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The 20+ Best European Honeymoon Destinations by Season, Budget & Interest

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The rich sounds of opera wafting down a Venice canal from your gondola, holding hands atop the Eiffel Tower, a cabana overlooking the glittering Greek Aegean Sea … this is the kind of romance you can expect during a European honeymoon.

Europe’s grand cities, charming towns, idyllic islands, and magnificent beaches mean the continent has endless opportunities for a memorable trip of a lifetime: your honeymoon. If you’re considering a honeymoon in Europe, here’s where you should go, from top urban hubs to gorgeous beach towns to food and wine hotspots.

It’s worth noting that those looking for a more traditional, all-inclusive sand and sun couples trip may be better served with a honeymoon package in the Caribbean. Although all-inclusive properties do exist in Europe, the continent is better for travelers ready to explore and discover the cultural offerings and distinct regional gastronomy during their honeymoon in Europe.

2 Best Urban European Honeymoon Destinations

If you’re looking for a honeymoon filled with leisurely museum visits, ancient ruins, incredible restaurants, top attractions, and plenty of culture, Europe’s many capital cities are the way to go. Here are the top spots for a city honeymoon in Europe.

1. Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is known as one of the most romantic places in Europe. Image Credit: Anthony DELANOIX via Unsplash

No list of best honeymoons in Europe would be complete without mentioning what may just be one of the most romantic cities in the world: Paris. Simply wandering the city is true perfection — strolling the banks of the Seine at dusk, sipping your cafe noir as you people watch, or shopping at many of the city’s luxury boutiques.

While many honeymooners may want to take the iconic visit to the top of the Eiffel Tower, heading to the top of the Arc de Triomphe might be even better. This way, you’re photos will feature the Eiffel Tower in the background, and you can admire the towering iron structure from afar. Wandering the stunning, regal grounds of the Rodin Museum is a more romantic alternative than fighting the tourist crowds at the Louvre. Day trips to nearby destinations like Champagne or Giverny are easy ways to get out of the city for a day and bring on the romance.

Parisian honeymooners on a budget should opt for a quiet picnic in the quaint Luxembourg Gardens or sharing falafel in Le Marais. Meanwhile, those ready to splurge should consider dining at one of the hundreds (yes, hundreds) of Michelin-star restaurants that dot the city’s food scene or an evening dinner cruise on the Seine.

Where To Stay on a Honeymoon in Paris

Luxury honeymooners with a stash of Marriott Bonvoy points should consider properties such as Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris that’s been open for nearly 100 years, with classic art deco rooms and a location just off the Champs-Elysées. Those on a budget can still enjoy Parisian romance at the Off Paris Seine, a floating hotel that sits on the Seine River.

And for those that just can’t get enough of Paris’ most emblematic monument, the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, part of the Accor portfolio, is located at the base of the tower, with rooms that have balconies with close-up views of the incredible structure.

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2. Rome, Italy

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The Italian city of Rome is a popular honeymoon destination. Image Credit: Caleb Miller via Unsplash

Cultural enthusiasts that want a traditional Italian honeymoon should head straight to Rome to do all the typical tourist activities: Make a wish and toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain together, indulge in pizza and gelato to their heart’s content, and tour blockbuster attractions like the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel.

But Rome is more than just its most famous tourist sites. Couples can enjoy calmer activities like strolling hand-in-hand through the city’s Villa Borghese park, wandering the cobbled streets of Trastevere, and snacking on traditional Italian delights at the Testaccio Market.

And while many visitors to Rome wake up early to get a headstart on all the tourist activities before the midday heat sets in, sunset is the city’s most underrated time, where Rome is bathed in a golden glow that inspires romance — and perhaps a shared Aperol Spritz. Some of the best activities to enjoy at sunset include a cruise along the Tiber River or a visit to Aventine Hill for panoramic views of Rome’s roofs as the sun dips below the horizon.

