Greece is on everyone’s travel list regardless of where they live or what they’re looking for. The images of exotic Greece with the bright sun being reflected in its clear blue waters don’t leave any traveler unmoved. So even if you don’t have a lot of days to spend, planning a minimoon in Greece is worth your while.
As with everything in life, being prepared and organized will get you far when considering a minimoon in Greece. Here, you can learn all you need to plan your next trip to Greece properly. This way, you will get the most out of this sought-after destination.
Decide on your travel budget
It is much less romantic than the idea of traveling. Regardless, it is a necessary and practical thing to do to ensure a smooth trip. Decide on how much time you want to spend in Greece and start saving for the big day of departure.
With your budget in mind, you will possibly eliminate some of your options. For example, you may reconsider some destinations, accommodations, and activities you currently have on the table. On the one hand, this is a bummer. However, on the other hand, it will make your life a whole lot easier when planning your minimoon in Greece.
As a rule of thumb, the busiest and more popular the destination, the more expensive it is. So if you’re running on a small budget, for example, you might want to cross Mykonos out of your list from the get-go. There is nothing wrong with that; there is plenty of fish in the sea. And in this case, several destinations are much more affordable without being any less charming.
Figure out where you want to go
Deciding which region -or regions- of Greece to visit is much harder than it sounds. The country is abundant with striking landscapes and traditional villages you wouldn’t want to miss.
When deciding where to go, you should consider the type of vacation you want to experience. It would be best if you also thought about the time of year you plan on visiting.
If you’re thinking about enjoying an authentic Greek summer, the Greek islands are ideal. And if you want to give in to the hype, the islands of Paros, Naxos, Mykonos, Crete, and Santorini are perfect for you.
For a more offbeat experience, you want to consider the islands of Koufonisia, Milos, and Folegandros. But, of course, these are only some of the incredible Greek islands. There are so many more you can choose from, all of which will take your breath away.
If you want to go against the norm and visit Greece during winter, we highly suggest you opt for the Greek mainland instead of the islands. This is because, during winter, the Greek islands are empty, terribly windy, and generally not the greatest of hosts for your romantic minimoon.
Some of the most popular winter destinations in Greece are Nafplio, Ioannina, Meteora, Delphi, Arachova, Corinth, and Thessaloniki, the co-capital of Greece. However, more secluded destinations such as Monemvasia, Mani, Nemea, and Olympia are incredible alternatives for a more quiet minimoon.
It goes without saying that no matter when and why you visit Greece, you have to spend at least a couple of days in its capital, Athens. Take your time to marvel at the archaeological treasures that have made this city popular worldwide. Walk its scenic neighborhoods and admire the urban beauty the locals can’t stop waxing lyrical about.
Choose when you want to visit Greece
Check your schedule, ask for some days from your annual leave and decide when would be the best time for you to go on a minimoon to Greece. Thankfully, Greece is a magical destination all year round. However, we must say that the country is at its prime during late spring and early autumn.
During those times, you will enjoy a delightfully warm climate without dealing with the intense heat. Then, you will also be rid of the overwhelming tourist crowds that flood the country during the high-season months.
Nevertheless, if crowds don’t scare you but, on the contrary, invent you in, the best time to visit Greece is from mid-June to mid-August. Please keep in mind that the flight and accommodation prices are at their steepest in the middle of summer.
However, if budget is not one of your concerns, go ahead and book your minimoon during that busy period. One thing is for sure: you’ll have plenty of opportunities to mingle with the locals and make new friends.
Since winters in Greece are mild, you could always opt for a winter minimoon as well. You might not be able to enjoy the endless, sandy beaches and their incredible waters. However, you will enjoy luscious landscapes and villages that boast raw, traditional beauty. The kind of beauty you won’t be able to come across anywhere else in the world.
Book your flights
It is travelers’ most-known unwritten rule that when it comes to flights, the sooner you book them, the better. As soon as you pull the trigger and decide to plan a minimoon in Greece, you must book your flights. The prices of the flights get increasingly expensive as time passes by. Therefore, it can substantially damage your budget if neglected.
Keep your eyes peeled for offers and do thorough research before booking your flights online. The most popular sites we highly suggest for your booking are Skyscanner and Hopper. The latter predicts prices and helps you book your flights at the right time, which comes in extremely handy. Alternatively, you can contact a travel agency and have them do all the work for you. After all, stressing over a minimoon defeats its very purpose.
Pick your accommodation for your minimoon in Greece
After confirming your dates, start looking for accommodation. Again, there are many options, depending on your budget and what you are looking for. As a result, it is easy to get overwhelmed with choice.
