The Ultimate Guide to Europe’s Best Honeymoon Destinations

If you’re planning a romantic European honeymoon, look no further than this ultimate guide. Europe is a wish-list destination for many couples, offering a vast treasure-trove of holiday highlights. To help plan your dream getaway, we’ve curated a list of the most tempting honeymoon locations in Europe — from the charming streets of France to the stunning beaches of Portugal.

Whether you’re newlyweds or celebrating your anniversary, these destinations in Croatia, Greece, and beyond are sure to provide the perfect backdrop for your romantic adventure. Let us help make your honeymoon in Europe the sweetest part of your love story.

GREECE (capital: Athens)

Bring your Mediterranean honeymoon dreams to life in gorgeous Greece, beloved for its sun-kissed fusion of culture, cuisine, and scenery. From famous islands like Santorini and Mykonos, where newlyweds can island-hop or unwind by infinity pools, to ancient ruins that reveal the county’s past, Greece promises an unforgettable honeymoon escape.

Related: The Best Greek Islands for Couples

Where to go

Wide angle shot of the Akropolis of Athens Greece during Sunset
Akropolis of Athens, Greece

Athens

Athens may not be the first place that springs to mind when planning a honeymoon, but it’s worth considering. While the Greek Islands are known for their stunning scenery, the capital offers a romantic atmosphere with its historic neighbourhoods and iconic architecture. Spend a day or two exploring the city’s ancient landmarks, including the Acropolis and Parthenon, and take a stroll through ‘the neighbourhood of the gods’ Plaka. With its charming houses, flower-filled balconies, and winding narrow streets filled with shops and cafes, Plaka is pure delight. You can then head out by plane or boat and start your romantic Greek Islands odyssey.

Santorini

If you’re looking for a romantic island honeymoon destination, Santorini is sublime. Famous for its sensational sunsets, the island’s steep terrain is dotted with charming, whitewashed homes and blue-domed churches that provide the perfect setting for long walks and intimate moments. By day, explore the tiered villages of Oia, Pyrgos, and Imerovigli, visit ancient archaeological sites, sample local wine, and sail the salty sea by catamaran. However, the real magic happens at sunset when the sky transforms into shades of pink and orange, and the sun disappears over the caldera (an ancient volcanic crater). Stunning.

Must Read: Your Ultimate Guide to Planning a Santorini Honeymoon

Beautiful beach and boat in Paleokastritsa, Corfu island, Greece
Paleokastritsa, Corfu Island, Greece

Corfu

With its lush green landscape, olive groves, and beaches overlooking the Ionian Sea, the Greek island of Corfu is the perfect place to unwind and explore. The island has a rich history, with influences from Greek, Venetian, French, and British cultures evident in the cosmopolitan streets of Corfu town, also known as Kerkyra. Take a stroll through the cobbled alleyways of the historic Old Town, admire the French-designed Esplanade Square, and relax at a café in the Parisienne-styled Liston building. Beyond the town, Corfu offers a breathtaking landscape of dense olive groves, mountains, and whitewashed villages, all easily explored by car, bicycle, or on foot.

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Mykonos Cafe
Mykonos

Mykonos

It may be known as a party hotspot, but Mykonos is also a popular honeymoon destination with couples looking for a more peaceful side to the island’s Ibiza-style atmosphere. Mykonos also offers a plethora of seafront boutique hotels and newlywed-approved luxury hideaways, perfect for a romantic escape. There’s also an impressive choice of beaches, ranging from lively Super Paradise and Panormos to a more low-key beach experience at Agia Anna. For a cultural experience, visit the small offshore island of Delos, one of Greece’s most important archeological sites. In Classical mythology, Delos is revered as the birthplace of the god Apollo and goddess Armetis, and the entire island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Related: The ultimate guide to honeymooning in Mykonos

Crete

For a Greek Islands honeymoon experience that’s a little more low-key (and great value), consider Crete. This island offers a delightful combination of lively harbour towns, secluded mountain retreats, private beaches, and romantic solitude. Here, couples can sunbathe on beautiful beaches, stroll through charming old towns, and explore remote roads, villages, and rugged cliffs. For foodies, the island provides the opportunity to visit working farms and savour authentic regional cuisine, including the famous local distilled clear spirits made from grape pressings. Crete also boasts some of the oldest archaeological sites in Europe, showcasing a unique blend of Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman, and Greek influences.