Where To Stay on a Honeymoon in Rome

Honeymooners ready for a splurge should stay at the brand-new Six Senses Rome. The hotel is inspired by Roman history, featuring renovated 600-year-old columns and a baptismal bath that dates back to the fourth century, but still features the utmost luxury and comforts, such as a Roman-inspired bath circuit at the Six Senses Spa and bespoke organic mattress in guestrooms.

For a truly memorable honeymoon, opt for the Palazzo Manfredi. Its guestrooms directly overlook the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, meaning you and your loved one will be snoozing upon 3,000 years of history. If you’re lucky, you may even get a shower with views of the iconic site. Anyone with a sitting pile of Hilton Honors points should consider the Waldorf Astoria Rome, set along 15 acres of hilltop Italian foliage with stunning views of Rome below.

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2 Best Romantic European Honeymoon Destinations

Really want to ring in the romance? These European honeymoon destinations are some of the most romantic in all of Europe.

1. Seville, Spain

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Plaza España in Seville. Image Credit: Shai Pal via Unsplash

Andalusia’s bright sunshine and welcoming charm are perfect for honeymooners looking for cuisine, culture, and plenty of bonding moments. Just roaming the beautiful streets of the town is an intimate date in itself, as you admire the beautiful architecture and historic buildings.

A trip to the Royal Alcázar is a must. You may recognize some of this palace’s elements from Game of Thrones, but the most romantic space to spend time in is the gardens. The palm and orange trees, bougainvillea, lavender blossoms, and trickling fountains feel like you’re walking through a fairytale, not to mention the gardens are home to one of the world’s last functioning hydraulic organs.

Admiring the sunset from Plaza España’s idyllic canals and bridges is another way to bond with your partner. Once it’s dark, catch the passionate, soulful bulerías (flamenco rhythms) at a flamenco show.

If you’re in the market for a day trip, there are so many easy honeymoon getaways close to Seville. Consider a tour of Andalusia’s white villages or visit the famous Alhambra, a fortress and palace located in Granada.

Where To Stay on a Honeymoon in Seville

One of the most famous hotels in Seville, Marriott fans should stay in the Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville, and historic property that dates back to 1928. There’s also the brand new Los Seises Sevilla, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, which has a gorgeous rooftop deck and pool as well as a sherry bar to sample all those Andaluz finos and manzanillas.

For something a little more intimate, consider Casa del Poeta, a former 17th-century mansion with a traditional Andalusian courtyard, home to just 18 rooms.

2. Venice, Italy

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Venice is famous for its gondola rides. Image Credit: Andy Holmes via Unsplash

Venice, also known as the City of Love, is one of the most romantic cities in Europe — there’s a canal around every corner just waiting to be explored. The picturesque hub is also known for its fascinating history and former Italian nobility.

Although Venice can feel touristy at times, visiting in the off-season (months like November, for example) mean you may be able to wind through the waterways in coveted serenity. Besides discovering the canals, a visit to the Italian opera is another activity ideal for couples. And make sure to climb to the top of the San Giorgio Maggiore Campanile, a bell tower that offers stunning views of Venice’s canals and rooftops.

Lovebirds should boat over islands located in the Venetian Lagoon, such as Murano, famous for its Venetian blown glass, and Burano, where they can wander the charming streets lined with colorful, bright buildings. And if, for any reason, Venice’s romance simply isn’t enough, head to the nearby town of Verona, home of the notorious “Romeo and Juliet” love story, or the Strada di Prosecco, a nearby wine region that cultivates prosecco.

Where To Stay on a Honeymoon in Venice

Some of the most romantic (and most opulent) hotels in Venice belong to the Marriott portfolio. There’s the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa, located on its own private island, the Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, which overlooks the famous Grand Canal and is housed in a former 15th-century palace, and the St. Regis Venice, that mixes Venetian history with modern comforts within its 126 guestrooms and suites.

