Hello! My new wife and I are currently planning our European honeymoon this summer from mid-June to early July. The highlight of our honeymoon is expected to be the 6-7 days we plan to spend in the Greek islands the last week of June (roughly June 25-July 1.. dates aren't fixed, but give or take a day). We plan to fly to Greece from Croatia (not sure which departure city yet, still figuring this out) and fly out of Greece to Copenhagen. We would prefer to skip Athens and fly directly to/from the islands, if possible. I have visited Athens previously.
An alternative would be to fly to Greece a week earlier from Barcelona (~June 18), and then visit Croatia after Greece, before continuing on to Copenhagen.
My wife is not very familiar with Greece, but is quite taken with the iconic photographs of Santorini. I have read here that Santorini is expensive and crowded with tourists, especially in the height of summer. At a minimum, I think we will still want to see the island on a day trip, an possibly spend a night or two. We would then look to spend the rest of our visit on another island that is less crowded, less pricey, and more romantic. We would love your advice. Any recommendations?
A little about us.. We are seeking a relaxing, romantic Greek isle getaway with natural beauty, nice beaches, options for nightlife and good restaurants. We aren't foodies, but would love to try some of the local seafood. I love hiking, and while my wife is enjoying the beach or lounging by the pool, I might look to check out some local scenic trails.
I read Janet's reply to another honeymooner recommending Paros. I have seen others suggest Naxos, and Matt at Greektravel seems to highly recommend Sifnos. I have no idea how these islands compare for what we are seeking. I am not very familiar with all the ferry routings, but gather that in summer we could fly directly into and out of Santorini and then catch ferries from there to nearby islands.
Please let us know your thoughts on which 1-2 islands to visit for our honeymoon, your tips on visiting the famous Santorini for a day or two, and any logistical suggestions you can offer (such as flying in/out from Barcelona vs. Croatia, flying in/out of Santorini vs. other options, and how to use the ferry system to our best advantage).
Thank you in advance for sharing your insight and wisdom. We truly appreciate it!