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Greece is a delightful blend of sun, sand, history and mythology. Add to this a wild party scene, friendly people and scrumptious food, and you have a holiday that’s pure, unadulterated fun, finds Panna Munyal

Whether you’re honeymooning in Greece, visiting with a group of like-minded friends, playing the intellectual in ancient libraries, or simply indulging your wild side, Island Country (read Greece), never disappoints.

For culture lovers, there’s the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens and the temples of various gods unique to each of the many islands, a few hours from the capital. Architecture enthusiasts will be bowled over by the neat white-and-blue houses and winding lanes of Mykonos and Santorini, while history-lovers can ooh and aah over the fortress-like medieval island township of Rhodes.

But come nightfall, your inner social butterfly will let loose because no one can do night life the way the Greeks can—plate throwing and all!  But if you, like me, plan to honeymoon in Greece, needless to say, it can be one of the best trips of your life!

SIGHTSEEING IN ATHENS

Travelling as light as possible is always recommended, but in Greece, this is a must because then you can island-hop on speed boats. For instance, my new (by which I mean recently wed) husband and I landed in Athens, which no matter who says otherwise, deserves at least four nights.

We then hopped to Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes for three nights each. In Athens (named after the goddess Athena), we stayed at the Hilton, which is rather centrally located and the bathrooms are large enough for two at a time (What? We were saving water!). We travelled in taxis only when we visited the distant Lycabettus Hill, on a romantic date to the most charming hilltop restaurant called St George’s. Otherwise, it’s Europe, so we held hands and walked. We also mastered the tube system—don’t worry, the language (complete with squiggles and symbols) grows on you.

Plaka is another must-visit in Athens. Spend the day doing the New Acropolis Museum (really worth it) and climb the towering fortress (wearing sturdy shoes, of course). When you descend from the other side, you will emerge at the heart of the most charming area in Athens—the old city of Plaka. This is basically two long cobbled streets of flea market-type shopping (ditch your flats for the famous and easy-on-the-pocket Greek wedges). We happened to be in Plaka over the weekend and there was loud, traditional Greek music playing from every store and restaurant, and we saw more than one ruddy-cheeked local break out into a spontaneous dance.The nightlife in Athens is very varied. We visited Baloox, a club that plays rocking English music (and they don’t judge you if you slow dance to Akon), as well as bars with live Greek bands, foot thumping music and very enthusiastic listeners.

PARTYING IN MYKONOS
We moved on to the party island of Mykonos, which comes alive at midnight and the dancing goes on till your body aches for breakfast. A few hours of rest and the beach will lure you with its clean white sand and sapphire-blue water.

We visited in September, which I think is one of the best months because the beaches are not milling with tourists, the sun’s not too hot and the water is just cold enough to excuse you clinging to each other. Take a ferry taxi to Super Paradise, a tiny island within Mykonos where come 5 PM, three women and two men take their clothes off and begin gyrating. The party ends at 10 pm but those five hours…heaven in a glass (and well, on a pole!). Nammos is a must-visit restaurant because each night locals gather to dance atop tables to English music in Greek style—very unique. Then there’s the city centre, identifiable by its windmills, quaint shops (half open all day, the other half all night) and sea side bars like Caprice and Veranda where we partied with what seemed like people from every country in the world.

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Panna Munyal is a bookworm, wine lover and globe trotter quite in that order, from arrival to departure. When she isn't writing for the Hindustan Times, Panna spends time terrorising creative writing students at the Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai.

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7 Comments

  1. Ankitak
    January 03, 09:03 Ankitak

    Wow! I’d love to honeymoon in Greece

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    January 27, 19:39 viec lam, tim viec, tuyen dung, tim viec lam

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    • Iberay
      March 13, 13:23 Iberay

      I just came back from Greece a couple of moths ago and i viestid Naxos and Amorgos island. i fell in love with both of them. Naxos is quiet but still has tons of English speaking tourists. We rented a car and drove around the whole island and the view was just breathtaking. There are many little historical sites on the island and we viestid a little town called Apollonis which has a great beach and great little cafes. When you arrive there by ferry there are tons of people standing around offering you to stay at their hotel and you can bargain with them and see who will give you the cheapest price. We stayed at a hotel called Hotel Panorama which was just beautiful and allows access to the roof from which you can look out at the endless Aegean. Amorgos is very quiet and tranquil and does not have many english speaking tourists or bars but if you are looking for a couple of days just for yourself I would highly recommend it. The locals there are so sweet. There is a beach that we drove to ( unfortunately i can’t remember the name) but it was the most amazing beach and one of the best experiences of my life. There were close to no people when we got there which made the experience that much more terrific. There were caves close by to which you can swim to and into it was an experience like no other. The ferry ride from pireus to naxos is 7 hours and from naxos to amorgos about 2 hours. Its quiet far but it was so worth it. I didn’t like Athens all that much to tell you the truth. It doesn’t compare to the islands whatsoever and I couldn’t wait to get away from it. Hope you have a fun vacation, Greece is definately one of the most amazing places in the world !

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  4. RULYBy
    November 08, 16:22 RULYBy

    Some genuinely fantastic info.

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  5. AckleySmith
    March 14, 07:58 AckleySmith

    Greece is awesome honeymoon destination with wonderful packages.

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  6. Bailey Jones
    June 15, 08:19 Bailey Jones

    Greece is one of the best destination to vist. Nice post.

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