Dream holiday destinations close to home
The best honeymoon spots in and around the Mediterranean
Your honeymoon is the holiday of a lifetime; and with the warm glow of a wedding, many couples barely even notice where they are, they’re so happy!
Still, for many, that doesn’t mean that newlyweds wish to spend their first holidays together under a tent.
Overseas tourism is, nonetheless, one of the sectors which has suffered during the recession, with many travelers opting to stay closer to home, or not go on holiday at all. And when it comes to a honeymoon, there are ways to make it an unforgettable break – and still feel like you’ve got enough of that wedding money left to get settled at home when you get back.
Europe’s beaches are popular with summer tourists – but the busy coasts and islands of Spain also host some of the world’s loveliest luxury villas, tiny getaways and romantic coves, ideal for a honeymoon.
Dream holiday destinations
For lovers looking for an island getaway, Mallorca and Menorca are two excellent honeymoon options. The smaller, and less aggressive sisters to Ibiza in the Balaerics, these two islands have some incredible protected wildlife and eco-friendly hotels.
Menorca is a real find; the perfect gem for couples who want to escape the flash glitz and glam of the main Mallorcan cities (lots of rich types sporting chinos and Rolexes).
It is a smaller island, with many a rough and rugged cliff and path to walk along, as well as marshland and – surprisingly – a gin distillery which has been around for over a century. The blog in the link above also reminds us that the Mediterranean has some incredible cities to choose from – Barcelona and Valencia are both near the Balaerics.
Taking advantage of the lower prices in May means that couples could combine a few days’ city break with a week of villa seclusion, eating local and exploring the coasts and hidden coves of Spain’s islands; or even heading south to Andalucia’s charming, warm towns: Granada overlooking the Sierra Nevada mountains, or Seville.