White-washed mountain towns, ancient architecture, island beaches they’re merely hints of Greece’s romantic draw. The destination is a treasure of wedding sites and honeymoon haunts, each more enchanting than the last. Santorini draws headlines for its A-list weddings. The volcanic island is surrounded by crystal clear waters and lined with red-, white- and black-sand beaches, enviable local seafood, and lodging from cozy guesthouses to luxury hotels. Vineyards, caves and boats are among the myriad wedding venues.
Medieval Rhodes of ers urban fi nesse, where the bright city lights guide couples to candlelit dinners. Gold-sand beaches beckon on the nearby Cycladic islands. Opt for a soiree in a taverna in Lindos, where white houses line the hills. Fly kites, ride the azure waves and go diving during your honeymoon. In Halkidiki, transparent waters meet lush forests on the shoreline. You’ll have quick access to quiet coves, mountain and hiking paths, and festivals. Greece’s largest island, Crete has a mix of draws: national parks, the White Mountains, wineries, Venetian mansions and historic churches.
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Stop at Rethymno, with a medieval chapel at water’s edge. Three dif erent empires reigned in Corfu at various times, infusing the island with rich culture. Its Old Town has a world-class mix of Classical, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Long walks through its winding cobblestone streets yield hidden alleys. The Peloponnese region is rich with romance. In Monemvasia, for instance, Byzantine churches, medieval castles, quiet beaches, upscale hotels and scenic balconies are apt wedding backdrops. Or head to Nafplio, home of a historic fortress and Venetian houses. Hike and sail during the day.