The Best Seasons to Get Hitched in Santorini
The beautiful island of Santorini is a veritable jewel in the land of Greece. Devastation by volcanic eruptions centuries earlier has done nothing to detract from the beauty of the place; but rather has given the island a rugged charm and mysticism that draws people from all over the world every year to see, taste and feel. Santorini is actually a group of islands in the Cyclades that include other islands like Thera, Thirassia, and Nea Kameni. With its famous, ethereal sunsets that can be seen from Oia, the black pebble beach in Kamari, wineries, ancient architecture, and restaurants where freshly-caught fish is beautifully cooked and served, Santorini is the ultimate holiday destination.
One can get to Santorini via direct flights from Athens to Fira, the capital of Santorini; or via ferry rides on the sea, a trip that may take a little over four hours that may pass by very quickly as one takes in the wonderful views of the indigo blue Aegean Sea and the islands. Cruise ships provide the best sailing experience for visitors to Santorini, and they may even stay in Skala Pier, a port that hasn’t seemed to change in 50 years. Fira is perched on a cliff top, which people can get to in cable cars, or on donkeys, or, if one is very fit, they can hike up to the cliff. There are taxis and buses that take visitors around the islands, and rentals are also available. In some parts of Santorini, like from Fira to Oia, Perissa to Kamari, or along the caldera, it is preferable to move around by foot, while one can also ride bicycles and ATVs.
Santorini is home to a number of hotels, villas, spas, resorts, restaurants, taverns, churches, and beautifully preserved architecture that give visitors a wonderful time as they stay in Santorini. Accommodation is available at varying price ranges, so everyone’s budget can fit in with a stay in Santorini. Santorini is also the best location for destination weddings and honeymoons, and is probably most notable for them after the sunsets and hospitality.
Santorini has consistently won the prize for the best wedding destination for at least four years in a row. In Santorini, couples can get married in a hotel, on a beach, or even inside a cave: any location on Santorini provides a beautiful landscape for an intimate ceremony. The best seasons to get married in Santorini are usually the periods when there is a lot less tourist activity, but the weather is still great. This ideal period for weddings in Santorini is between May and September, which is typically fall season. By September – October, tourism has slowed down, but hotels, resorts and restaurants are still open to cater to guests and customers.
Once all the legal requirements of getting married in Greece are taken care of, one can get married literally anywhere in Santorini. There are wedding planners to help with the preparations, and locations abound for where couples can get married. Local restaurants and taverns can take care of the catering, and the divine weather and backdrop of the caldera and the sea just create the perfect scene for a magical wedding event. What is more, Santorini also the perfect honeymoon getaway, so couples do not have to go anywhere after tying the knot
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