach.

Gaze at Thermaikos or stroll in the beautiful narrow alleys of Ano Poli and stop somewhere for a glass of wine; you won't regret it!  

Romantic Activities For Couples in Greece

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As hopeless romantic and dedicated foodies, we would highly suggest you take the opportunity to embark on a food tour in Greece.

Known for its local cuisine and delicious food, Greece is a foodie's paradise, and you owe it to yourself to take advantage of that to the fullest. 

Without straying away from the food and drinks department, you could also indulge in a wine-tasting experience.

Many regions of Greece are known worldwide for their impeccable wine production, and getting to try the indigenous varieties alongside your partner is a privilege you should pass on.

Of course, walking is one of the most effective ways to explore and get to know a place. As a result, a walking tour around your destination of choice for you and your bae is always a great idea!

On the same wavelength, if you're interested in our country's vast history and rich culture and you want to explore ancient ruins, an archaeological tour that a licensed archaeologist will guide should be one of your top priorities. 

Last but not least, if you want a more laid-back experience of island life that is as fun as possible, you can join a local dancing class, a treasure hunt, or even a street art tour.

Best Beaches For Couples in Greece

Have you ever considered that the three main axes around which a couple's summer vacation revolves are good food, a nice hotel room, and lovely beaches?

Of course, you will find many such pristine beaches in Greece, and not only the stunning Greek islands.

Our favorites for a dream honeymoon or romantic getaway, however, are the ones below.

Shipwreck, Zakynthos

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One of the most famous sandy beaches in Greece is located on one of the Ionian islands, Zakynthos island, and is called 'Shipwreck.' The high rocky cliffs that surround the sandy beach give it a unique charm and vibe, despite being a popular tourist attraction. 

Along with the clear waters and the wreckage of the shipwreck which lies there, it is one of the most romantic settings in the world.

Elafonissi, Crete 

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If what you are asking for is isolation, you have probably come to the wrong place. Every August, Elafonisi receives thousands of visitors daily due to its pink sand, resulting from the millions of broken shells it contains. 

The waters are shallow and warm, as is the case on all the west coast of the prefecture of Chania in Crete, the largest island in Greece. The beach is at a distance of 1.5 hours from Chania.

Tsigardo, Milos

From Crete, we travel to the Cyclades, the Greek island of Milos, and specifically to the beach of Tsigrado. Access to this genuinely exotic beach is through a dirt road, and you must have the essentials with you on this beach, as it is not organized. And why should it be? Its exotic beauty is what makes it stand out from the rest.

Paleokastritsa, Corfu 

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Paleokastritsa beach on the Greek island of Corfu is another couple's beach in Greece that will leave you in awe.

Almost one with nature, it has greenish-blue water, due to which Corfu island bears the nickname 'Emerald of the Ionian Sea,' while the icing on the cake is its 'Blue Eye' cave. 

Ideas for An Anniversary Trip

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There is no better way to celebrate your lasting romance than with an anniversary trip to Greece, the exotic destination that steals the hearts of thousands of tourists who visit it every year. Here are some ideas regarding what to do during your romantic getaways to Greece.

For romantics

Go for a renewal of vows in the presence of all your good friends. Give all your energy to these vows, as it is a decisive step to reaching the next decade with the same quality of love in your relationship. Of course, you can also enrich this important day with aperitifs, snacks or barbecue and -why not- a DJ!

Corfu Old Town Tour with Olive Oil Tasting

For travel junkies

What better way to enjoy your romantic getaways? Choose some of the hundreds of romantic destinations in Greece, book luxury hotels -preferably with private infinity pools or a private beach-, and escape from everyday life even for a weekend.

Hop to as many places on the mainland and the best Greek islands as you can, and you can thank us later. Karpenisi, Parga, Meteora, Pelion, Monemvasia, Pozar Baths, and Santorini are among our suggested destinations.