ITALY (capital: Rome)

For a romantic honeymoon spot that embodies the spirit of Europe, it’s hard to go past Italy. With its beautiful landscapes, ranging from charming coastal towns to snowcapped peaks, Italy offers something for every couple style, whether you seek road tripping adventure, coastal luxury, historical discovery, or just want to see all the classic sites. Imagine sailing along the stunning Amalfi Coast, savouring a glass of wine in a Tuscan vineyard, or snuggling up in a gondola in Venice. Magic. Then, of course, there’s the food! You could spend an entire Italian honeymoon eating and drinking your way around this glorious country.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Honeymoon in Italy

Where to go

Night view of the Basilica St Peter in Rome, Italy
Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy

Rome

When it comes to romantic Italian cities, Rome reigns supreme for lovers of history, good food, and big-city vibes. From exploring ancient ruins and world-renowned museums to indulging in multi-course Italian meals and strolling around iconic fountains and terraces, Rome offers a truly unforgettable experience. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring Colosseum, the magnificent Pantheon, and the celebrated Spanish Steps. And no trip to Rome is complete without fresh gelato and authentic Italian pizza! Want to venture beyond the city? Rome’s well-connected transportation and train hub makes it easy to access nearby beaches and other parts of Italy. A must-visit destination for any honeymoon in Italy.

Couple of tourists visiting Venice, Italy - Boyfriend and girlfriend in love running together on city street at sunset - People, love and holidays concept
Venice, Italy

Venice

A honeymoon destination steeped in charm, this captivating city is a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. To fully immerse yourself in Venice, take a gondola ride through the winding canals, explore the seafood markets, and sip a Bellini at Harry’s Bar – where the classic cocktail was born. For a more intimate experience, consider visiting during the off-season when you’ll have more of this unique city to yourself.

View of Positano village along Amalfi Coast in Italy at sunset.
Positano Village, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast

For an Italian honeymoon itinerary, the Amalfi Coast is a must for its sun-drenched coastal scenery and postcard-perfect townships. This UNESCO World Heritage site stretches for about 30 miles along the Mediterranean Sea, south of Naples, and is home to charming towns like Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, as well as pristine beaches, lush forests, and groves of fragrant lemon trees. The region’s steep winding roads can get crowded during peak tourist season, so visiting during the off-season or exploring lesser-known areas is worth considering. For a celeb-approved day trip, take a ferry or private charter to the nearby island of Capri in Italy’s Bay of Naples. This glamorous getaway is perfect for dining, shopping and celebrity spotting.

Read this couple’s real Honeymoon in Positano story for inspiration.

Varenna Town, Lake Como Shores, Colorful Facades, Cobblestone Streets, Boats,
Varenna Town, Lake Como, Italy

Italian Lake District

With five major lakes to explore, including the famous Lake Garda and Lake Como (which just happens to be home to George Clooney), you’ll be surrounded by dazzling scenery and charming local towns. Take a boat ride, hop on a cable car, or stroll through the picturesque villages in the Alps’ shadow. Whether you’re interested in water sports, hiking, or exploring historic villas, there’s something for everyone. And if you’re short on time, don’t worry – you can still experience the magic of Lake Como with a day trip from Milan.

a town in Chamonix France with european style buildings and snowy mountains
Chamonix, France

FRANCE (capital: Paris)

France is one of the world’s favourite honeymoon destinations — and it’s not hard to see why. With its iconic capital, picturesque countryside, and world-renowned cuisine, France offers something for every couple. Whether you’re looking for a romantic Paris escape, a peaceful retreat in a fairytale chateau, or a culinary road-trip adventure through world-famous wine country, France has it all. Celebrate endless Champagne moments with a French honeymoon.