Those looking for a more boutique hotel experience in Venice should opt for the Palazzo Abadessa, a former palace perched on the edge of the Santa Sofia Canal. Its charming garden and opulent, regal furnishings will appeal to couples looking for a true escape into Italian history and culture.

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2 Best European Island Honeymoon Destinations for Sunseekers

It’s true that you won’t find beach weather in most of Europe in the winter (it’s best to opt for a Caribbean honeymoon if you’re seeking fun in the sun from November to March), but if you’re planning a romantic getaway for the summer months, late spring, or early fall, a couple of Europe’s most famous islands should be on your radar.

1. Santorini, Greece

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The whitewashed, blue-domed buildings in Santorini, Greece. Image Credit: Dan via Unsplash

Greece has thousands of islands, so honeymooners looking for a Greek paradise are spoiled for choice, not to mention opportunities to visit the Greek Riviera and the underrated and stunningly beautiful Peloponnese region. But Santorini was made for honeymooners, and it’s easy to get to, as the island features an airport.

While all of the Greek islands have stunning sunsets, you may have seen photos of Santorini’s sunset hues, medleys of coral, golden, and even purple tones that set the sky ablaze with color, overlooking the bright blue domes, whitewashed buildings, and sparkling sea. The best part? Even budget travelers can enjoy these iconic Greek sunsets for free by walking up to viewpoints like the Byzantine castle ruins in Oia.

Foodies and wine-loving couples will also love a Santorini honeymoon, where foods like feta cheese, local honey, tomatoes, and pomegranates taste better than almost anywhere else in the world. The island is also home to around 20 wineries and, according to local claims, some of the oldest vineyards in existence. Honeymooners should taste and tour at wineries such as Sigalas or Santo, which feature several wines made from the local Assyrtiko grape. The unique Venetsanos Winery has stunning views of Santorini’s landscape, carved into the local volcanic rock and offering a special microclimate in which the grapes thrive.

Where To Stay on a Honeymoon in Santorini

Pretty much every hotel in Santorini feels romantic, so it can be hard to decide exactly where to stay. But the new Magma Resort Santorini, part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, feels like the perfect love nest for honeymooners. Some of the 59 guestrooms and suites have private pools and hot tubs, and the hotel’s more remote location away from the crowds of Oia means couples can enjoy a secluded stay. There’s even a lava spa and wellness center that uses local products in its treatments.

In fact, Hyatt has even more properties ideal for couples on the island. There’s the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) property, On the Rocks, a boutique hotel set above Santorini’s famous caldera, the Canaves Oia Boutique Hotel, an all-suite property built into a volcanic cliff that overlooks the Aegean Sea, and the Aressana Spa Hotel, located along the cobblestone streets of Fira.

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If you’re hoping to stay at one of these stunning Hyatt properties on Santorini, but it feels out of budget, you’re not entirely out of luck. It’s simple to earn World of Hyatt points with The World of Hyatt Credit Card. Or, you can earn points that can transfer to the Hyatt program with credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve card or Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

2. Mallorca, Spain

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Mallorca has stunning beach coves with transparent waters. Image Credit: Eugene Zhyvchik via Unsplash

Mallorca is a dreamy Spanish Balearic island made for honeymooners: It’s not quite as wild as party sister Ibiza but offers more to do, see, and explore than its sleepy neighbor Menorca.

Couples should start in the island’s capital, Palma de Mallorca, to discover the city’s top sites, like the cathedral and the city’s old town. Heading up to the hilltop, 14th-century Castell Bellver offers panoramic views of Palma, Mallorca, and the Mediterranean Sea.

The island is perfect for explorers that want to discover secluded beach coves with warm, clear waters, especially along the east coast. Calo del Moro is a small stretch of sand flanked by cliffs, while Cala d’Egos is a secluded cove only reachable by boat or via a steep, rocky path.

