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Santorini is Superb for Romance

Updated: Mar 26, 2019

Located about 120 miles from mainland Greece, Santorini is the largest of a group of islands in the southern Aegean Sea. Formed by a massive volcanic eruption about 3,600 years ago, the current geological caldera contains a central lagoon that is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs. The main island, Santorini, sprawls downhill to the Aegean Sea. Its busy capital, Fira, sits on the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon, and offers amazing views, especially at sunset. Fira and nearby villages, particularly Firostefani and Imerovigli, are truly a must-see! They feature pretty cobblestone streets, plenty of restaurants and shops, museums, upscale hotels, cafes, bars, and lots of opportunities for taking gorgeous photographs!

Oia, a charming village known for its quaint white-washed houses, blue-domed churches, and fabulous sunrises and sunsets, is another must-see destination.

You'll enjoy walking the scenic paths, and spending time exploring the many shops, art galleries, cafes, and bars. Oia also provides spectacular views of Thirassia island and the volcano of Palia and Nea Kameni. Plus, it offers easy access (by walking down 300 steps) to the picturesque fishing village of Amoudi and its pretty beach lined with charming cafes and restaurants. The island of Thirassia is best reached by small boat from Amoudi port.

You'll love sightseeing in tranquil Manolas village (the island's capital) - the charming houses painted in various colors, blue-domed churches, and ancient monasteries will make you feel like you are in another world. Also, the island's unspoiled beaches, including the secluded black stone beach near Riva, are perfect for escaping the crowds of Santorini and enjoying a day of relaxation and adventure.

No doubt, Santorini is a superb destination for romance. With its charming landscape, gorgeous views, wonderful beaches with azure waters, sophisticated style, luxury hotels, friendly locals, and year-round sunshine and pleasant temperatures, it is no surprise that it is a growing wedding destination and a favorite honeymoon destination for couples worldwide. Truly, Santorini offers many amazing opportunities for a dreamy romantic vacation!

5 Romantic Things Every Couple Should Do While in Santorini

Enjoy a Candlelit Dinner While Looking Out Over the Caldera. Let the romance flow by sharing a candlelit dinner at one or more of the many restaurants in Santorini that overlook the caldera. The view is even more spectacular if you time your diner to catch the sunset!

Catch a Movie at the Open Air Cinema Kamari. Open from May until October, this outdoor cinema features comfortable director's chairs and a full bar with cocktails, local beer and wine, refreshments, ice cream and snacks! Woo hoo! Take advantage of Santorini's pleasant weather and spend a relaxed evening outdoors with your sweetheart watching a movie (in English with Greek subtitle) and enjoying your favorite refreshments

Go Wine Tasting at the Santo Winery. If you enjoy wine, you'll love going wine tasting at Santo Winery.

With spectacular view of the caldera, it is a magnificent spot to view the sunset while sampling different wines served with cheese and cold cuts. It's worth saying that an 18-wine tasting flight is an option!

View a Santorini Sunset Together. Oia's Byzantine Castle ruins which overlook Amoudi Bay is perhaps the most popular location to view Santorini's amazingly beautiful sunset! But there are many other locations that offer a fantastic sunset view including the Akrotiri lighthouse, Santo Winery, and restaurants overlooking the caldera. Wherever you choose, get there early to ensure a good spot because it gets crowded.

Take a boat tour of the caldera and climb an active volcano. Boat tours will take you to Palia and Nea Kameni, two small islands of black lava at the center of the caldera. Climb up to the volcano top, pass amazing lava formations and smoldering craters, and enjoy the incredible view!

Read our Top 31 Best Honeymoon Destinations list for information about other really cool honeymoon destinations to consider. Naturally, a couple’s honeymoon destination will depend on the type of vacation experience they desire, in terms of the setting, accommodations, dining, service, activities, and personal touches.

As honeymoon & romantic travel experts, we know well how to get you the most romantic experiences at the best value for your money at any destination. Tell us about your dream honeymoon experience.

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