Best Cheap European Honeymoon Destinations
Now that you've tied the knot, celebrate your newlywed status with an unforgettable trip to Europe. For an oh-so-romantic retreat without the steep price tag, U.S. News ranked the best budget-friendly honeymoon destinations in Europe based on the opinions of industry experts, editors and everyday travelers. To help decide the outcome of next year's ranking, vote below for your favorite destination.
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If the price of a romantic escape to Santorini is too expensive, stay closer to shore in Corfu. Its lush landscape, pebbly shores and cobblestone streets will melt away any post-wedding stress. The Greek island features more than 130 miles of coastline and numerous free public beaches. Plus, Corfu Town boasts plenty of affordable lodging for newlyweds, including everything from vacation rentals to resorts that can cost less than $150 a night.
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It doesn't get more romantic than Florence. Couples can spend their honeymoon wandering the streets and appreciating all of the art, architecture and delicious eats this Italian city has to offer. An excellent way to get your fill of this charming city on a budget is by doing a free walking tour. Then, save on lodging by booking a room on the outskirts of town.
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From the romantic Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain to the Pantheon and Santa Maria della Vittoria chapel, the capital of Italy offers a wealth of free attractions for newlyweds to enjoy. Pick up unique souvenirs from the Porta Portese flea market on Sundays, and save your coin for Italian pasta specialties. What's more, wine is often cheaper than water and soda in Italy, so you can celebrate your nuptials with a bottle of vino without breaking the bank.
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Couples who wed in the spring should consider this French destination for their affordable honeymoon. Springtime brings pleasant temps, with highs in the 50s, 60s and 70s, which is ideal weather for strolling through town to explore local markets, neighborhoods and museums. This small university town is the perfect addition to a vacation in Nice or Cannes thanks to its affordable hotel rates and wealth of casual dining options. Newlyweds will appreciate the easygoing atmosphere after stressful wedding planning.
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With average high temperatures hovering between the high 60s and low 80s, the Canary Islands make a perfect European beach honeymoon destination year-round. Must-visit spots in this Spanish archipelago include Playa de Maspalomas, Playa del Confital and Playa de las Canteras. Plus, the beaches are always free to enjoy. Stick to the island of Gran Canaria to take advantage of free attractions, such as Roque Nublo.
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Newly hitched duos looking for a cosmopolitan honeymoon should consider Milan. While it'll cost you to see sights such as Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper," people-watching the fashion-forward locals and walking through the beautiful streets and plazas won't cost you a thing. When it comes to accommodations, try staying in an apartment hotel, a bed-and-breakfast or a vacation rental to save some coin.
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From the Prague Castle to the Charles Bridge, the capital of the Czech Republic overflows with romantic backdrops. Sweethearts can relax in Letná Parks while admiring the river and city bridges, or wander through the Old Town Square and soak up the incredible architecture and buzzing atmosphere. Plus, Prague's hotels offer affordable rates, and many of its most alluring attractions are free.
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If you're looking for a fairy tale-like locale for your honeymoon (but you don't have a fairy godmother), visit Vienna. New spouses can canoodle in cozy cafes and admire Baroque palaces. Free sightseeing opportunities include checking out St. Stephen's Cathedral, the royal gardens at Schönbrunn Palace and the Naschmarkt open-air food market. Find budget-friendly digs outside the Ringstrasse, and sample cheap but delicious eats from street vendors.
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Greece's largest island, Crete, is filled with beautiful beaches and interesting museums to explore. Elounda and Chania are two of the top areas to stay, with an abundance of affordable resorts, vacation rentals and bed-and-breakfast accommodations, many of which include stunning sea views. Plus, you can easily save on dining costs by eating at local tavernas, which dish out delectable bites like fresh seafood, Greek salad, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, tzatziki dip and bread.
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Amorous duos looking for a coastal getaway that boasts rich history, delicious wine and plentiful beaches will find their match in Porto. To save on wine tastings, consider a tour where you'll pay a flat fee and be able to visit several wineries and sample various vinos. Most of this Portuguese city's top attractions are free, but newlyweds can also score deals by checking Porto's tourism board website.
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Visit the ancient city of Athens, Greece, in the spring or fall to enjoy great weather (temperatures hover in the 60s and 70s), fewer crowds at popular attractions and deals on accommodations. Couples can stroll hand in hand through scenic neighborhoods and admire impressive Greek architecture at the Acropolis and Ancient Agora. Up the romance factor by sharing a drink at a rooftop bar while watching the sun set.
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Brussels is one of Europe's most underrated cities: It's home to intriguing museums, gorgeous green spaces and parks, and impressive churches and palaces, not to mention it's a very affordable spot to visit. Newlyweds will be able to get their fill of culture here, and those who enjoy food and drinks can sample the things that Belgium does best: frites (fries), waffles, chocolate and beer.
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For a cheap honeymoon along the French Riviera, visit Cannes in the early fall. Average high temperatures are still warm enough for strolling along La Croisette promenade, and those seeking a little more seclusion can hop the ferry to the nearby Lérins Islands. To snag an affordable meal, head to some of the city's cafes and dive bars for tasty eats on the cheap.
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Smaller than its neighbors Cannes and Nice, Antibes can be an affordable option for couples looking to honeymoon along the French Riviera. In fact, you can find hotel rates for less than $100 per night during the peak summer season, and the beaches are beautiful. Other ways to enjoy time together (on a budget) include exploring the Old Town and its enchanting atmosphere and perusing the fresh produce, cheeses and more at the Provencal Market.
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Brimming with world-class museums, relaxing baths and colorful shops, Budapest offers an exciting escape for nearly any couple. Budapest isn't pricey, but you'll find the best bargains by booking early and avoiding the summer tourist season. Temperatures are particularly pleasant in the late spring and early fall, plus there are dozens of fun events and festivals that you can enjoy.