Beach destinations are for many the epitome of a honeymoon trip. But for many modern newlyweds, as fun as unwinding by the sea might be, the culture, entertainment and general hustle and bustle enjoyed on cheap city breaks is a far more attractive prospect. What’s more, there are many cities that also offer a great deal of romance. Take a look at some of the suggestions below and if any of them take your fancy, follow this link to find out more about booking.
Is there any holiday activity in the world more romantic than being escorted via gondola along the ancient canals of Venice as the sun sets? The famed Italian city is perhaps the most romantic of all city break destinations, making it ideal for honeymoons.
While most famous for its waterways, Venice, built on 118 small islands in the lagoon where the mouths of the Po and Piave rivers join, is also home to stunning architecture, such as that found at the Piazza San Marco and Palazzo dei Dogi. There are also numerous galleries and museums to explore, not to mention dozens of excellent restaurants serving some of the best food in Italy – perfect for a romantic dinner for two as newlyweds.
Barcelona’s artistic and cultural heritage make it one of the world’s most popular city break destinations, and these qualities also make it a great place for honeymooners with a love of galleries and museums. Make sure to check out the Museu Picasso, Barcelona’s most-visited museum where you can view a number of the artist’s early works and learn more about his life and travels, as well as the CaixaForum, which houses an extensive private collection of contemporary art.
Barcelona is also famous for its architecture, with the works of Antoni Gaudí among the most recognisable. A trip to Parc Guell is a great way to see some of the renowned architect’s weird and wonderful creations, as well as offering the chance for a romantic stroll and the opportunity to enjoy some amazing views out over the city.
For sheer class and style, it’s hard to beat the French Riviera and Nice combines the glamour and sophistication of the region with art, history and culture. Here you have the choice of relaxing by the waterfront, cocktail in hand, at one of the city’s many trendy bars or restaurants, as well as exploring the romantic old town, the ancient Roman ruins and Nice’s many museums and art galleries.
Nice is also the perfect base to explore some of the Riviera’s other gems, such as Cannes and St Tropez, while spending some time at the region’s fabulous beaches – often considered some of the best in Europe – is also a must. Another option is to hire a car heading into the nearby countryside, where you’ll find stunning mountain scenery and picturesque villages dotted around the hillsides.
For a honeymoon destination with no shortage of things to and see, give Rome a try, where the buzz of the city, numerous sights and vibrant Italian culture will mean there is no danger of running out of things to keep you busy. Must-see attractions include the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica while a night-time visit to one of the Rome’s glorious water features such as the Trevi Fountain of the Four Rivers at Piazza Navona makes for a romantic way to pass an evening in the great city.