Where to Honeymoon in Europe
These European honeymoon destinations are sure to ignite your wanderlust and desire for adventure! Soak in the art and culture of Florence, explore the magnificent coastline of Tenerife or indulge in the gothic architecture of Prague. From beach getaways to city break ideas, we’ve got you covered!
Towering cathedral spires, winding cobbled streets, picturesque canal bridges and sweeping golden sands are some of the alluring features that draw newlyweds from around the world to visit Europe whilst on honeymoon. It’s one of the most diverse continents, where couples can take a train from one country to the next or island-hop across the Mediterranean to experience much more than just one resort during their time off. From famous landmarks and thriving city squares to secluded vineyards and private beaches, Europe offers something for everyone. Here are our hand-picked honeymoon destinations in Europe to inspire your trip of a lifetime!
1. Florence, Tuscany
Florence is often considered to be the soul of Italy, where art, culture and architectural beauty come together like no other location. Known as the 'Cradle of the Renaissance', this Tuscan city has inspired some of the world's greatest masterpieces that are a must-see on your Florence honeymoon itinerary, such as Michaelangelo’s statue of David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. It’s a treasure trove of cultural discovery where you can spend the day wandering from one museum to the next, indulging in fresh Italian produce and gazing across the magnificent skyline from a hidden rooftop bar.
Things to do in Florence:
- Take a look inside the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and admire the magnificent domed ceiling
Marvel at the statue of David by Michelangelo at the Galleria dell’Accademia
Stroll across the world-famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge
Where to stay in Florence: Villa Tolomei Hotel & Resort
Renaissance style meets rural bliss at Villa Tolomei Hotel & Resort in Tuscany. This historic residence has been restored and rejuvenated to provide guests with 5-star luxury honeymoon packages during their stay. Surrounded by the verdant rolling hills of Marignolle yet just a few minutes from the spellbinding city of Florence, this secluded getaway gives you the best of both worlds. At Villa Tolomei, you can relax by the lengthy heated swimming pool, roam the 20-hectare park and enjoy authentic à la carte dining at the Il Conventino a Marignolle restaurant, paired with the finest local wines. It’s a timeless honeymoon hotel that you can't help but fall in love with!
2. Tenerife, Canary Islands
Situated in Spain’s Canary Islands off the West Coast of Africa, Tenerife is a beautiful and varied destination for European honeymoon trips. The incredible Mount Teide volcano dominates the landscape and is known to be one of the best climbs in Europe. At an impressive 3,715m, it’s officially Spain’s tallest peak and couples can enjoy spellbinding views from the top. If beach relaxation is a priority on your honeymoon, the island is surrounded by a spectacular coastline, with volcanic black and golden yellow sands. The entire island is a kaleidoscope of terrain from gentle shorelines to steep ravines, clifftops and dense forest. This otherworldly honeymoon location has a unique environment guaranteed to surprise and delight honeymooners.
Things to do in Tenerife:
Hike through the Teide National Park, home to the extraordinary Mount Teide volcano
Book a dolphin watching trip in the clear waters between Tenerife and La Gomera
Visit the charming town of Garachico and take a dip in the natural pools
Where to stay in Tenerife: Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort
Luxury in Tenerife is redefined at the Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort, a tranquil oasis on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Time seems to stand still in this award-winning European honeymoon resort, where relaxation is paramount and world-class service is at your beck and call. The hotel is designed in a 19th-century Canarian villa style, giving it an unmistakable boutique feel that makes you feel right at home. During your stay at Bahía del Duque, you can revolve between your luxuriously-appointed private suite, the state-of-the-art Wellness Retreat and a variety of exquisite restaurants serving authentic local and global cuisine.
3. Chianti, Tuscany
Chianti is one of the most stunning areas in Tuscany, where you’ll find the quintessential scene of rolling vineyards under bright blue skies. Visitors come from all over the globe to admire its beauty and taste the fine fruits of the local vineyards. The Chianti region spans the provinces of Florence and Siena, which makes it a wonderful setting for couples who want to combine rural bliss with the honeymoon cities of Italy. Cycle through postcard-worthy olive groves, visit charming stone villages and soak up the laidback Italian way of life, otherwise known as ‘la dolce vita’ (the sweet life!).
