Santorini is the island where honeymoon dreams come true. The whitewashed stone buildings with their blue domes that make up the island’s towns and villages are full of Mediterranean charm, clinging onto the side of the mountain and looking over the deep cerulean waters of the Aegean Sea.
With its charming villages, winding stairs, narrow cobbled alleyways and stunning panoramic viewpoints, Santorini is picture-perfect. The island belongs to the group of the windswept Cyclades Islands shaped by a violent volcanic eruption during the 16th century BC, which created the stunning jagged landscape that we see today. The eruption also created the black and red sand beaches of the island which create a stark contrast against the deep blue of the Aegean Sea and enhances the island’s natural beauty.
“Santa” means “Saint” in Greek and the name Irenene and is believed to have been named after a historic church which bore the name of a local saint; It is said that the name Santorini Is derived from this saint. As an island it has borne many names and has had a turbulent past, as it was occupied by Minoans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottoman Turks and Greeks.
Santorini is the perfect place to go for a amorous honeymoon. Famed for its slow, relaxed lifestyle, delicious cuisine and wines, though what makes Santorini so dreamy and romantic is the magic of its sunsets, with the changing shades of pink, orange, red, and purple reflected upon the whitewashed walls of the buildings in the villages until the sun sinks into the horizon and the night sky is illuminated with stars.
Here in the Only Honeymoon Guide to Santorini You’ll Ever Need you’ll find all you need to know about when to go, where to stay and activities to suit all budgets to ensure that you create unforgettable honeymoon memories that you will treasure for the rest of your lives.
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Important information on Santorini for your honeymoon
The main language spoken in Santorini is Greek, though due to decades of tourism, English is widely spoken in most tourist areas of the island. The local currency is the Euro and money can be taken out from ATMs in all the main towns such as Fira and Oia, but it is a good idea to carry cash on you as there are many restaurants and shops that still only accept cash. Tipping is optional and a €1 or 2 tip is considered appropriate for restaurants.
Santorini has a tourist season which runs from April until the end of October. The best weather can be found in May to October, however, the months of July and August should be avoided as the heat is relentless and this is when prices for accommodation and tours soar. June and September are perfect months for your Santorini honeymoon, however, if you on a tighter budget, you can also schedule your trip for the shoulder season months of April, May, October and November. Overall, a honeymoon to Santorini for a week should set you back around €1,524 as a couple.
It’s convenient to get around Santorini on public transport, the local buses which are incredibly cheap (around €2 one-way), the main hub for buses on the island is Fira which means that you may have to go via Fira to reach other parts of the island. For more comfort, you can rent a car or moped during your stay to get around and explore less touristy parts of Santorini, giving you plenty of freedom to explore. There are also taxis on the island but they don’t have metres so it involves negotiating a price before getting in.
When planning where to stay in Santorini, you should take into account that many villages have flights of stairs to reach them, which may cause problems for those with knee issues. If you have any such issues, it is advisable to stay in the main towns or closer to the beach to avoid too much clambering up and down different levels.
Greek food is excellent and you will enjoy the local cuisine without having to worry about hygiene issues, tap water in large towns in drinkable however, it is recommended to drink bottled water in Santorini. Many of the islands do not have their own water supply, instead, relying on water tanks transported over from the mainland, hence bottled water is the safer option.
Travel insurance should be purchased prior to your travels.
Where to go in Santorini on your honeymoon
Imerovigli is situated in a more tranquil part of Santorini, less crowded than Oia or Fira and ideal for a tranquil and intimate honeymoon. It’s also one of the island’s major viewpoints for sunset and caldera views as it is not as built-up as Oia and there are many excellent viewpoints. As it is less developed, there is a smaller selection of restaurants and shops. Imerovigli is only 2 km away from Fira and is an ideal base to explore the island by hiking or taking a quadbike or moped to get around.
The village is positioned at the heart of the island, a little lower and closer to the sea and due to development it is not as easy to get unobstructed views of the sunsets but there are still strategically-located viewpoints to be found, as this is a popular tourist destination, you may have to jostle with queues of tourists at sunset who are all trying to take photographs or selfies.
