Leisure travel trend: Honeymooning in Europe

March 20, 2014 |

One of the major trends in leisure travel is honeymooning in Europe. While international travel for a honeymoon in the past was reserved for Mexico, the Bahamas and other Caribbean locales, European destinations are gaining popularity today! This is likely because Americans are getting married later in life – in their late twenties and early thirties – when they are more financially stable. Thus, they are able to spend more to travel to Europe. Additionally, many couples have already been to all of the familiar Caribbean beaches and are looking for fresh, exciting places that offer both luxury and adventure travel. Here are some of the top places for honeymooning in Europe:

Croatia

One interesting trend in European honeymoon travel is visiting the less obvious spots in Eastern Europe, which can also be less expensive than their Western European counterparts. Croatia, on the Dalmatian coast, is one such spot becoming more popular for honeymooners. It offers the old world feel of Europe and stunning Mediterranean beaches at a cheaper price. You can stay in luxury seaside accommodations in the 7th century city of Dubrovnik, see the sites in UNESCO-protected Split or catch some sun, kayak and snorkel on the beautiful island of Korcula. Others like to explore the entire Dalmatian Coast and its various stunning islands and port cities via cruise ship.

France

Paris has been known as the epitome of romance and a popular honeymoon locale, but the French Riviera is an up-and-coming spot for American couples. The French Riviera is famous for its jet-setting crowd, fancy resorts and sparkling beaches. One great place to stay is Nice – a palm tree-laden, beach-filled gem of the French Riviera, that has unique historical sites as well, including Baroque churches and Roman ruins. Nice is also known for its fun nightlife, and it’s a busy place where adventurous couples might like to honeymoon. Cannes is another resort town on the French Riviera that has become a popular honeymoon locale. Though its known for its yearly film festival, Cannes is also a picturesque city with an exclusive vibe that has everything you need to relax.

Italy

Italy as a whole is also known as a romantic country and it’s an excellent place for a honeymoon. Couples who want an isolated, low-key place to stay will enjoy the Tuscan countryside, which is famous for its rolling hills, ancient vineyards, olive groves and sunflowers as far as the eye can see. The Amalfi Coast is another famous resort area for honeymooners, with its shimmering turquoise waters and perfect Mediterranean sands, and the island of Sicily – not a very common destination for Americans – is moving up the ranks as an idyllic spot to experience Southern Italian hospitality, see ancient ruins and relax on the beaches.

If you’re currently planning a honeymoon to Europe, it might be a good idea to hire a travel planner who can help you navigate and secure the best deals!