Greece is a dream destination for couples looking to explore a country offering magical scenery, amazing outdoor activities, as well as magnificent archaeological sites, cultural attractions and gastronomical delights- making it the ultimate travel experience with a partner.
Local lovebirds George and Julie from Ioannina in Northern Greece, who are the creators of the website travellers.gr, explore Greece all year round and share their wonderful adventures together on their popular blog.
The Travellers recently spoke with IN+SIGHTS GREECE about the places they believe other twosomes from around the world would also appreciate and admire!
What makes Greece a great place for couples to visit?
Greece is a paradise for every traveller and that’s not an exaggeration. For nature lovers, there are endless mountains, forests and rivers with incredible beauty. For those who love the sea and the Greek summer, Greece has about 6000 islands and picturesque spots. What definitely makes Greece a unique destination compared to other countries is the hospitality and simplicity of the locals, but also of course the unique traditions and history of each place.
Santorini is known as the most romantic Greek island. What other islands do you think are ideal for couples?
There’s no denying Santorini is a standout and no one leaves from there untouched. But our favourite islands apart from Santorini are Nisyros, Leipsoi, Koufonisia, Serifos and Alonissos.
Where do you love to go in in Autumn & Winter?
Greece is a unique destination all year round and in Autumn, the destinations we enjoy are mountainous ones that bring us closer to nature. Near Ioannina, where we live, is Zagorochoria which has around 52 villages and each has something unique to offer, with a range of mountains, rivers, forests and stone bridges. In winter we definitely like snow and we climb to another altitude. From ski resorts to traditional settlements in the mountains, our favourite destinations are Paleos, Agios Athanasios in Pella, and Kastoria.
What are some of your favourite road trips?
Road trips are our favourite type of travel in Greece and abroad and there are four that we have singled out. For Summer: 1. Peloponnese (Patra-Kalavrita-Nafplio-Monemvasia-Gythio). 2. Central Greece (Karpenisi-Nafpaktos-Galaxidi-Arachova) For Winter: 1. Macedonia (Kastoria-Prespes-Paleos Agios Athanasios-Loutra Pozar-Kavala) 2. Thessaly (Meteora-Trikala-Pertouli-Elati-Lake Plastira).
Where in Greece have you not been yet that you want to explore next?
We would definitely like to visit several places in the Peloponnese and with so many islands to see, the next on our bucket list are: Skyros, Milos and Folegandros.
Some great activities for couples when visiting Greece?
The ones we recommend are horseback riding at the river Acheron, rafting on the river Voidomatis in Zagorochoria, hippodrome at Lake Plastira, mountain climbing at Mount Olympus, paragliding in Lefkada and scuba diving in Kefalonia.
Greek dishes/delicacies that you recommend?
If you come to Greece for the first time, you should definitely try moussakas, traditional Epirus pies, traditional Greek salad, spetsofai (Greek sausage and peppers), tzatziki, gemista (stuffed vegetables), spoon sweets, and of course souvlaki.
Any tips for couples planning a trip to Greece?
The only advice we have, which of course applies to every holiday, is to be in a good mood, have an appetite for new adventures and savour every moment!
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