Oia has a livelier atmosphere than some of the other towns, with plenty of shops, tavernas, art galleries and bars, there are also quiet hotels to be found in Oia. There are some wonderful restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic dinner of gourmet cuisine with views of the iconic sunset over the Aegean. Oia is slightly further away from the airport, around 30 minutes by taxi or car and also a little further from the beaches, where you will need to change buses at Fira to get there. If you are staying in Oia, it is advisable to rent a car.
Kamari Beach is popular with flocks of British and European holidaymakers and is often very crowded in high season, but it also has plenty to offer with affordable accommodation, mouth-watering Greek cuisine served up in the local tavernas, nightlife and beaches.
The volcanic black sand which makes up Kamari beach is part of the island’s unique landscape and draws the tourist crowds. Kamari is ideal for those who have a tighter budget as prices can be almost half of what they cost in Fira and Oia. The best way to get around from Kamari Beach is by renting a car or using the public buses. The airport is only 10 minutes away by car.
To get away from the most touristy parts of Santorini, head to Pyrgos. This charming, traditional village will give you a sense of what Santorini was like before it became a major tourist destination. Pyrgos is a old-style Greek village and has its own medieval castle and plenty of authentic restaurants serving up local cuisine.
In this area you can find unique cave hotels where you can stay in a traditional dwelling used by villagers many years ago. Fira is within easy reach of Pyrgos and you can get around Santorini using the local buses, renting a car is much more convenient and will allow you freedom to get to the less developed parts of the island. The airport is also situated just 15 minutes’ drive from Pyrgos making it an ideal base for your honeymoon.
Fira is the best place to stay in the wintertime if you are planning for a winter sun holiday, it is one of the most significant towns on the island due to the presence of ruins of Greek and Roman architecture which makes it perfect for history enthusiasts. It is also one of the more reasonable parts of Santorini to stay in, which is ideal if you’re on a budget.
The main bus station which connects to all the other villages on the island is located here, making it an exceptional base for exploring Santorini, it is also nearer to the beaches. From Fira, it should take only 15 minutes to get to the airport by car or taxi. The only downside is that it can get packed with tourists, especially in peak season.
Where to stay in Santorini on your honeymoon
This five-star hotel is perfect for a romantic honeymoon, with its location on the cliffs with views over the Caldera. The polished, minimalist suites have their own balconies with sea views and their own heated plunge pool as well as the usual amenities such as Wi-Fi, minibar and flat-screen televisions.
The hotel has endless panoramic views over the Aegean sea and floating sun loungers, there is also another pool with a jacuzzi, a spa which offers massages out on their terrace so that you can enjoy the incredible views. There is also a restaurant and bar on-site, a gym and activities which can be organised through the hotel, such as wine tasting and yoga classes.
This hotel is the epitome of extravagance, each of its luxury suites offers views over the caldera which you can appreciate from the comfort of your private infinity pool or jacuzzi. The bright rooms have flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi and sea views.
Upgraded suites also boast infinity pools, waterfalls and butler service. The hotel has a restaurant which is famed for its famous sunset views, there is no better place to enjoy a sundowner whilst taking in the spectacle of a Mediterranean sunset. The hotel has both indoor and outdoor pools and also a spa where you can enjoy a relaxing massage or beauty treatment.
Katikies is a glamorous and luxurious hotel which looks over the deep blue Aegean Sea and has breathtaking views over the caldera which can be seen from the balconies, situated just five minutes on foot from the centre of Oia. The rooms are bright, contemporary and minimalist in design, with minibars, Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi.
Upgraded luxury suites can have two levels or have separate living areas, private pools, balconies and hot tubs. There is also 24-hour butler service to cater to your every need. The hotel itself has three infinity pools with stunning views, an award-winning fine-dining restaurant, champagne bar, poolside bar, a gym and a spa.
This luxury property is beloved by honeymoon couples and married couples to be, with its beautiful location perched high on the cliff above the Aegean Sea. The hotel has bright and modern rooms with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines and minibars with balconies opening out onto the incredible panoramic vistas of the sea. Most luxury suites have private heated plunge pools.
