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Yesterday we were given the amazing news that we now have a vaccine for Covid! Thank the Lord!!! Obviously it won’t happen straight away BUT it does mean that we can now look forward and think about things like Honeymoons. Travel has been off the cards now for a while, so the prospect of being able to plan trips away again is such good news. Today we are looking forward to 2021 and giving you some fab ideas for The Best Mediterranean Honeymoon Destinations. If you are wanting to stay local to Europe these Mediterranean options are perfect for you. Only a few hours on a flight and you are there, whether you go for a long weekend of a couple of weeks, these honeymoon ideas are the perfect place to put 2020 behind you and crack on with the rest of your married life!
Whoever invented honeymoons needs a statue. They are the perfect time for couples to adjust, celebrate, explore, relax, be intimate, and plan for the future. But do you know how honeymoons came to be? The tradition’s origin is shrouded in mystery. Even historians can’t make up their minds. Did honeymoons originate from the ritual of drinking fermented honey on the couple’s first moon (a.k.a. month) together? Or is it a relic of marriage by capture, wherein a man abducted the woman he wished to marry and hid with her until she became pregnant?
Some historians theorize the custom stemmed from bridal tours in Britain during the 19th century when upper-class newlyweds traveled to visit friends and family who were unable to attend the wedding ceremony. It wasn’t until around 1880 when the term honeymoon came to mean a holiday enjoyed by a couple.
Whether you are planning your honeymoon for real or just daydreaming, here is a list of the top achingly idyllic destinations in the Mediterranean that are guaranteed to make you and your beloved fall in love over again.
Undeniably the queen of honeymoon destinations in Greece, Santorini is beyond magical; it is sublime. This crescent-shaped island in the middle of the Aegean Sea has one of the most recognizable features in the world: clusters of bright whitewashed buildings clinging at dizzying heights on craggy cliff sides and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding cobalt blue seas.
But Santorini packs in so much more than its iconic alabaster villages. Beyond the bustle of Fira, the island’s capital, are incredible sceneries and enthralling experiences suited for bold travelers. Take a scooter to the volcanic Red Beach, explore the Akrotiri Archeological Site, visit the castles and windmills in Emporio, then head to Oia for a gasp-inducing sunset view. And did we mention that Santorini produces some of the best wines in Greece? Don’t leave the island without sampling the iconic Assyrtiko wine.
Whatever you do and no matter how long you stay, Santorini is sure to give every couple an unforgettable Mediterranean holiday.
Swarming with opulent hotels and expensive restaurants, the Croatian island of Hvar has a longstanding reputation for glitz and glamor. Here, well-heeled holidaymakers, posh partygoers, and A-list celebrities gather in classy beach bars for legendary nightlife. Remember, this is where Prince Harry earned his party boy notoriety.
But apart from the capital’s pizzaz, the island is host to countless wonders, from ancient villages to white cobblestone streets to picturesque squares to majestic cathedrals and hilltop fortresses. The northern coastal town of Stari Grad is home to a UNESCO Protected World Heritage Site, an agricultural landscape of sprawling lavender-clad fields, olive tree groves, and vineyards. If you venture down south, you will discover secluded pebble beaches fringed by sweet smelling pine forests. Are you looking for the perfect private hideaway? Sail to the nearby Pakleni Islands to find sheltered sandy bays and remote coves that let you forget the rest of the world.
Known for its incredible beaches, chill-out hippie vibe, and iconic parties, Ibiza is the place to be for adventurous party-loving couples. While some would argue that the buzz around Ibiza has slightly declined since the 90s, the island continues to attract thousands of partygoers every year, proof that its nightlife is still very much alive. After all, Ibiza is home to legendary haunts like Pacha, Amnesia, Ushuaïa, and the Privilege, the largest club in the world.
After a long night of partying, you will need to recharge in a relaxed and carefree ambiance. Lucky for you, Ibiza has no shortage of luxurious accommodations, from charming boutique hotels to upmarket beachside retreats to elegant modern bungalows. But for an extra romantic air mixed with a sexy vibe, rent a sexy Ibiza villa with a private pool. Here, you can soak in the warm pool waters while sipping cocktails and watching the fabulous Ibiza sunset.
Although not as sophisticated as Venice or as refined as Rome, Sardinia is full of eccentricities that endear it to hundreds of visitors. Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean, this Italian island cannot help being romantic, if in a quirky way. While Sardinia has its fair share of luxury — head to Costa Smeralda, and you will have your fill of chic clubs and upmarket hotels — the primeval air that permeates it makes it feel out of time. Maybe it’s the 7,000 nuraghes that dot its landscape, the roaming wild horses of Giara di Gesturi, the dramatic limestone cliffs lining the coastlines, or its labyrinth of mysterious caves that give Sardinia its other-worldly appeal. Whatever it is, Sardinia is for couples who seek unadulterated adventure as an alternative to fancy sorties.
What to do in Sardinia? Swim in the unspoiled waters of Spiaggetta del Porto and Spiaggia Longo or look for a private secret cove in Cala Bernardu or Tinnari. Hike the scenic trail leading up to the Capo Caccia Tower in Alghero, then be awed by the eerily beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations in Neptune’s Grotto. Discover wildlife at the Gennargentu National Park, examine the megalithic monument at the Tombs of the Giants, or walk around the enchanting ruins of the ancient city of Nora. Lastly, indulge in the hearty goodness of Sardinian cuisine. Be careful, you may never want to leave.
Big things come in small packages, and if you disagree with that, look at taking romantic Malta holiday for two. Tiny as it is, the island country is full to the brim with impressive architecture, dreamy beaches, vibrant port towns, and a laidback vibe tailormade for romance. The best thing about the island is, it is not as packed with tourists as the other Mediterranean destinations. And trust us, less crowd is romantic.
If Sardinia is for adventurous nature lovers, Malta is for history enthusiasts. In the capital of Valletta, you will find Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, which houses splendid paintings from Caravaggio, the Grandmaster’s Palace, home to a collection of more than 5,000 armors and weapons of the Order of Malta, and the colonnaded Barraka Gardens constructed in 1661.
Head to Mdina to explore St. Paul’s Cathedral, Vilhena Palace, Palazzo Falson, and the fascinating, if dark, Mdina Dungeons. Enjoy a hearty meal of seafood in the traditional fishing village of Marsaxlokk, wade in the aquamarine waters of the Blue Lagoon in Comino, and spend a day trekking the scenic trails in Gozo. Visit the megalithic temples in Tarxien, Hagar Qim, and Mnajdra, or be awed by the wonders of Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, an underground burial site dating back to 3300 BC. Before you leave, be sure to partake in the savory Maltese dish of Stuffat tal-fenek or stewed rabbit, paired with a pint of Cisk, the country’s favorite beer.
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