Europe continues to be on top of many couples travel bucket list for many reasons: it is rich in history, offers great architecture, delectable cuisines, and some of the best views in the world. It is no wonder many couples dream of honeymooning here.
While European honeymoons can be expensive, there are always alternatives to the popular, luxurious options if you know where to look. In this post, we’re rounding up the best of both worlds by featuring the best destinations for honeymoons in Europe for every budget and every activity.
The first country on our list is arguably the most popular destination in Europe – even more so for honeymooners. France is almost synonymous with romance with its fine wines, luxury hotels, historical museums and delicious food.
ARC DE TRIOMPHE. One of the most iconic Parisian landmarks, and a perfect backdrop for honeymoon photos.
If you are hopeless romantics who enjoy strolls and capturing moments with recognizable architectures, quaint shops, and cafes, the French capital is the place to go. Dubbed as the City of Lights and known as the romance capital of the world, Paris’ architectural beauty is both familiar and awe-inspiring that you’ll find many couples posing around them for an Instagram-worthy moment. Paris is not necessarily cheap, but whether you’re snapping a shot at the Eiffel Tower for the ultimate Parisian memento, posing within the Arc de Triomphe at sunset, or being photographed walking hand in hand on the streets of Montmartre at night, your honeymoon photos are bound to be postcard-pretty.
Nice is one of the most popular cities in Côte d’Azur and is ideal for newlyweds who prefer soaking up the sun and staring at the sea while dining in a fabulous restaurant. Its lovely old town is ideal for walks, and the charming open-air markets perfect for morning strolls to peruse the fresh produce, cheeses, olives and flowers. Accommodation may be a bit expensive, but you can book affordable options if you veer away from the touristy areas.
IDYLLIC PARADISE. Corsican beaches are ideal for lazy afternoons gazing at the open sea with your loved one.
If you and your partner are up for outdoor adventures, book a boat from Nice and head to Corsica. This small island has a diverse landscape ideal for hiking, swimming, canyoning, and other outdoor activities. At night, the bays turn glitzy, and you can enjoy Corsican music and tasty food while chatting with the friendly locals. Going to Corsica feels like going to an entirely different country; its culture and traditions are distinctly Corsican, and its cuisine offers a taste of both France and Italy.
For couples who like basking in classical art, music, and literature, nothing shouts culture louder than Italy. Its museums and buildings are grand and world-renowned, and its cuisine is surely one of the best and most satisfying.
ROMANTIC ROME. The Colosseum is just one of the majestic architectural works in Rome.
Italy’s capital, Rome, is perfect for newlyweds who appreciate classical art, as it is practically everywhere. Famous sculptures are not only found in museums – it’s sprinkled along streets and churches. Vatican City can be reached on foot, and – Catholic or not – you can marvel at its grand buildings and cathedrals while taking a romantic stroll.
SUNSET VIEW. Magnificent architecture surrounded by waters is a common sight while on a gondola ride.
Venice remains to be one of the best honeymoon cities in Europe because of its dreamy setting. Imagine you and your spouse gliding down the canals on a gondola, taking in some of the best sights in Europe while being serenaded by a local gondolier. End the evening with a gastronomical feast at a Venetian restaurant – it may sound like a romantic novel -- but for a price, it’s a possible reality in Venice.
Amalfi Coast may not be on everyone’s mind, but this Italian province of Salerno is now gaining popularity because of its Mediterranean beauty that's both dramatic and seductive. Clifftop resorts overlooking the sea, superb restaurants, and lush forests are just some of the things you are guaranteed to see in this area.
GREEK VILLAGES. Cliffside villas make for perfect honeymoon accommodation in Greece.
Apart from philosophy and mythology, Greece has gained popularity because of Santorini, which often tops many people’s list of best honeymoon destinations in Europe. The cerulean waters and multicolored towns are breathtaking, and you can feast on fresh seafood at every meal. The only downside is that it has become more pricey to visit because of its popularity.
Crete may be a better option for honeymooners who want to stray from the usual touristy stuff and dive into a charismatic island experience filled with local generosity. Crete has something for everyone – from vibrant cityscapes to beautiful beaches, to ancient artifacts and quiet villages. This island will surely enchant you without breaking the bank. Here's a bonus: food in Crete is a food lover's haven! Local taverns usually make or source their ingredients so freshness can be tasted in every morsel.
Though these cities may be less familiar than the ones mentioned above, they are still some of the best honeymoon destinations in Europe:
BELVEDERE. This museum houses the greatest artworks in Austria, and is an ideal destination for a romantic cultural walk.
Vienna is the setting of Robert Linklater’s romantic movie, Before Sunrise. If you haven't watched the film, we recommend seeing it so that you'll get an idea how romantic this city is. Views of imperial palaces, cathedrals, and the Danube River will surely make for a memorable walking tour for you and your sweetheart.
AL FRESCO DINING. Merchants and cafes can be found at the Old Town Square in Prague.
Another European city that's perfect for long walks is Prague. Its cobblestone streets and fascinating architecture are just a small part of its charm. Enjoying al fresco lunch at the Old Town Square will make your honeymoon memorable with the street performers, musicians, and merchants that add more spectacle to the backdrop of beautiful architectures.
Budapest’s art nouveau architecture is just one of the most romantic experiences in this city. Hot springs and bathhouses are also a hit among tourists, and Hungarian cuisine, while not as well known as French or Italian, is just as delicious and sophisticated. Culture buffs? You and your spouse will enjoy the performances at the world-famous Budapest Opera House.
Wherever you choose to go, the best honeymoon destination in Europe is the one where you and your spouse will make unforgettable memories. At the end of the day, it’s all about celebrating your love and union, and these destinations are ideas for your post-wedding bliss.