Where to go

The famous Eiffel Tower is an obvious but incredible Paris must-do
The famous Eiffel Tower is an obvious but incredible Paris must-do

Paris

Paris has long been a dream for newlyweds planning a romantic honeymoon. And why wouldn’t you? The city’s charming streets, grand boulevards, picturesque Seine River, and cosy café terraces set a gorgeous scene. You can savour delectable French cuisine, take in breathtaking views of the city from atop the Sacre Couer at sunset, and explore iconic attractions including The Louvre, Notre-Dame and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy a fine dining experience at Jules Verne or ride to the summit for awe-inspiring views of the city. Paris also offers a plethora of art galleries, shops, and top-notch restaurants as well as plenty of five-star hotels perfect for two. The hidden corners and iconic attractions of the City of Lights make it the ultimate honeymoon destination.

Related: The ultimate honeymoon guide to Paris and be sure to add some of Paris’s hidden gems to your list!

French Riviera

With its crystal-clear blue waters and picturesque beaches, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale in the French Riviera. There’s so much to explore and discover, from the glittering streets of Nice and St Tropez to the hidden gems along the coast. Whether you head east towards Monaco or west towards Saint-Tropez, you’ll find plenty of charming towns and breathtaking views. While trains connect these towns, renting a car and spending a night or two in each town is the best way to experience the beauty and romance of the French Riviera.

old town street of Aix en Provence at spring, France
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence

If you’re looking for a peaceful honeymoon destination, Aix-en-Provence is a hidden gem in the South of France. Known for being the birthplace of artist Paul Cézanne, this atmospheric escape boasts art galleries, picturesque markets, and stunning gardens. As it’s only an hour from the coast and easily accessible from Paris, it’s an ideal base for exploring the surrounding areas. Plus, Aix (most people shorten it to Aix, but contrary to all your French lessons, it’s pronounced like the letter ‘ex ‘) is close to the lavender fields, vineyards, and mountains of Provence, as well as the Côte d’Azur. Start your day with coffee and croissants at one of the many terrace cafés before taking a slow stroll through the sunlit narrow streets. Afternoons are best spent relaxing in one of Aix’s spas before enjoying a lovely meal and a glass of Côtes de Provence wine.

French Alps

Snowy mountains with a small town in the French Alps
Courchevel is not one resort village, but four distinctly separate ones

For couples seeking an adventurous honeymoon during the winter months, the French Alps offer an ideal destination. From December to April, ski season is in full swing, providing ample opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. Chamonix is a great option for those looking to hit the slopes during the day and enjoy a lively nightlife scene in the evenings. Alternatively, Mont Blanc offers a more serious skiing experience for those seeking a challenge and beautiful Courchevel is part of Les 3 Vallées, the largest interconnected ski area in the world, providing access to an impressive 600 kilometres of slopes. Regardless of which location you choose, the French Alps promise an unforgettable adventure honeymoon.

Tasting of premier cru sparkling white wine with bubbles champagne on outdoor terrace with view on colorful vineyards in Hautvillers in October, near Epernay, France
Hautvillers, France

Champagne

Love the bubbly stuff? Consider the northern region of Champagne, just an hour’s train ride from Paris. With its picturesque vineyards, medieval villages, and prestigious Champagne houses like Moët & Chandon and Mumm, this region offers a scenic and indulgent experience. For a special experience, descend below the old city streets of Reims to explore the miles of interconnected chalk caverns, known as crayères, where aging Champagne is stored. The oldest established Champagne house, Ruinart, offers tours and tastings while over at Veuve Clicquot you can tour the cellars and enjoy a picnic in the nearby Clicquot vineyards at Manoir de Verzy. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply love the romance and luxury of Champagne, this region is the perfect for a French honeymoon.