The hotel has an infinity pool with views over the caldera, a champagne lounge, pool bar and a fine-dining restaurant with an outdoor dining terrace. The beauty of Grace Hotel is in the details, you can enjoy perks such as Apitvita cosmetics, a pillow menu or in-room fitness kit which can be organised prior to your stay. There are also special packages designed with honeymoon couples in mind.
Aenon Villas is a resort with 7 large, minimalist, airy villas looking out over the caldera from the heights of the clifftop. The rooms are decorated with whitewashed stone walls, wood furniture and are equipped with flat-screens, living or dining rooms and verandas with sea views. The hotel also has an outdoor jacuzzi and infinity pool to soak up the views.
Situated on the hillside near Pyrgos Village, this exclusive, adult-only hotel offers 10 gorgeous luxury suites with their own private plunge pools with views over the island, perfect for sunrise and sunset viewing. The suites have flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, living areas and Nespresso machines. The hotel has an infinity pool, relaxing spa with a steam room and hot tub and a sophisticated restaurant with a terrace for al fresco dining.
For something a little different, book yourself into this dreamy hotel on the outskirts of Fira which boasts views of the caldera and the deep blue Aegean Sea, where you can enjoy a tranquil and romantic stay in one of the cave-style rooms complete with their own plunge pools or Jacuzzis.
All rooms are equipped with satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. The suites also boast balconies or living rooms as well as hot tubs and private plunge pools. The hotel also has an outdoor pool and hot tub and can organise activities such as boat trips and scuba diving courses or day trips.
From atop a cliff, Alta Vista Suites offers affordable cave rooms with a touch of luxury and views over the iconic caldera. Each of its clean and modern suites has a terrace or balcony where you can take in the breath-taking views. Upgraded suites include living areas. All rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as champagne breakfast, served daily to your room. There is a charming cave restaurant, infinity pool and poolside bar.
Kamari Beach is situated in front of the black sand beaches of Kamari and is the perfect choice for a honeymoon on a budget. The rooms are bright and airy and have balconies with views over the sea, minifridges and satellite television. The hotel has an outdoor pool and poolside bar, a gym, billiards room and a casual-dining restaurant.
Things to do in Santorini while on your honeymoon
Catch the spectacular sunsets
The ultimate thing to do in Santorini is to sit back and enjoy the sunset, which is surely one of the most breath-taking spectacles in the world, the soft, changing hues of the fading sun reflect on the white walls of the buildings illuminating everything in a magical light. Be aware that everyone is out to take the perfect sunset pictures and in tourist season you will be jostling with hundreds of other tourists at the viewpoints to get the best sunset shots.
There are also plenty of bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the views of the sun slipping under the horizon with a cocktail in hand. Oia and Imerovigli are famed for some of the best sunsets in Santorini. Other places to enjoy the views include the Byzantine castle in Oia and the blue-domed churches.
Go cliff diving at Amoudi Bay
Cliff-diving is a favourite past-time in Santorini. If you’re brave and you want to experience the adrenaline rush of plunging into the cool waters of the Aegean, head to Amoudi Bay in Oia. You can also enjoy a fresh seafood dinner after a day of sea and sun as there are plenty of excellent tavernas here and sunset viewpoints.
Hike from Fira to Oia
If you want to explore the island on foot you can hike the 10 kilometres from Fira to Oia, the walk takes approximately 4 hours so be sure to wear great walking shoes, bring some snacks and plenty of water. This scenic hike takes you across the clifftops and offers spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the Caldera.
On the hike, you’ll pass some highlights of Santorini including Skaros Rock which is a spectacular viewpoint. When you arrive at Oia there are plenty of buses to take you back to Fira or wherever your hotel is based.
Take a cable car ride
From the Old Port, you can take a cable car to the town of Fira, which is a great introduction to Santorini. The three-minute ride will treat you to aerial views of the port and the sparkling Aegean sea. The cost starts at only €4 per person.
Sunbathe on a black sand beach
The beach of Kamari is covered with volcanic black sand, a stark contrast against the deep, hypnotic blue of the Aegean. The beach is popular with tourists so it may be quite crowded in peak season. As the sand is black, it becomes scorching hot, so wearing flip flops and avoiding going barefoot will save your sensitive soles.
