Best Greek Islands for Couples

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

Greek islands are considered some of the most romantic destinations in the world, and it’s not just a coincidence that they are some of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations every year. When it comes to a memorable honeymoon, a special anniversary, or an incredible week in paradise with the one you love, Greece provides all the ingredients you need. If you are over 60 though, you should take a look on my recommendations for the Best Greek Islands for Older Couples. I have visited most of the Greece with my other half and I know for sure the best greek islands for couples.

The best greek island for couples is Santorini, with its mesmerizing sunsets, the incredible hotels overlooking the Aegean sea, and the unique wineries that can create one of the most romantic atmospheres in the world.


I believe there are certain things you might be looking for for a couples holiday and staying in awesome hotels, being close to beautiful beaches and romantic restaurants with stunning views while being able to do lots of things with your other half are probably some of the most important things.

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There are some greek islands that are better to be avoided, to be honest (yes, Mykonos is one of them unless partying and paying exorbitant prices anywhere is your thing as a couple), so keep reading in order to decide what’s the best for you. ❀️

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This is a restaurant on the island of Santorini. One of the most romantic places on earth.


Where is the best place in Greece for couples??

The best place in Greece for couples is the greek island Santorini but it’s not the only one as there are lots of other greek islands that are equally romantic although less well known or touristic. The island of Milos, Skiathos island, or the island of Skopelos (where Mamma Mia! movie was shot) is equally beautiful and romantic. Crete is always one of the top destinations in Greece and it’s great for couples who may want to explore a large and diverse island with amazing food. On the other hand, the smaller and less famous islands of Amorgos, Folegandros, Kythera or even the deserted group of the islands of Koufonisia can be great romantic gateways for those looking to be more adventurous. For those looking to differentiate, mainland Greece has some very romantic places such as Nafplio town, Mani area in Peloponnese, Parga, Mount Pelion or even Athens can be great for a couple visiting Greece.

Which is the prettiest and quietest Greek island??

The prettiest and quietest greek island is Paxos island in the Ionian sea, on the west side of Greece. But Koufonisia, Irakleia, Kasos, Symi, and Ithaca are all small quiet island paradises that are ideal for couples wanting to get off the grid.

Is Santorini or Mykonos better for couples?

Santorini is a million times better couples and there is no doubt about it. I DO NOT RECOMMEND VISITING MYKONOS AS A COUPLE!⚠️ Nowadays, Mykonos is a rich kids’ playground and an Instagram influencers’ paradise where everything is extremely expensive. You don’t get enough value for your money and although the island is beautiful the people visiting it don’t make is a good choice. If staying in a cave hotel in Greece is what you are looking for, I recommend you pick Santorini over Mykonos as it has so many more. Also, Santorini is a more diverse island with lots of different things for couples to do.

Is Mykonos good for couples ?

No, Mykonos is not good for couples as it is extremely expensive, everything feels so VIP and the whole island is focused on making celebrities and jet-set influencers happy with continuous partying 24’7 during the summer. There doesn’t seem to be much left for…regular humans. Don’t get me wrong: Mykonos is a very beautiful island with extremely beautiful beaches but I don’t believe it’s the romantic getaway you might be looking for. is the website with the most available rooms and Private Villas in Athens, Santorini , Mykonos & Crete (more than Airbnb!)

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So, without further ado let’s see the best greek islands for couples:

1. Santorini

santorini romantic view
Santorini has some of the most romantic restaurants in the world with exclusive views of the live volcano

Santorini island is without a doubt the most romantic Greek island and there are many good reasons for that. The island has unparalleled views of a live volcano and most of its hotels in Fira (the capital town) and Oia (the cutest town) have romantic balconies with stunning views. The same applies to some of the best restaurants on the island. Similarly, Santorini has numerous things to do for couples from wine tasting tours, prehistoric ruins sites, sunset cruises, cute bookshops, lovely beaches and it’s such a diverse island that won’t let you get bored. Santorini is the perfect greek island for couples, hands down.