SPAIN (capital: Barcelona)

Barcelona Beaches
Barcelona Beaches

Looking for a honeymoon destination with a bit of everything — culture, cuisine, relaxation, and romance — then Spain might be perfect for you! This beautiful country is home to stunning cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Granada, and Valencia, all of which have unique architecture, charming neighbourhoods, and cosy cafes perfect for lovebirds. And if you’re more of a nature lover, Spain has plenty to offer there too, from gorgeous beaches to breathtaking natural landscapes.

Where to go

Barcelona

With its rich history, art, and culture, the Spanish capital offers the perfect city break for couples. Barcelona offers everything you need for an unforgettable trip, from beautiful beaches and breathtaking sights to delicious cuisine. Spend your days exploring the stunning sites such as Parc Guell and the iconic Sagrada Familia, then relax on the beach with a cold beer in hand. In the evenings, immerse yourself in the Gothic Quarter’s vibrant nightlife and indulge in authentic paella by the harbour. Salud! To help you plan the perfect Barcelona honeymoon, we’ve put together a guide to 10 things every couple needs to do in Barcelona!

Spain. Valencia, Peniscola. View of the sea from a height of Pope Luna's Castle. The medieval castle of the Knights Templar on the beach. Beautiful view of the sea and the bay. Mediterranean Sea

Valencia

Although not as famous as Madrid or Barcelona, Valencia provides a distinctive and memorable honeymoon adventure. As the origin of paella, it is an ideal destination for food enthusiasts, with a blend of traditional and modern cuisine waiting to be explored. The city also has stunning beaches and a delightful Old Town, perfect for romantic walks and bar-hopping.

Related: We have a very comprehensive guide to honeymooning in Spain for you!

Madrid

If you’re looking beyond Barcelona for a Spanish honeymoon destination with a mix of culture, food, and nightlife, Madrid is the perfect choice. During the day, eat your way around the San Miguel Market or visit the Royal Palace to witness the grandeur of Spain’s monarchy. For a more relaxed experience, you can take a leisurely stroll through Retiro Park or the Royal Botanical Gardens. Once the sun sets, Madrid truly comes alive with its vibrant nightlife.

San Sebastian

For a romantic and relaxing honeymoon, consider San Sebastian in northern Spain. This coastal city boasts stunning beaches with golden sand and delicious local cuisine. The highlight of San Sebastian is the seashell-shaped Playa de la Concha, one of the world’s best city beaches and home to golden sands and a stroll-worthy esplanade. The town itself is elegant, with tree-lined boulevards, beautiful architecture, and plenty of tapas bars and fine dining restaurants serving unique Basque cuisine. San Sebastian is also a great base for exploring other charming towns in the Basque country.

Related: How to See The Best of Spain by Train – a Journey Through Six Spanish Cities

Porto with Dom Luis Bridge - Portugal
Dom Luís I Bridge, Portugal

PORTUGAL (capital: Lisbon)

Located in southwestern Europe (west of Spain and north of Morocco) Portugal has it all, from a rich history and stunning beaches to delicious cuisine. Whether you want to indulge in culture and history, food and wine, beaches and natural wonders or enjoy vibrant nightlife, Portugal has something for everyone. Take in the sights of historic landmarks, indulge in the famous pasteis de nata custard tart, savour the taste of port wine, and enjoy live music while feeling the ocean breeze. Here are some of our favourite locations for a honeymoon in Portugal.

Where to go

Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal skyline with Sao Jorge Castle
Lisbon, Portugal skyline with Sao Jorge Castle

Portugal’s capital offers an unforgettable experience for couples. The city centre features an Insta-ready streetscape of pastel-coloured buildings, magnificent monuments, and classical architecture. Sample local delicacies at the Mercado da Ribeira/Time Out Market Lisboa, a popular food hall/market/music venue. Explore the atmospheric galleries and coffee shops. And catch the iconic Tram 28, which now travels 4.3 miles from Campo de Ourique to Praça Martim Moniz, for an incredible view of the city’s most charming sights. For a fun night out, visit Barrio Alto, where cobblestone streets lead to a variety of restaurants and bars.

