2018-10-02T10:04:22

Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

Those who seek romance know Europe conjures up an unmistakable allure. Based on expert opinions, reader votes and factors like couple-friendly accommodations, attractions and dining, U.S. News pinpointed the top European spots for honeymooners. Vote for your favorites below to help determine next year's list.

  • Tuscany, Italy
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    Tuscany, Italy

    #1 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    For couples who prefer cypress trees and leafy vineyards to sandy beaches, Tuscany makes an idyllic Italian retreat. Spend your days leisurely sipping glasses of Chianti at a local winery and exploring charming little towns together before savoring homemade pasta dishes.

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  • Paris
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    Paris

    #2 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Anyone who has sipped French wine at a cozy cafe, picnicked beneath the Eiffel Tower or strolled The City of Light's cobbled streets can attest to Paris' inherent romance. And if you're looking for a luxurious place to stay, Paris hotels are the "crème de la crème."

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  • Florence
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    Florence

    #3 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Florence, Italy's cobblestone streets exude romantic charm. After admiring the city's Renaissance architecture and lush Boboli Gardens with your new spouse, dine on authentic Tuscan fare. Then, retreat to your elegant accommodations for a glass of wine.

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  • Amalfi Coast
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    Amalfi Coast

    #4 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Although Italy's Amalfi Coast is a bit of a trek to get to, its quaint cliffside towns are well worth the drive. All are filled with luxurious resorts, secluded beaches and gourmet Italian restaurants. For the region's most romantic sea views, stay in the colorful town of Positano.

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  • Rome
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    Rome

    #5 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Couples who want a honeymoon jam-packed with activity will love visiting Rome. The Eternal City is filled with elegant hotels, delectable cuisine and bucket list-worthy attractions. Must-dos include making a wish at the Trevi Fountain and strolling beneath Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes in nearby Vatican City.

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  • Santorini
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    Santorini

    #6 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Santorini lures newlyweds with its breathtaking scenery. Spend your honeymoon strolling past whitewashed buildings, climbing craggy cliffs and swimming in the Aegean Sea. Plus, the divine seafood dinners make for unforgettable meals.

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  • Loire Valley
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    Loire Valley

    #7 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    This region in eastern France, which spans nearly 174 miles, is filled with vineyards and wildlife sanctuaries, making it a great honeymoon option for couples who enjoy wine and nature. For an extra dose of romance between wine tastings, tour one of the area's beautiful châteaux.

  • Cinque Terre
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    Cinque Terre

    #8 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    The five fishing villages that make up this UNESCO World Heritage site are filled with Italian charm. After hiking the area's cliffside trails and strolling between its quaint pastel buildings, head to Fegina Beach in Monterosso al Mare to sunbathe or cool off in the Ligurian Sea.

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  • Corfu
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    Corfu

    #9 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    What's more romantic than Shakespeare? Corfu is said to have inspired the backdrop for "The Tempest." The Ionian Sea's calm waves, the wildflower-strewn landscape and the scent of olives and citrus wafting in from nearby groves are sure to help you and your soul mate relax.

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  • Nice
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    Nice

    #10 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    If you and your spouse want to see the best of the French Riviera, then Nice could be the perfect spot. For decades, this town has attracted the rich and famous with its pebble-covered beaches, lavish hotels, high-end boutiques and swanky casinos.

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  • Capri
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    Capri

    #11 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    As you and your other half approach this Italian island by boat, you'll quickly discover why it has wooed everyone from Roman rulers to Hollywood celebrities. Though you could spend your entire honeymoon admiring Capri's scenery, save time for other activities like exploring Villa Jovis' ruins and shopping along Camerelle Street.

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  • Monaco
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    Monaco

    #12 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    It's easy to see why this fairy tale city – where the iconic American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco – is popular with honeymooners. Here, you can lounge along Larvotto Beach's sparkling sands and repose in your lavish hotel.

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  • Crete
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    Crete

    #13 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    With a trove of historic sites, lovely beaches and palm-fringed forests, Crete makes for a well-balanced honeymoon. When you're not hiking Samariá Gorge or taking a romantic stroll on the beach, indulge in rich Greek cuisine.

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  • Sicily
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    Sicily

    #14 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    On this vibrant Italian island, you get both a laid-back vibe and a cosmopolitan rush. You can laze on the beach one day and explore buzzing towns the next. With fresh Italian ingredients and top-notch wine, Sicilian meals will make you and your sweetie weak in the knees.

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  • St. Tropez
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    St. Tropez

    #15 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Posh St. Tropez attracts travelers who want to channel international icons like Coco Chanel and Brigitte Bardot while on their honeymoon. Lounging on a mega-yacht, sampling world-renowned wines and walking hand in hand on white sand beaches are just a few ways couples can spend their first days of marital bliss.

  • Prague
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    Prague

    #16 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Prague's gothic-, romanesque- and baroque-style architecture creates an ultra-romantic atmosphere for honeymooners. After wandering through downtown's cobblestone streets, couples can retreat to one of Lesser Town's elegant hotels.

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  • Venice
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    Venice

    #17 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    The City of Water may conjure up images of singing gondoliers on the Grand Canal, but there's more to Venice than enchanting scenery and narrow waterways. You and your love can tour iconic sites by day and savor vino and Italian fare by night.

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  • Vienna
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    Vienna

    #18 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Vienna's art- and music-focused attractions make this destination a favorite for creative types. Couples can amp up the romance by taking a leisurely walk through one of the area's vineyards or Schonbrunn Palace's gardens before dressing up for a night at the State Opera House.

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  • Cannes
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    Cannes

    #19 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Yes, it's the setting of the famous film festival, but Cannes is also a picturesque getaway for starry-eyed honeymooners. Its seat along the French Riviera offers a sophisticated city setting, along with some enchanting beaches.

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  • Madeira
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    Madeira

    #20 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    The mountainous landscape of this Portuguese archipelago appeals to adventurous couples. Duos who enjoy hiking can't miss climbing Pico do Arieiro or trekking one of Madeira's scenic levada paths. For an even bigger adrenaline rush, cozy up to your sweetie during a basket car (or toboggan) ride from Monte to Funchal.

  • Madrid
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    Madrid

    #21 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Spain's capital radiates Old World romance. While sipping on a glass of sangria and nibbling on Spanish tapas at an open-air cafe, couples can take in the city's picturesque architecture. Then, twosomes can saunter over to a theater to watch mesmerizing flamenco performances.

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  • Seville
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    Seville

    #22 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Seville enchants couples with its elaborate architecture and Spanish folklore. By day, you can meander through opulent palaces and parks. And after a leisurely afternoon siesta, you can turn up the heat with late-night dancing.

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  • San Sebastian
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    San Sebastian

    #23 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    For Spanish charm without Madrid and Barcelona's crowds, kick-start your marriage in San Sebastian. This dreamy oceanfront town boasts several pristine beaches for lounging and watching sunsets. And when you've worked up an appetite, you and your new spouse can share a few pintxos at a bar in Parte Vieja.

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  • Salzburg
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    Salzburg

    #24 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Salzburg's breathtaking architecture and tranquil surroundings make this "Sound of Music" locale one of Austria's most charming cities. During the day, couples can meander through Mirabell Gardens or Hellbrunn Palace's gardens, while at night, a romantic walk by the Salzach River can't be beat.

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  • Lisbon
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    Lisbon

    #25 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

    Lisbon may be often overshadowed by other European destinations, but this hilly city – with its limestone edifices and serpentine streets – is Old World European romance at its finest. Spend your days lounging on Cascais' beaches and gazing at Sintra's colorful villas before returning to Lisbon for traditional Portuguese bites.

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