Mallorca also has many beautiful villages that dot the island’s seaside and hilly landscape. Valldemossa is set amid the Tramuntana Mountains, and the winding streets of Fornalutx are worth walking. Sóller is a sleepy fishing town, and Portocolom’s colorful waterfront buildings make for the perfect honeymoon photo backdrop.

Where To Stay on a Honeymoon in Mallorca

One of the island’s newest hotel ventures is Son Bunyola, set amid 1,300 acres of vineyards, olive groves, and Spanish countryside. Part of the Virgin Group, this hotel is ideal for honeymooners that want to get away from it all.

Although Hyatt has several SLH properties on Mallorca, the one that really screams honeymoon is Can Ferrereta, an adults-only (14+) property that almost feels like you’re lodging in your very own Mediterranean mansion. And let’s not forget about the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca, a sprawling property overlooking the sea that was recently renovated last year. Its proximity to Palma makes it the perfect hotel for those looking to be close to all the action.

2 Best Luxury European Honeymoon Destinations

We may sound like a broken record, repeatedly touting honeymoon destinations in France, Italy, and Spain. The truth is, Europe has so many truly iconic destinations for a memorable honeymoon — but some of the best just happen to be in those countries. And if you’re looking to really throw down for your honeymoon, no holds barred, these are the best destinations for exclusivity and luxury.

1. Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Amalfi’s clifftop villages overlook the sea. Image Credit: Tom Podmore via Unsplash

For the ultimate beauty and opulence, consider the Amalfi Coast — its jaw-dropping scenery will encourage romance at every turn. Honeymooners are spoiled for choice along the coast, with the option of choosing villages like Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi, or quieter spots like Praiano, Maiori, and Minori, among others. Though not directly located on the Amalfi Coast, we’re going to group Capri in with these towns — locals and visitors flock to the island to enjoy upscale, elite travel experiences.

While no amount of money can ensure you won’t have to climb a few (or a lot of steps) throughout these seaside cliff villages, the views along this famed Italian coast are worth it. In fact, some may say this region is one of the most romantic spots in the world. Some of the most exclusive activities for honeymooners include boat rentals, chartered boat cruises, Michelin-star dining, private winery tours, beach clubs, and convertible and Vespa rentals and tours.

Even couples ready to throw down for every splurge should know that the season has much to do with Amalfi’s prices. Summer (specifically, July and August) can be crowded, and this demand increases prices, so keep in mind when planning your trip.

Where To Stay on a Honeymoon in Amalfi Coast

One of the most romantic hotels along the Amalfi Coast is the Caruso, A Belmond Hotel in Ravello, a former 11th-century palace with an infinity pool that stretches precariously over the lapping waves of the Mediterranean. Alternatively, there’s the Anantara Convento di Amalfi Grand Hotel, a former 13th-century convent-turned-hotel that fans of boutique properties will love. Each of its 52 rooms comes with incredible views of the sea and coastline.

For those that prefer the glamour of Positano, Le Sirenuse is an elegant, adults-only hotel that’s colorful Italian decor and luminosity inspire those dolce vita (sweet life) vibes in all of its guests — and brings on the romance for honeymooners thanks to its intimate, sea-facing restaurants.

2. Cote D’Azur, France

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Eze is an idyllic town on the French Riviera. Image Credit: V2F via Unsplash

Those that want a sexy, sophisticated honeymoon should choose the French Riviera to enjoy long summer nights of glitz and glamour in St. Tropez and beach days in Cannes. Just know that this stretch of coastal French landscape is both busiest and best in the summer months, so expect to pay top dollar for lodging, dining, and activities.

But it’ll be worth it when you’re cruising along the Mediterranean Sea in a private yacht charter or strolling through lavender fields hand-in-hand in nearby Provence. Logistically, you have plenty of villages and towns to visit, as the coast begins in the area around St. Tropez and ends at the Italian border, encompassing popular destinations like Monaco, Nice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and Cannes.

