Does a European honeymoon sound too good to be true?  While some of the better-known honeymoon destinations in Europe such as Paris and Venice may seem a bit jaded (after all, doesn’t everyone go there?) there are still plenty of locations to choose from regardless of whether you are looking for teeming city life or the relaxed atmosphere of a seaside resort.

So take a stroll through the top ten European honeymoon destinations that we have put together for you and see if any of them catch your eye.

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Paris

Paris, France.  Considered to be one of the most romantic destinations on the planet, France has a reputation as ‘The City of Love’ and from its food to its nightlife; you really can’t do better than Paris for your honeymoon.

Venice, Italy.  Venice is absolutely one of the most romantic locations for a honeymoon.  The gondolas alone are worth going for, though the condition of the canals can be a bit of a disappointment.  However, if you love architecture and good food as well as a romantic atmosphere, then Italy is definitely the place for you.

Malaga, Spain.  Malaga has scenic wonders down to a fine art.  Here you will find wide stretches of white beaches backed by lovely mountains; a city small enough to feel intimate while providing plenty of eating options and nightlife as well as gardens to stroll through, museums and historic ruins if you’re feeling academic, and some lovely cathedrals to wander through.

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Nice, France – Image by codom

Nice, France.  Located on the French Rivera, Nice is a lovely location for a honeymoon.  Considered to be the Mediterranean playground, there is something for everyone here, and an atmosphere laid back enough that if you don’t make it out of your hotel room until supper time, no one will even think twice about it.

Positano, Italy.  Positano is a small town on the Amalfi Coast in Campania, Italy.  Not only is it a beautiful, relaxing and scenic location, it is also central to such attractions as Capri, Pompeii and Naples, so you can add a little variety into your activities.

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Sankt Anton – Image by faltimiras

Sankt Anton, Austria.  Located in the heart of the Austrian Alps, this lovely location is a dedicated skier’s dream.  Small enough to be cozy, the town plays host to some of the best skiing and most beautiful scenery in Austria, and given the scenery available, that is saying quite a bit.

Choose to take up residence in one of the ski resorts, or rent out an available ski chateau for extra privacy, you will not regret the choice of Sankt Anton as a honeymoon destination.

Algarve, Portugal.  No matter what your interest, Algarve caters to it.  From mountain hiking to beach activities, golfing and art museums, this beautiful and sunny location has everything you’re looking for and, compared with many other locations in Europe, is actually quite affordable.

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Torquay

Torquay, England.  Just four hours southeast of London lies a beautiful bay for water sports and with palm-tree lined promenades.  With plenty of clubs and theaters as well as sidewalk cafes and boutiques for shopping, Torquay won’t do you wrong for a romantic – and affordable – honeymoon destination.

Edinburgh, Scotland.  Edinburgh is truly a city for those who appreciate the finer things in life.  From its bustling shops, top quality restaurants, walkable city streets and booming nightlife, Edinburgh is a real treat with all of the old world charm in a setting as fresh and clean as a Scottish Moore.

Make it even more special and see about taking up residence in one of the castles in the area where you can reside in style and truly become a part of the atmosphere around you.

Tuscany, Italy.  Perhaps one of the most beautiful and soothing places on the planet, Tuscany has resorts and spas aplenty as well as charming villas that can be rented out so that the new couple can kick back and relax.  Add to this some of the most beautiful and lush scenery, wonderful foods and fine wines, and you will enjoy a honeymoon that you’ll be talking about for years to come.

This article was written by Sarah Rigos, founder of the leading online wedding registry site Starlight Registry.

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