After your wedding, the next most exciting phase of being a newlywed is the honeymoon – which is probably why a lot of couples invest their time, energy, and money in planning their dream getaway. Of course, if you’re lucky, your parents or someone close to you could gift you a fabulous honeymoon package.
Whether you get a complimentary honeymoon trip to exotic isles or need to plan your romantic holiday abroad, the first thing you need to consider is your destination. Do you want to spend days lazing around the beach or swinging from a hammock with the ocean in view? Or would you prefer a ski trip, gastronomic tour, or enjoy a hike in Europe or Asia or anywhere you’ve never been?
If you already know the kind of activities you want to enjoy with your sweetheart, then choosing the perfect place would be a lot easier. And we’re just about to make the task of planning your journey much simpler with these five awesome places you should visit for your honeymoon.
5 Awesome Places To Visit For Your Honeymoon
What honeymoon destination list would be complete without mentioning the birthplace of the Greek gods: Greece. Steeped in history, unique, and mesmerizingly beautiful, romantic Greece is a wonderful place to spend a few moonlit nights under the stars and enjoy the gentle sea breeze.
Here, you can spend a few days wandering around and exploring the different must-visit places in this fascinating country.
- Athens: See the ruins of the Acropolis of Athens and take a stroll to the Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus – places we only ever see in films but whose historical and cultural significance to humanity transcends time and place.
- Cyclades: Make time to explore this island group surrounded by the Aegean Sea. Here, you’ll find popular favorites like Santorini and Mykonos. Aside from the picturesque surroundings and gastronomic delights on offer, you’ll also find archaeological ruins and witness romantic, picture-perfect sunset views.
- Crete: The most populous island in Greece, Crete is home to Knossos, which is the largest archaeological site of the Bronze Age on the island. Knossos once served as the ceremonial and political centre of Minoan civilization and is regarded by some as the oldest city in Europe. So, even when you’re in lively Crete, you’ll feel as if you’re in a whole other world in Knossos.
There’s so much more to see and do in Greece, so plan your itinerary well if you want to make the most of your time here.
The logistics of getting here could prove challenging, as flights are limited. Having one of the most treacherous airports surrounded by mountains rising as high as 5,500 meters and with only a few pilots licensed to land at the Paro International Airport – the country’s sole international runway – the Kingdom of Bhutan, or the “Land of the Thundering Dragon,” is not an easy destination to get to.
However, you will find that what lies behind the curtain of the Himalayas is well worth the effort of taking a trip to Bhutan – sometimes referred to as “Shangri-La on Earth.”
When you do get there with your beloved, there is practically no time to waste – journeying through the country to enjoy all it has to offer requires more than two weeks of travel.
Below are some of the must-see places in the Kingdom of Bhutan:
- Thimphu: The capital of the Kingdom of Bhutan is the only city in the world without any traffic lights. With heritage and cultural preservation being one of the priorities of the government, even the capital remains minimally altered, with strict building regulations in place so as not to mar its historic quality.
- Bumthang Valley: Considered the most historic dzongkhag (district) of Bhutan by virtue of the numerous Buddhist temples scattered all over the area, Bumthang actually consists of four mountain valleys: Ura, Chumey, Tang, and Choekhor. It is also one of the protected areas of the kingdom known for being a migratory site for black-necked cranes.
- Taktsang Lhakhang: Better known as “The Tiger’s Nest Temple,” the Taktsang Lhakhang is one of Bhutan’s most remarkable and famous landmarks for pilgrims and tourists alike. The monastery is a cliffhanging edifice hanging onto a vertical granite cliff 900 meters above the valley.
The famous coastline at Big Sur, California, is an ideal romantic destination for couples who love views of the water and enjoy swimming or camping out at the beach. Featuring steep cliffs and rock stacks overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this magical place is the stuff of beachside dreams.
Pfeiffer Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Big Sur and the rest of the Central Coast. It is also the site for the famous Keyhole Rock, which is a favorite subject among photographers. Relatively cool even during the height of the California summer, the mysterious beauty of Pfeiffer Beach, with its purple sand and rugged terrain, never fails to mesmerize those beholding it for the first time.
Take a walk on the shore or simply camp out while enjoying the scenery – this beach is great for those moments when you seek peace and quiet in nature’s gentle embrace and the company of your sweetheart.
If you and your new spouse are bona fide adventurers or simply wish to see the captivating beauty of the Northern Lights, then Iceland it is. Aside from ensuring you see the magical Northern Lights, add these to your Iceland itinerary:
- The Ring Road (Route 1): Go on a road trip around the country and travel the full 1,340 kilometres of the tarmac trail that goes around the island. To see everything there is to see, make time to explore other roads going deep into the wilderness.
- The Golden Circle of Þingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss: Accessible via a shorter driving route and spanning around 300 kilometres, this drive will take you to the otherworldly Þingvellir National Park, Geysir (a geyser that erupts more than a hundred times a day), and the magical Gullfoss waterfall.
- Blue Lagoon: A visit to Iceland won’t be complete without indulging in the country’s unofficial pastime of swimming, diving, and splashing around its geothermal water. However, it could get a bit crowded here, so pre-booking is a must.
If your wedding is scheduled late in March to early April, it’s the perfect time to have your honeymoon with the cascading pink petals cherry blossoms as your backdrop. These pretty and delicate flowers are a honeymooner’s hallmark for every couple who decides to spend their romantic holiday in the Land of the Rising Sun.
But, of course, Japan is beautiful all year, and there are plenty of other places you can explore, such as the Zen gardens, shrines and temples of Kyoto, culinary and cultural offerings of Osaka, and the hot springs and graceful slopes of Mount Fuji.
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Author: Karan Mahindru