In the last five years, 75% of newlyweds have opted for honeymoons in the US or Canada. But what about other parts of the world? Sure, America and our neighbors to the north has got some great stuff, but Europe does too. Even as a relatively small continent, it’s still bursting with diversity and history, and hitting multiple (and unique) places in one trip is more than doable. I recently read a post online outlining some of the top honeymoon destinations in Europe. Here they are:
Santorini: The island of Santorini is dotted with charming little villages of whitewashed buildings that offer delicious seafood in traditional trattorias, while the beautiful clear-blue waters and white sandy beaches that surround these villages are hard to beat. And the best part is that the warm weather year-round lets you spend as much time as you want outside.
Florence: Florence is a great place to base yourself for a honeymoon, combining the culture and history of the city with quick access to the charming Tuscan countryside. Highlights in the city include the Duomo, Museo di San Marco, the Palazzo Vecchio, and the Uffizi art gallery. And that’s not to mention the fine dining on nearly every street corner.
Amalfi Coast: Even though it’s a well-traveled destination, the Amalfi Coast’s attractions are spread out enough so that you won’t feel too crowded. The coast is filled with bays, cliff walks, and quaint villages. There are also plenty of scenic drives with olive groves, secret forests, and historic buildings. The nearby island of Capri makes for an excellent day trip as well.
Amsterdam: While Amsterdam isn’t known for its beaches, it does feature plenty of charming cobblestone streets, beautiful canals, scenic parks, no shortage of culture, and a world-renowned nightlife. While it’s more known as a party mecca, Amsterdam is also pretty romantic, as exemplified by bike rides and paddle boat rides on the Amstel river and its canals.
Antibes: The South of France has been a popular vacation destination since the 18th century, and Antibes is one of the top spots. Conveniently located near plenty of beaches, the narrow streets of the town itself are filled with amazing floral displays and hidden gardens. In addition, the town has got some of the finest restaurants, arts, and wine you can find in all of southern France.
Dubrovnik: Croatia is an up-and-coming destination for travel enthusiasts around the world, thanks to amazing beaches, medieval old towns, and clear-blue water. As a matter of fact, the country is a major filming location for HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. One great part to visit is the capital city of Dubrovnik. It’s also right nearby the Elaphiti Islands, a great spot for diving and snorkeling.
London: As one of the world’s major cities, London has got plenty to offer that people often overlook. It’s got cultural appeal for sure, as evidenced by plenty of free museums and historic monuments, but its romantic side is often overlooked. But you’d be missing out if you didn’t visit the Regent’s Canal and its floating bookshop, the hills of Hampstead Heath, and the Columbia Road Flower Market.