Things to do in Chianti:
Go wine tasting in the local region and try Classico, Chianti Rufina and Chianti Colli Fiorentini wines straight from the vineyard
Enjoy an Italian cooking class in an authentic Tuscan kitchen at Borgo Argenina
Explore the beautiful castles dotted around Chianti such as Castello di Brolio
Where to stay in Chianti: COMO Castello Del Nero
If you’re visualising a magical honeymoon spent in a majestic Tuscan castle, look no further than COMO Castello Del Nero. This 12th Century fortress combines timeless Renaissance features with sleek contemporary design to provide a 5-star honeymoon hotel experience within a remarkable historical building. The castle is set within a 740-acre estate, where you’ll find a heated outdoor pool, two tennis courts and a large vegetable garden where the produce is grown for the Michelin-starred menus. The COMO Shambhala Retreat is another temptation, where holistic therapies will soothe any aches and pains for the ultimate state of mind refresher.
4. Prague, Czech Republic
The capital city of the Czech Republic is known as the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’, with its incredible variety of Gothic churches, medieval chapels and Baroque palaces. Simply wandering through Prague’s cobbled city centre is a feast for the eyes, with incredible architecture at every turn. Notable sights include Charles Bridge, one of the most picturesque bridges in Europe, and the Vltava River, which inspired some of the most beautiful pieces of classical music including Smetana’s Moldau Symphony. The city’s intrinsic relationship with the arts makes it an incredibly romantic place for honeymoons in Europe.
Things to do in Prague:
Discover the city’s ornately decorated buildings such as the Church of Our Lady before Týn or the grand Wallenstein Palace
Look out for the Astronomical Clock’s hourly animated show that’s one of the oldest of its kind.
Where to stay in Prague: The Grand Mark Prague
The majestic atmosphere across the city of Prague deserves an equally regal honeymoon hotel. The Grand Mark Prague is just a minute’s walk away from the central train station yet its palatial size makes it feel like a destination of its own. From the moment you arrive, you’ll have full access to its cutting edge facilities including a calming spa, a fully equipped gym and a superb variety of dining experiences that satisfy even the most discerning of guests. Some of the en suite bedrooms also have fireplaces and terraces overlooking the city centre - there’s no better place to sit back and relax in the lap of luxury.
5. Rhodes, Greece
Ancient history and modern hospitality combine in Rhodes to set the scene for a mesmerising European honeymoon break. As the largest Dodecanese island in Greece, Rhodes has a well-preserved past that traces back to the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. It’s a living and breathing museum where history lovers flock to see the age-old buildings and monuments. Today, Rhodes also offers a plethora of activities and it’s most famous for windsurfing and kite surfing. The excellent scuba diving opportunities are another draw, where the divers come to see the old wrecks and marine life. You’ll never run out of things to do on your honeymoon in Rhodes, it’s a sunny island with beautiful scenery, inspiring history and delicious gastronomy.
Things to do in Rhodes:
Tour the Butterfly Valley, a unique and tranquil ecological setting
Visit the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
Explore the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes in the medieval Hospital of the Knights
Where to stay in Rhodes: Lindos Grand Resort & Spa
Unwind at this stylish adults-only resort at Vlycha Bay, where ocean views surround every suite and one of the best beaches in Rhodes is on your doorstep. This romantic hotel offers the perfect balance of beachfront serenity and nearby access to the charming Greek village of Lindos. At Lindos Grand Resort & Spa you’ll enter a complete cocoon of relaxation, where you can indulge in soothing spa treatments, sunbathe by the infinity pool and dine at its variety of restaurants serving traditional Mediterranean cuisine. The chic beachfront setting, tailored service and incredible facilities make Lindos Grand Resort & Spa a honeymooner’s paradise.
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