Some of the most romantic destinations are some of the tinier towns along the coast. Rent a convertible or luxury car and cruise along, stopping at hilltop villages like Èze and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, or, further inland, the medieval village of Sainte-Agnès.

And there’s nothing that bonds a couple like a shared scent. Stop in the town of Grasse, home to dozens of perfume factories, to take a perfume-making workshop or tour.

Where To Stay on a Honeymoon in Cote D’Azur

One of the most famous hotels on the French Riviera is the Hotel-Du-Cap Eden Roc, and we love it just as much as we love the Eden Roc — St. Barths, which is basically the Cote D’Azur with a Caribbean twist. With luxury features such as a Dior Spa, sea-facing suites, and a renowned classic history, this hotel is the place to see and be seen.

The landmark Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel offers private luxury — think suites with infinity pools perched over the Mediterranean, exclusive Michelin-star dining options, and a specifically curated wine collection, namely, French varieties, including a wine cellar with rare vintage bottles. And of course, there’s the famous St. Tropez institution, Cheval Blanc, which claims to run on “Tropezian time.” We deem that to mean ravishing about in the oceanfront rooms or by the hotel’s seaside infinity pool.

2 Best Affordable European Honeymoon Destinations

Not everyone can justify spending thousands on a honeymoon. If you use your points and miles wisely, there’s a good chance you may just get your flight to Europe or hotel for (nearly) free. But heading to a destination that’s more affordable can help budget honeymooners stay on track financially while still having a magical vacation. These spots are incredibly beautiful and full of culture and history, but they won’t break the bank.

1. Lisbon, Portugal

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When Lisbon’s hills become too much, catch the tram. Image Credit: o André Lergier via Unsplash

Although the Portuguese capital has been deemed a bit of a hotspot lately, the city has still managed to retain its affordability. First of all, walking the hilly city’s unique neighborhoods is a free activity that everyone should do. From the hilltop Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest district, to the shopping district of Chiado and the galleries of Barrio Alto, you’ll never get bored admiring the faded, tiled buildings and gorgeous rooftop views — and don’t forget to catch the famous tram when you tire of walking.

Affordable activities include wine tasting throughout the city, chowing down on famous Portuguese tarts, pasteis de nata, and heading up to one of the many viewpoints to enjoy bird’s eye views of Lisbon. Really, couples can easily spend their honeymoon doing free or low-cost activities in and around this city.

If you want to get out of town and head to the beach or visit one of Portugal’s most impressive and colorful palaces, hop on the train to enjoy the golden sands of Cascais or the Palacio Pena and National Park in Sintra.

Where To Stay on a Honeymoon in Lisbon

Honeymooners don’t have to sacrifice design and style if they’re on a budget. Stays at The Vintage are sexy and fun, with unique touches like vintage bar carts and local artwork in guestrooms. Those with IHG points should consider the Convent Square Lisbon, Vignette Collection, a luxury hotel housed in a former 13th-century Dominican convent.

And while the city has several Marriott options, The Ivens, Autograph Collection, home to 87 rooms and suites right in the middle of the city center. Rooms are luminous, and many have beautiful, European-style Juliet balconies, so you can admire all the action down below from your peaceful and comfortable room.

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2. Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague is one of Europe’s most affordable honeymoon destinations. Image Credit: Martin Krchnacek via Unsplash

The flowing Vltava River, a hilltop castle, and fairytale winding streets — Prague was made for lovers. And the best news is that it’s one of Europe’s most affordable capital cities for couples that want to eat, drink, and enjoy a Bohemian-style honeymoon that won’t break the bank.

Couples can grab beers at many bars and restaurants in the capital for just a couple of dollars, and meals can cost as little as $10. There’s also plenty of street food to sample on the cheap, like Czech sausages, potato pancakes, and mulled wine.

