As the top romantic getaway island in Greece, Santorini is filled with sapphire waters, whitewashed villages and houses carved into the cliffs. On this crescent shaped island, you can roam on the stunning beaches or explore the narrow streets of quaint towns, and villages like Oia and Imerovigli.
Its very location can inspire love and romance – perched on the edge of an active volcano, Santorini is the perfect destination for newlyweds and couples looking for a romantic vacation. Add in the romantic wine tours, sunset cruises and scenic hikes and you have the ideal setting for one romantic activity after another.
However, for a truly romantic experience you should not go for impersonal resorts or hotels and choose to stay in luxury Santorini villas. Villas will offer you that extra privacy you so desperately want as a couple so, specifically look for villas that don’t sacrifice the comforts you find in a 5-star hotel. Take a look at Blue Villas Collection whom have many Santorini villas scattered across the coast looking out at the exquisitely clear waters. With a fully stocked bar and your very own private chef, enjoy a freshly prepared meal accompanied by a glass of champers with your partner on the terrace looking out at the beautiful sunset you receive the best view of when vacating with this company.
Once you’ve settled into your Santorini villa for the week, here are the top 5 romantic destinations that you must visit.
1: Oia – A Postcard Village
As the most iconic town in Santorini, Oia is known for its breath-taking architecture, sweeping panoramic views, fiery sunsets and scrumptious local delicacies. The white-washed town is one of the top romantic spots on the island with blue domed churches and narrow walkways which perfectly complement its exotic coastline.
You can take a stroll with your partner or enjoy a romantic sunset from the edge of the town. You can also opt for Santorini villas near Oia with views of the Volcano of Palia, NeaKameni or Thirassia Island.
2: Imerovigli – The Balcony of Santorini
Situated on the Northern side of the island, Imerovigli has many structures built around the caldera. It is also known for its beautiful and fiery sunsets, hence the name ‘Balcony of Santorini.’ The town is filled with beautiful sites such as the Monastery of Saint Nikolaos, Skaros and Ai-Stratis where couples can spend a romantic day exploring Cycladic architecture.
3: Akrotiri – A Quiet Town with a View of the Caldera
Also known as the historical gem of Santorini, Akrotiri is one of the most romantic places on the island.
This is the perfect location to spend some quiet and peaceful time away from crowded tourist spots. As a couple, you can hike to the old fortress and enjoy the sunset with stunning views of the caldera. You can also enjoy a view of the caldera from the comfort and convenience of your luxury Santorini villa.
The red sand beach of Akrotiri is also sure to impress both you and your partner. You can explore the massive red cliffs and sand or simply plan a relaxing day at the beach with a picnic style lunch.
4: Perissa – Unique Black Sand Beach
Located approximately 13 km to the southeast of Fira, the seaside village of Perissa is counted among the top romantic destinations in Santorini. Its black sand beach is one of a kind which attracts people from all over the world.
You can stroll hand in hand on the black sand beach or walk down the narrow path to the ancient site of Thera. Perissa is also less crowded and much more affordable than many other tourist spots on Santorini. For a truly memorable experience, you can rent a villa close to Perissa so you and your partner can easily explore the beauty of this quaint little town.
5: Pyrgos – A Smaller Version of Oia
The charming village of Pyrgos is filled with beautiful whitewashed houses built on the hill. As a smaller and less crowded version of Oia, Pyrgos is the perfect destination for couples looking for a quiet place. The town is not only built around a 13th century Venetian Castle, but also has numerous attractions such as the Archangel Michael and churches like the Agia Theodosia.
As one of the most beautiful islands filled with stunning views, clear blue skies and majestic cliffs, Santorini is the perfect spot for a romantic vacation.