I’ve been doing a lot of pinning on Pinterest lately, and one thing that I have started to dream about and pin are honeymoon photos… specifically European honeymoon destinations. I know that many people enjoy heading to the fun and sun of the Caribbean for a week of fun in the sun, but if I had to choose based on my personality, I would totally head to some fun, European city and live as a local for a week. I think it’s so fun to explore the shops, the food, the people and the history of towns all over the world.
It’s so fun to travel, and I thought I would share some of my travels with you. I’ve included a few places in Europe that I have been, and maybe you will draw some inspiration from those. Enjoy my personal picks for some interesting European honeymoon destinations!
This city has so much to offer in the way of beauty! I love how the canals are laid throughout the area, and the tall, thin homes that line the canals are just so beautiful! Attractions like the Anne Frank House and the VanGogh Museum are stops you must make along with the flower market. Tulips and other flowers are so pretty there. Be sure to ride a bike, take a canal boat ride and test out some local cheese while you are there!
We climbed up all 306 steps (it doesn’t sound like a lot, but it IS!) to the top of Peterskirche to see this stunning view of the city. The Marienplatz area has a Glockenspiel, which is a type of clock in the square where the figures perform a dance of sorts. I have been here twice… once when I was really young and another time a few years ago, and the history of the city made an impression on me. It’s also fun to peruse the shops and take in some authentic German fare (which isn’t my favorite).
Ok, technically Turkey is in Asia, but we saw it in conjunction with Greece, so to me it blends a little bit! Of all of the places I have been to look at historical ruins (I’ve been through Greece, Rome, China, Turkey and Israel), I would have to say that the ruins at Ephesus were the most impactful. Plus, so much of the history is still there… from homes to bathhouses, city centers and more, the ancient goings on in Ephesus are just so interesting! There is a town that is more modern that goes along with the ruins, but the actual ancient part is what I enjoyed the most.
The first view below is from the top of Lindos Acropolis in Rhodes, and it is one of the most stunning views I have ever taken in! The ruins are so white and the water is so blue. Plus, on the way up to the Acropolis (yes, it’s a walk), you weave through fun, locally owned shops filled with artisans… I love things like that! Taking in this seaside city is definitely a fun and romantic destination point.
Ah! This is SUCH a fun place! Local vendors have freshly caught fish right by the seaside, but one of my favorite things was riding a boat called a gullet. Literally it was so incredibly fun and romantic! A few of us took a guided boat out, which made its way (not too fast and not too slow) through the beautiful waters. We had a meal of freshly caught fish, and we had the opportunity to just sit and soak in the sun and beauty from the front of the boat. We stopped to swim in the clear waters… it is all a little surreal now that I am thinking back on how wonderful it was! Bodrum is not only beautiful, but it is also filled with a rich history.
This is a fun place by the water to take in like so many of the Greek Isles. One sight that the area is famous for are the windmills, which to me look a little like men with balding hair, ha! The seaport town is lovely, and the views are so beautiful!
If you have heard about Santorini, you may be familiar with the blue roofed homes along the shoreline, and let me tell you… they are beautiful! We took some time to rent ATVs and actually explore the island, which was SUCH a good idea! Our group stumbled upon fun things like a restaurant with a pool so that we could eat and swim, a local winery, and various beautiful sights around the island including a beach with black sand. Santorini will always remain as a high point!
A trip to Greece isn’t complete without a stop in Athens, and this view from the Parthenon shows just that. Athens, again, has museums and a lot of history, yet it has the modernity of city life to go along with it in the way of shops, restaurants and hotels. Isn’t that view below stunning?
I hope you enjoyed that roundup of European honeymoon destinations (and a side of Turkey with that). I’d love to know if you have been to any of the places I’ve mentioned, or if you have any suggestions of your own. Happy honeymooning!