There are also plenty of water sports which can be enjoyed at Kamari beach including stand-up paddleboard, jet skis and kayaks. Enjoy a wander in the town of Kamari after a day of sun, sea and sand and savour some delicious local seafood in one of the local tavernas.
Catch a movie at the open-air cinema.
Kamari hosts an open-air cinema during the tourist season where you can enjoy a film under the stars with the sound of the distant waves with a cocktail in hand. You can see their list of movies here.
Take a trip to the local vineyards
Santorini has its local vineyards producing quality wine. If you’re a wine-lover, a visit to one of these vineyards is a must. On a small-group tour, you can visit a few of the wine estates and learn about how wines such as Assyrtiko are made. The visit ends with a wine tasting of up to 12 different local wines which you can enjoy whilst taking in the views of the surrounding landscape and the sunset. The price for a half-day wine tour.
Explore Santorini’s archaeological ruins
Santorini has a rich history and plenty of ruins to visit, you can head to Ancient Thira, named after Theras, who was said to have ruled the island. Visit mosaic-tiled houses where ancient inhabitants once dwelled and admire the views from atop the mountain. Alternatively, a visit to Akrotiri is a dream come true for history-lovers, here you will find the ruins of an ancient village devastated by the volcanic eruption that shaped Santorini’s dramatic landscape.
Walking around the ruins, you will be given a glimpse of what life was like for the ancient Minoans that once lived here, the frescoes and architecture will transport you to a bygone era. Both archaeological sites can be visited in a guided tour or you can take public transport or a rental ATV or car to visit these historical ruins.
Go on a sunset cruise
Santorini is all about sunsets and there is no better place to enjoy them than from the sea, from here you can look back at the towns that dot the coastline, with the soft changing light reflecting off their whitewashed walls. On a five-hour catamaran cruise, you’ll sail along the coast, enjoy some snorkelling and then dine on a barbeque meal as you watch the sun slipping over the horizon in a spectacular show of colours.
Take a cruise inside the Caldera
Santorini’s dramatic landscape was shaped by one of the most significant volcanic eruptions in history, the islands of Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni at the centre of the Caldera were born from the black lava that spewed from the volcano.
You can visit the active volcano by boat and explore the nearby natural hot springs, where you can soak in the mineral-rich waters which are said to possess healing properties. As there are no ferries to take you to the caldera, the best way to visit is on a tour. Prices for half-day tours is a great way to enjoy an adventurous day in Santorini.
Learn to cook traditional Greek cuisine
Visit an authentic cave house where you will learn the local culinary traditions of Santorini from a local cook. In this hands-on cooking class under the guidance of an experienced cook, you will learn how to prepare some of Santorini’s classic dishes.
Afterwards, you can enjoy the fruits of your labour on a terrace accompanied with some local wine. This intimate cooking experience includes appetizers, dessert, coffee and recipes to take home with you to impress your friends and family with your new culinary skills.
Relax with a couples massage
Melt away any aches and pains with a couples massage at Caldera Massages Studio in Oia, this massage parlor organizes rejuvenating and relaxing massages at the hands of experienced masseuses, with massages lasting up to two hours for those who feel that an hour is simply not enough time to truly relax.
Pick up some local souvenirs at Oia
No holiday would be complete without a few souvenirs. Oia has a number of charming souvenir shops and jewellery shops where you will be sure to find a small trinket or two to bring back to family and friends. While window-shopping in Oia, be sure to stop into the beautiful Atlantis Books, with its old-world feel and vintage maps.
See the sunset at Akrotiri lighthouse
Akrotiri has a lighthouse which is a well-known photographer’s destination for those Instagram-worthy shots. Take in the beautiful sunset from the courtyard and capture some beautiful photographs of one of the most scenic spots in Santorini.
Romantic places to eat on your honeymoon in Santorini
Situated near Fira in Exo Gialos Beach, Yalos restaurant is known as one of Santorini’s most romantic restaurants. A traditional boatshed has been refurbished and turned into a magical restaurant and beach bar by the sea. Famed for being a wedding venue, the restaurant was born from the a grandfather’s boat shed which now is the restaurant’s kitchen, churning out mouth-watering local dishes such as fresh fish, stuffed giant squid and silky lemon mousse. Be prepared to pay in cash as the restaurant does not accept card payments.