Tickets to enter the Prague Castle premises (one of the largest in Europe) start at around $12, but the castle complex is like an entire city. You can spend the whole day roaming around, visiting cathedrals, the old palace, the Golden Lane, basilicas, the bell tower, and more, which makes the entrance fee well worth it. Honeymooners should also cross the many bridges that span the river, including the famous Charles Bridge and the Love Lock bridge, which, as its name suggests, is covered in locks.

Where To Stay on a Honeymoon in Prague

Hyatt fans should use their points to stay at the Andaz Prague, a relatively new property with guestrooms that blend the local heritage with modern comforts, a short walk away from Old Town Square.

For a more boutique experience, consider the Golden Well Hotel. With just 17 rooms and suites, the hotel feels decidedly intimate, and its rooftop terrace sits just beneath Prague Castle. Meanwhile, the Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa‘s tagline is “the most romantic hotel in Prague,” and we might have to agree, thanks to its 4-poster beds, glitzy chandeliers, and regal ambiance.

Best European Honeymoon Destinations by Month and Season

One of the most popular times to visit Europe is summer. This is when the continent sees the warmest weather and the most visitors — it’s high season. Just know that visiting many spots in summer means more tourists and higher prices. Below, we’ll offer some suggestions on where to go and when to travel for the perfect honeymoon.

Winter Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

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Skiing in Switzerland makes for a memorable honeymoon. Image Credit: Victor He by Unsplash

Those that ski, love snow, or want to get into the holiday spirit should consider a honeymoon in winter in Europe. There are even a couple of places where you may see sunshine and feel warm temps.

  • Best Honeymoon Spots in Europe in December: This is the perfect month to see all of Europe’s beautiful Christmas decor, visit holiday markets, and warm up with mulled wine. Some of the best destinations for a European honeymoon in December are places like Vienna, Munich, and Prague.
  • Best Honeymoon Spots in Europe in January: January is one of the most affordable times to visit Europe. Although it’s cold, winter is ideal for a skiing honeymoon. Head to destinations like Switzerland, the Italian Alps, or Andorra.
  • Best Honeymoon Spots in Europe in February: Another affordable time to visit Europe, honeymooners should head to destinations like Tenerife or Madiera — the few places which may offer winter sun. Or, head to Iceland to see the northern lights.

Spring Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

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You’ll find fewer crowds in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in spring. Image Credit: Matthias Mullie via Unsplash

Flowers are blooming, and the sun begins to shine down on Europe in spring. Here are the best places to go in Europe for a spring honeymoon.

  • Best Honeymoon Spots in Europe in March: Although March can be rainy, Malta is a great place to get warmer temperatures and possible sunshine. It’s also a nice time to visit destinations like Rome or Barcelona, which get hot and crowded as spring goes on and summer rolls in.
  • Best Honeymoon Spots in Europe in April: With spring in full force, head to destinations like Croatia, Venice, and Seville, where local festivals and blooming flowers offer a full immersion into the local culture and landscape.
  • Best Honeymoon Spots in Europe in May: Much of Europe, especially the Mediterranean countries, comes alive in May. It’s the ideal time to go almost anywhere in Europe. Many destinations see beautiful, warm weather that’s not too hot, and most destinations aren’t too inundated with summer travelers just yet. Visit countries like Spain, Greece, Italy, and France in May for lovely weather and fewer crowds.

Summer Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

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Norway is especially idyllic in summer. Image Credit: Tobias Tullius via Unsplash

Summer is sweltering in Europe, but that’s all part of the fun, right? Head south to enjoy beach vibes or north to beat the heat.

  • Best Honeymoon Spots in Europe in June: The sun is in full force in most of Europe, and it’s the perfect time to visit destinations like Santorini or Mallorca before the summer (July and August) crowds and prices kick in.
  • Best Honeymoon Spot in Europe in July: If you’re going to the Cote D’Azur for your honeymoon, you’ll want to enjoy all the fabulous, luxurious activities, like visiting busy beach clubs and chartering yachts, so July is your month. For those that want something a bit more off-the-beaten-path, Montenegro is an up-and-coming, underrated honeymoon destination perfect in July.
  • Best Honeymoon Spots in Europe in August: August is busy and crowded in Europe, as most Europeans flee the hot cities for the breeze of the seaside. While busy, it’s an ideal time to visit the Baltics, like Estonia or Latvia; for an alternative honeymoon, head to the Nordic countries like Sweden, Finland, and Norway for some midnight sun.

