In the midst of planning your wedding? Booking that dream honeymoon is probably still on your to-do list. A honeymoon should be a trip of a lifetime, where you create memories with your partner that you’ll treasure forever. It’s a chance to splash out and tick some places off your bucket list.
Whether you’re looking for adventure-filled days, serene spa settings or All Inclusive indulgence, finding a destination that’s perfect for both of you can sometimes be difficult. If you’re unsure of where to go, we’ve found some of the best honeymoon destinations in Europe to inspire your first trip as a married couple.
One of Italy’s finest areas, Lake Garda is a place that you’ll not forget in a hurry. It boasts the largest lake in the country and is surrounded by impressive mountains which stretch from the Alps to the Dolomites. This natural beauty is the perfect setting for those loved-up snaps.
If you’re a pair of foodies, you’ll love it here. With rich olive groves and fragrant lemon orchards, the local cuisine is heavenly. Enjoy dining al fresco under the stars and admire the moonlit mountain views. Plus, the verdant hills here are famous for producing some of the world’s best red wines, Bardolino and Valpolicella – the perfect match to your Italian dishes.
The minute Maltese capital is a haven for newlyweds. This ancient walled city is known for its museums, churches and grand palaces, including the baroque-style St. John’s Co-Cathedral.
Offering panoramic views of the Grand Harbour below, the Upper Barrakka Gardens are the perfect place to while away your days. Take a picnic and sit beneath the arches before wandering to Lower Barrakka, the lesser-known of the two gardens. Here, you can view the temple-style belfry and admire the colourful trees and flowers. For the ultimate romantic experience, travel in style on a horse and carriage.
Set sail for the day on a private boat and explore Comino’s Blue Lagoon and the secluded coves of Gozo. Make it extra special by dining on board and experiencing a sunset like you’ve never seen before.
On the southern Croatian coast, enchanting Dubrovnik is a city break destination like no other. Alongside the fascinating history and rich culture of the centre, you’ll also find a handful of relaxing beaches for when you want to do nothing but unwind.
Dinner in the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a must with its abundance of family-run eateries and open-air restaurants. For five-star feasting, book a table at the city’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, 360º. Dine under the stars, sampling the best in Croatian cuisine, and soak up the views from the restaurant’s spectacular location atop the city’s medieval walls.
Striking Crete is the perfect honeymoon destination if you’re looking for luxury on the Mediterranean. This gorgeous Greek island is home to more than 1,000km of dramatic coastlines and, on average, more than 300 days of sunshine each year.
From the culture-filled capital of Heraklion to the beautiful beaches, there are so many sites to explore. But one of the best things to do here is eat – Cretan cuisine is certainly worth sampling, with traditional tavernas around every corner.
Rethymnon, in the north, is awash with al fresco eateries and Armos is one not to be missed. This hidden gem is just a short drive out of town and overlooks expansive olive groves and the surrounding coastline. The family-run restaurant serves food grown on site and is the ideal place to taste some local favourites.
The Portuguese archipelago of Madeira is a great choice to celebrate your nuptials. Off the north-west coast of Africa, this tiny group of islands boasts a year-round balmy climate that’s perfect for all activities.
The chic capital of Funchal is known for its lively harbour, fascinating sights and diverse culture. Start with the Madeira Botanical Garden, one of the city’s must-see sites. There are 80,000m2 of public gardens for you to explore hand in hand, including the cactus garden and the colourful checkerboard flowers that overlook the marina.
If you fancy upping the tempo, then head to Pico Ruivo, one of the best hiking spots on the island. The highest peak in Madeira, it can only be reached on foot via a winding path. The stunning sunrises and sunsets certainly make the uphill walk worthwhile!
If it’s glitz and glamour you’re after, Marbella is the place for you – it’s known for hosting some of Spain’s most elite and exclusive. Nestled on the Costa del Sol, this enticing city features tranquil beaches, prestigious bars and restaurants and a whole host of stunning landscapes.
The high-end Puerto Banús marina is backed by designer shops and lined with superyachts and luxury sports cars. It’s also a popular celebrity hangout, so don’t be surprised if you spot some stars! If you really want to experience the lives of the rich and famous, then head to the Golden Mile. Along this promenade you’ll see some of the most lavish beach houses in Europe and exquisite fine-dining restaurants.
The picturesque village of Puerto Soller sits in a horseshoe-shaped bay. Its turquoise waters are dotted with fishing boats and lined by a pretty promenade. From its privileged position on the north-west coast of Majorca, you’ll be treated to some of the island’s best sunsets.
Fancy a day trip? Hop on the tram to the inland town of Sóller and admire a verdant valley filled with olive, lemon and orange groves along the way. From here, you can travel further to the island’s capital on a vintage train. Palma, in itself, is a fascinating city but the mountain views you’ll see on the journey are second to none.
Searching for couple's sports on your romantic getaway? You’ll be spoilt for choice in Vilamoura, with six renowned golf courses, a top tennis academy and exciting water sports to encourage a spot of healthy competition.
When you need a time-out, this Portuguese town isn’t short of relaxing spots. Head in either direction along the coast and you’ll be in awe at the long swathes of sand. To the south, Praia de Vilamoura offers a lively beach scene, whereas, to the north, Praia de Falesia features distinct red cliffs and rolling sand dunes, and is the best option for a peaceful afternoon.
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Posted: 4th Dec 2018.