Getting Engaged? Two Top Spots For A Proposal in Santorini, Greece
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I found it fitting to give my top pick for the most romantic spot to propose.
I spent two weeks in Santorini scowering the landscape for special spots and magical views of the volcano. There are a multitude of choices when it comes to beautiful views, but none captured my attention more than the two I am about to tell you about. If you are looking for that magical setting in one of the world’s leading locations for romance to pop the question, these may be the spots for you.
The first is sweet, hidden and nearly unknown to the locals. I asked around and I couldn’t find one local that knew about this spot.
There is a heart carved naturally into the side of the caldera giving you a unique view of the volcano. Only steps away from this natural love carving you will find the chapel of Agios Nikolaos built carefully into the side of the caldera. You will find it in the Megalochlori area of Santorini tucked deep away far from prying eyes and tourist directories.
The second spot is as uniquely special and more of an effort to get to. There is a church located on top of the highest point along the caldera. You will have to hike to it and it is an uphill climb, but well worth the effort. It is about a 25 -30 minute walk along the caldera from Oia. Time your journey to arrive about 30 minutes before sundown to allow enough time to sit and savor the beauty you will witness. There is an energy at the top and magic felt in this special spot that will have you amazed there could be this much peace and beauty in one place. It is my top pick for the best sunset view on the island.
Both of these locations are worthy of any proposal and will be sure to deliver a memorable moment. Timing either to happen at sunset will make certain a ‘Yes’ is in your future.
How to get to the heart carving and the chapel of Agios Nikolaos from Fira:
-Take the main road out of the center of Fira towards the South (you will pass the post office and Hotel Daedalus on the left)
-Follow straight along the edge of the caldera
-Follow the fork to the right with signs to Pyrgo, Perissa, Port and Akrotiri
-Pass the Santo Winery
-Continue to follow the road to the right
-Look for Artemis Suites Caldera on the right
-Turn right into their driveway
– Follow the road to the right through the chicken, goat and donkey field (sometimes they’re there and sometimes they’re not)
-Park along the edge of the caldera
-Follow the foot path on your left until you come to a set of stairs
-Follow the stairs down and you will see the heart to your right and the bell tower of the chapel down the path on your left
-Take a breath, enjoy the moment, savor the view and propose…..Congratulations! How could a girl say ‘No’?
How to get to the church……
-Begin walking along the caldera in the town of Oia headed South
-Veer right when you come to the Perivolas Market and Deli
-Contiue along the caldera until the stone road ends in the parking lot of what looks like an industrial building
-Continue on through the parking lot and pick up the stone and gravel foot path along the caldera
-Follow the foot path up the side of the hill until you come to a church (don’t get this church confused with the one you are looking for…..this is not the spot)
-Pass the church and continue up the hill all the way to the highest point
-You will see the small church at the very top…..this is the spot! (Bring a flashlight in the event you decide to stay past sundown. The walk down the hill back to Oia can get dark)
**If you decide to use either of these spots for a proposal, please tell me your stories. We all love to hear a tale of romance now and then**
- Greece me up, Santorini (rebeccathered.wordpress.com)
- How to have a Santorini sunset wedding (bridalwave.tv)
- Ten Things You Must Do in Santorini (mysatelite.wordpress.com)
- Santorini- The Supermodel Of the Greek Islands (chrissytravels.com)