Sun, shimmering seas and clear blue Greek skies. What more could you ask for on a romantic getaway? But with over 200 inhabited islands in Greece, how do you find the perfect one for you and your significant other? Whether you’re crazy in love, laid-back or a couple of adventure junkies, we’ve found the island that best suits your loved-up personality. It goes without saying that it’ll be a trip you won’t ever want to forget.
The Power Couple
Jay Z and Beyoncé. Kanye and Kim. Okay, so you may not have millions of Instagram followers or break the Internet at every opportunity, but you and your partner definitely cause huge waves in your little pond: You’re attractive, successful and like to be in the thick of things where you can see and be seen.
Your Greek Island: Mykonos (Cyclades)
Cosmopolitan Mykonos was made for you. With world-class restaurants and bars, crystal-clear waters and those quintessential whitewashed lanes of the Cycladic islands, Mykonos has the perfect luxe party vibe you’re after. Whether you stay in a boutique hotel or rent a villa, your days will include sipping cocktails in Little Venice and shopping at exclusive fashion boutiques in Chora. For sun worshipping, head to Psarrou beach for prime celebrity spotting (i.e., your kind of people), or go incognito at wild and wonderful Agios Sotiris.
The Crazy-in-Love Couple
It doesn’t matter if this is your first trip as a couple or your seventh, you still can’t keep your hands off each other. You’ve even held hands across a supermarket aisle, because letting go seems like such sweet sorrow. As travel partners, you’re happy as long as you are together.
Your Greek Island: Patmos (Dodecanese)
Think there’s no island that could possibly match the intensity of your feelings? Think again. Patmos is a bewitching spot filled with history and spirituality. This is where early religious scholars believe John the Apostle heard the word of God and wrote Revelation. No matter your religious denomination (or lack thereof), when you’re standing at the Grotto of the Apocalypse you’ll be in awe. Spend your days traversing the island to find secluded beaches, and in the evenings flit between the picturesque harbor town of Skala and the lovely main town of Hora. Patmos is abundant with dramatic views, but for all your romantic sunset needs we recommend watching from Hora’s Platia Lotza. Kissing: optional.
The Opposites-Attract Couple
One of you is a medal-collecting runner, while all the other one marathons are TV shows. She cheers for you on the sidelines and you break your protein diet to share a plate of fries she can’t finish on her own. Despite your differences, your relationship works beautifully. But where do you vacation when you want to do all the things and your partner wants to do none of the things?
Your Greek Island: Amorgos (Cyclades)
While the island itself is only 30 km from top to bottom, the highest peak reaches 800 km above sea level. This combination makes it an ideal vacation spot for the yin-yang couple. If sitting on a beach all day makes one of you antsy, Amorgos is awash with walking paths and underwater caves for diving (this is where The Big Blue was filmed, after all), and it has a huge rock-climbing scene. For your partner who wants nothing more than sea, sun and a Kindle packed with beach reads, Aegiali beach is perfect. In the evenings, taste some local delicacies and wash them down with “psimeni raki,” a hot aperitif with honey, cinnamon and cloves. It packs a punch.
The Totally Laid-Back Couple
You’re both effortlessly cool and don’t sweat the small stuff. You’re as happy to spend a Saturday night in a low-lit bar drinking cheap beer as you are hitting the road with no destination in mind. Just the two of you, your rucksacks and quite possibly a guitar.
Your Greek Island: Ikaria (North Aegean)
You may have heard of Ikaria on one of those news segments with a witty title like, “The Island Where People Forgot to Die,” featuring a journalist who visits the island to study the spry inhabitants like a modern-day Dian Fossey. Ikaria is notoriously laid-back and stress free. Most shops don’t even have regular operating hours; the proprietors will open when they feel like it. And as for your order at the taverna, well, all good things take time. Time indeed goes by slow as molasses in Ikaria, but thanks to its rugged landscape you’ll find plenty of opportunities to explore rivers and waterfalls and dive into cool blue waters.
The Adventurous Couple
If your love story were a Hollywood movie, it would be called When Lara Croft Met Jason Bourne. Because when someone says jump, your instinct is to say, “Sure. But what kind of jump are we talking about? Bungee? Off a mountain? Out of a plane?” Adrenaline is your spirit of choice, nature is your museum and love is your drug.
Your Greek Island: Samothraki (North Aegean)
Have you met Samothraki? Probably not. Situated in the northern Aegean Sea, Samothraki (or Samothrace) is a lush island off the beaten track. Offering the highest peak in the Aegean, the Saos mountain range is ideal for crossing gorges, trekking, mountain biking and paragliding. In the island’s pristine waters, you can go rafting, kayaking and diving. For some needed downtime, visit the village of Therma to enjoy the therapeutic thermal springs. In the evenings, you can either hit the bustling harbor town of Kamariotissa or visit the capital, Hora, for carbo-loading at a traditional taverna.
The Vino Couple
If wine be the food of love, pour on. Apologies for paraphrasing Shakespeare, but this is exactly what you and your beloved are doing. Your favorite activities include wine tastings, talking about the right type of glass for each varietal and pretending to snob the Beaujolais nouveau trend. So why not take that thirst for the grape on your travels too?
Your Greek Island: Santorini (Cyclades)
Yes, the volcanic island of Santorini may have a world-famous sunset. But it also has one of the oldest traditions in viticulture, going back more than 4,000 years. Most of the wine produced here is white from indigenous grape varieties like Assyrtiko, but lately an intense red called Mavrotragano (“black and crispy”) has started making waves. But, of course, the crown jewel of Santorini is Vinsanto: a sweet dessert wine aged in oak casks, with a documented history of over 1,000 years. Drinking and exploring your way through the island’s 13 wineries might just be the most ambitious vacation goal of your life.
The Cultured Couple
Not only do you two have a favorite opera, you actually have a favorite aria. You love discovering new cultures together, visiting galleries and museums. But you’re no snobs. Your appetite for art and culture is so varied, you’ve been known to return from a highly conceptual play rocking out to “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” on the subway.
Your Greek Island: Corfu (Ionian)
Magnificent Corfu stands replete with rugged mountains, azure shorelines and a rich multicultural heritage. After years spent under Italian, French and British rule, the island has a charming character that blends Renaissance, Baroque and Classical architecture. In fact, the Old Town of Corfu is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore palaces, fortresses and unexpected museums, like The Museum of Asian Art. Live music events are held throughout the year, and you’re sure to find something that sparks your fancy.