Cities throughout Europe and the rest of the world have been the favoured destination of time-short or adventure-seeking newlyweds for decades. Modern day honeymoons should be more than just a tropical destination where you and your new spouse can while away the days, mindlessly sipping cocktails and reading the novels you haven’t found the time to read at home.
The affectionately known ‘mini-moon’ was once regarded as the go-to honeymoon idea for cash strapped couples looking to enjoy some quality time together on a budget. These days, mini-moons have many more advantages, providing the easily accessible, thoroughly stimulating experience newlyweds need to recharge their batteries and relish their newly found marital bliss. Read on to discover the top city breaks that make the perfect honeymoon escapes and an ideal way to top off your day at Leez Priory.
Alongside Paris, Venice provides one of the most romantic spots to spend those first few days together as newlyweds. It may be among the most obvious mini-moon choices but there are several reasons why a trip to Venice works so well. The Knot reveals exactly why Venice will always be a popular choice:
“Italy has long been a favorite honeymoon location for newlyweds. After all, nothing says “amore” quite like a gondola ride through the Grand Canal as you sail past historic buildings… Take a romantic, leisurely stroll around Piazza San Marco to feel the true scale of the enormous domes of the Basilica di San Marco or the beautiful and ornate details of Palazzo Ducale. Then, escape the sights and sounds of the city with a dreamy boat ride to one of the unspoiled islands nearby.”
New York City
Those looking to travel a little further afield can’t go wrong with a city break in New York. There are plenty of haunts to enjoy a romantic moment or two in New York City. Pack a picnic and head to Central Park, enjoy a candlelit meal at one of the West Village’s many hot restaurants, head up some of the tallest skyscrapers on the planet to relish the most iconic skyline around, or take in the sights together at the city’s numerous tourist traps.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a huge budget to enjoy New York City at its best. The greatest things to do are free, with a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge a particular highlight.
Combine the traditional view of a honeymoon with the more modern mini-moon by visiting Honolulu. The capital and largest city in the US state of Hawaii, Honolulu provides the hustle and bustle you’d expect from a city, plus easy access to the most stunning beaches. Outdoorsy couples will love Honolulu’s more natural side too. Just a stone’s throw away from the city, you can enjoy the beauty of dormant volcano Diamond Head, as well as nature preserve and turtle haven Hanauma Bay.
Sun-seeking city slickers who don’t want to travel so far will love Dubrovnik. This Croatian city is a holiday and honeymoon hotspot for people wanting to enjoy great beaches, food, hospitality and plenty of culture. You’ll be certain of a diverse itinerary when visiting Dubrovnik, with one day spent island hopping and another exploring the ancient architecture of the Old Town and the City Walls.
Not a fan of the sunshine? Experience one of Europe’s most vibrant destinations and a cooler climate in Reykjavik. Fast becoming known for its great nightlife, excellent food and drink, and stunning scenery, Reykjavik in Iceland is a compact city that’s easily walkable and packed with plenty to do. When staying in Reykjavik you’re also in the best place to explore a great wilderness. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the ultra-romantic, stunning natural phenomenon that is the Aurora Borealis, a.k.a. the Northern Lights.
You don’t have to wait until your honeymoon to enjoy a romantic night with your soon-to-be husband or wife. Book your place on our Valentine’s Day Dinner Date Evening and spend some romantic quality time together in a stunning setting before you tie the knot or after if you’re already married.