THE MOST ROMANTIC GETAWAYS FOR 2 IN GREECE
Of course an Athens city break couldn’t be missing from a list of romantic getaways in Greece. If you’ve never been to the Acropolis and its world-famous museum, then you’ll be heading there for sure. And in general, if you are both culture lovers, there’s a never-ending choice of Athens museums and art galleries calling out to you. You’ll love exploring the neighbourhoods around the Acropolis like Plaka, Anafiotika, Monastiraki, Thissio, Psyrri. There are plenty of terraces for cocktails or romantic dining overlooking the Acropolis. Speaking of unforgettable tastes, you just have to take a food tour while you’re in Athens. It’s not just about tasting the exciting flavours but also meeting creative personalities behind recently opened dine-in delis and concept bars. After dark, it’s time for some nightlife, as you discover the districts and cool bars loved by Athenians.
Crete has a unique way of transmitting its way of life to its visitors. You find it everywhere, from the cosmopolitan cities of Chania, Heraklion and Rethymno to luxurious Elounda and all around atmospheric Agios Nikolaos. When it comes to romantic experiences, a stroll around the old town of Rethymno or Chania is a must. All those Venetian elements and narrow alleys take you back in time, and there’s no better setting in Crete for dinner or cocktails than the Venetian ports or under the castle of both cities. Crete specialises in photogenic beaches. Whether you’re at Balos, Elafonisi or Preveli or perhaps Triopetra, Falasarna, Seitan Limani, Agiofarango, palm tree-lined Vai or so many other magnificent beaches, you’ll think you’ve found your favourite. And for an even more private swimming experience, take a boat excursion to Loutro or the exotic islands of Chrissi and Koufonisi.
We continue in Rhodes, one of the leading lights of the Dodecanese and another island ideal for a romantic trip to Greece. We start, as every holiday to Rhodes should, with a walking tour of the medieval old town. Imagine strolling amongst castles and lamp-lit cobbled alleyways, where you half-expect a knight to come riding by on horseback. And there can be no more romantic view on Rhodes than at Lindos, especially from the acropolis. Just below is Agios Pavlos, a beach that’s perfect for couples with relaxing cocktails or a bite looking up at the citadel. Looking for privacy? There are boat tours to out-of-the-way swimming spots but if you really want to control your destiny, hire a boat and skipper.
Back we go to the Cyclades and to wonderful Milos, famous for treating couples and younger travellers to multicoloured fishing villages, picturesque Cycladic settlements and great local cuisine. And as for the beaches… the lunar landscape of Sarakiniko (the August full moon from here is possibly the most romantic view on the island), idyllic Papafragas and cosmopolitan Fyriplaka are world-beaters. Nothing beats a boat trip around Milos (Kleftiko, Tsigrado and Gerakas are all epic swimming spots). And you’ll adore being in a fish taverna by the sea in Pollonia, wandering around picturesque Tripiti and Plaka, witnessing the sunset from the castle and enjoying a cocktail in a bar with an Aegean view. As for the colourful boathouses in Klima, Mandrakia and Firopotamos… prepare for Insta heaven.
For total privacy on your romantic getaway to Greece, allow us to let you into a secret. (Just promise you won’t tell!) The Small Cyclades are a collection of tiny island gems where you’ll find the same aura as the illustrious stars of this famous island group, but with absolute calm and simplicity, ideal for romantic vacations. Koufonisia are a pair of heavenly isles with exotic swimming spots and delicious food. Pano Koufonisi is the more developed of the two, where you’ll love the purity of beaches like Pisina, Italida, Pori and the nearby caves of Xylombati, Fanos, Finikas and others. And other Small Cyclades gems include Donousa, Iraklia and Schinoussa, which you can travel to individually or as part of an island-hopping adventure as they have good ferry connections with one another and with Pano Koufonisi and Naxos.