Algarve

With over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, an expansive sandy coastline, and pristine Atlantic waters, Portugal’s southern Algarve region is honeymoon heaven all year round. This southern region is a natural paradise for couples seeking a coastal holiday or honeymoon in Europe. Enjoy activities like kayaking, snorkelling, and dolphin-watching while cruising through caves. Or simply relax on the beach and take in the breathtaking views. Foodies can grill up the day’s catch in a cooking class or sip and dine their way around Algarve’s sun-drenched wine regions while history buffs will love wandering through medieval towns like Silves. Don’t miss Cape Saint Vincent, the westernmost point in Europe.

Porto

Nestled along the breathtaking River Dourois in the north of the country, Porto boasts a rich history, stunning castles, and picturesque riverside views that will leave you enamoured. Honeymooners from all over the world flock to Porto to indulge in the city’s culture, food, and history. Wine lovers, in particular, will appreciate Porto’s famous port wine and many opportunities for tastings and tours. Stroll through the city to experience the lively atmosphere, complete with street performers and live music at cafes and restaurants. Be sure to visit the Foz do Douro area, just a short bus or tram ride from the city, which boasts breathtaking ocean views and stunning sunsets. This area has a cool bohemian feel to it and features high-end restaurants and upscale shopping.

Related: Discover more about travelling to Lisbon, Algarve and Porto with this travel story

Marina da Quinta Grande, Madeira (Portugal)
Marina da Quinta Grande, Madeira, Portugal

Madeira

A Portuguese island off the coast of Morocco, Madeira has been named the ‘Best Island Destination in the World’ by the prestigious World Travel Awards on multiple occasions, and it’s easy to see why. Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira offers stunning scenery with dramatic cliffs and a volcanic landscape. The highest seacliff in Europe, Cabo Girao, provides breathtaking views of the island through its glass-bottomed lookout. Watching the sunrise from the top of Pico do Arieiro is a romantic experience like no other. 

CROATIA (capital: Zagreb)

Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb, Croatia

For a unique and (relatively) affordable honeymoon experience, consider Croatia. Located in southwestern Europe, Croatia looks out across the Adriatic Sea to Italy and is perfect for a city stay or island-hopping adventure. Imagine staying in a beautiful villa hotel overlooking crystal-clear waters, indulging in succulent seafood dishes while watching the sunset, and exploring hidden islands and ancient stone villages. From luxurious honeymoon hideaways to private palaces in Dubrovnik, plenty of unique romantic accommodations are available for couples who choose Croatia for their honeymoon. Croatia also boasts Michelin-starred restaurants, vineyards, and ultra-hip beach clubs at a fraction of the cost of some more well-travelled European honeymoon destinations. Here’s some of the best places to visit in Croatia.

Where to go

Dubrovnik square historic landmarks view
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

For a blend of old-world charm and modern luxury, Dubrovnik is a gem of a destination. This fortified city and UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts a rich history dating all the way back to the 7th century. You can’t miss the Old Town’s cobbled streets, old palaces, and pretty churches. For some downtime, relax on one of the nearby beaches. The Island of Lokrum, Fort Lovrijenac, and the Church of Saint Blaise are other popular attractions to explore. Dubrovnik is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or exploring the city.

Related: Your Comprehensive Honeymoon Guide to Croatia

Beach in Hvar city, Croatia with docked ships
Hvar City, Croatia

Hvar

Heard of Hvar? This luxurious and lively honeymoon destination is Croatia’s most popular island and attracts many celebrities and party-goers. However, there are still plenty of secluded spots away from the busy Hvar Town. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, fragrant lavender fields, and stunning views of the Dalmatian coast. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up the cliffs for breathtaking panoramic vistas, or explore the island’s rich history by visiting the Renaissance-era cathedral and hilltop fortress. After a day of activities, relax and enjoy some fresh seafood and rosé at swanky beach clubs like Bonj Les Bains and Laganini Lounge Bar & Fish House.

