Europe is home to some of the most spectacular places on the planet. From sun-kissed beaches to bustling cities to snow-capped mountains, the continent offers the perfect honeymoon spot for every couple – you just need to know where to look. Journey through ten of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in Europe.
Where else to start but the city of love? With its gorgeous cuisine, iconic architecture, and reputation for romance, few places can compete with Paris when it comes to honeymooning. Visit the tourist traps – the Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, and Musee Du Louvre can all be found here – or avoid the crowds in favour of the city’s numerous parks, markets, and romantic hideaways. Paris has been a dream honeymoon destination for decades, and it’s just a swift glide across the channel.
Portugal’s Algarve region is home to stunning beaches and imperial cliffs and coves. It’s paradise for adventurous, sun-seeking couples. Base your holiday in Faro, the region’s capital, or choose one of the many smaller marina towns for a more intimate vacation. Along the coast, miles of sandy shoreline trace an aquamarine sea. Marvel at marine life on a snorkelling escapade, hit the waves on a jet ski, or stay dry on a romantic boat trip. For beach lovers, the Algarve makes for a fantastic honeymoon destination.
Sweden isn’t the first place you think of when picking your honeymoon spot – but there are plenty of reasons why it should be. Its capital, Stockholm, is a city full of Scandinavian culture and style. The old town swells with romance and colourful architecture, while rivers move gently through the archipelago, offering boat trips with views of the city’s waterside streets and green spaces. If you and your partner don’t fancy the sunshine and cocktails route, Stockholm is an amazing place to spend a couple of weeks in post-marital bliss.
Many couples like to stay a little closer to home on their honeymoon. If you’re one of them, St Ives is a great destination. Based on the Cornish coast, this sleepy holiday town comes alive in summertime, with sandy beaches and ice cream shops dotted along the shoreline. Soak up the boho atmosphere of this quaint seaside town with a trip to the Tate gallery, or a stroll through the indie shop-lined streets. Sunbathing and scones never go out of style in St Ives – making it a fabulous destination for a UK honeymoon.
Better known as a stag and hen do destination, Berlin also has tons of honeymoon potential. Besides the wealth of historically significant sites, Berlin is a hub of inclusivity, a haven for people from a huge variety of backgrounds. By day, explore the city’s cultural hotspots. By night, dance in world-famous nightclubs for a dizzyingly vibrant experience. If you prefer the breakneck speed of city life to whiling away hours on the beach, Berlin could be the perfect place for your honeymoon.
Live the lifestyle of the rich and famous on the Amalfi Coast. Thanks to its remote, secluded location, the Amalfi Coast is popular with celebrities – so if you want a five-star experience, it’s a fantastic place to honeymoon. With stunning seascapes and a mountainous coastline, this Italian region is rich with old-world romance. Explore the region on foot, hiking trails up into the hills, or hire Vespas for that Roman Holiday experience. The Amalfi Coast is a spectacular place that’s sure to linger long in your honeymoon memories.
While there are tons of Spanish cities that could have made the cut, Barcelona edges the others simply because it has a little bit of everything. A coastal resort with a city feel, it’s perfect for couples who want a honeymoon that’s relaxing, inspiring, and thrilling. Head to the shops for a retail retreat, visit Camp Nou for a slice of sporting history, or hit the beach and work on your tan – anything is possible in beautiful Barcelona.
The Danish capital is a fantastic city, filled with art, culture, and culinary treats. One of the more bohemian destinations on this list, Copenhagen is home to tons of galleries and museums for a culture trip that’s second to none. Stroll along the harbourside district of Nyhavn for culinary and musical treats, or visit Tivoli Gardens, the theme park that sits unusually in the centre of the city. Literary buffs can even visit the castle that inspired Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Copenhagen is the cornerstone of Scandinavian culture, making it a great destination for artistic couples.
Full of romance and charm, Edinburgh is another great honeymoon choice for couples who don’t fancy the flight across to the mainland. A simple train ride away from many other UK cities, Edinburgh is a gorgeous place to honeymoon. Its rugged hills and old world feel make the city an ideal spot for no-frills couples, or those who want to explore more of Scotland from a great city base. Visit in August to tie your honeymoon in with the Fringe Festival, where you can see great comic and theatrical performances.
Recognised the world over for its whitewashed buildings and azure rooftops, the Greek island of Santorini has long been popular with honeymooning couples. Surrounded by clear seas, and with sunshine all but guaranteed, it’s a wildly romantic destination for beach lovers, as well as those with more adventurous activities in mind. Learn to sail, go snorkelling, or simply enjoy a glass of crisp white wine while overlooking the beautiful bays. It’s the perfect place for a revitalising, romantic honeymoon.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has put honeymoon plans on hold for a lot of couples, honeymoon daydreams are still very much allowed. While the UK offers a ton of fabulous staycation honeymoon opportunities, if you have your heart set on an overseas trip, these ten European resorts are fantastic potential destinations. Pick the luxury spot that’s perfect for you and your partner – so that when unrestricted travel is back on, you can escape to the honeymoon destination of your dreams.