From far-flung Greek islands to cosmopolitan city getaways, we’ve handpicked Europe’s most beautiful and romantic escapes for an unforgettable honeymoon.
For fine wine: St Emilion, France
Any couple with a predilection for fine wine will be in nirvana on arrival in the medieval village of St Emilion. World famous for its fine wines, this world heritage site is home to historical vineyards that create the full-bodied, deep reds that have become the district’s hallmark.
As you savour the local grapes in the sunshine, you’ll be swept up in the romance of this charming area, with its golden buildings, cobbled streets and sprawling vineyards.
Where to stay: Relais Franc Mayne
Surrounded by seven acres of thriving vineyards, this intimate hotel exudes rustic charm for a truly romantic stay. The chateau remains a working winery, making wine tasting the order of the day.
For a chic city stay: Lisbon, Portugal
Cobblestone streets, balmy temperatures and medieval architecture… Lisbon makes for an idyllic honeymoon destination.
This ornate city centre is punctuated by century-old trams, 1930s-era cafés and terracotta rooftops. In fact, history is at every corner – meander through a warren of narrow streets hand-in-hand discovering must-see sites such as São Jorge Castle and the imperial Belém waterfront.
Where to stay: Heritage Avenida Liberdade
Escape the buzz of the city in this award-winning boutique hotel right in its centre. The 18th century property has a historic beauty which is hard to resist.
For foodies: Ireland
If you’ve both got a thing for food, there’s nothing better than a Irish gastronomical experience for your honeymoon. From Michelin-starred restaurants to authentic local culinary delights, the Emerald Isle has it all.
Visit the chefs championing the best of Irish produce (fresh Atlantic catches, estate venison, homemade fudge, grass-fed beef), take cooking classes together and have fun foraging in Ireland’s wild countryside for a romantic honeymoon with a foodie edge.
Where to stay: Mount Juliet Country Estate
Make Mount Juliet Country Estate a stop on your foodie adventure – it’s a stunning walled property covering 1,500 acres of sprawling countryside in Co. Kilkenny. Enjoy an authentic Irish stay at this luxury retreat and experience an intimate dinner in the Michelin starred Lady Helen restaurant
For a peaceful island: Paxos, Greece
This five mile stretch of land offers a slice of idyllic island life; quiet, relaxing and secluded. Newlyweds will find it hard not to fall in love with the tiny Ionian gem, with its sun-kissed pebbled beaches, quaint harbour villages and unspoilt coves.
Where to stay: Torri E Merli
For the ultimate romantic retreat head to Torri E Merli, close to the fishing town of Lakka. The property may have an 18th century facade but inside you’ll find a contemporary haven fit for a king and queen. Outside, a glittering infinity pool among olive trees will provide unrivalled romantic memories to start your married life.
For countryside beauty: Lake Garda, Italy
Its beauty has attracted visitors for centuries and Lake Garda has endless treasures to explore. There’s something for everyone, from rugged mountains to pretty waterside towns and luxury boats coasting on its turquoise waters.
Nearby Verona is must-visit day trip; relive Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy at Juliet’s balcony, something of a mecca for young couples.
Where to stay: Agriturismo L’Unicorno
L’Unicorno’s regal nature and period detailing make it an impressive escape for your first holiday as Mr and Mrs. Treat yourselves to the Royal Suite for an unforgettable stay and don’t miss a romantic candlelit dinner in the privacy of the property’s Mirabella terrace.
For cultural city hopping: Switzerland
For a twin city break, Switzerland is for you. Basel is a chic hub fusing Germanic influences with gothic architecture, perfect for couples with a thirst for art. Continue on to Zurich, a city that marries its lovingly-preserved historic centre with contemporary trends, for a vibrant cultural hotspot.
Where to stay: Grand Hotel Le Trois Rois & Romantik Seehotel Sonne
Begin your honeymoon in Basel, checking into the 5* Grand Hotel Le Trois Rois. With the city on your doorstep, this luxurious stay has everything you need for a romantic break; grand suites, remarkable cuisine and top notch service.
Make Romantik Seehotel Sonne your next destination, just outside the city centre set upon the banks of Lake Zurich. The magic of the lake and the charm of the property make this hotel the perfect place to celebrate your marriage.