White yacht in the Adriatic sea Kvarner bay on Croatia islands Cres and Lošinj
Kvarner Bay, Lošinj, Croatia

Lošinj

For beach lovers, local ferry lines offer the opportunity to explore some of the Adriatic’s most enticing smaller islands, such as Lošinj: known as the ‘island of wellness and vitality’. Lošinj boasts a sub-tropical climate, cerulean bays, secluded beaches, and playful bottlenose dolphins often greeting visitors. Perfect for a couple’s spa treatment utilising the island’s abundance of medicinal plants and aromatic herbs. Sail around the Lošinj cluster and discover its many beautiful and secluded beaches, each offering a private romantic haven for the day.

Related: A sailing holiday or honeymoon through Croatia.

SCANDINAVIA

If you’re planning a nature-based honeymoon in a fairytale location, see the stunning countries of Scandinavia. Cultural discovery and Arctic adventures abound in this fascinating region of northern Europe, comprising Norway, Sweden and Denmark and edging into the Arctic Circle. Perfect for a pair of adventurers, a Scandi-style honeymoon is all about days spent strolling pretty city streets and hiking wild woodlands and cosy nights tucked up by the fire (or in a hot tub) sipping mulled wine.   

Where to go

Beautiful Nature Norway aerial photography.
Norway

Norway

Chasing the Northern Lights? Tromsø in Norway is one of the best places on earth to witness the incredible natural phenomena of the aurora borealis. And you can also visit a reindeer camp nearby! Norway is full of glorious fjords and glaciers, making it one of the most spectacular cruising destinations in the world. Fearless road trippers can also brave the heart-stopping twists and turns of the Trollstigen (Troll’s Ladder) that links the villages of Valldal and Adalsnes in Western Norway.

Stockholm old town (Gamla Stan) cityscape from City Hall top, Sweden
Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden

The most northern European country on our list, Sweden’s stunning capital, Stockholm, is a must-visit, with 14 interconnected islands and over 50 bridges. Gamla Stan, the old town, is particularly charming with its cobbled streets and 13th-century cathedral. Gothenburg, the second-largest city in Sweden, is known for its canals and delicious cuisine that attracts foodies from around the world. For outdoor enthusiasts, Bohuslän is a must, famous for its sea-kayaking and chance to explore the archipelagos and colourful fishing villages. Or rug up and venture north into Swedish Lapland for dogsledding, snowmobiling, Northern Lights encounters, and a stay at the world’s first ice hotel.

Drone or aerial shot of Copenhagen Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark

Known for its chic design, beautiful canals and harbours, and dramatic Viking past, Denmark is another Nordic contender for your honeymoon. Cycle around the Scandi-cool capital Copenhagen (home to picture-perfect Nyhavn Harbour), delve into Denmark’s past exploring medieval castles, or head north into the wilds of ‘North Jutland’ and discover the charming 700-year-old fishing village of Skagen. Celebrate happily ever after in a country known as one of the ‘happiest in the world’ according to the UN’s World Happiness Report.

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SWITZERLAND (capital: Bern)

Overhead or drone shot of Bern Switzerland

An alpine wonderland with year-round appeal, Switzerland is a dream honeymoon destination for nature lovers, ski bunnies, and history buffs. Switzerland offers plenty for outdoor enthusiasts, including skiing, hiking and water sports, along with stunning castles and picturesque towns. Couples can explore charming towns like Lucerne and Grindelwald or scenic cities such as Lausanne and Montreux. The country boasts desirable weather year-round, with January and February perfect for skiing and snowboarding and July and August ideal for warmer weather. Newlyweds will love the country’s largest city Zurich: a hub for galleries, museums and shopping with stunning views of the Alps and Lake Zurich.

