Thinking about paying for a honeymoon can seem daunting after spending so much time and money on the wedding day itself, but who says it has to break the bank? We have put together a list of destinations which are perfect for any couple, whether you’re looking to relax, or explore.
A lot of travellers find that the closer to home you stay, the cheaper your flights will likely be, which is why Barcelona is such a great honeymoon option. Not only do you get the sun on your skin and the sand in your toes by the coast, but also a city dripping in culture, full of delicious food and plenty of things to do. Whether you want to adventure up the Monserrat Mountains, kayak along the coast, or relax at one of the many beach bars, there is the perfect mix of things to do for all couples.
Crete is the perfect location for honeymooners seeking sun and sea on a budget, and there are endless options for beautiful beaches around the island of Crete – Balos, Chania or Váï. There are so many different hotel options so you can take the weight off of your feet after planning a wedding or holiday rentals so you can live each day at your own pace. With the gorgeous sunny weather throughout the summer months, you can really relax with the feeling of sun on your skin.
Everyone knows Greece is beautiful, but rather than going for the high price tags of Santorini and Mykonos, it is always worth looking into some of the lesser known islands such as Koufonisia, Sifnos, or even the Peloponnese peninsula, which has the same beautiful cost lines at more affordable prices. The Greek cuisine, crystal clear water and rich history would guarantee your honeymoon would be full of things to do.
If you’re looking for somewhere slightly more off the beaten track, check out Essaouira in Morocco, the fishing town full of cheap cafes and character restaurants. Many of the holiday rentals and hotels are so affordable, but will guarantee you feel like royalty. The locals will do everything they can to make you feel at home, and with the heat and dry weather, you may never want to leave.
Douro Valley, Portugal
It’s got the countryside and vineyards comparable to Italy’s Tuscany, but without the stereotypical honeymoon price tag. The Douro Valley in Portugal would be perfect if you’re after a holiday that lets you disconnect from the real world and enjoy the company of the person you’re with in a super romantic setting.
Croatia and its surrounding islands are really popular at the moment, but that doesn’t make it an expensive choice. Choose from the Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik, Split or many other worthy locations for a honeymoon worth remembering. A honeymoon here combines beautiful coast with history, affordable cuisine and adrenaline filled day trips.
New Orleans, USA
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz music and where Mardi Gras is celebrated. It is also home to a range of districts full of art, music, shops, restaurants, history and architecture so you’re never short of things to do and see. For those of you who love music, they have many festivals taking place throughout August such as the Satchmo Summerfest which attracts thousands of tourists each year.
Salvador has something for everyone as it’s home to gorgeous coastlines, mouth-watering cuisine, and the biggest carnival in the world. If you want to be immersed in Brazilian culture, surrounded by stunning beaches and culturally diverse food, you have chosen the right place.
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Some couples want to look beyond the traditional honeymoon destinations. For instance, if your heart is set on the Maldives, but not on the price tag, then why not consider its nearby neighbour Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka offers stunning, palm-fringed white sand beaches, 5 star hotels more beautiful than you could imagine, and rich culture and history. Swap the flip flops for some trainers and explore the tea plantations, or Buddhist temples to come back enlightened into a different world.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most popular islands. With its crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, and rich culture it is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and newlyweds. Whether you want to explore the island and its dense jungle, the sea with the tropical reefs, or the many cocktail bars along the beach, there is something to do for everyone. One of the most amazing things to do there is work at the elephant rescue sanctuary doe either the day, or half a day!
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