Planning your honeymoon in Europe? Let us help inspire the honeymoon of a lifetime. It’s well known that there are dozens of romantic cities across the continent, and each has a rich history, culture, and unique charm. There are so many romantic destinations in Europe, the hardest part will be deciding where to go!
Read on for the best honeymoon destinations in Europe.
Romantic Destinations For A Honeymoon In Europe
Venice is by far one of the most romantic places in Italy, and the world. This small island off the coast of Italy, is just big enough to fit a stunning city on it, and caters perfectly to the romantic at heart. You can walk hand in hand through the narrow streets, catching glimpses of the sea and admiring the stunning architecture along the way.
The Mediterranean-style plazas dotted around Venice are irresistible, and it won’t be long before you find yourself sitting down at one of the many bars with a cool glass of crisp Italian wine in one hand and a honeymoon grin on your face. Don’t forget to visit the grand Piazza San Marco!
Take a gondola ride through the city and see the finest architecture in Venice from the sea. It’ll be just you and your loved one on-board, so you can enjoy the sea breeze and stunning sights alone. Spend your honeymoon at the luxurious Hotel Principe along the waterfront, or the intimate Antico Portego Hotel.
Renowned for romance, this city is also known as the City of Light. It is an enchanting place to come on your honeymoon. Enjoy a lazy morning and sip on a fresh coffee at a quaint patisserie, don’t forget to have a croissant!
Of course, you can’t go to Paris without going up the Eiffel Tower. The views from the top are breathtaking, and the honeymoon pictures you’ll go home with will be the envy of many newlyweds! Or even better yet? Get a hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower!
Tie the knot one more time by attaching a love lock onto The Pont des Arts, the Lock Bridge in Paris where lovers come in the thousands to celebrate their commitment to one another. Stay at the gorgeous Citadines Saint-Germain-des-Pres Hotel or go all in and stay at the 5-star InterContinental Paris Le Grand.
Be sure to also check out our 3 Day In Paris Guide.
Porto is a colorful and vibrant city in the North of Portugal. Its beauty is subtle and surprising, especially since it’s not known as one of the top cities to visit in Europe. The facades of Porto’s buildings are decorated with intricate and eye-catching tiles, the streets are sunny and inviting, and the city is full of scenic views.
Be sure to walk through the old Ribeira neighborhood that is riddled with old houses and timeless bars. It has an authentic feel that you can’t find in many of the big cities in Europe. Fall in love with Porto from above as you walk across the Dom Luis Bridge, which has spectacular views of the river and city in the distance.
Spend the afternoon strolling along the Douro River, the sunsets are absolutely magnificent – and very romantic. Drink a cold beer at one of the bars along the Cais de Ribeira and let the street performer’s melodies enchant you. Before you leave, take a trip to a vineyard in the gorgeous Douro Valley!
When looking at accommodation, consider the Thomas Palace, which has great studio apartments, or a picturesque room at the Charm Palace Porto.
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
This sunny island city off the coast of Spain is the perfect place to come for a relaxing and dreamily delightful honeymoon. You’ll find yourself helplessly falling in love with this beautiful city that offers sandy beaches, mountain views, and historic architecture all at once.
Walk around the Catedral-Basílica de Santa María de Mallorca. Maybe rent a car and discover some of the island’s secluded beaches like Calo des Moro which is less than an hour’s drive from Palma. There’s nothing more appealing than a day on a secret beach with your new spouse.
Spend time together exploring the city’s Old Town, which is bustling with lively tourists and has boutique shops and delicious restaurants. Enjoy some downtime at the perfect honeymoon hotel, like the enchanting Hotel Cappuccino or Hotel Saratoga by the city center.
Oia, Santorini Island, Greece
This small village on the northern part of the volcanic island of Santorini is the perfect honeymoon escape! Oia is great for couples who want to spend their time on the beach, fine dining in romantic restaurants, and enjoying stunning views of the ocean on an idyllic Greek island. You’ll quickly understand why this is one of the best honeymoon places in Europe!
Wander through the narrow streets and admire the white-washed houses that give this village an authentic Greek feel. Watch the sun go down together and fall in love all over again with a gorgeous sunset in the distance.
Some of the best, not to mention most intimate and romantic, restaurants on the island are Ambrosia or Lauda. Make sure you have a glass of the Greek white wine Retsina to celebrate your romantic getaway! Stay at the tranquil and quaint View Hotel, or the superb adults-only Maria’s Place.
Rome has a rich history, delicious Italian cuisine, and an air of romance everywhere you go. Enjoy a romantic and intimate meal at the enchanting Ad Hoc restaurant with the love of your life on one of your nights in Rome.
Stroll to Rome’s famous Trevi Fountain and throw a coin over your left shoulder into the water. The local lore is that one coin will bring you back to Rome – a second honeymoon anyone?
You’ll need the perfect accommodation to go along with your idyllic honeymoon in Rome. Stay in a stylish room at the Little Queen Pantheon or at the exquisite Palazzo Montemartini Rome Hotel.
Barcelona is sunny and warm, and it has it all – beautiful beaches, incredible architecture, and a lively urban scene. The city is divided into distinct districts, each unique. Spend a day walking around the Ciutat Vella, the oldest district in the city, just enjoying one another’s company.
You can’t go to Barcelona without being awed by Gaudi’s famous architecture. The Sagrada Familia and other delights are waiting to be explored by you both! Treat yourselves to a spa day and a couples massage with sea views at the 43 The Spa on the 43rd floor of Hotel Arts.
Book your honeymoon at the adults only Hotel Rec in Ciutat Vella or at the grand Hotel Casa Sagnier in the Eixample district.
For more ideas of what to do in Barcelona be sure to check out The Best Things To Do In Barcelona.