For workaholics

Do you have only one day at your disposal or less? Book a spa for two at an Athens five-star hotel. Start with a hammam, sauna, massage for two, and end your day by the pool with wine. You will have peace, luxury, and love. What else could you possibly need;

For fitness fanatics 

Book an excursion to a place with extreme sports for your other half, but do not tell them until you reach your destination.

Which one should you choose? Sky diving, hiking trails, rock climbing, water sports, Bungee jumping, scuba diving, and everything in between. What is certain is that this will be an anniversary that will be unforgettable! 

Why Visit Greece For Your Bae-cation

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For the People

When it comes to hospitality and a warm welcome, Greeks can not be compared to any other nation.

For the Food

Greek cuisine alone is enough for someone to visit Greece. Delicious, healthy, and, most of the time, at a reasonable price; our local dishes are out of this world!

For the Greek History

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World culture owes a lot to the ancient Greeks, and today we have the honor of being able to see its rich history. Temples, buildings, places of art, and history are available for anyone to explore across the country.

For the Nightlife

In summer, Greece can offer the best nightlife in Europe with big festivals and concerts. In addition, countless bars and clubs operate until the sun sets, even during the winter months!

For the Villages

One of the best options in Greece is to visit at least one traditional village. Interesting people and traditions will compensate you for the lack of luxury suites.

For the Sandy Beaches

Golden sand, small pebbles, or imposing rocks; Greece has a beach for every taste and turquoise waters that will steal your heart.

For the Wine

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Greek wine is delicious! It may not be the first thing one thinks when one hears about Greece. Still, it is worth trying since the country has a large production, with Assyrtiko, Retsina, Agiorgitiko, and Vinsanto standing out.

For the Music

Greek music is magical: it envelops you with liveliness, reassures you, and lifts your mood. Sitting in a tavern and listening to this music is something else!

For the Safety

Regardless of the time, in Greece, you always feel safe. People are friendly, and the only places you should pay attention to are the bars or any areas that attract many people, as this is where pick-pocketers thrive.

For the Greek Islands

Greece has more than 2000 (!) islands, and each of them has its own magic. Visit as many Greek islands as you can and leave with a promise of coming back to explore even more. 

Tips From Our Travel Specialists About Your Romantic Greek Vacations

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1. Plan Your First Vacation As A Couple According To Your Strengths

Treat your romantic getaways as an opportunity to discover even more things about your partner. Avoid quarrels over who should take on what. Think about your strengths and decide together how you can use them to have an unforgettable time at your destination.

2. Choose A Destination That Works For Both.

If you are planning your vacation as a couple with your other half, make sure you choose a destination that both of you will like.

Let's say you love the sea and the endless sunbathing with a cocktail in hand, and your partner is a bit more active and loves hiking in the mountains. In this case, a ten-day vacation on a desert island is probably not the ideal choice.

Alternatively, choose a destination that combines mountains and sea and share your holiday activities accordingly.

3. Do Not Stick With A Strict Schedule.

Being organized is essential; however, you need to remember that you are on a couples getaway! Please do not overdo it with the activities and enjoy your free time with your other half.

Plan what sights you want to see with a private tour, and what activities you want to do, but also leave a few free mornings to wake up at your leisure!

4. Determine Your Holiday Budget From The Get-Go

Decide together if you will save money together and have a shared budget, if you will share the bills or if one will pay the other. Also, discuss if you have a limit on your daily expenses or if you want to set a specific budget for the entire duration of your vacation.

5. Ask For The Help of Specialists.

What are we here for if not to help you design and execute the Greek vacations of your dreams? 

Send us your inquiry, and we will make your wish a reality in all the Greek islands and regions of Greece.

Final Thoughts

Here you have it. Everything you need to know about your Greek vacation is all in one place to make your dreams come true alongside your better half.

With romantic sunsets, sea views, good restaurants, sunset cocktails, and the Mediterranean sunshine in abundance, you will experience Greece the way it should be.

A world of beauty and romance is waiting for you during your Greece itineraries. So what are you waiting for?

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