Hi there, fellow honeymooners! 😉
As you already know, we grew up in a small, idyllic country in the heart of Europe – a country which blends perfectly in the spirit of the culturally rich and diverse Old continent. Therefore, to us, the entire continent feels like home. Over the years we’ve traveled to many different European cities and places and we’ve fallen even more in love with its unique charms. We love its history, its traditions, its old architecture and telling monuments. We love European art and romance. We love the food, the music, the people, the culture, the beautiful nature and colorful towns and cities. To us, Europe is magical and it definitely offers some of the best honeymoon destinations.
No matter what kind of honeymoon you are looking for, you can surely find it in Europe. This small continent offers something for everyone.
• Are you dreaming of a relaxing beach honeymoon? No problem! There are countless beautiful beaches in Europe. Not only will you enjoy the shimmering Mediterranean waters, you will also fall in love with the region’s unique spirit. You can visit one or more of the wonderful Greek islands, Spain, Italy, France or Monaco. If you are looking for a cheaper destination, that offers just as much beauty and variety, you should definitely consider Croatia. And if you prefer the comfort of a cruise ship vacation, there are lots of romantic cruise ships that offer an unforgettable Mediterranean experience.
• If you are an adventurous couple, Europe is the right place for you. The Alps are the perfect place to enjoy an active holiday. You can go skiing, mountain climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, zip-lining, kayaking, rafting, canyoning or hiking. How about exploring the mighty Norwegian fjords, the vast Scottish meadows, Icelandic hot springs, Sicilian volcanoes or witnessing the magical northern lights? If you are water sports enthusiasts, you can try surfing in Spain or Portugal, sailing along the Mediterranean coastline, diving or snorkeling. And if you are looking for a romantic adventure, you should consider hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey.
• Europe is without a doubt the number 1 destination for all the architecture, history and art lovers. You can visit some of the best museums in the world – Louvre in Paris, Prado in Madrid, the Hermitage museum in Sankt-Peterburg, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British museum or the Tate Modern art gallery in London, etc. Maybe you want to spend an evening at the opera in Vienna or see a Russian ballet performance in Moscow. You might also enjoy visiting some of Europe’s top historical sites, like the Stonehenge in England, the ruins of Pompeii, the Colosseum and Forum in Rome or the Parthenon in Athens. Or you can simply walk the old narrow streets and admire the fascinating architecture. And when you get tired of sightseeing you can go to a restaurant and enjoy the freakishly tasty local cuisine (especially if you’re in Italy, France, Spain, Greece or Switzerland, which are some of the best culinary destinations in the world).
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular destinations in Europe…
Italy has everything – rich history, tasty food (pizza, pasta, lasagna, wine, mmm) beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, and lovely medieval cities. Some say it’s the ultimate honeymoon destination and we could easily agree. Since the word ‘romance’ originates from the Latin term ‘Romanicus’, meaning ‘of the Roman style’, it’s no wonder that anything Italian is considered romantic.
Popular romantic destinations include the magical Tuscany – the land, which inspired so many artists, its historic capital – Florence, the peaceful Lake Como, Puglia, the fashion capital – Milano, Pisa, Rimini, Bologna, Genova, Naples, the colorful Amalfi coast, Verona – the home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the islands of Sardinia, Capri and Sicily, Italy’s beautiful capital – Rome, where you can see many ruins of the Roman Empire and thus understand its greatness, and of course the romantic city of Venice.
Ah, Spain! We love Spain. We love everything about it – the food (the wine, their famous ‘jamón’, Paella, tapas, olives…), the warm climate, the charming culture, the imposing architecture and art, the lively people, the melodious language and the passionate music (oh, the sound of the Spanish guitar) – and we’re not the only ones. Naturally, Spain is often considered to be one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
There are countless beautiful destinations in Spain… There is Barcelona with all of Gaudi’s surreal architectural creations, Seville – the passionate jewel of Andalusia and the home of flamenco, the amazing Granada, the medieval Toledo, the seductive Segovia, the coastal city of Valencia, Bilbao, Cordoba, Salamanca, Pamplona, many lovely islands, like Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Tenerife, Gran Canaria or Lanzarote and Spain’s wonderful capital – Madrid.
Only few other countries in the world offer as much history and tradition as the United Kingdom. And as the main historic monuments still stand, visiting the UK is like time traveling. Since the UK is actually a union of four countries (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) it also offers vast cultural variety.
