The picturesque island of Santorini is the ideal location for newlyweds. Offering unspoilt natural sites, authentic architecture perched on cliff-sides and black-sand beaches, a plethora of honeymooners jet-off here each year. For a trip that is nothing short of a fairy-tale, Booking.com has put together a list of ten reasons to honeymoon in Santorini and top suggestions for places of complete serenity and romance.
Caldera Cliff - Nowhere does sunsets quite like Santorini. With the maze of whitewashed houses tumbling down the hillside, and the sunset colours seeping in, it feels for a moment like you’ve stepped into a vision of paradise. To complete this blissful experience, retreat to the Oia Mare Villas or Rimida Villas. With 57% of travellers inspired by the timeless ‘Mediterranean blues’ trend for great interior design, these accommodation options are sure to keep you daydreaming of the magnificent sunset views.
Old Town of Oia - Oia captures the beauty of Santorini effortlessly, so snapping holiday shots here is a joy. The island’s iconic blue domes complement their surroundings perfectly, whether it’s a cerulean cloud-free sky, a violet-tinged sunset, or an orange-tinted dusk sprawling over the caldera.
Catamaran Tours over the Bay - Is there anything more romantic than sailing in Santorini? Hop on a catamaran tour for the best views of this dreamy Greek isle. If you’re after something extra-special, the sunset cruise is known to melt even the coldest of hearts.
Walking along Agiou Mina Street - This stunning street passes through Fira about halfway down the cliff and provides stunning lookouts across the white and blue rooftops, with the sparkling waters of the Aegean stretching out beneath you. For the best views, head north towards the main part of Fira.
Skaros - Once a fortress and the island’s capital, the Skaros Rock juts up over a curious patch of land, up towards the sky. Follow the path to the rock’s tip to see the orange-tinged sky dissolve into twilight abyss.
Balcony to the Aegean - At Santorini’s highest point, Imeroviglion casts a watchful eye over a scene so dramatic, it’s impossible to tear yourself away from it. Walk up to this hilltop village and watch the sun melt into the hazy horizon.
The Akrotiri Lighthouse - Looking south-west, this 19th century lighthouse is an unbeatable vantage point, looking out towards a cluster of small volcanic islands, blending against a foreground of amber and crimson shades of the sunset.
Café de Mar - This café is nestled on the Cliffside, looking out towards Santorin’s famous caldera. With its laidback vibes, it’s the perfect place to lounge away on the sofas and enjoy the ultimate sunset moment.
Byzantine Castle Ruins - These medieval castle ruins are one of Santorini’s top places for sunsets. Once you’re looking out across the sea from its half- crumbled tower, and the rainbow palette splashes across the cliff-face, you’ll see why.
Kamari Beach - Santorini is known for its dark volcanic sandy beaches and Kamari beach offers a long stretch of black sand which lies under the impressive mountain of Mesa Vuono. As well as a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants, there is also a stone-paved promenade for strolling across the bay.
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