You want to be looking for luxury Greek hotels that will provide you with a premium, relaxing stay. It is very convenient for your accommodation to be located at a central spot. It will allow you to be nearby the main sights of each region. However, if you want to isolate yourself from people and spend a few days staring at the eyes of your partner, you can. There are also excellent options for beautiful, secluded accommodation.
Thankfully, to help you make your trip to Greece a memorable and smooth experience, we have accumulated a long list of our top accommodation picks in each region of Greece you might want to reside in.
Search for activities at the destination
Once you have everything booked and ready to go, it is time to think of the activities you will want to engage with your partner on your destination. A good trip is full of new experiences and quality time. Consequently, it would be best if you didn’t neglect to book some fun things to do for couples ahead of your trip.
Depending on your preferences, search for restaurants, museums, sports activities, and local experiences you wouldn’t want to miss. Whether it’s a food tour, an archaeological tour, a Greek cooking class, a greek dancing lesson, or a wine-tasting experience, you are guaranteed a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll cherish forever.
Prepare all the documents you need
Always check what documents you need for your trip. Learn whether your health insurance covers you and whether you should get vaccinated beforehand. You must arrange all this as soon as possible because, unfortunately, these things take time to settle.
Here are the documents you need to visit Greece, whether you’re a European citizen or not.
Travel documents for EU citizens
If you are an EU citizen, you do not need to show your national identity card or passport when traveling between EU countries belonging to the Schengen border area.
Even if passports are not checked in the Schengen area, it is recommended that you always have a passport or identity card with you. This way, you can prove who you are, if required by the police when boarding a plane, etc. In addition, EU Schengen countries can lay down national rules that require you to have identification documents with you when you are in their territory.
Driving licenses, postal and bank cards, and tax cards, are not accepted as valid travel documents or proof of identity.
Travel documents for non-EU nationals
If you are a non-EU national and wish to visit or travel to an EU country, you will need a passport valid at least three months after the date on which you intend to leave the EU country you are visiting and has been issued within the last ten years, and possibly a visa.
You will need to apply for a visa from the consulate or embassy of the country you are visiting. If you have been granted a Schengen visa, you automatically have the right to travel to other Schengen countries. A valid residence permit issued by a Schengen country is equivalent to a visa. However, you may need a national visa to travel to countries other than Schengen.
EU border guards may ask you for additional documents, e.g., a letter of invitation, proof that you have accommodation, or a return ticket. Contact the local consular authorities of the relevant EU country for the exact requirements.
Travel documents for minors
In addition to their valid passport or identity card, every child traveling alone or with adults who are not his legal guardians or with only one parent may need an additional (official) document signed by the parents or the second parent or the legal guardian to be allowed to travel.
Unfortunately, there are no clear EU rules on this. Each EU country decides whether each child must have official permission from their parent (s) or guardian. Before the child leaves, find out the requirements that apply in the countries of departure and destination.
Ask the experts’ advice when planning a minimoon in Greece
Planning the trip of your dreams is one of the most stressful activities you can spend your energy on. First, you have to figure out everything without visiting the country before. This leaves room for a lot of guesswork and, ultimately, failure.
To avoid stressing out and ruining your few days of relaxation, you can leave all the decisions to the experts. Here, at Eros & Psyche, we have carefully designed Greece vacation packages that will help you visit and see the highlights of our country in the minimum time and with maximum comfort. Our all-inclusive packages leave nothing to be desired, as well as plenty of free time to tick off your bucket list everything you have planned at your own pace.
From guided tours across cult-classic sites, such as the Acropolis, to unique, romantic experiences such as sailing trips across a multitude of Greek islands, Eros & Psyche has your back. Eliminating the element of stress will upgrade your Greek experience by tenfolds.
Travel safety tips for your Greece trip
Safety comes first, always. For that reason, even when traveling -especially when traveling- you must be aware of a few tips and tricks that make your life easier, more enjoyable, and a lot safer.
- Do your research. You need to know which neighborhoods to explore and which ones to avoid.
- Scan all legal documents -including your id and driver’s license- and have them on your phone and on your email. If your bag gets stolen or left forgotten somewhere, you’ll be thanking yourself for being so wise.
- Give your friends and family all the details of your stay, including your flight details and the name of your accommodation.
- Buy travel insurance. There are affordable options and it might be a cliche, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Embarking on a minimoon to Greece will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. It will rekindle the spark between you and your better half in a magical Greek background full of magical beaches, striking greenery, and friendly locals. Short but sweet, your minimoon in Greece will exceed your expectations!
See our suggested Greece minimoon trips:
– Athens, Paros, and Santorini trip
– Athens, Nafplio and Hydra
– Naxos and Santorini minimoon trip
– Athens and Mykonos minimoon itinerary
– Athens & Santorini itinerary
– Milos and Folegandros itinerary