Here are 20 of the prettiest and best Greek islands for couples to visit. Of course, all of the Greek islands have their own charms, but some are definitely geared more towards groups of friends looking for a boozy holiday and others are more for families with children. As I’m too old for partying and highly allergic to children, I’ve enjoyed putting together this list for couples who want the perfect Greek island to get away from it all.
If you ask me, the essential ingredients for a couples’ trip include pretty streets lined with flowers; nice bars and restaurants where you can sit and enjoy the sunset over some delicious local food and drink; secluded golden beaches leading to turquoise waters; and cute villages to visit for day trips. Oh and somewhere dreamy to stay, whether that’s a rented apartment to pretend you live there or a posh hotel to splash out on.
As well as sharing my own favourite Greek islands that I’ve been to and loved, I thought I’d rope in some other travel bloggers to help out with this list and so that I could include tips on islands that I’ve never visited myself. I asked around and some lovely fellow travel bloggers kindly obliged me with their recommendations.
So, whether you’re on the hunt for a beautiful honeymoon destination or just somewhere for a romantic break, I reckon you’ll find somewhere that takes your fancy out of these picks of the 20 best Greek islands for couples. Get comfy with a glass of Ouzo. It might take you a while to choose just one…
If you’re visiting the Greek islands, you may well be planning to spend 2 or 3 days in Santorini. It’s one of the most popular of the islands in the Cyclades, known for its white buildings, blue rooftops and lush pink flowers. Even if it’s not on your bucket list, you’ll instantly recognise it from about eleventy million Instagram photos! It’s one of the most well-known and touristy places I’ve ever visited, which isn’t usually my cup of tea, but I actually really enjoyed it. I mean, just look at it.
There’s plenty to see, do and eat if you’ve got 3 days in Santorini, but if you’re just visiting for 1 day from a neighbouring island while doing some island hopping, you can cram quite a bit into a short visit too. My only word of warning is that it isn’t cheap, so brace yourself and your bank balance. I managed to do it without bankrupting myself, but I planned ahead a lot to do that. If you just wander around and hope for the best, your purse is going to take a hit. Consider yourself warned.
Here’s my lowdown on the island, and an itinerary for how best to spend 3 days in Santorini…
Here are some of my favourite things to do in Naxos, Greece. I fell in love with the island this year and had a good four days there, eating and exploring. I’ve put this together to give you some decent tips on how best to spend your time on this beautiful island in the Cyclades.
Naxos is often overshadowed by its more well-known and well-Instagrammed neighbours, Santorini and Mykonos. But having been to all three, it wasn’t hard to pick a favourite – that being Naxos, of course. Santorini and Mykonos are both thoroughly on the tourist trail. Both (especially Mykonos) are also eye-wateringly expensive. Naxos was much more unspoilt, peaceful and affordable but pretty much exactly the same scenery-wise. The only difference was you could actually get a good photograph of the classic Greek white, winding streets without it being ruined by crowds of tourists. Naxos is also the greenest of the Cyclades islands, so as well as all the beautiful towns, you’ve got lush mountainous backdrops. Lovely stuff. I’ve not even mentioned the incredible food yet either, but don’t worry. It never takes long on this blog to get back to the important topic of eating.
Anyway, imagine the sunshine and the cheese waiting for you, and read on for the best things to do in Naxos…