I’ve noticed that more and more of the couples we feature here on Love Sussex Weddings are choosing the beautiful Greek Island of Santorini as their honeymoon destination, so when Love Sussex Wedding’s feature writer Shelley and her very own groom-to-be jetted off there on holiday a couple of weeks ago I asked her to report back on what all the fuss is about! So here’s Shelley with some of her gorgeous holiday snaps and the inside scoop on this beautiful island as a hot honeymoon destination. . .
Over recent years, the picturesque Greek island of Santorini has become a buzzing honeymoon hotspot for newlyweds to relax and recuperate after the busy lead up to their wedding day.
Taking just over three and a half hours from Gatwick, Santorini brimming with it’s blue-domed buildings, traditional Greek tavernas and black sandy beaches, feels like landing in a different world. Offering both a post-wedding chill-out and also plenty of places to explore, it’s easy to see why so many honeymooners from across the world fall in love with this idyllic island.
Fira, also known as Thira, is Santorini’s stunning city. Set around a caldera from a volcanic eruption over 3,600 years ago, the sheer cliffs laden with winding cobbled streets and white-washed buildings are guaranteed to take your breath away. Take a donkey ride, cable car or walk down to the old port to see Fira’s iconic back drop at its best and then head for the highest point to witness the awe-inspiring sunset. Our tip: there’s nothing more romantic than having a meal as the sun sets on a perfect day, but restaurants can get busy. Make a booking at a taverna over-looking the bay for a truly memorable evening – most just take a 10 euro refundable deposit.
The city isn’t just about sight-seeing, oh no! For you stylish Sussex shoppers, Fira is a mecca for locally-made leather, lace and beauty products. It also boasts beautiful boutique shops, bars and a few classy clubs if you feel like having a post-wedding celebration boogie or two.
Must See Sunset
If you do nothing else, but relax in Santorini, make sure you visit the pretty northern village of Oia for the sunset. Windmills, old Greek orthodox churches and arty shops decorate this caldera hillside along with boutique hotels and rustic restaurants. While we visited amazing Oia, we also saw two weddings taking place over-looking the sea as the sun was setting, that although we’re loyal to our beloved Sussex, did make us swoon a little bit, OK we’ll admit it… It was gorgeous though!
Apart from lounging around luxury pools, chilling on the beach and visiting Fira and Oia, there are plenty of other places to visit. We also loved spending an afternoon supping local wines at the sophisticated Santo Winery, visiting the volcano and hot springs and getting lost in the narrow streets (designed to confuse pirates!) in Pyrgos.