Romantic things to do in Santorini

Discover romantic spots in Santorini

Planning a couple’s getaway to Santorini? Make sure you include these romantic hotspots on your itinerary. This small Greek island is dripping in things to do for loved-up couples, all while you and your significant other are experiencing your own magic moments. Watch the sunset from the white-washed village Oia, head out for a gourmet dining experience onboard a luxury yacht or rent jet skis to a nearby island home to therapeutic hot springs. This idyllic island even boasts beaches named after Greek gods of love, so you know you’re in safe hands when it comes to sussing out the top romantic things to do in Santorini!

  1. Sunbathe the day away on Eros Beach
  2. Fall head over heels at Akrotiri Lighthouse
  3. Set sail on an evening yacht excursion
  4. Watch the sunset from Oia
  5. Take a table for two with a view
  6. Get hot under the collar at the Hot Springs

1. Sunbathe the day away on Eros Beach

Make Eros, the Greek god of sensual love, proud by paying a visit to Eros Beach. Located on the south coast of the island, this is a seriously romantic spot as it’s in a pretty secluded area, close to Vlychada Beach and backing onto the tall cliffs behind. You can both rest up on sunloungers below wooden-straw parasols, or you can otherwise worship the sun god, Helios, by working on your tan.

Vibe: Secluded beach spots.

While you’re there: There’s not much else around, so be prepared to walk until you reach the nearest village, or take your own transport!

2. Fall head over heels at Akrotiri Lighthouse

Whether you want to watch the sunset or simply soak up the old-world feel of Akrotiri Lighthouse, there’s no doubting that this is one of the most romantic things to do in Santorini. The old fortress is located on a hilltop and makes for a rewarding stroll, with impressive views across the island. Better yet, it’s a lesser-known spot for other visitors, so you can both really feel like it’s just the two of you in your own little world. Sound like bliss? Just wait until the sun starts to set and the place takes on an orange, shadowed hue.

Vibe: Remote hilltop destinations.

While you’re there: Follow the track back down and stop off for dinner along the way.

3. Set sail on an evening yacht excursion

Seeing as you’re on a beautiful island surrounded by the sea, why not consider booking onto a yacht excursion? Choose from motorboats and slick yachts for a first-class experience; options include gourmet lunches and sumptuous dinners. You and your partner can enjoy leaping off the side for a swim or snorkel – or just sit up top and admire the views of the glittering Aegean Sea, if you’d prefer. Booking onto an evening cruise is one of the most romantic things to do in Santorini; the boat anchors in the island’s most picturesque settings of Oia or Akrotiri, so whether it’s just the two of your on board or part of a smaller group, you can enjoy the best sunset views on the island without compromising the crowds.

Vibe: Sailing away from it all.

While you’re there: Remember to bring a light jacket for cooler evenings.

4. Watch the sunset from Oia

Santorini’s sunsets are unbeatable, and watching the sun go down from the most beautiful village on the island, Oia, is one of the best romantic experiences you and your partner could hope for. While looking at the different holiday packages to Santorini, ensure that Oia is added to your itinerary. It’s best to get here early, though; while away the late afternoon at one of the white-washed cafes or restaurants or walk down the narrow streets to take in this local village, before finding the best spot to welcome the evening in. This is something you’ll remember for years to come!

Vibe: Romantic sunsets.

While you’re there: Buy a memento souvenir from one of the shops around here.

5. Take a table for two with a view

Tuck into some of the most sumptuous food that Santorini has to offer with a candlelit table for two at a restaurant. Santorini’s best restaurants are sprinkled across the island and offer different charms; choose places overlooking the shimmering Aegean Sea, clink glasses in a quiet village or listen to the waves hit the shore from a beachfront restaurant. Once you’ve chosen your romantic setting, it’s time to order: sample Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and, if you’re feeling nice, let your partner try a taste or two.

Vibe: Dreamy dinners.

While you’re there: It’s worth booking a table in advance, particularly if you want a good view.

6. Get hot under the collar at the Hot Springs

Okay, so this option isn’t actually on the main Santorini island itself, but a quick boat ride will zip you across to Nea Kameni, a small volcanic island, where you can frolic about in the hot springs and feel its therapeutic benefits. You can turn it into a mud bath by scooping up the sediments and spreading over each other’s bodies, a bit like a practice-run for running your very own spa; but even if you don’t feel the benefits, the trip out and activity is worth it for the experience itself!

Vibe: Hidden therapeutic spots.

While you’re there: You can also reach the hot springs by jet ski.

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