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Destination Overview

Whitewashed villas and blue domed churches clinging to terraced cliffsides, overlooking the Agean Sea, create a uniquely romantic setting. Spectacular sunsets make a Santorini honeymoon even more unforgettable.

The true magic of a Santorini honeymoon is found away from the crowds seeking the perfect Instagram posts in Oia and Fira. For example, the ten-kilometer, four hour hike from Oia to Fira offers breathtaking views and four historic villages to discover. Short excursions will reveal the ancient mountaintop city of Thera or the Akrotiri archeological site. The volcanic sands of Red Beach and Kamari’s or Perissa’s black sand beaches also await.

For those preferring motorized transport, car, ATV, quad, beach buggy, moped and jet ski rentals are available.

A short boat ride to neighboring Nea Kameni will let you spend a day hiking on a still-active volcanic island, complete with hot springs.

As stunning as the beautiful setting may be, what you may remember most fondly about Santorini is the food. Greek cuisine is healthy, tasty and always fresh. Be sure to pair the fresh Mediterranean seafood with a great local wine.

There are countless restaurants with views overlooking the caldera, but the farms and wineries of Santorini’s countryside are not to be missed. Many cooking classes are offered so couples can learn how to share the magic of Greece for years to come.

Santorini is also known for its unique cave rooms, built into the cliff walls, designed to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The island is dotted with five-star hotels, but there are ample options available for those on a budget.

You may have heard Santorini can get crowded during peak summer periods, especially when cruise ships arrive, which is true. For many seeking more isolation, there are hundreds of options throughout Greece’s Cyclades islands, but Santorini is not to be missed – plan to spend at least a few days at this iconic destination.

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