19 August 2019
A honeymoon doesn’t necessarily mean jetting off to far-flung destinations on the other side of the world. We are blessed with having access to the diverse and magnificent places that Europe has to offer, meaning you can experience everything from cultured city breaks to sun dappled beach getaways with a short flight time. These are our pick of the destinations for the ultimate minimoon.
No matter how many times you’ve visited the French capital, you’ll always find something new to ignite your imagination. Beyond the famous sights there are clandestine squares, secret alleys and hidden gardens just waiting to be discovered on leisurely strolls punctuated by countless stops at café terraces to people-watch.
Stroll around the open-air sculptures of the Jardin des Tuileries by day and through the illuminated courtyards of the Louvre by night. Visit the Musée Rodin, home of the sculptor’s famous ‘The Kiss’, and dine at Chez Paul in the Bastille – a classic bistro with a zinc bar, tiled floor and hand-written menu.
Within easy reach of fashion hotspot Milan, Como offers delightful medieval villages to explore in addition to grand hotels and villas. On the waters themselves, try out water-skiing, kitesurfing and rowing.
For a romantic dinner, eat under the stars at Ristorante Crotto dei Platani, dating back to 1855, or lay side by side on the golden sands of the Lido de Lenno with its beach bar. To view the picturesque traditional Italian villages of the area, hike from Colonno to Griante.
The southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik is a wonderful place for a honeymoon. As well as wandering its characterful 16th-century Old Town, you can hit the beaches and take boat-trips to islands – all whilst staying in a stylish hotel where pampering is very much on the agenda. The food here is worth the trip alone: think squid-ink risotto with shellfish, mussels stewed in white wine and oysters fresh from Mali Ston bay.
Browse the shops and sample the restaurants of the pedestrianised Stradun with its many historic buildings and monuments including a clock tower and a monastery. Catch the boat to the nearby island of Koločep to eat at the wildly romantic Villa Ruza, or take a day trip out to the Mostar and Kravice waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Described as a ‘continent in miniature’ for its mix of beaches, green landscapes and volcanic inland with charming towns, this beautiful Canary Island manages to blend a tranquil feel with a fantastic choice of outdoor activities, which range from water sports to amazing walking, cycling and star gazing opportunities.
There are also some brilliant ways to spend a fun family day out; take an undersea trip in a new Submarine Experience or enjoy Aqualand Maspalomas. You can wander through sub-tropical Palmitos Park and visit baby pink flamingos as fabulous exotic birds and butterflies fly freely around you, see a Wild West show in Sioux City as desperadoes shoot it out, have fun in the Angry Bird Activity Park and say hello to dolphins and whales from one of the whale watching boats.
The largest of the Balearics mixes a Mediterranean beach vibe with fantastic nightlife. Among the best stretches are the tiny cove of Deià, a magnet among writers including Anaïs Nin, and wild Es Trenc. There are also romantic hiking trails threading through the hills and passing through diverse unique ecosystems of stunning wildlife.
The coastal island capital, Palma, is renowned for its stylish port area where luxury yachts regularly gather, and the beautiful Old Town with its cathedral, Plaza Mayor and Almudaina Palace.
Whitewashed architecture, cobbled alleys and splendid beaches, along with the most delicious Mediterranean cuisine, make this classic holiday destination a brilliant spot to get your married life off to a fabulous start.
A stunning topography of white sands, dramatic gorges and canyons, olive groves, ancient hilltop villages, Minoan palaces, Ottoman mosques, Byzantine monasteries and famous ruins make this one of the most inspiring and romantic of honeymoon destinations.
This atmospheric city is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site and the perfect place to explore on a short honeymoon break. Amble along the medieval Ribeira (riverside) with its cobbled alleys and old merchants’ houses and take a sunset stroll around hip Foz do Douro with its old lighthouse and contemporary restaurants. The imposing Porto Cathedral sits atop the highest point in the city, in its oldest district, and represents a stunning display of medieval architecture.
Porto is said to have some of the best food in the country, as well as being home to port wine – which you can taste in cellars all over the city.
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