European Honeymoons for LDS Brides and Grooms

Though it may be a bit on the pricey side, a European honeymoon usually goes far beyond your wildest expectations. Below is a guide to some of the most popular LDS honeymoon destinations in Europe and some of their biggest and best attractions.

Greece

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Located on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe, Greece is the birthplace of democracy, the Olympics, and Western civilization in general.

 

What to Love About a Greek Honeymoon

Going to Greece is like stepping back in time a few thousand years. Visit historic spaces you’ve seen in textbooks since second grade, and the picturesque seaside landscapes and gravity-defying cliff side architecture will make your travel photos look like postcards.

Must -See Attractions in Greece
  • Acropolis
  • Santorini
  • Ruins at Olympia
  • Ruins at Delphi
  • Mount Olympus
  • Monasteries of Meteora
  • Beaches of Crete and Mykonos

Spain

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The bravery, honor and mystique of Spain is hard to beat anywhere else on earth. Spain offers a cultural feast of new sights, sounds, and tastes.

 

 

What to Love About a Spanish Honeymoon

Honeymooning in Spain is all about taking it easy, enjoying some good food, and taking in the sights. Make sure to eat some tapas, see some authentic flamenco, and (if you can stomach it) watch a traditional bullfight in Madrid. The Madrid Spain temple, built in 1999, is also something to see.

Must-See Attractions in Spain
  • Alhambra in Granada
  • Flamenco in Seville
  • Museo del Prado in Madrid
  • Segovia’s Aquaduct
  • El Retiro (Madrid’s city center)
  • Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
  • Running with the bulls in Pamplona (July)

France

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Sometimes called “l’Hexagone” because of its geometric shape, France is one of the most popular countries for honeymooners in the world. What else would you expect of a country that the French kiss is named for?

What to Love About a French Honeymoon

Active couples can ski or hike the French Alps, beach bums can soak up the sun at the sandy beaches along the French Riviera, and foodies can enjoy bistro-hopping to sample all of Paris’s pastries, cheeses, and baguettes.

Must-See Attractions in France
  • Louvre
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Versailles
  • Arc de Triomph (L’Etoile)
  • Notre Dame
  • Mont St-Miche
  • Normandy
  • Disneyland Paris

Ireland

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Nicknamed “the Emerald Isle,” Ireland is a diverse, green island full of castles and natural wonders to explore as a honeymooning couple.

What to Love About an Irish Honeymoon

Majestic castles and early Christian monasteries dating back to the 1500’s lay against a Celtic backdrop of green in Ireland. Everything seems bigger in Ireland – the sky, the rocks, and the rolling hills.

Must-See Attractions in Ireland
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Glendalough Glacial Valley
  • Rock of Cashel
  • The Burren
  • Killarney National Park
  • Trinity College

Scotland

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Mainland Scotland is part of Great Britain, but it also has over 700 tiny islands offshore. History buffs love learning about the turbulence of Scottish history, while general sightseers can enjoy the variety of the Scottish landscape.

What to Love About a Scottish Honeymoon

Scotland might be small, but it certainly has everything. Rocky coastlines, medieval castles, ruined abbeys and cathedrals, and a center for shopping a culture (with 19 free museums) in downtown Glasgow, and don’t forget bagpipe music and the Loch Ness Monster.

Must-See Attraction in Scotland
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Cairngorms National Park
  • Cuillin Hills (Isle of Skye)
  • West Highland Railway
  • Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso (Scottish Borders)
  • Glasgow
  • Aberdeen
  • Old Man of Hoy

Turkey

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The Republic of Turkey is a mainly Islamic Eurasian country, popular with honeymooners for the delightful immersion in its ancient cultural heritage.

What to Love About a Turkish Honeymoon

LDS couples who honeymoon in Turkey experience a culture and religious tradition light years away from everything they know. From mosques and whirling dervishes to 3rd century palaces and Turkish street markets, a honeymoon in Turkey is not for the faint of heart.

Must-See Attractions in Turkey
  • Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)
  • Pamukkale thermal pools
  • Goreme National Park
  • Turkish Riviera (the Blue Cruise)
  • Ruins of Ephesus
  • Grand Bazaar (Istanbul)
  • Underground Basilica Cistern
  • Mamure Kalesi Palace
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Sumela Monastery

Switzerland

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Switzerland, known for its political neutrality (it hasn’t been involved in an international war since 1815), is a Mecca for skiers and mountain climbers. It’s also home to Zurich and Geneva, which combine old world charm with modern metropolitan life.

What to Love About a Swiss Honeymoon

Switzerland is a country with few man-made attractions, but more natural beauty than you’ll be able to absorb during your honeymoon. Make the Alps, scenic railway rides, and Swiss chocolates part of your trip. In the big cities of Bern, Geneva, and Zurich you’ll find a watch shop on practically every corner.

Must-See Attractions in Switzerland
  • Mount Pilatus in Lucerne
  • Junfrau and Zermatt (with the Matterhorn)
  • Old town quarter of Zurich
  • Glacier Express Scenic Railway
  • Les Planchettes
  • Lugano (highest bungee jump in the world)
  • Bern
  • Geneva

Italy

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Italy remains an all-time favorite honeymoon destination. The air is rich with culture in Rome, the Eternal City, and Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.

 

 

What to Love About an Italian Honeymoon

It’s hard to say what’s best about honeymooning in Italy: the food or the atmosphere. Catch an exciting Italian soccer (or football, depending on who you ask) game or a romantic Venetian gondola ride together. While you’re seeing all the sights, make sure to eat pizza in Naples and sample plenty of gelato!

Must-See Attractions in Italy
  • Pantheon
  • Colusseum
  • Pompeii
  • Il duomo
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Vatican City (Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica)
  • Drive along Almafi coast (dangerous!)
  • Sardinia beach

England

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Located in the U.K. just south of Scotland, England is well-known for the English royal family, the Beatles, and dreamy accents.

What to Love About an English Honeymoon

Even though it’s not much bigger than a few U.S. states pushed together, there’s a massive amount of things to do and see in England. Don’t forget to see the changing of the guard at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, river cruise on the Thames, and pose for a picture together inside one of London’s many red phone booths.

Must-See Attractions in England
  • Big Ben
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Windsor Castle
  • Stonehenge
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Hyde Park
  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • Oxford Street in London

Austria

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Known as the “Alpine Delight,” Austria is an easy and fun place to enjoy at your leisure.

What to Love About an Austrian Honeymoon

Timeless, enchanting, and romantic, the Austrian landscape is a perfect backdrop for your ideal honeymoon. Vienna, called the Imperial City, is a good place to start exploring the country.

Must-See Attractions in Austria
  • Ringstrasse (Vienna’s Old Towne)
  • Schonbrunn Palace
  • Innsbruck
  • Benedictine Monastery in Melk
  • Donauinsel (Danube River)
  • Vienna Opera House
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Spanish Riding School
  • Naschmarkt

You can literally have any kind of honeymoon you want in Europe – it all depends on where you go and what you see. Start saving now, do plenty of research and planning, but above all, make sure to leave plenty of down time in your itinerary for each other!

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♥ Jenny Evans
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