Romantic honeymoon destinations in Europe
A brief overview of eight ideal honeymoon destinations in Europe
The need for romance
There are a number of great destinations throughout Europe where a couple can travel for a romantic honeymoon, some of which may not at first glance appear obvious. However, those outlined within this article are perhaps amongst the most special of these idyllic honeymoon locations.
Eight romantic destinations
Renowned throughout the world, Paris is the capital of love. With its beautiful buildings, great attractions and romantic restaurants and hotels, every newlywed will find himself or herself pampered in this wonderful city. Seal your future with a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower or on the Arc d'Triumphe and then take a romantic dinner trip along the Seine.
Rome is another European city synonymous with romance. A city steeped in history. Enjoy trips around the historic monuments, such as the Coliseum, and marvel at the relaxed and crazy lifestyle and driving of the Italians. Then you can relax at the end of the day and enjoy being serenaded in a romantically lit restaurant at night. Walk back to your hotel in the moonlight and you will just have to smile into the eyes of your loved one.
Every newlywed couple has to experience the closeness of a gondola ride, taking you around one of the most different cities of the world. Alternatively, with freedom from traffic, you can walk for hours through the paved squares, marvelling at the way the buildings rise like Atlantis out of the sea, and accompanied by pigeons and the bird of love, the doves.
What better way to spend of setting a romantic honeymoon mood than dancing the night away at the Vienna opera. Ladies, let him whisk you off your feet to the accompaniment of the music from the pen of some of the world's most famous composers. You should also take a stroll along the embankment of the Danube and dine on a wonderful river restaurant. Vienna is a city of smiles and emotion.
London is possibly the most cosmopolitan city in the world, yet perhaps that is what makes its city centre so romantic. Mingle with the multi-lingual travellers, wonder at the sites and sound that surround the place where the mother of parliament was born. Spend an evening in theatre land after shopping in the world famous "Harrods" store, before retiring to a night of sheer luxury at the famous Savoy hotel.
Spain's second city is a maze of beautiful building, combining modern with old, and it is also home to one of the friendliest people in the world. A horse drawn ride through the town will start your holiday off in a relaxed style. For refreshment, you have to visit some of the many multinational restaurants and bars and dine on the tradition dish of paella, cooked in a variety of different ways.
There is nowhere in the world that honeymooners will get a warmer welcome than from the Irish. They are a unique people who make it their life's mission to make others welcome and draw them into a wonderful community. Ask an Irish person for help and they will go out of their way to ensure that help is provided, irrespective of what that need is. Of course, the whole journey will be conducted to the words of an Irish story, for the Irish are inveterate spinners of yards. If they find that you are honeymooning, the ensuing celebrations will last for days. A word of caution though - it is a good idea to get a night's sleep before you tell them, because the Irish do not understand the concept of "last orders."
8) Lake Geneva
The hotels on the shores of Lake Geneva are idyllically set, with bedrooms overlooking the lake where you can rest in a calmness and enjoy your romance and, behind you, the Swiss mountains will rise high into the sky. You have to allocate at least one day for a very special three leg journey. First, take a train up to the top of a mountain, where stunning views will confirm your feelings of being on top of the world. Then return to the lake by cable car and join a pleasure boat to complete the triangular voyage back to the hotel; a triple romantic treat.
A happy honeymoon is between you, your loved one and the setting. Love will make anywhere in the world romantic but these European locations will add those extra special memories to your honeymoon experience.