The word ‘honeymoon’ usually conjures visions of turquoise sea and white sandy beaches lined with luxury villas, and while for some a luxury honeymoon by the sea is our idea of heaven, the rest of us are craving something a little bit different. We’ve scoured the web for the very best offbeat honeymoon destinations in Europe, to find a true taste of adventure all just a short flight (or train ride!) away. Stick the kettle on, grab your spouse-to-be and let us take you on a unique tour of our favourite hidden honeymoon gems! Then, all you need to do is decide what to put on your honeymoon packing list!
Here’s our round-up of offbeat honeymoon destinations in Europe.
Flight time: 2 hours 15 minutes
A cultural and historic oasis, Istria offers multiple holidays rolled into one with its varied yet compact landscape. You can swim in the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea one day and visit the Motovun Castle before a wine and olive oil tasting in the vineyards the next.
At just 80 x 80 kilometres, you can explore the entire region during your stay, or simply select some highlights and spend the rest of the time curled up in one of Istria’s romantic boutique hotels – heaven!
Flight time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Nestled on the harbour, surrounded by seven mountains and fjords, Bergen is a colourful honeymoon hideaway packed with charm. The city is full of brightly coloured houses and boasts a thriving cultural scene ideal for those looking to get lost in a museum for the afternoon.
For something a little more active, why not book a fjord excursion? The breath-taking landscape is the stuff of fairy tales and mountain top restaurants offer some of the most Instagram-worthy lunch views in the world.
Flight time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Another fantastic all-rounder, Estonia’s culturally rich capital, Tallinn is the perfect pick for honeymooners wishing to do it all. The versatile destination combines historic sites with a lively nightlife and plenty of green views.
Medieval Tallinn Old Town is packed full of bars, restaurants, museums and galleries to keep you entertained and, if you fancy picking up the pace, the city’s business centre is just a stone’s throw away. The thriving, modern district offers fantastic shopping and luxury hotels nestled in trendy neighbourhoods.
Rügen island, Germany
Flight time: Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes to mainland Germany plus train or ferry
With unspoilt sandy beaches, heritage forests and dazzlingly white cliffs, Rügen has all the charm of a far-off exotic location with plenty more going on behind the stunning scenery. Hiking and cycling are among the most popular activities on the island, so it’s the ideal choice for couples looking for an action-packed adventure.
Whether you’re looking to chill out at beachside bars or build up an appetite trekking through the island, you’ll find plenty of restaurants serving up hearty food with a Scandinavian twist to keep you going. Plus, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation with everything from beachside villas to luxury hotels on offer.
Flight time: Approx. 2 hours 50 minutes to Reykjavik plus 40-minute flight to Ísafjörður
One of the most active offbeat honeymoon destinations in Europe, the Icelandic fishing town gives couples the chance to play golf, hike, bike, ride horses, ski and kayak! For those looking to slip into something a little more glam and take in some culture, the resort also hosts theatre and classical music festivals annually.
Keep your eyes peeled as you explore this magical place as it’s known to boast a wildlife population David Attenborough would be proud of; Arctic foxes, whales and seals can all be spotted in and around Ísafjörður.
Who said you need to hop on a plane to find the perfect offbeat honeymoon destination in Europe? Certainly not us! Staying in the UK can be a real honeymoon money saver, plus what better place to relax after your fairy tale wedding than this idyllic fairy tale North Eastern landscape?
Northumberland boasts more castles than any other county in England, including Alnwick castle the setting for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies! Once you’re done checking out romantic ruins, head to the Dark Sky Park and catch a shooting star or two for a truly magical evening. At the end of the night retire to the honeymoon accommodation of your choosing, you’ll find everything from farmhouse B&Bs to boutique spas and grand hotels here.
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