Fall Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

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A misty morning in Tuscany. Image Credit: Ken Shono via Unsplash

Fall is one of the most idyllic times to visit Europe. Crowds disperse, prices drop, and foodies and wine enthusiasts won’t be able to get enough of harvest season, from mushrooms to wine and beyond.

  • Best Honeymoon Spots in Europe in September: While Paris is always a good idea, September’s back-to-school and fashion week vibes make the French capital an exciting place to be as summer molds into fall. The Amalfi Coast is also one of the best destinations to visit in September, as the summer crowds disperse and prices drop, but there’s still pleasant weather and lots to do and see.
  • Best Honeymoon Spots in Europe in October: October is harvest season in much of Europe, the optimal time for foodies and wine lovers to head to destinations like Bordeaux or Sicily. It’s also a lovely moment to visit many of the Greek Islands for sea and sunshine with fewer tourists and lower prices.
  • Best Honeymoon Spots in Europe in November: Watch the leaves change color in destinations like Tuscany or Lisbon, both of which still have pleasant weather but way fewer crowds and tourists as autumn makes its full arrival.
Bottom Line:

Get creative with timing when it comes to your European honeymoon. Consider things like your budget, heat, sunshine, and specific destinations and activities when planning where and when to go. Winter may be an unlikely choice, but it could end up being spectacular. Likewise, don’t discount shoulder season (May, June, September, and October). This is when you may have great weather, see fewer crowds, and still get great prices.

Final Thoughts

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Mallorca combines seaside fun with history and culture. Image Credit: Daniel Frank via Unsplash

European honeymoons offer it all: sunny beach days, romantic city tours, and delicious cuisine and wine. With destinations for every budget and interest, honeymooners can choose from fancy ski trips, glamorous French seaside escapes, affordable Eastern European adventures, and relaxing beach breaks. Whatever you’re looking for in a honeymoon, Europe has it — all year long.

If you are thinking of honeymooning somewhere other than Europe, you might want to read our guide on the best honeymoon destinations in the U.S.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which European country is best for a honeymoon?

Some of the best countries for a European honeymoon include Greece, France, Italy, and Spain. While many destinations in Europe can offer couples romantic and memorable honeymoons, places like Santorini, Paris, Mallorca, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast are some of the most popular.

Which month is best for a honeymoon in Europe?

If you’re wondering what the best destinations are in Europe for a honeymoon by month, it depends on your interests and budget. You can visit Europe year-round, but shoulder season (months like May, June, September, and October) is ideal. These months are less crowded, more affordable, and still have great weather. Our favorite months for a honeymoon in Europe are June and September.

How many days do you need for a honeymoon in Europe?

You should plan to be in Europe for at least a week (7 days) to really enjoy your honeymoon. If you can take 2 weeks (14 days), that’s even better. This means you can visit more a few destinations and really have time to relax and spend with your significant other.

How long should you plan for a European vacation?

To really maximize your time, plan to be in Europe for at least a week or 2 weeks. This way, you can visit a couple of different destinations and have time to relax and enjoy. However, you can visit Europe for a long weekend, especially from the east coast, or spend a full month there. U.S. travelers can stay in EU countries for up to 90 days if they wish.

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About Lori Zaino

Lori is an intrepid traveler who loves creating itineraries that exude “luxe on a budget.” She’s written for CNN, NBC, The Infatuation, and more, and loves to muse about points-fueled trips to Sri Lanka, Sicily, and Myanmar.

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