Best Greek Islands for Couples

Best Greek Islands for Couples

The Greek islands have always had an alluring appeal for couples. And who can blame them? From their glittering turquoise waters and charming cliffside villages to their fascinating history and heavenly cuisine, the Greek islands are sure to seduce. Each isle has its own pull and distinct character, and with so many to choose from – between 166 and 227 are believed to be inhabited – you’re truly spoilt for choice. It’s time to fall in love (again) with our roundup of the best Greek islands for couples…

1. Kythira
2. Santorini
3. Folegandros
4. Crete
5. Milos
6. Hydra



It’s only fitting to kick off with Kythira, the birthplace of Aphrodite, on our list of the best Greek islands for couples. An island associated with the Greek goddess of love and beauty can only embody these things, right? Lying opposite the Mani Peninsula at the southeastern tip of the Peloponnese, Kythira is blessed with rugged natural beauty and enticing crystal-clear waters. It’s best suited for couples seeking a slower pace of life, hungry for a slice of its picturesque vistas, mystical villages and historic sites (the Venetian castle is a must-see). Enjoying far fewer crowds than neighbouring islands – thanks to its hard-to-get-to location – and boasting over 18 miles of ancient hiking trails, you’ll discover abandoned villages, secluded coves and tiny chapels on your trip.


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A honeymoon favourite, Santorini is synonymous with romance. And rightly so. Part of the charming Cyclades islands, Santorini is famous for its dramatic volcanic geology and whitewashed blue-domed buildings perched on cliffsides. Aside from getting lost in its labyrinthine village streets, make sure to visit one of the island’s vineyards for a spot of wine tasting in an oh-so-romantic setting. Come sunset, watch as the Cycladic houses take on a peach hue in the golden light. A place where infinity plunge pools are plentiful, and accommodation is luxurious, Santorini is not everyone’s cup of tea. But for some couples, it’s the perfect brew. To avoid the hordes of tourists, travel to Santorini during its off-season and stay in quieter villages such as Firostefani.



In search of authentic Cycladic charm minus the crowds? Look no further than the little island of Folegandros. One of the best Greek islands for couples, Folegandros combines wild, rugged beauty with historical intrigue. After a day exploring the island’s hiking trails, toast to your coupledom in the cobbled squares of medieval Kastro before taking a dip in the azure Aegean (don’t miss Katergo and Agali beaches). Marvel at the glistening sugar-cubed buildings in Hora on your climb up the zigzag path to the Church of Panagia, set upon a hilltop jutting into the sky, and feast on local delicacies like kalasounes (strained cheese pies) and matsata (handmade pasta). Trust us, you’ll settle into the relaxed rhythm of island life in no time.


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The largest of all the islands, Crete is one of the best Greek islands for couples looking to combine beautiful sandy beaches and ancient wonders. It’s safe to say there’s no shortage of things to do on this idyllic isle. Take a romantic stroll down the alleyways of Chania Old Town, lounge on the pink sands of Elafonisi Beach and hike the Samaria Gorge. If you’re seeking tranquillity and seclusion, head to the southern region of Crete for wild beauty and authentic Cretan culture, where unspoilt villages and hidden beaches pepper the coastline. Visit the remote village of Loutro (which is only reachable by boat) for a postcard-worthy harbour lined with traditional tavernas overlooking the sparkling waters. Thanks to its southerly position in the Aegean Sea, enjoying 300 days of sunshine a year, Crete is a perfect destination for any time of year.



The third Cycladic island making it onto our list of the best Greek islands for couples is Milos, which certainly wins the award for the most dramatic beaches (thanks to its volcanic geology). From the craggy rock formations of Papafragas and Tsigrado beaches to the otherworldly chalk-white rocks of Sarakiniko Bay, Milos’ landscape is unlike any other Greek island’s. And when it comes to mythical romance, Milos gives Kythira a run for its money. As the discovery site of the Venus de Milo statue, the legacy of Aphrodite’s statue (which is now housed in the Louvre Museum) is plain to see in Milos; the Goddess’ beauty has blessed every corner of this isle. Dotted with quaint whitewashed villages, Milos is known for its colourful sirmata (boat garages) which you’ll find strung along the water in Klimos and Firopotamos. Indulge in some Milos-made manouri saganaki (fried cheese) while you both sip on a chilled glass of local wine in the company of a rom-com-worthy sunset.



Heavenly Hydra, part of the Saronic Islands and located close to the mainland, is the perfect destination for a bohemian escape. Only accessible by sea, you needn’t worry about incessant car horns puncturing the otherwise tranquil atmosphere: Hydra is vehicle-free. And if you’re in need of a lift? Horses, donkeys and mules are on hand to ferry you around the island. Stay in Hydra Town to explore a picturesque port where time has stood still, or venture to nearby Vlychos for a slice of quiet village life and a pebble-strewn beach. An island which has inspired countless creatives over the years, and includes Leonard Cohen and Sophia Loren as former residents, Hydra casts an enchanting spell upon visitors (meaning they never want to leave…).


Written by Hannah Whitehall | Header image by Olivier Romano