Many couples from different parts of the world associate the wonderfully diverse continent of Europe when thinking about honeymoon destinations. The old world charm and beautiful scenery will always make for a romantic time, whether you are a newlywed couple or looking to rekindle the fiery passion in your marriage.
There are plenty of reasons why you should head over to Europe for your honeymoon, and these top destinations will prove to you why a European honeymoon is one of the most romantic holidays ever.
Famous all over the world for the film festival annually held in this corner of France, Cannes was once (unbelievably) a sleepy fishing village. These days, Cannes is a luxury seaside resort considered by many people as one of the best destinations in Europe. Aside from the fabulous beaches and the pleasant weather, you can also enjoy the many charms of Cannes, including the Old Town, which is filed with lovely restaurants and boasts of the ruins of a castle where you can experience a gorgeous panorama of the area; the Marché Forville, also perfect for those in love with the delightful cuisine of the region; the Palais des Festivals; the romantic port area and the La Croisette, a promenade where you can take romantic seaside walks; and the gorgeous Iles de Lérins.
A gorgeous island part of the Cyclades group, Santorini is another unforgettable romantic destination you should definitely consider for your honeymoon. Santorini is nestled between the islands of Anafi and Ios, and has won the hearts of many romantics, thanks to its stunning sunsets and breathtaking views. There are a good number of great beaches in Santorini, with the most popular including Perissa and the black-pebbled Kamari. Tourist season typically hits it peak around April, but December to March allows visitors some quiet time by the beach. Make sure to explore Thirassia, Faros, Red Beach, White Beach, and Amoudi to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand.
The Portuguese capital is definitely one of the most romantic destinations in Europe, with its gorgeous old world city and ocean views. Prepared to be enchanted with the centuries-old limestone structures, narrow streets, and a laidback charm that you would not easily find anywhere else. Like Rome, Lisbon is built on seven hills, with plenty of slopes and narrow streets. Do not miss out on Cristo Rei, the Gloria and Bica Funiculars, the Castelo de Sao Jorge, the Ponte 25 de Abril, and the historic Aquedeto das Aguas Livres.
Reykjavik, he capital of Iceland is also its largest city, is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in Europe, even among adventurers and backpackers. Honeymooners will definitely enjoy this small city, with its charming buildings and houses that seemed to be lifted straight out of a storybook. The heart of the city is considerably small, especially when compared to Reykjavik’s sprawling suburbs. The Old Town of the city is very easy to explore, and you could spend hours walking among the brightly-colored houses with their corrugated metal sides. Also, make sure to hang out in Tjornin for a laidback afternoon by the lake, and check out Vioey, the Reykjavik Botanical Gardens, the Grotta, a small island at the western end of the city, and Fossvogur Valley.
Located in the Southern part of Croatia, Dalmatia has three traditional subregions, inamely: Northern Dalmatia, Central Dalmatia, and Southern Dalmatia. This Croatian region is not one of the most popular destinations, but you would definitely enjoy exploring its many charming villages and cities. Make sure to experience the Pljesac Peninsula, the Korcula Island, and the Dalmatia Dubrovnikregion for an unforgettable romantic getaway in Croatia. This part of the country is also great for couples who want to engage in some outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking, and taking photo tours of the lush countryside.
Found in the southernmost tip of boot-shaped Italy, Sicily is a ruggedly beautiful region that romantics will definitely enjoy. The summers are very hot, so it would be ideal to visit Sicily during the spring or the autumn. When in Sicily, do not miss out on trekking on the numerous nature reserves and parks in the region—exploring the Etna Volcano, the Madonie Mountains, and the Nebrodi Mountains are highly recommended Popular attractions also include the Salt Flats of Trapani, the town of San Vito Lo Capo, the ancient walled city of Erice, and the Zingaro Reserve on the region’s western coast.
Venice is undeniably one of the loveliest places in Europe, if not the world. This magnificent city has been popular for centuries; a popularity that has not waned in the slightest even in this modern day and age. Venice is not exactly a huge city, but what it lacks in space it definitely makes up in beauty. There is nothing more romantic than taking a leisurely ride along the canals while a charming gondolier serenades you. Plus, you can always feel like you are a happier version of Romeo and Juliet strolling around the many Renaissance-era buildings in the city.
Paris has been given the moniker “the most romantic city in the world,” a nickname that it has rightfully earned. A large part of the City of Light has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the rest of the city is no less magnificent. When in Paris, do not forget to visit the love-lock bridges of Pont des Arts, Pont de L’Archeveche, and the Passerelle Leopold-Sedar-Senghor, where you can leave a padlock with your names written on it, and throw the key into the river. Other notable romantic attractions include the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Opera Garnier, the Sacre Cour, and the Chateau de Versailles
The Scottish capital is located in the country’s Central Belt Region, and boasts of a beautiful combination of the past and the present. Medieval palaces can be found near modern buildings, making for an unforgettable cityscape that is definitely romantic. When in Edinburgh, make sure to vist the Holyrood Palace, the Old and New Towns, the banks of Leith, Calton Hill, and the Grassmarket Area.
Surrounded by the warm waters of the Mediterranean and the country of France, Monaco has long been associated with the serenely beautiful Princess Grace, an American actress who married a real-life Prince Charming. But this tiny city-state is more than just its monarchy; there are also plenty of things to see and do when honeymooning in this wonderful destination. Do not miss out on Monaco-Ville, the Palais Princier, the Monaco Cathedral, and the Jardin Exotique.