Bled with lake, island, Slovenia, Europe
Lake Bled, Slovenia

SLOVENIA (capital: Ljubljana)

Looking for a one-of-a-kind honeymoon experience? Ever thought about Slovenia? Despite its compact size, this European gem boasts breathtaking alpine views, the iconic Lake Bled, a charming wine country, castles and caves and delicious cuisine. The capital Ljubljana is a romantic old town with stunning castle views, a vibrant food and nightlife scene, and endless adventures in the countryside — from kayaking on the Soca River to skiing at Krvavec Ski Resort. Experience a fairytale ending to your wedding festivities by including Slovenia on your European honeymoon itinerary.

Berlin Cathedral. Berliner Dom. Berlin, Germany
Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) in Berlin, Germany

GERMANY (capital: Berlin)

If you enjoy city breaks and fairytale castles, Germany has it all. Start your journey in the capital Berlin (once divided by the Berlin Wall), a city rich in history and culture, with a vibrant nightlife. Then castle-hop your way around the country (don’t miss Neuschwanstein Castle which inspired Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle) Or enjoy a beach getaway on Rügen Island, which boasts white-sand beaches, chalky cliffs, picturesque fishing villages and seaside resorts. Romantics should time their visit for the winter holidays to experience the famous Christmas markets in Munich, or head to Essen for their Christmas markets which have been a tradition since the 14th-16th century.

View of the northern light from the city center in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Reykjavík, Iceland

ICELAND (capital:Reykjavík)

Looking for a really cool honeymoon experience? You have to put Iceland on your itinerary. Located just off the east coast of Greenland, this dramatically beautiful country has awe-inspiring geysers, waterfalls, and more to offer. Although the capital city of Reykjavík has a small population of only 120,000 people, it boasts a lively nightlife and several museums. The city is divided by a lake, providing incredible views of glaciers and mountains. From Reykjavík, it’s easy to access the original geyser, Geysir, as well as the Gullfoss waterfalls and the Blue Lagoon. Lucky couples may even witness the splendor of the elusive Northern Lights. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Reykjavik.

Panoramic View of the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia, Bulgaria
At. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia, Bulgaria

BULGARIA (capital: Sofia)

Looking for a unique honeymoon experience in Europe? Consider a road trip through Bulgaria in southeastern Europe! Start your journey in the capital city of Sofia, where you can visit museums and theaters to learn about the country’s rich history and culture. Next, head over to Plovdiv, one of the oldest cities in the world, and immerse yourself in its charming streets and landmarks. Along the way, you’ll come across picturesque villages and magnificent mountains, including the Rila Mountains, which is the highest range in the Balkans.

Perast, Bay of Kotor (Boka), Montenegro
Perast, Bay of Kotor (Boka), Montenegro

MONTENEGRO (capital: Podgorica)

For a honeymoon destination straight out of a fairytale, look no further than Montenegro. Located just south of Croatia and east of Italy, Montenegro boasts stunning coastal towns and picturesque fishing villages, all blessed by a sunny Mediterranean climate. Take a leisurely stroll through Miločer Park or visit the monastery overlooking the cliff for a breathtaking view. In Kotor, Budva, Bar, and Ulcinj, you can immerse yourself in the romantic old towns and enjoy the sights and sounds of the sea. Montenegro may still be somewhat of a hidden gem among Mediterranean destinations (it’s changing fast, though), but its charm and natural attractions are unassuming and breathtaking for your European honeymoon itinerary.

CZECH REPULIC (capital Prague)

Prague City Scene

For couples seeking a captivating honeymoon destination, the Czech Republic is a perfect choice. While the country boasts many beautiful areas, Prague stands out for its historic charm and allure. The cobbled streets of Praha – The City of a Hundred Spires – offer a glimpse into centuries of jaw-dropping architecture, well-trodden tourist tracks, national parks, and the cosmopolitan buzz of the Czech Republic’s prized capital city. The culinary scene is equally impressive, with local delicacies like roast pork, sauerkraut, and dumplings begging to be savored with a glass of world-renowned Czech beer. Prague stands out for its affordability, particularly compared to other major European cities. Exploring the city on foot is highly recommended, as Prague is one of the few major European cities where walking is easy and enjoyable. We’ve put together a list of 16 things you have to do if you honeymoon or holiday in Prague!

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