It’s no secret that Greece is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, “earlymoon” or romantic retreat, this Mediterranean jewel has a lot to offer — including amazing Airbnbs. From the famed black-sand beaches of Santorini to the historical sites of Athens, Greece abounds with beauty, idyllic charm, and exotic villas to call your own.
And while it’s gorgeous all year round, the summer is particularly popular among travelers. July through September offers sunshine and soaring temperatures—upwards of 90 degrees. But then again, autumn brings wine and olive harvests. Winter is ideal for those seeking a more local experience (sans tourists). And spring is optimal for a peaceful getaway before the crowds take over. Simply put: There’s no bad time to visit.
Wondering where to stay? While there’s no shortage of beautiful boutique hotels (hello Grace Santorini), that’s not your only option. Renting an entire home is basically like having your own private oasis. And now thanks to Airbnb, there have never been more options. We narrowed it down to 12 of the dreamiest properties you’ll definitely want to to consider for your next Grecian getaway.
Carved into the cliffs of Olia, this 250-year-old cave house was tailor-made, err renovated, for a couple. The open-plan interior is equipped with a built-in king size bed and in-ground pool. Outside, the veranda offers breathtaking views of the volcano and Thirassia Island.
Akrolithos Villa impresses with its traditional Pelion-style stone construction, immaculately manicured gardens and majestic Pagasetic gulf vistas. And, of course, like any true honeymoon haven, there’s also an infinity pool and jacuzzi.
Perched atop the hill of Agioi pantes, Villa Estia is a shining example of modern design with its clean lines and predominantly white color palette. The outdoor space centers around a sea-view terrace with a pool, sunbeds, and a shaded pergola lounge and dining area with BBQ grill.
Located in Souda Bay Chania, Arcolios Epavlis is an inviting, industrial-style Cretan villa with an outdoor BBQ, wood oven, pool and sleeping quarters for eight. So if you’re planning a buddymoon, this is the listing for you.
Set in the coastal village of Kamari, in southeastern Santorini, Kalipso House is complete with a sun-drenched private balcony with loungers and a hammock. Plus, it’s just a short stroll away from the black sand beach and sparkling Aegean sea.
Want to stay smack dab in the middle of it all? This contemporary penthouse boasts a prime location in the historic center of Athens, state-of-the-art amenities and a spacious, private terrace with panoramic views of the Parthenon and Acropolis.
Looking for a relaxing respite away from the hoards of tourists? Muthee Villa delivers unparalleled privacy and serenity—courtesy of the verdant gardens that surround the property. Added bonus: A jacuzzi and fireplace for cozying up when the weather cools down.
Fans of contemporary architecture will love the sleek, minimal esthetic of Villa Algeos. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the terrace. With its endless horizons, infinity pool and pergola-shaded dining area, it’s the perfect place to sip Assyrtiko and watch the sunset over Barbati beach.
Nestled in the bucolic village of Koskinou, Sea Salt, which dates back to 1906, still maintains its original charm—stone walls, carved wooden doors and mosaic pebble floors. On the rooftop, a pergola provides a reprieve from the scorching sun. And if you really need to cool down, there’s even an outdoor shower.
This magical Mykonian-style villa flaunts crisp white stucco, Mediterranean-inspired decor—a tile kitchen backsplash, woven rugs and relics—and a spacious outdoor patio overlooking Super Paradise beach.
Villa Marvi is constructed with characteristically Cretan materials—natural stone, wood and earth. The picturesque property also includes sprawling gardens and olive groves. And thanks to Crete’s mild climate and extended growing season, you can enjoy fresh olives through March.
This Santorini treasure is outfitted with two master bedrooms—both with cave-style ensuite bathrooms—and a spacious outdoor area with infinity pool. But the most unique aspect is that the villa is actually connected to the Grand View Hotel, which allows for access to room service and the daily buffet breakfast.