READ ALSO: Best Hotels in Santorini

2. Crete

Chania town in Crete is one of the cutest towns in Greece

Crete is the largest greek island (the size of Hawaii’s big island!) and it’s an ideal island for couples who feel more adventurous. First of all, Crete probably has the best food in Greece with some of the best restaurants in the country. Secondly, Crete has some of the largest and most well-established hotels in Europe as it’s been a famous holidays destination since the 1800’s. Above all though, Crete has one of the cutest towns in Greece: Chania , which is ideal for endless walks and romantic dinners in picturesque alleys. Crete also has numerous activities and places to explore such as the famous Knossos archaeological site, the incredible Samaria gorge, and the massive sandy beaches.

READ ALSO: Best Hotels in Crete

3. Milos

Milos island is one of the quietest and most romantic islands in Greece with stunning beaches and crystal clear waters (this is Papafragkas beach)

Milos is a laid back island pretty close to Santorini with very limited tourism in general as it’s not as famous as the other islands. Milos island has one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes of all greek islands and it’s a relatively medium size island. Milos has fantastic beaches and turquoise sea waters but it’s not attracting that many tourists. That’s a good thing! Milos has one of the best cruises you can do to any greek island because it offers fabulous views to the impressive volcanic landscape that is surrounding the island. In fact, us Greeks call Milos a “lover’s island” and we pretty much keep this secret locally. πŸ˜‰

READ ALSO: Best Hotels in Milos

4. Naxos

plaka beach naxos
For couples, Naxos, with its vast sand beaches and peaceful atmosphere, is a fantastic choice.

Naxos is one of the biggest greek islands and in my opinion it is perfect for couples. Naxos boasts some of the nicest beaches in Greece, with beautiful sand and shallow waters that are usually warm and inviting. Naxos overall ticks all the boxes and it’s also a foodie’s paradise.

READ ALSO: Best Hotels in Naxos

5. Paros

Paros island is ideal for couples as it has unique beaches and picturesque villages and towns

The island of Paros is part of the Cyclades group of islands, and it is one of the most popular Greek destinations for couples for a variety of reasons. Paros is a diversified island with several different and unique sandy beaches as well as some of Greece’s greatest restaurants and tavernas. It is an island that many Greeks also prefer, which tells a lot about the island.

READ ALSO: Best Hotels in Paros

6. Skiathos

koukounaries beach skiathos
Skiathos is a couples paradise (this is Koukounaries beach)

Skiathos is a Greek island located on the northern part of the Cyclades islands group, with many direct flights available during the summer months from outside of Greece (high season). Skiathos, in my opinion, is the ideal size for a couple’s vacation, with a serene ambience and a generally relaxing atmosphere.

READ ALSO: Best Hotels in Skiathos

7. Corfu

Corfu town has a Venice feeling with a very cute atmosphere

Corfu is in the west side of Greece in the Ionian islands between Greece and Italy. There are tens of direct flights to chose from all major european cities during the summer (May to October usually) and it’s an island known for its green landscape and its quiet beaches. Corfu town is a lovely town with venetian architecture with lots of options for food and entertainment after a long day at the beach.

READ ALSO: Best Hotels in Corfu

8. Amorgos

Amorgos is a very quiet and different island with a wild beauty

READ ALSO: Best Hotels in Amorgos

9. Folegandros

10. Koufonisia

11. Skopelos

This is the famous Mamma Mia Chapel in Skopelos where the wedding was literally shot


So, these are the best greek islands for couples. I honestly think that you will have an amazing time with your other half on any greek island. If you are looking for the most famous romantic destination in the world then…go to Santorini. if you want a more romantic and relaxing atmosphere go to Crete, Skiathos or definitely Milos. My personal favourite is Milos as it’s a very calm island with lots of things to do and as always…amazing food!

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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section under the post you are interested in and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

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