10 Lesser-Known Honeymoon Spots In Europe

10 Lesser-Known Honeymoon Spots In Europe
Teesha
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Whether you are planning your first, second or the nth honeymoon, it is always going to be special and exciting. Talking about traveling and romance in one sentence, Europe is what comes to my mind instantly. Known to be the home of some beautiful and romantic destinations across the globe, Europe has earned its reputation amongst honeymoon goers. And this certainly makes it a cliche. Now, if a cliche is not your thing and the idea of a romantic vacation revolves around going off the beaten track, these 10 lesser-known honeymoon spots in Europe are for you. Sit with your spouse and read this through.

1. Reykjavík, Iceland

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We all know how beautiful Iceland is. And we all know how its capital city, Reykjavik, is famous for its connection with the famous movie franchise Star Wars. Little do we know that this scenic city can be an ideal choice for honeymoon goers. With its lifestyle displaying an eclectic blend of modernity and tradition, Reykjavik is one of the safest, cleanest and greenest cities on earth. Located far up north, just below the Arctic Circle, this Icelandic city is rightly known as the land of astounding natural wonders. Some of the most exciting things that you can do here as a couple are clubbing, visiting art museums, whale watching, taking a helicopter ride, and more. Also, you can witness the beautiful Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis if you plan your honeymoon in the months from September to March.

Things to Know

Best Time to Visit: June to August; Summer is the Best Time to Visit

Where to Stay: Kvosin Downtown Hotel offers Stylish Apartment-style Rooms Ideal for Couples

Places to Visit: Settlement Museum, Saga Museum, Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrímskirkja Church, Blue Lagoon, Silfra fissure, and Thingvellir National Park.

Things to Do: Whale-watching at Husavik, enjoying the local Icelandic cuisine, road-tripping to Landmannalaugar

Website: Visit Reykjavik

2. Corsica, France

Corsica forever
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Situated between Italy and France, Corsica can be a brilliant choice for a romantic getaway. The mesmerising geographical diversity of this super-small island will take you by surprise. From endearing hilltop villages, exotic beaches, rugged peaks to its dense forests, you can experience pure bliss wherever you go. You can book a secluded villa or cottage in Corsica to gift yourself some private moments with your beloved. This Mediterranean island comes fringed with the clearest and bluest of waters, which is why it is being chosen as an alternative to mainstream destinations like Greece and Turkey by honeymoon goers these days.

Things to Know

Best Time to Visit: Between October and June; Spring or Fall is the Best Time to Visit

Where to Stay: La Signoria, a Mediterranean-inspired hotel with spa and fine dining is worth considering.

Places to Visit: Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Gulf of Porto, Bouches de Bonifacio Nature Reserve, Bastia, Beaches near Porto Vecchio, Castagniccia Region, GR20 Hiking Trail, and Valdo-Niello Forest.

Things to Do: Island hiking, water sports, cultural exploration, coastal drives etc.

Website: Visit-Corsica

3. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium
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Have you always dreamt of a fairytale honeymoon in a medieval, European town? If so, Bruges is certainly for you. Unconventional yet picturesque, this Belgian city has romance flowing in its air. Popped out of a storybook, this medieval town is home to soaring church spires, cobbled streets, and chic market areas. Enveloped in its fuzzy warmth, Bruges will cast an enchanting spell on you. An evening stroll around its dreamy canals will take the romantic quotient of your holiday up by a notch.

Things to Know

Best Time to Visit: June to August; Summer is the Best Time to Visit

Where to Stay: Hotel Prinsenhof Bruges is known as one of the best hotels for honeymooners in Bruges

Places to Visit: Basilica of the Holy Blood, Markt, Town Hall, Liberty of Bruges, Groeninge Museum, Church of Our Lady, Dijver Mansions, De Halve Maan Brewery.

Things to Do: Try Some freshly-brewed beer at the De Halve Maan Brewery, visit the Chocolate Museum - Choco-Story, go sightseeing, evening walks by the canals, visit Bruge’s small Hof Arents Park, spend time at the Lake of Love.

Website: Visit Bruges

4. French Riviera, France

French Riviera
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If you thought honeymoon in France was all about Paris, French Riviera will certainly prove you wrong. Also called Côte d'Azur, this beautiful place is the house to several opulent coastal resorts, sun-kissed beaches, and spectacular mountains. Not to miss, French Riviera is popular for its mild weather and Cannes film festival. With opulence reeking from every aspect, French Riviera can be a delight for honeymooners who crave for an offbeat European vacation.

Things to Know

Best Time to Visit: April, June, September and October are the best months to visit.

Where to Stay: Hotel Royal Bon Repos is one of the finest place to stay

Places to Visit: Monte Carlo, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Aix-en-Provence, and Nice.

Things to Do: Visit the famous museums, soak up the sun at St. Tropez, get a feel of the glamour and glitz in Cannes, enjoy the scenes in Eze, and feel the old-world French charm in Nice.

