If you are on time or money constraints after the wedding, a luxury long-haul honeymoon may have to wait – and with today’s time schedules becoming increasingly tighter and wedding costs increasing- it comes as no surprise!
But just because you can’t jet away for a much-needed two week holiday after your ‘I Do’s’ doesn’t mean you can’t take a fabulous city break or short-haul trip following your nuptials. More and more newlyweds are looking for a relaxing and romantic few days away that doesn’t break the bank- and this has seen the emergence of the wedding term ‘mini moon’ – short-haul trips with no jet-lag or hefty flight price- sounds good to us!
Here are our top seven destinations across Europe, perfect for Irish and Northern Irish brides looking for a romantic and memorable mini moon. These mini-moons are just a short flight away, and allows just enough time to reflect on the whirlwind wedding, without having to organise an over-the-top honeymoon…
A dream destination for honeymooners, this stunning island in the Bay of Naples is everything you could ask for and more. The palace island of the Emperor Tiberius, Capri exudes an air of exclusivity and glamour, is a favourite of celebrities, and is home to some iconic sites. Marvel at the famous Blue Grotto, a dark cavern where you’ll see the sea glow in a vivid electric blue due to light passing under the water – a truly magical sight for newlyweds! Relax in one of the chic hotels, and take in vast views of Mount Vesuvius. Shoppers will adore the island too – stock up on everything from designer fashions to locally made limoncello.
Despite some thinking of Paris as a cliché, it’s an old classic and one that rarely disappoints, and if you’ve never been to Paris, there isn’t a more romantic place to choose for your mini moon! With flights under an hour from the UK, immerse yourself in the Parisian lifestyle: enjoy the designer boutiques of Avenue des Champs-Élysées and take a relaxed walk along the Seine before stopping to enjoy an authentic cafe whilst watching the world go by. Paris is also home to some of the world’s most beautiful architecture, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Notre Dame Cathedral meaning there is plenty to see and do. For honeymooners, a evening atop the magical light-spangled Eiffel tower is a must and is one of the quintessential Parisian ‘must-do’s’ that make France’s seductive, art-rich capital mini-moon material.
World-renowned tapas, sun, flamenco, incredible architecture and even better shopping. Barcelona is an easy yet romantic city-break option for newlyweds- the perfect combination of relaxation and culture. This alluring city has something to woo everyone: a cultural and arts hub, luxury boutique hotels and gorgeous sandy beaches. Stroll hand-in-hand along the beach at sunset before ducking into the shadowy, lamp lit streets of the gothic quarter for a little cocktail to watch the sun go down- pure mini moon bliss.
With some of the most uniquely dramatic landscapes in Europe, Iceland is a destination like no other. Whilst Iceland may not be the first destination that springs to mind for a mini moon, the island is the perfect place for adventurous travellers who want to fill their mini moon activities such as horse riding, ice-climbing, hiking and chasing the Northern Lights. Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland has an inherently romantic feel, with its village-esque atmosphere, colourful houses and peaceful vistas spanning spectacular views of sea and mountains. Think Intimate hot springs (including the insta-famous Blue Lagoon!), beautiful glaciers, majestic wildlife and striking scenery on a mini moon to this Scandinavian Island.
The picturesque city of Dubrovnik transports honeymooners back in time, in century’s old cobbled streets lined by noble Baroque stone buildings, the UNESCO World Heritage site is one of Europe’s most enchanting walled cities with a magnificent views across the Adriatic Sea. A romantic blend of culture, shopping and history, Dubrovnik is a seaside paradise for those wanting a unique few days away- and with regular flights from Ireland and the UK- it’s only a short flight away! Outside the medieval city walls, bathe in the deep blue Adriatic at trendy Banje beach, tour the wineries of Pelješac peninsular and in the evening dine by candlelight at Proto in Dubrovnik’s Old Town or at Orsan overlooking the yachting marina.
It’s hard to mention this Italian city without connotations of love – from its quiet canals, to gondola rides, pastel hued architecture and authentic alleyways, every inch of Venice oozes romance. Whilst crowds can gather across the popular tourist hotspots of Rialto Bridge or St Mark’s Basilica, if you venture down a quiet Calle, the magic quickly floods back. Start off by taking a water taxi from Venice airport across the Venetian Lagoon and down the Grand Canal, before discovering the haunting beauty of the renaissance period, which is still so apparent in Venetian culture. Visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace or admire the paintings in the Scuola di San Rocco before hopping on a romantic gondola ride under the stars.
For more honeymoon inspiration, check out the most popular honeymoon destinations for 2018 according to Pinterest. Are you looking for a travel supplier to help you plan your dream mini moon? Check out our recommended suppliers and honeymoon providers in Belfast and beyond on our directory HERE.