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The Ultimate European Honeymoon Bucket List

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Everyone wants to get away from it all after the stress of planning a wedding, but many couples blow their budget before they can splash out on a honeymoon. Don’t fret: romantic mini-moons across Europe are all the rage now – and they won’t break the bank
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Amsterdam, Netherlands 

What to do? 
Take an overnight cruise to get here: DFDS Seaways’ ferries are kitted out with entertainment and leisure facilities including live music and an eclectic range of restaurants, so your mini-moon will begin as soon as you set foot on board. Forward-thinking but retaining a strong sense of its past, Amsterdam is the perfect place for a short break with so much to do. Take a romantic boat trip down the grand canals, tick off your cultural box at the Museum Quarter, and head to Begijnhof, a charming hidden courtyard, for a bit of peace and quiet. 

Where to stay?
The Dutch love to do things differently, so we’d highly recommend staying at one of their quirkier, crazier hotels. One of the funnest options is Hotel Not Hotel, which (as its name suggests) isn’t your bog-standard bolthole. Set in the red-brick arches of a former market arcade, this looks much more like an art gallery than a hotel – you can sleep in a blue tram carriage, secret bookcase or laddered crow’s nest.
Book your trip through DFDS Seaways
0871 522 9955 www.dfdsseaways.co.uk
www.hotelnothotel.com

Rome, Italy 

What to do? 
Rome city breaks appear to be a rite of passage for most romantic couples, so why not make this your first trip together as a married couple? The Italian capital, also known as The Eternal City, is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, and while you’ll want to do all the usual stuff such as visiting the Colosseum and eating tons of pizza, pasta and gelato, make sure you explore the city properly by looking at the finer details. Why not venture slightly off the beaten track to Via del Boschetto, in the heart of Rome’s hippest neighbourhood, Monti, where you’ll find chic cafés and vintage shops. 

Where to stay?
Romanico Palace is a welcoming, rustic hotel brimming with traditional charm and located right in the heart of Rome, allowing you to really make the most of your time here. 
Book your trip through SuperBreak
01904 717362 www.superbreak.com

Dublin, Ireland

What to do? 
If you like fast-paced breakaways, you’ll love Dublin, it’s full of fun and the friendly locals are always on hand to help. By day, The Guinness Storehouse in St James’ Gate Brewery is a must-visit – it’s been remodelled into the shape of a giant pint of beer and you can learn all about its history and the brewing process. At night, the riverside neighbourhood of Temple Bar is where all the action is – find live musicians singing traditional Irish folk songs as well as popular classics. If you’re mini-mooning in the city, it’s also worth paying a visit to Whelan’s – the very pub which features in P.S. I Love You. 

Where to stay?
One of the most beloved bed and breakfasts in Dublin is Number 31 – a Georgian townhouse right in the centre, so a great choice if you don’t want to miss any of the action. Fill up on their delicious, lovingly-prepared breakfast before you embark on your Irish adventure together – we recommend their popular cranberry and orange nut loaf. 
www.number31.ie

Paris, France 

What to do? 
It’d be rude to leave out the City of Love, which is undeniably one of the best picks for a mini-moon. There’s so much to love about Paris, from its iconic architecture to exceptional bistros, stylish shopping, artistic treasures, and, of course, the irresistible waft of freshly-baked baguettes. While a loved-up Instagram by the Eiffel Tower is obviously an absolute must, we’d recommend delving deeper into Paris, and Les Puces de Saint-Ouen was made for just that. This antiques market is full of surprises and wonderfully weird, one-off pieces, so we’d recommend packing lightly so you can take some gems home. 

Where to stay?
Nestled within its own garden, Hôtel Particulier Montmartre is a great secluded choice for newlyweds. Its underground Le Très Particulier bar is a top choice for date night – relax under trees out on the outdoor terrace and drink cocktails by candlelight.
www.hotel-particulier-montmartre.com

Prague, Czech Republic

What to do?
Many would say that the best thing about Prague is its beer, but it also has its fair share of romance in the air, with a myriad of cobbled lanes, hidden courtyards, ancient chapels and old-fashioned bars. Start your adventure at the bell tower of St Nicholas’ Church, where you can take in views of the whole city. Even though Prague is hugely popular with tourists, the crowds can’t take away from the charm of a stroll over the 14th century Charles Bridge which crosses the Vltava river – the inspiration behind the Romantic-era Moldau symphony by Smetana. 

Where to stay? 
If you’d like some time to yourselves, avoid hotels and book Taste of Prague – a one-bedroom apartment housed in a 1930s building. It’s got fantastic contemporary interiors and has everything you need, including a stylish breakfast bar, plus the owners are food-bloggers who are happy to ensure you eat at all the right places. 
www.tasteofprague.com

Barcelona, Spain 

What to do? 
From strolling down Las Ramblas hand in hand, to having a romantic picnic in Park Güell amongst Antoni Gaudí’s finest work, there’s so much to do here, so advance planning is key. If you just got married in a church, spending time at another one might not be top of your to-do list, but no trip to Barcelona is complete without paying La Sagrada Familia a visit and admiring its stunning sandstone carvings. After pottering around and working up an appetite, there are plenty of cool tapas bars down the picturesque narrow streets, ideal for a dinner date. 

Where to stay? 
With strictly no children and no photos, The Wittmore in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is one of the best choices for couples really wanting to escape the rush of everyday life for a few days. In summer, the rooftop sun deck is the place to be, with quirky yellow and white striped loungers and panoramic city views.
www.thewittmore.com

Published in: August 2018

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