The 10 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the World, Ranked by Price & Romance
Here are the best locations to consider for your honeymoon!
Part of planning the perfect wedding is planning the perfect honeymoon. With the wedding industry booming right now after the pandemic, so many couples are wondering where they should go for their honeymoon. Many couples are opting for smaller elopements, and saving more money for their perfect honeymoon. There are many factors that go into choosing the perfect honeymoon destination for you and your loved one. Romance is probably the number one factor, so it’s important to choose somewhere that offers romantic activities or escapes for you and your partner. The second biggest factor that most couples consider is the price - certain honeymoon destinations can be extremely pricey and may not end up being worth the cost. Luckily, we got our hands on this study performed by WeddingsOnline, which breaks down the best honeymoon destinations, ranked in terms of hotel price, romantic bars, restaurants and couples activities. Keep reading to learn the best honeymoon destinations, ranked by price and romance - they may be different than you would have thought!
1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Honeymoon Destination Score: 9.26/10
Dubrovnik was found to be the best city in the world for honeymooning couples because of its gorgeous views, affordable hotel prices, and a high number of romantic activities and restaurants. Croatia is a cultural hub with a fascinating history and breathtaking views from atop the city walls. With plenty of romantic backdrops, this destination will set the perfect scene for you and your partner. From private boat tours to sunset zip lining, there is no lack of romantic and memorable things to do in Dubrovnik.
2. Mykonos, Greece
Honeymoon Destination Score: 8.81/10
Mykonos made it to number two on the list of best honeymoon locations and there’s no question why. From its crystal blue ocean to the vast amount of nightlife, and restaurants, Mykonos has it all - and it won’t break your bank! Mykonos has plenty of affordable hotels and thousands of restaurants and activities for you and your partner! Whether you’re into private romantic boat rides, or bustling nightlife, check out Mykonos and you won’t be disappointed.
3. Bruges, Belgium
Honeymoon Destination Score: 8.47/10
Bruges is a small city in northwest Belgium that makes an idyllic honeymoon destination. With its canals, cobblestone streets, and medieval buildings, the city is truly the backdrop of a fairytale. If you love rich culture, and stunning landscapes, Bruges might be the best place for you! Enjoy panoramic views from the top of the Belfry bell tower, or a brewery tour at the Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. Bruges has a variety of relaxing and interesting things to do.
4. Siena, Italy
Honeymoon Destination Score: 7.96/10
Siena, a city in central Italy’s Tuscany region, is distinguished by its medieval brick buildings, and vast landscape views. Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world, which is why Siena is the first of three cities to make it to the top 10. Siena made it to the 4th slot because of its combination of affordability, and high number of romantic spots including restaurants, wine bars, and unbelievable sightseeing spots. You can even make a day trip to Florence in only 45 minutes, and check another one of the most romantic destinations off your list!
5. Bath, England
Honeymoon Destination Score: 7.96/10
This romantic destination featuring Roman-built baths is perfect for pleasure and relaxation. Bath has been a wellness destination since the Roman times - its biggest draw being its renowned ancient Roman baths, and more recently the Thermae Bath Spa, which houses the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain you can bathe in. Aside from the romantic baths and hot springs, there’s also beautiful architecture, and you can easily make trips to Stonehenge. Bath is the perfect combination of affordability and relaxing, romantic things to do.
6. Florence, Italy
Honeymoon Destination Score: 7.33/10
The second Italian destination to make it to the top 10 is Florence, the capital city of the Tuscany region. Florence is home to countless masterpieces of art and architecture, including the iconic Duomo cathedral, Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture, Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”, and so many more. Walk along the Arno River and visit the Ponte Vecchio, walk through the various museums, or take a day trip to Cinque Terre! Florence is the perfect destination for anyone who loves art, culture, and food. With plenty of romantic restaurants and activities and reasonable hotel prices, Florence is a great honeymoon option!
7. Monte Carlo, Monaco
Honeymoon Destination Score: 7.16/10
Monte Carlo, Monaco is one of the most beautiful and notoriously-luxurious places on the planet. This principality, nestled between South France and Northern Italy, is the perfect mixture of the two cultures. The city of Monte Carlo sits atop a hill looking down over the Mediterranean Sea, and the gorgeous marina, where you might just spot a celebrity-yacht. Gamble at the iconic Monte Carlo Casino, go shopping at the many high-end retailers or enjoy a boat day along the coast. Monte Carlo is the priciest of the top 10 in terms of hotel cost, but it still made it to number 7 on the list of best honeymoon destinations because of its beauty, charm, and romance.
8. Salzburg, Austria
Honeymoon Destination Score: 7.05/10
Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps. The city features medieval and baroque buildings, along with an Old City and a New City, all with the Salzach River running between. As Mozart’s birthplace, you can visit the Mozart museum and see the famed composer’s childhood instruments. Feel like you’re in the Sound of Music - you can even take a private movie tour, and visit some of the filming locations. In the Summer, Salzburg is blooming and beautiful, and if you’re opting for a winter-time honeymoon, Salzburg becomes a white winter wonderland (you can even make easy day trips to ski in the Alps!).
9. Venice, Italy
Honeymoon Destination Score: 6.93/10
The third Italian city to make it to the top 10 is Venice. Venice is a remarkable sunken city of over 100 tiny islands surrounded by the Venetian Lagoon. The city is synonymous with romance, with the gondoliers cruising through the waters singing to their passengers. Aside from cruising the canals, you can also traverse the historic streets, shop the small businesses, sightsee historic architecture, or eat and drink wine in the laid-back (and delicious) restaurants. You clearly can’t go wrong taking a honeymoon anywhere in Italy - and it’s also easy to make day trips around the country once you’re there!
10. Prague, Czech Republic
Honeymoon Destination Score: 6.88/10
Number 10, and the 10th European destination, on the list of the best honeymoon locations, is Prague. The bohemian, historic, and fairytale allures of the city of Prague make it the perfect honeymoon destination. From beer gardens to the opera, there is so much to do in Prague. Some of the other main attractions include the beautiful Prague Castle, and Charles Bridge, which stands on the Vltava River. This colorful, historically rich city in the center of Europe is affordable, romantic, and has a high number of restaurants, bars, and activities for you and your loved one.
Thanks to this study performed by WeddingsOnline, it's clear to see that European cities make the best honeymoon destinations because of their affordability, and plethora of romantic activities or restaurants for couples to enjoy. Italy appears to be the top winner, holding three of the top ten spots. Other smaller cities like Bath or Bruges are unexpected gems that make romantic and affordable destinations. In this study, WeddingsOnline also reveals the worst cities for honeymoons, which include Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles, Melbourne, and New York City. If you're curious about which other honeymoon destinations to avoid, read through the full list!
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