This restaurant can be found in the town of Fira and its bright and colourful cuisine reflects flavours from all over the world. Here you can enjoy caldera views from the restaurant terrace as you enjoy dishes such as mezedes, or Greek appetizers, stuffed tomatoes and green peppers, tender chargrilled octopus, hearty salads and sweet sticky baklava. Be sure to try the seafood platter featuring the catch of the day. This is a fantastic place to enjoy the sunset and some Mediterranean cuisine.
This traditional Greek restaurant can be found in the Monolithos area of Santorini and has built its reputation for serving genuine Greek cuisine on its beautiful terrace looking over the Aegean Sea. Here you can find classics such as Santorini Fava dip or eggplant and freshly-caught local seafood. The mezedes or appetizer assortment is a great introduction to the local cuisine. There are also plenty of meat and vegetable dishes for those who are not so keen on fish. Perfect for lunch or sunset dinners.
Based in Pyrgos, this fine-dining restaurant has won several awards and is an institution on the island. The restaurant décor is simple and traditional but what really sets it apart is the array of dishes that highlight fresh locally-sourced ingredients from local vineyards and farms and traditional flavours are given a modern, innovative twist.
Dishes include delicious locally-caught seafood including octopus, sea urchins, shellfish as well as beloved meat dishes such as lamb and excellent fresh salads made of locally grown tomatoes and fava beans. The restaurant also offers experiences beyond dining and you can learn how to cook local dishes in their cooking school or sign up for a food tasting session.
Another restaurant which is a must-visit for foodies is the award-winning 1800 restaurant in Oia. Once a sea captain’s house that dates back to 1845, the restaurant has renovated the rooms to preserve its traditional atmosphere whilst serving up gourmet cuisine drawing from Greek tradition with a modern touch.
The dishes may sound astounding at first, with eggplant tiramisu and grilled beef with Parmesan ice cream on the menu, the food is divine and the caldera views are stunning, making dinner or lunch at 1800 a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
Tours to do in Santorini on your honeymoon
On this private tour with a local guide, you will visit the highlights of Santorini in one day. Ideal for those who are short on time but don’t want to miss out on the sights such as the Akrotiri Lighthouse, red beach and black beach, remote villages and vineyards topped off with views of the sunset from Oia village.
What better way to commemorate your honeymoon than to have a professional photographer take professional pictures of you both with the beauty of Santorini’s landscape as a backdrop. The photographer will plan a customised itinerary with you to enable you to find the best spots for memorable photos. After the photoshoot, you will have access to an online gallery where you can download as many of the photos as you like as keepsakes from your Santorini honeymoon.
Day trips from Santorini on your honeymoon
Discover a winning combination in Santorini, wine and ancient history. On this tour you can visit the Akrotiri archaeological site where you can see the ruins and relics from the ancient Minoans buried in volcanic ash during the devastating eruption that shaped the landscape of the island, the site dates back over 3,600 years and gives a glimpse of what life was like long ago in Santorini.
You will also visit traditional wineries to try different wines produced by the fertile soil of the island, which you can enjoy along with a platter of local delicacies. The price of the small-group tour includes transfers, professional sommelier and archaeologist guides, wine tasting and local snacks. Groups are limited to 8 people to ensure a more comfortable experience.
Recommended Honeymoon tours in Santorini
- Semi Private Premium | Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board & Drinks
- Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, drinks, transfer
- Santorini Volcanic Islands Cruise: Volcano, Hot Springs and Thirassia
- Santorini 2 hours Private Photo-shoot with a professional photographer
- Couples’ Romantic Aromatherapy Package
- Santorini Romantic Tour with Dinner & Wine Tasting
- Private Lobster & Champagne Luxury Catamaran Cruise
- Santorini in a Day: Best of Santorini Private Tour
- Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia
- Ruby Santorini Wedding Package
- Private Helicopter Sightseeing Tour Santorini 20 minutes – up to 5 passengers
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