Santorini might just be the most romantic location in the world, it has certainly become a very popular location for honeymoons and romantic breaks over the last few years and it’s not difficult to understand why. The island of Santorini sits on the edge of a ragged volcanic crater that rises beautifully from the bluest sea in the world. Its vertiginous cliffs are sprinkled with brilliant white cubiform houses and its beaches glisten with black, red and white lava pebbles. Its ninety square kilometres are a traveller’s delight, offering panoramic views, lively tavernas, outstanding hotels and a collection of fantastic restaurants and smart boutiques hidden down narrow streets. To make your stay in Santorini one that you’ll never forget, here are seven suggestions for your romantic break in Santorini.
You can enjoy amazing sunsets all over the island but this is the one that people literally come half way around the world to see. Savour the sight from one of the many cliff edge restaurants or watch it from the top of the castle ruin, either way you won’t be disappointed.
This is a hike, not a walk and you’ll need to be in reasonable shape to enjoy it but your reward from some stiff uphill walking will be views that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Take plenty of water and sunscreen and give yourself about four hours. Don’t forget a hat and a camera.
Get a different perspective of this stunning island and take a dip in the blue, blue waters. There are plenty of trips to choose from, ranging from a half day with a small group on a catamaran to your own bespoke excursion in a private motor yacht. For many visitors, this experience is one of their happiest memories of the island.
4. Wine tasting
Another great way to explore the island is to join a small group tour of the island’s three wine estates. Learn about wine production and the local varieties, explore vineyards and wine cellars and enjoy a glass or two with a sunset view.
5. Fine Dining
There’s no shortage of fascinating places to eat on the island but these two restaurants are certainly well worth making time for. The Kapari Wine Restaurant is situated in the Kapari Natural Resort on the highest part of the island, its classic dishes combine fresh local produce with sophisticated presentation. More down to earth, literally, is Asterias where your table is feet away from the breaking waves. It’s reckoned by many to be the best fish restaurant on the island.
Carved out of the rock, these traditional dwellings, with their arched ceilings and brilliant white interiors are a deliciously romantic place to stay. Wake to a gorgeous dream as you stroll to the veranda for the spectacular view.
Clinging to the cliffs of Santorini are some of the most romantic hotels in the world. Luxury, sophistication and a setting beyond belief.