Romantic places in Greece are in abundance. Those who have visited Greece know that it is an incredibly diverse destination. Steeped in riveting history and astonishing natural beauty, both the mainland and its countless islands are amply capable of offering many types of visitors exceptional travel experiences.
Couples, families, groups of friends, even solo travelers can find their holiday haven almost anywhere in Greece, provided they do a little bit of research based on their preferences. Here you will find 3 romantic places in Greece that promise a memorable getaway, laced with exciting visuals, embraced by privacy and wrapped up in luxury.
The Most Romantic Places in Greece
The capital city is in fact one of the most romantic places in Greece. There is something about sauntering around Athens by foot that takes your breath away at almost every corner. The sheer volume of ancient relics displayed in plain sight, the colourful downtown side streets, the plethora of little bars, picturesque shops and quaint tavernas come together to create an urban scene that is intriguingly conflicted and utterly charming.
The Acropolis is the by far the most impressive landmark to behold, and simply gazing upon it from below will fill your soul with an unprecedented sense of awe.
For extending the magic that the ancient rock bestows upon its observers round the clock, couples can choose to stay at a luxurious Acropolis view suite. Discovering Athens at your own pace is a priceless experience for couples although culture seekers may also benefit from taking one of the many Athens tours, visiting the outskirts too, and the iconic Temple of Poseidon during sunset.
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The mecca when speaking of romantic places in Greece, Santorini island is the epitome of a couples getaway in the Mediterranean. The volcanic nature and dramatic caldera cliff, the crescent shape, the colourful beaches, the most mesmerising sunset, the jaw dropping sea views… the list goes on. The astounding features of Santorini make it a unique place that closely resembles a fairytale or dream setting. It’s no wonder why couples are so enamoured with Santorini. You can get lost in the cobblestone alleys while holding hands.
Immortalise the moment by taking selfies against the iconic Cycladic white and blue dome churches. Discuss your future together as you savour a glass of sweet Vinsanto and a delectable meal that brings out the best of the local ingredients, under a million stars.
For absorbing as much of the Santo-dreamy vibes as possible, couples can choose to stay in a direct sunset view boutique hotel in Oia, so that they don’t have to cram in the narrow streets of the village to gaze upon the immaculate masterpiece that the retiring sun paints in the sky.
Imagine a historic mansion away from the clamour of cities and the hustle and bustle of popular locations. If you seek more of a retreat-like destination to harbour your romance, then Monemvasia is the final contender on our list of romantic places in Greece.
A hidden gem compared to the previous more high profile destinations, Monemvasia is a place that will take you back to Greece’s grander, more recent history, to Byzantine buildings and fortified towns. Being in the southeastern part of the Peloponnese, Monemvasia is a location of staggering charm.
Walking around its alleys reveal houses that tell a story, considering it was a destination that had seen a fair amount of raids in ancient times and numerous sieges during the Byzantine era and beyond. The remnants of this tumultuous history are laid to rest in stone, evoking feelings of wonderment.
One such Byzantine mansion is now a historic luxury hotel in Monemvasia, where couples can be indulged in regal hospitality and the luxurious simplicity of elegance; natural spring water pools, a traditional stone-built complex of sensational suites and services that are discrete yet attentive.
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Symi is a quiet elegant island with numerous small beaches that are perfect for two. Its main harbour is overlooked by colourful neoclassical mansions scattered on the hillside and its fun to walk along the waterfront to buy a natural sea sponge or to relax with a coffee. There are small tavernas serving island specialities and it is quirkily romantic to sit at a table for two with your feet in the seawater. Symi is relaxed and untouristy and the perfect place to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
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This beautiful region lies in the Pindus Mountains in Epirus, in north-western Greece and is the perfect choice if you both love being in the great outdoors and trying your hand at various activities. There are great geological features such as the Vikos Gorge to discover, 46 traditional villages including Papingo, with its fascinating architecture and even an ostrich farm at Kato Pedina. There are wide open spaces for just the two of you as well as eco-tours and a variety of exhilarating water sports.
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Milos is the most south-westernmost volcanic Cycladic island with a large harbour and picture-postcard villages. The island has remote beaches along its southern coast which are perfect for romantic times together and Sarakiniko is a white volcanic rock moonscape with a gorgeous narrow inlet of water for swimming. There are numerous places of interest too. The ‘must-do’ for lovers is to climb the hill behind Plaka in the evening, follow the path to the two churches and stand at the highest point to watch the sunset together – magical.
The Peloponnese port of Nafplio is said to be one of the romantic destinations in Greece. It was once the capital of modern-day Greece. The old town is a maze of pretty narrow streets and neoclassical mansions and is totally enchanting. There are beaches and secluded coves – including Kastraki, the lovely fortress of Bourtzi, open-air concerts and romantic tavernas. As the sun begins to set, hold each other close and take a stroll along the promenade- it’s what dreams are made of.
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The villages of Mt Pelion are lovely to visit all year round and after a day exploring, a romantic time together on the beach is only 20 minutes away. In the winter, the snow falls in this area and there is a ski centre at Hania, but during the rest of the year, there are hiking trails to share, streams, waterfalls and forests to explore together and in the evening, wine, tsipouro and delicious local dishes to enjoy.
Check out my guide to Pelion, Greece.
Do you have any more romantic places to suggest in Greece?