This old city in southern Spain has a bit of everything. It has a rich culture, and was the last place reigned by Moors before they were evicted from Spain in 1492. The rich history of Granada is evident in the mix of architecture around the city.
Take a walk through the Albayzin neighborhood, the streets are narrow and steep but every step takes you somewhere beautiful. Make sure you visit the Alhambra! Then stroll through the city center and stop for tapas at every bar in sight – it’s the only place in Andalucia where a drink comes with a free (yes, free!) tapas!
The Alhambra and Sierra Nevada mountain range are the stars of the show at the stunning viewpoints around the city; the Mirador de San Cristobal and Sacromonte should be at the top of your list! Stay in a simple room at the Macia Monasterio de los Basilios or book to stay in the stunning and historical Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the most gorgeous and romantic cities in Europe and the perfect starting point for your romantic Czech Republic itinerary. As you wander around the city with your loved one you’ll start to feel like you’re in a fairytale. It’s also far less expensive, although equally as romantic, than cities like Rome or Paris.
Stroll across the St. Charles Bridge and wander through the cobblestone streets, lined with quaint shops and food stalls winding up to the Prague Castle. This historic area is also known as the Hradčany and it’s more than just a castle; there are old churches, palaces, courtyards, and gardens you can admire together.
Make sure you’re at Old Town Square to watch the famous medieval Astronomical Clock strike on the hour – it’s sure to surprise and delight you! If you can visit in December, spend time drinking mulled wine and fantasizing about everything to come at a charming Christmas market. Book in at the modern and elegant Almanac X Prague Hotel, or at the charming and budget friendly Questenberk Hotel. Still looking for hotel ideas? Check out our Where To Stay In Prague guide.
Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia. It’s small, tranquil, and charming. There isn’t as much to see and do as in other honeymoon spots, but there are lots of picturesque spots and the kind locals will make you feel at home.
It’s the perfect Europe honeymoon destination for a short, weekend escape or off-the-beaten-path adventurers. Spend time chatting over a coffee at one of the city’s many sweet and quaint cafes, admire the charming buildings, and take some time to connect.
Explore the Bratislava Castle together, then capture some stunning honeymoon photos from the top of the hill with the city and Danube River in background. If you’re looking for some luxury, stay at Marrol’s Boutique Hotel. An alternative is the rustic Apollo Hotel, it’s more affordable and just as romantic!
Budapest is absolutely huge. However, if you’re looking to celebrate your honeymoon, whether it’s with a few lively nights out together, relaxing spa days, or just enjoying each others company and exploring a new city – Budapest has it all. This is a great European honeymoon destination for newlyweds of all ages.
This stunning city sits on a series of natural hot springs that spout mineral-rich water into various thermal baths. One of the most spectacular and intimate is the Gellert Baths. This is an Art Nouveau masterpiece, as well as the perfect place to spend a quiet and romantic day together.
If you want to do something a little different, why not try a cruise along the Danube River with a candlelight dinner? The sunset hour is beautiful, and very romantic! Splash out for your honeymoon and stay at the grand Corinthia Hotel, or save a few bucks and stay at the Gerloczy Boutique Hotel. Also read our guide on where to stay in Budapest.
This enchanting city on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea in Croatia will have you falling in love all over again. The quiet sandy beaches on the outskirts of Split, like Kastelet Beach, are the perfect place to spend time dreaming about your future together.
Split’s ancient roman architecture, delicious fresh fish, and warm weather make this the perfect honeymoon destination for couples who share a love for fine food and history. If you love cooking, head to the Peskarija and Pazar markets together and buy local ingredients for a gourmet meal.
Spend time together wandering through the charming cobblestone streets which wind their way around this stunning city. Stay at a modern and cozy apartment at Heritage Apartments Trumbic or at the luxurious Cornaro Hotel in Old Town.
Cinque Terre, Italy
The five towns that make up the Cinque Terre were built along the Italian Riviera coastline. The colorful buildings, gorgeous sunsets, dreamy beaches and stunning coastal cliffs are the perfect setting for an enchanting European honeymoon destination.
These little fishing villages are known for their rich pesto sauce and delicious fresh seafood. They are also surrounded by vineyards – don’t leave without toasting over a glass of the light and sweet Sciacchetrà wine made in Manarola.
Stay at the 4-star Hotel Porto Roca in Monterosso and enjoy romance in a luxurious clifftop hotel, or book a cozy and affordable room at the Arpaiu in Manarola.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Are you looking for a romantic getaway in Europe, but not feeling drawn to a big city? Then this could be the honeymoon destination of your dreams. Lake Bled has rolling hills and stunning lakes – the perfect honeymoon for a couple who loves nature.
The village is built around a lake that has a tiny island in the middle of it, where the quaint Assumption de Maria church stands. You can hire a wooden boat and row your beloved across the lake and onto the island.
If you love the outdoors, then fall in love with Slovenia exploring the many hiking trails in the area. Spend your honeymoon at the stunning Adora Hotel by the lakeside or opt for a studio with spectacular views and a balcony at the Studio Mulej.
Fall deeper in love walking through the narrow and colorful streets of this enchanting fishing village on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Sit side by side and watch the sky turn golden oranges and deep pinks – romantic sunsets will be a highlight of your honeymoon in Positano.
Enjoy the spectacular sea views and total relaxation of this laid-back village. Take a day trip together to Amalfi or visit the Santa Maria Church. If you love art, explore the town’s art galleries and contemplate the masterpieces on display.
Stay at the elegant and charming 5-star Le Sirenuse or book an affordable room with sea views at the Palazzo Marzoli Charme Resort.
With so many wonderful places to choose from, which will you choose for your honeymoon in Europe?