Eros and Exploration: The Best Greek Islands for Couples
Take a romantic trip to one of the best Greek islands for couples, lovingly chosen for you by Plum Guide.
For a romantic getaway, you can’t beat the sandy beaches and warm seas of Greece. Treat yourself, and your partner, to the ultimate break on one of the best Greek islands for couples, as recommended by our travel experts here at Plum Guide.
It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen Santorini on a postcard or travel brochure; these rugged Cycladic views take on a new meaning when you’re admiring them with someone you love. Dodge the cruise ship crowds and hordes of day trippers to find a secret corner of the island to yourself; might we recommend the hillside balcony and chic interiors of one of our expertly chosen Plum homes?
Once you’ve dragged yourself away from the pool, there’s plenty to do on stylish Santorini for couples. The cobbled streets and blue and white buildings of the islands are best explored hand in hand with your partner, to say nothing of the expansive black sand beaches. If you’re feeling daring, Vlychada beach has a dedicated section for nude sunbathing and welcomes skinny dippers. For those who prefer to keep their clothes on we’d recommend taking a boat tour, soaking up some culture as well as the sun with a contemporary exhibition at the Santorini Arts Factory, or walking along the rocky ridges on the edge of the volcano whose eruptions shaped this wild landscape. And of course when on one of the best Greek islands for couples, a romantic meal is a must – our choice would always be Bortago, where you’ll dine on freshly caught octopus and sweet wines overlooking the hills and coastline of Santorini.
Whether you’re at the heady start of a fledgling romance or know your partner like the back of your hand, Crete is undoubtedly one of the best Greek islands for couples seeking a bit of time to themselves. As Greece's largest island, there's plenty of things to do in Crete. The dreamy pink sand beach of Elafonisi beckons, and you could spend a whole afternoon tasting local wines at the family-run Douloufakis winery. One attraction you can’t skip on this romantic haven is the a visit to the vibrant murals and ruined temples of the magnificent Palace of Knossos. According to myth, this was the home of the Minotaur, and the place where the king’s daughter Ariadne saved her lover Theseus from the maze with a ball of string. It may be a romantic tale, but when it comes to your own accommodation, we’d go for something slightly less dangerous – one of our favourite Plum Guide homes is on Crete, and offers palatial surroundings without having to go through a labyrinth every time you want a dip in the pool.
Put aside any preconceptions you might have about Mykonos – there’s much more to this place than just a glitzy party resort. This is one of the best Greek islands for couples who want a holiday that’s as much about relaxation as it is romance. We dare you not to return home rejuvenated after a week on the golden sands of Elia Beach or lounging by the pool in one of Plum’s gorgeous homes like this hillside beauty.
Mykonos, and the Greek islands in general, are known for being very welcoming to LGBTQ travellers, and gay couples will find dedicated gay bars and beaches amongst the island’s attractions. If you or your partner are gourmands, Mykonos is definitely the place for you; the indulgence here isn’t limited to the nightlife, with traditional tavernas and glamorous gourmet restaurants serving up dishes you’ll reminisce about for years to come. Head to the upscale Spilia for lobster and octopus, or dine on traditional spanakopita at Kiki’s. Our tip? Turn up before midday, when they open, as there’s invariably a crowd of eager diners waiting for a table. Luckily, they provide free wine while you queue as a reward for your patience – as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait.
Romance is in the air on Kefalonia; it was the setting of tumultuous love story Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (adapted into a film starring Penélope Cruz) and has long since been the destination of choice for honeymooners seeking a quieter corner of the Greek isles to eat, drink and explore to their heart’s content. The turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea lap gently against serene beaches, and the crystal waters of inland lakes such as Melissani Caves offer welcome respite from the heat of the island sun. Sample honey-drenched pastries from Mavroeidis bakery, dine on seafood brought straight from the fishing boats in local taverna Molos, and pair every meal with a glass of Robola, Kefalonia’s traditional white wine. Our home critics have earmarked Sprinkle of Seasalt as the perfect getaway for couples; end romantic days with a dip in the infinity pool and a nightcap on the terrace directly above the sea.