The UK has many charms – from the ancient ruins of Stonehenge, to the picturesque terrains of Yorkshire and Cornwall, amazing national parks, like Lake district and Snowdonia, Scotland’s scenic Highlands, historic coastal towns in Wales, Ireland‘s beautiful castles and the UK’s most famous cities, like Liverpool, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge, Chester, Edinburgh, York, Bath, Windsor, Canterbury, Gloucester, and London – home of the royal family.
Like the UK, Austria can also be proud of its rich history. This central European country is known for its cultural heritage, several composers, who played major parts in the history of music, waltz, coffee, beautiful architecture, amazing museums, musical venues and the Alps.
Austria is probably the best destination for skiing enthusiasts. There are numerous idyllic ski resorts (e.g. Lech, St. Anton, Eben am Achensee, Hintertux Glacier, Zell am See, Flachau, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Schladming, Kitzbühel, Heiligenblut etc.), famous for their quality slopes and panoramic views. History lovers, on the other hand, should consider visiting some of Austria’s wonderful cities. The most popular city destinations include Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz, Hallstatt, Klagenfurt and the capital – Vienna.
Each and every destination on this list is very special and unique, but they are all very ‘European’. Russia is a bit different. Russian culture is a blend of Slavic, Byzantine and other European cultures and it was also strongly influenced by Finno-Ugric and Scandinavian tribes and the 20th-century Communist ideology. Therefore, Russia truly is a world of its own. The largest country in the world is famous for its rich history, ballet, exceptional architecture and great artists, especially writers and poets.
Here are some of the most popular destinations in Russia: Saint Petersburg – the most ‘European’ city in Russia, that attracts visitors with its remarkable architectural achievements, Vladivostok, Sochi, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, the Golden ring, the Trans-Siberian railway, lake Baikal, which is the largest freshwater lake in the world (by volume), Altai mountains, Kamchatka peninsula and the glorious capital – Moscow.
Everything about France is romantic – French people’s love-oriented nature, their sexy language, gourmet food, wonderful landscapes, fairytale castles, enchanting cities and a large variety of wine, champagne, cheese and delicious chocolate. It is not by chance, that France is often considered the best honeymoon destination.
If you’re going to France, make sure to visit Cote d’Azur, known also as the French Riviera (Nice, Saint-Tropez, and Cannes, maybe even Monte Carlo, Monaco, while you’re in the area). This undeniable piece of paradise will charm you with its deep blue waters, elegant architecture and the unique Mediterranean spirit. Other popular destinations include Provance and its legendary lavender fields, Loire valley with its countless castles, the Alps – for an adventurous getaway, Bordeaux, Champagne or Burgundy – for wine lovers, lovely cities, like Lyon, Strasbourg, and Marseille, and last but certainly not least, Paris – the city of love.
Having trouble deciding on a destination? Luckily, Europe’s small size makes it possible to visit more than one country in a relatively short period of time. Besides, a full-scale Euro trip is without a doubt an awesome honeymoon idea. 😉
4 thoughts on “Europe – a great honeymoon destination”
Great ideas! I know my wife and I would’ve loved to travel to Europe for our honeymoon, but we couldn’t afford to do that at the time. We will definitely be traveling to Europe at some point in our marriage.
I have found that many newlyweds run into the same problem that my wife and I had with not having enough money to travel to where they want on their honeymoon. Do you know of inexpensive ways to travel to Europe for honeymooners?
Hi, there, Weston!
Sorry, to hear that. We know that budget can be a problem. It all depends on where you’re from. Getting around once already in Europe is another question. Sometimes (it depends on the time of the year) you can get cheap plane tickets, but generally speaking, trains and buses would be the cheapest way.
My husband and I got married and are currently living in Europe. We decided to live in Europe for a year as our honeymoon and see as much as we could. One year has now turned into 18 months and will probably become 2 years in total. We lived in Italy for 6 months and are now in France. I couldn’t agree more about what you have said about both places. Italy really does have everything! Naples is my personal favorite.
You post has given me great new ideas for countries to visit – especially Slovenia (looks gorgeous) and if money (and VISAs) permits then I would love to go to Russia.
Would you say Spain is your favorite?
Hey, Amy! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. To chose our favorite European country is not that easy but Spain is definitely among the top ones along with Italy, Greece, and of course hour home country Slovenia, which you should most definitely visit. Stay in touch.