Website: FrenchRiviera-Tourism

5. La Rioja, Spain

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With La Rioja, your offbeat European dreams can come true and how. This northern region in Spain can help you steal some peaceful and romantic moments with your spouse. Packed with stunning panoramas, delectable wine, and yummy cuisine, La Rioja has a lot that you can explore as a couple. Book your tickets to La Rioja today and raise a toast to a happy future together.

Things to Know

Best Time to Visit: April to June, September, and October are the best months to visit.

Where to Stay: Hotel Arrope

Places to Visit: Logrono, Arnedillo and Around, Hara, San Millan de Cogola, Najera, Briones and Santo Domingo.

Things to Do: Museo de la Rioja, Restaurante Amelibia, Vivanco, Bar Torrecilla, Monasterio de Suso, La Cocina de Ramon, Catedral de Santa María de la Redonda and Bar A Tu Gusto.

Website: LaRiojaTurismo

6. Algarve, Portugal

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Located in the south of Portugal, Algarve is an ideal offbeat destination for honeymooners. Endowed with idyllic beaches, clifftop fishing villages, and a soothing Mediterranean climate, this place has been winning a lot of hearts lately. Algarve is packed with incredibly beautiful nature and hence, it is a perfect place for couples.

Things to Know

Best Time to Visit: May and June, September and October are the best months to visit.

Where to Stay: Conrad Algarve

Places to Visit: Ponta Da Piedade, Alvor, And Monchique.

Things to Do: Albufeira, indulge in active leisure and extreme sports, Portuguese cemeteries, try Portuguese cuisine.

Website: Visit Algarve

7. Seiser Alm, Italy

Gasthaus Frommer Seiser Alm
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Seiser Alm is a honeymooners’ dream tucked in the lap of Italian Alps. Located in the mighty Dolomite mountain range in northern Italy, Seiser Alm is known for its rolling landscape. Draped in the silver white snow in the winters and lush greens in the summers, the beauty of this place is simply spellbinding. You can enjoy a peaceful and romantic honeymoon with your better half here.

Things to Know

Best Time to Visit: All year around

Where to Stay: Hotel Ritsch

Places to Visit: Castelrotto Village, Tisana, Tagusa, San Valentino, San Vigilio, San Michele.

Things to Do: Winter sports, horse riding, hiking and mountaineering.

Website: Seiser Alm

8. Biarritz, France

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Biarritz is a sprawling cosmopolitan in the Bay of Biscay in France. Lined with beautiful beaches and golf courses, this place is a good pick for a sports-loving couple and provides several opportunities for sports enthusiasts. It has a temperate oceanic climate that makes it a good place to visit.

Things to Know

Best Time to Visit: June to August are the best months to plan a honeymoon to Biarritz.

Where to Stay: Hotel de Silhouette

Places to Visit: Grande Plage, Musee de la Mar, Anglet, Pharre de Biarritz, Chapelle Imperiale

Things to Do: San Sebastian and Biarritz, walking historical tour of Biarritz, Basque-French coastline experience, Cinéma Le Royal, and Parc Mazon

Website: Biarritz Toursim

9. Bergen, Norway

Bergen, Norway

Surrounded by seven hills and seven fjords, Bergen is an enthralling city which is located in northwestern Norway. It was one of the important seaports, a member of the Hanseatic League, as well as Norway’s capital during the Medieval era. Lined by colorful houses and ferry boats, Bergen can fulfill your promise of romance.

Things to Know

Best Time to Visit: May is the best time of the year

Where to Stay: Marken Gjestehus

Places to Visit: Kode, Bergen Cathedral, Bryggen, Ole Bull Museum, Bergen Kunsthall, Kode 3

Things to Do: Segway Tour, sight-Seeing, bergen shore excursion, try local cuisine

Website: Visit Bergen

10. Hiddensee Island, Germany

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Quirky, offbeat and more, the Hiddensee Island is a beautiful landmass in the Baltic Sea. Being totally car-free, this island gives you the liberty to explore the area on foot. This is basically a tiny patch of land with the population as low as 1100. Being a remote German island, this place can give you a personalized vacation with your sweetheart.

Things to Know

Best Time to Visit: All year round

Where to Stay: Radisson Sas Resort, Trent

Places to Visit: Dornbusch Lighthouse, Heimatmuseum Hiddensee, Gerhart-Hauptmann-Haus,

Things to Do: Spend a day at the beach, visit the lighthouse, book a spa session, explore the Island on foot.

Website:

Get ready for a romantic european escapade

Nice, France
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With these 10 offbeat destinations before you, choosing the best one shouldn’t be a lot of trouble. Just book your tickets and enjoy a rejuvenating honeymoon. You can choose these places on the basis of which month you plan to visit. Europe can be a heaven for honeymooners who do not want to visit the cliched streets of Switzerland and Paris. These places are relatively unexplored and off the beaten track. Doesn’t this make them even more exciting?

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Hello. I'm Teesha, a freelance writer and an aspiring travel blogger. My affair with travelling doesn't have a lot of history as of now but I'm determined to make it one of the most passionate love...Read more

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