February 10 , 2021
Ideal for wineries and luxury cave-style jacuzzi suites
Santorini is famous for breathtaking views over a curving, colliding tumble of blue and white houses. Sample the island’s unique wines from indigenous grapes. Stay in a resort with a cool suite set into the cliffside. For ultimate romance, choose accommodation with a private pool or jacuzzi that looks out onto a caldera sunset.
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Ideal for nightlife, glamor and beaches
Mykonos is top on honeymooners’ lists for its all-night parties and high-class reputation. But on its other face, you’ll find serene, hidden bays with unbelievably blue waters. This is as cosmopolitan as it gets on the Greek islands, with world-class dining, nightclubs, hotels, and beach clubs.
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Ideal for authentic cuisine and adventures in nature
The largest island of Greece may also be its most evocative. The landscapes are wide and striking, with room to seek out relaxation and seclusion among azure seas and amazing beaches. Relish Crete’s natural beauty with day trips to Elafonisi’s pink-sand beach and a hike through Samaria Gorge. The Cretans are famous for their hospitality and their cuisine, built on simple technics and mountain-grown ingredients. The most popular resort towns are Elounda and Chania, each offering a base to explore a different end of the island.
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Ideal for medieval history and spectacular beaches
Rhodes is a fantastic island of the Dodecanese group, nearer to mainland Turkey. It delights with a blended architecture passed down from medieval knights, post-World War I Italians, and Ottoman Turks. Meander the medieval streets of Old Town Rhodes, and the next day, take in the view from the ruins of ancient Lindos. Rhodes has an enviable selection of blue-and-gold beaches – long stretches of sandy beach attract mega-resorts, but there are also more intimate scenes like pine-ringed Anthony Quinn Bay and charming Glystra.
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Ideal for low-key vibes and off-the-beaten-path adventures
Have you heard of Antiparos? Many people haven’t, and that’s precisely its appeal. Located in the Cyclades island group, you can reach this small island with a ferry from Paros. There isn’t a major party scene here, but the opportunities for easy exploration with less crowds will surely make up for it. If you want a chilled-out honeymoon with major celeb cred, this is the place for you. Tom Hanks and Madonna are rumored to own island homes here, and Matthew McConaughey and Nia Vardalos are among the famous faces who have vacationed on the island.
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For a bougainvillea-scented dream getaway, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Greek islands. If we might re-phrase a sonnet from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, How do we love thee, Greece? Let us count the ways.