The big step was taken; look at your hands, yeap, that’s a wedding ring staring back at you. Now what? now it’s time to celebrate in one of the most gorgeous destinations in the world, the magical island of Crete!
Follow our advice on how to plan a perfect honeymoon in Crete and enjoy your first moments as a married couple with the glorious Cretan sun lifting your spirit! The romantic vibe of the island and the fact that although it is a beloved tourist attraction, its popularity doesn’t translate in steep prices, make it the ideal destination for honeymooners across the world.
Located in the south of the Aegean Sea, Crete is the biggest and consequently most populated Greek island. Whether you choose to visit Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, any other part of the impressive island or all of the above, we want to make sure you have the time of your life!
When to visit
Heraklion during summer - credits: G.PAGOMENOS/Shutterstock.com
First things first, you have to make the important decision of when to make the honeymoon you have dreamt about for months and months happen. Although Crete is huge and has a large number of permanent residents year-round, which means that it is one of the few Greek islands that are worth visiting during winter, the best season to visit your favorite destination in Greece in order to get the authentic experience and enjoy it to the fullest is, of course, the summer. No offense to cloudy weather and raindrops, but nothing beats lounging in a couple of sunbeds on a long, sandy Cretan beach with the blazing sun warming your skin and thoughts. As Crete is a very popular destination, in order to avoid the crowds, you should choose either the very beginning of the summer, with May and June being the safest bet, or the very end of it, with September and October -still very warm months in Greece- offering the best version of the island.
Where to stay
Accommodation is a big stress factor when planning a regular trip, let alone your honeymoon! It is important to find a place that will feel like home during your stay; if there’s a time for luxury and comfort, this is exactly it! Thankfully, the island of Crete is known for its variety in accommodation offerings that cater to all tastes and budgets. Some of my personal favorites are Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas in the region of Agios Nikolaos, Abaton Island Resort & Spa and Amirandes in Heraklion, and Domes of Elounda in -you guessed it- Elounda. Don’t worry about choosing the best region in Crete, every destination is beautiful in its own way and you can always rent a car to drive around and witness the distinct beauty of every part of the island for yourselves.
What to do
Spending quality time with your newly-acquainted spouse is what honeymoons are for. However, quality times doesn’t equal lounging all day long on the sunbed, unless that’s all you’ve set your mind in doing, in which case, good for you! If however, you're interested in engaging in fun and romantic activities with your other half:
Go for a hike
Samaria Gorge - credits: Panos_Karas/Depositphotos.com
If you’re a fitness enthusiast, an 8-hour long hike will not intimidate you, especially if it means you’ll get to witness the wild Cretan nature and get charmed by its breathtaking allure. Samaria Gorge, one of the most popular yet demanding hiking trails in Greece and one of the longest canyons in Europe, will bring you close to the Cretan land. Samaria Gorge was established as a National Park in 1962 and its path begins from the region of Xyloskalo and follows a 11-mile trail to Agia Roumeli. Not for the faint-hearted, this striking hiking trail is a once in a lifetime experience you can share with your partner in crime!
Swim in crystal clear waters
No one can deny that the island of Crete has some of the best beaches in Greece and it should be your mission as newlyweds to discover each and every one of them. From organized luxury resorts to secluded beaches that offer nothing but an astonishing scenery the choices are plenty and all equally great; just keep in mind that as a general rule of thumb, the most remote beaches on the island are located on the south coast, while the most popular beaches can be found on the northern coast near the big cities, where most visitors reside. If you want to find out our Cretan beach recommendations, take a look at the top 10 beaches in Crete!
Explore the region’s history and culture
Like the entirety of Greece, Crete is rich in culture and history and one can’t visit the island without experiencing at least some of it; after all, the archaeological sites in Crete offer a perfect opportunity for a romantic walk by the ancient ruins. Knossos Palace is the obvious must-visit site, but even you’re not history fanatics, it’s still worth your while to also visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which will introduce you to the artifacts and daily life of the Minoan civilization, the oldest civilization in the world. Additionally, you can visit the Venetian Fortezza in Rethymno, the imposing fort built in the 16th century under the Venetian rule.
Take a tour to explore the island from a local’s perspective
Heraklion's visitors enjoying the Heraklion for Foodies tour - credits: greeking.me
If you want to be time-efficient and experience Crete like a local, then joining local tours is the best way to go. Whether you’re looking for sightseeing, culinary experiences and workshops or just walking tours that will help you see the island through the eyes of a local, Crete will accommodate your needs! Eat and dance like a local in Heraklion, join an authentic Cretan cooking class in Chania, enjoy a Cretan wine and olive oil tour, and fill your stomach with Cretan goodies in a Heraklion for foodies tour! As you have probably gathered by now, there won't be a dull moment on your honeymoon!
The diversity in the island’s offerings and its idyllic landscape make Crete the ultimate honeymoon destination. Now that we’ve provided you with the local’s knowledge necessary in planning the perfect honeymoon in Crete you’re all set to begin your adventure. What are you waiting for?