Located in southeastern Europe, the Balkans are a region that not all honeymooners might consider. However, this magnificent peninsula offers such stunning beauty that it will leave you speechless.
Nestled between seas, the honeymoon secret of the Balkans is already out in Europe, as the beauty and affordability of this rich region have already established it as one of the top European honeymoon destinations. The Balkans are rich with untamed nature, serene mountains, top-notch resorts, and of course, sensational beaches. This post will reveal some of the best places to plan your ultimate romantic getaway in Europe.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
It can be really hard to pinpoint one specific country for your honeymoon, but if you cannot explore the whole Balkan peninsula, then we recommend exploring the magical Slovenian lake known as Bled. This scenic lake exudes a magical vibe, with a petite island located in the central part of the lake which hosts a charming church…the site creates a perfect fairytale scene to commemorate your love.
One legend says that you would have good luck throughout your marriage if the groom carries the bride up the steps to ring the church bell together, so you might as well give it a try. You can even rent a boat, row your way up to the island and have a romantic picnic. As for places to stay, Lake Bled offers accommodations for every budget and level of luxury.
Many people believe that the historic marine city of Rovinj is the most romantic city in the Balkans. This quaint town has it all, from mesmerizing sandy beaches with crystal clear turquoise waters, to narrow streets and ancient squares dating centuries ago. The medieval setting make long, romantic evening walks feel like you’ve been whisked you away to a quiet place in the distant, ever-romantic pasy. Delve into the delights of the old cobbled road to Grisia Street, or the church of St. Euphemia. Honeymooners will absolutely adore Rovinj’s artistic atmosphere, its beach bars, water cruises, and day trips to other captivating coastal Croatian cities.
Couples looking to spend more intimate alone time on their honeymoon should head out to Bulgaria's northeastern coast, namely to Kavarna. The thing that makes Kavarna stand out from other coastal cities in the Balkans is its lush greenery and cliffs surrounding the Black Sea coast. What's more, visitors can find some of the world’s best golf courses if they fancy doing a little bit of sport, or take advantage of the region’s wildness and go for a romantic hike. To top that all up, Kavarna offers delicious local cuisine for foodies, impressive historical heritage sites, and exceptional cultural programs for history buffs.
This mesmerizing Greek gem is a true Mother Nature's wonder. Even though it is not located in the Balkan peninsula, it is nearby, floating in the Aegean Sea. Santorini is a tiny volcanic island with an idyllic desert climate, which means that it enjoys superbly warm weather throughout the year. Honeymooners have an abundance of things to do here. Choose from an action-packed honeymoon, or just relax and enjoy the fresh sea air lying on the beach and swimming in the gorgeous Aegean. Let's not forget that the island’s iconic white and blue-painted architecture make this beautiful island a real Instagram-worthy spot. Enjoy in fine dining, exquisite wine tasting tours, walk along old streets in the island’s authentic villages, or just chill out on the beach.
Not many Montenegrin cities are as picturesque and dazzling as Kotor. This coastal city overlooking at the majestic Adriatic is a must-see honeymoon place, combining both the medieval feel due to its rustic old town with modern, sunny cafes and popular beaches. You can rent a scooter and explore UNESCO protected areas, laze on the sand, or head out to bustling Budva for a fun night out on the town. You’ll love exploring the ancient churches, cathedrals, museums, and magical architecture of Kotor's old town.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a one-of-a-kind natural landmark, surrounded by an alluring maze of lakes and waterfalls to explore. This natural world will mesmerize you with its tranquility as you stroll along azure lakes and luscious greeneries. This honeymoon location is ideal for people who want to combine active adventure with tranquil scenery, complete with jaw-droppingly lush ambiance.
Mokra Gora, Serbia
In the heart of the Balkans lies a rugged mountain known for its rich landscapes and thriving variet of flora and fauna: Tara Mountain. Just nearby, maybe closer to the mountain's peak, lies a place called Mokra Gora or Mecavnik. This mountain village is an incomparable paradise on earth. Uniquely small and forged out of wood, the village was built by the Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica.
You’ll be charmed by its cobbled pavement, wooden huts, and delicious cuisine, but even more so because of how unspoiled by tourists this undiscovered gem truly is. It’s the perfect place for a technological detox, but you’ll have no shortage of amazing pics and stories to share once you’re back in the real world.
Seven Rila Lakes, Bulgaria
The Seven Rila Lakes are an untamed natural wonder of Bulgaria. This honeymoon location is perfect for those looking for adrenaline and adventure, topped off with the romance of relaxing spas. If you honeymoon here, you’ll want to hike up the Rila mountain to see the marvelous seven lakes from above. Then get close to nature as you camp out beneath the stars, spend some time in Sapareva spa for a complete romantic indulgence, or snuggle and smooch in some of the rustic Rila lake huts or luxury chalets.