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Eight European honeymoon ideas

Choosing where to go on your honeymoon is not the easiest task; the world is your oyster after all! Trust us when we say that Europe has changed a lot. There are incredible luxury hotels to rest your head, outstanding culinary experiences to indulge in, stunning coastlines and plenty of hidden beaches to discover. Staying close to home is a trend that’s on the rise, so to help you decide where to go, we have penned a fool-proof shortlist of romantic destinations for an unforgettable European honeymoon, or indeed, a romantic getaway for two.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Amalfi Coast is undeniably glorious, home to a stretch of coastline exploding with character, glamour and elegance. Base yourself in coastal spots like the hilltop town of Ravello or the cliffside town of Sorrento and embark on romantic road trips, cliffside wine tastings and romantic dinners on the region’s panoramic terraces. Boasting one of the most beloved coastal roads in the world, adventurous couples can embark on an exciting road trip, stopping off in charming fishing villages and beautiful wine estates along the way. Home to a selection of elegant seaside properties and restored palaces, it truly is the epitome Italian grandeur.

Douro Valley, Portugal

The Douro Valley is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal. Perfectly suited for romantic moments for two, expect luxurious wine tastings, atmospheric dining experiences and picture-perfect daytime excursions. Staying in the luxurious Six Senses Douro Valley, you’ll be surrounded by thriving vineyards and verdant landscapes as you relax and unwind by the infinity pool or at the award-winning spa. Fantastic for gastronomy lovers and culture enthusiasts alike, it is one of those places where you can both sit back, relax and appreciate the fine things in life.

Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos is a wonderful destination for those who want to spend their honeymoon exploring the beautiful countryside. Surrounded by Mediterranean forests, turtle-nesting beaches and rugged hilltops, it is a landscape calling for romantic picnics, idyllic boat trips and luxury excursions. Anassa Hotel in Paphos is a chic contemporary property that perfectly caters for honeymooners. It boasts one of the world’s best spas, exceptional dining experiences and endless stretches of sandy beach. To truly experience Mediterranean beauty, embark on a blissful sailing trip for two aboard a luxury catamaran.

The French Riviera

The French Riviera is an opulent slice of south-eastern French coastline cooled by the Mediterranean. It has this unspoken hierarchy among glamorous holiday spots and continues to embrace its famous chic elegance. Using Juan les Pins as your base, spoil yourselves with luxury wine tastings, romantic picnics, private sailing trips and Michelin-starred dining experiences. Explore the coastal road of Cap d’Antibes and relax on secluded coves, with Lérins Islands and Estérel Mountains as the backdrop. In the afternoons, stroll through classic French villages and enjoy a glass of local wine as you look out on the wonderful landscape.

Santorini & Mykonos, Greece

In general, the Greek islands exude luxury and romance. What makes Mykonos and Santorini that bit special is that they are home to an impressive selection of luxury boutique properties that offer privacy and exceptional sunset vistas. In Santorini, appreciate good wine, romantic architecture and immaculate coastline. After that bit of well-deserved relaxation after stressful wedding-planning, venture to the livelier island of Mykonos to experience the vibrant nightlife, world-class DJs and some of the best nightclubs in Europe. Home to beautiful beaches, relax with your newlywed on a secluded cove or at a glamorous beach club.

Mallorca, Spain

The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca has a wonderful mix of tropical and Mediterranean landscapes. Home to a wonderful collection of properties, stay in boutique hotels, traditional Spanish country houses or luxury resorts. Whichever part of the island you choose to base yourself from, explore the wonderful untouched countryside dotted with palm trees and olive groves. Spend days exploring underground caves, citrus plantations and bathing in the sheltered coves. Not only is it an island that has a rich cultural heritage, but it is also increasingly becoming renowned as one of the hottest food scenes in Europe. As an island that holds a total of eight Michelin stars, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a spot for a romantic meal.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The city of Dubrovnik is truly stunning. The crystal-clear ocean glistens under the Mediterranean sun, yachts and catamarans dot the marina and medieval walls and terracotta-roofed buildings define the city. Base yourself in the historic properties that have an understated elegance and appreciate the romantic sea views, secluded beachfronts, outstanding spa treatments and al fresco dining. The countryside of Croatia is made up of rugged mountains, picturesque villages and a glorious coastline. Spoil yourselves with luxury excursions and private sailing trips to experience this exact beauty. If you always wanted your honeymoon to be a multi-centre experience, Croatia is perfectly combinable with Montenegro.

Sorrento and Capri, Italy

Capri island is beautifully defined by rugged coastline, spectacular seascape and underwater caves. A wonderful honeymoon suggestion is to combine Sorrento, Capri and the spectacular seascape between. It is perfectly suited to those who want outstanding Mediterranean cuisine and to spend time exploring the Italian landscape. When in Sorrento, explore some of Amalfi’s highlights by car or even by Vespa. Of course, no trip to Sorrento is complete without dining at some of coastline’s most romantic restaurants. Take a private boat trip to Capri, stopping off at the famed grottos and swimming in the ocean. As you arrive in Capri, stroll through the Gardens of Augustus, marvelling at the island’s spectacular views over Faraglioni Rocks and Mount Solaro.

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