Post # 1
We know we’d like to go somewhere in Europe for our honeymoon, and I’m stuck between the Greek islands, somewhere in the UK, or Spain. I’ve heard wonderful things about all of them and they’re all beautiful in their own way.
I know the UK has such beautiful natural scenery, and easy to communicate with the locals 😀. Spain is so diverse with a lot of culture, only downside is communication, and I’ve never thought of going but I keep hearing it is a top destination. The architecture is also gorgeous. Then there is Greece with its crystal blue waters, and the people are so warm and welcoming!
My fiance and I love history, museums, and I love good food! He loves the beach, and I do too, but I do not like the idea of just sitting around on the beach all day when there is so much to explore and do!
I was just wondering if anyone has been to any of these countries (or all of them), and your recommendations!
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull
I live in the UK and go to Spain a lot!
If you want to go to the beach at ALL on your holiday, I don’t recommend the UK! Our weather is just too inconsistent! I ran a half marathon last year which started in the pouring rain and 2 hours later I had wicked sunburn because the sun had come out!
Museum wise, I recommend any of the London museums and galleries – they’re wonderful. I would also recommend Birmingham’s museums because I live there, and we also have a chocolate factory, so win.
If countryside is what you want, the cotswolds are stunning and only about an hour in the car from Birmingham. I think it’s about the same from London. Failing that, the scenery in the north is fantastic. Yorkshire in particular is stunning.
Barcelona in Spain would be my top pick, or somewhere in the surrounding areas. We holiday in Pineda de Mar a lot (FI went twice a year for about 20 years lol) and that’s only a 1h train ride (€13 bargain) to the centre of Barcelona. Once in Barca, there’s loads of museums and galleries. I recommend Gaudi Park (up a big hill but worth it). Fiance would recommend the Olympic Stadium and the Nou Camp football ground. They also have a lovely zoo!
Hope this helps a little bit 🙂
Post # 3
We stayed in Spain for a week for part of our honeymoon and it was amazing. We stayed in a resort beach town called Salou. It was perfect. We got our beach time and BONUS it was only an 1 1/2 or so train ride away from Barcelona. So we took 2 days to go there. Best of both worlds!
Post # 4
I live in the UK and had my pen pal over from the US and she and her husband loved it. I live down on the South Coast and the scenery is pretty nice here, some good old buildings / churches / history / architecture. But I agree with PP, don’t count on the weather!
Post # 5
Another UK Bee here!
Parts of the UK are stunning and I hope you visit, but our weather is dreadful and so unpredictable, and even with the post-brexit exchange rate, food and accommodation are expensive.
For your honeymoon, I’d recommend Spain: it has amazing culture, climate, geography and food. Favourite cities of mine are Barcelona (which also has beaches), Santiago de Compostela, Granada, Córdoba, Seville and Cadiz, -the last four are all in Andalusia. Andalusia is scorching in August so if you are marrying then I’d opt for Northern Spain instead.
Spain is fabulous for romantic hotels too, either the historic Paradors (expensive) or lots of smaller boutique hotels at all budget levels.
Sigh! I wish I was there!
Post # 6
I live in the U.K. But have visited Spain and the Greek islands. It depends somewhat when you to travel on honeymoon. Assuming you go straight after your June wedding then June/July is a nice time in any of the countries but could be too hot in certain parts of Greece or Spain. Or at least more likely to be nice in the uk but nothing is guaranteed with the weather here.
The Greek islands are all so different, it depends what your interests are and how hot you like it. All of them have a good mix of beaches and things to do but some only require a visit for a few days, sonagain it depends if you want to travel. For a honeymoon, the popular choice is Santorini. It’s the typical white houses with the blue domes, beautiful beaches and romantic views. I haven’t visited yet but it’s on my list and I’m toying with going next year
Ive visited Kos, Ios, Thassos and Crete and really enjoyed all of them. I’ve also visited the Greek side of Cyprus which was also really beautiful and worth looking into if Greece doesn’t fit your budget.
Spain you have a mixture of city breaks and some beach. Some of the beach resorts are a bit overrun with Brits (and the kind that give us a bad name) so donyour research before booking! However, a trip to Spain is always worth it for the Sangria and Tapas. I can’t remember the name of it now but there’s also a really beautiful national volcanic park in mainland Spain. The volcanoes are now extinct but left behind beautiful scenery and there’s a wonderful little church in one of the calderas.
U.K. Is the most unpredictable in weather. It could be really hot or really cold, sonpacking always poses an issue. The good news is that if you are dressed wrong loads of other Brits will be too and there’ll be some of us complaining about the weather somewhere. London obviously has loads to do with the natural history museum. There’s usually a good museum in most towns.
Beaches are somewhat lacking. There’s some lovely beaches along the Norfolk/Suffolk and Essex coasts. Cornwall also has lovely beaches (and cream teas) but it might not be sunbathing weather. So if you’re prepared to sit on the beach clothed and some fish and chips then you’re fine. But there are usually things to do in seaside towns, it’s just not necessarily a beach resort. With the UK I’d pick some places you’d like to visit (or things you want to include) and piece it together from there.
Post # 7
I agree with the others. UK is an amazing diverse country, you won’t touch the sides if it on one visit and you will sure get your fill of breathtaking natural scenery, cities, history and culture. However it’s not a beach holiday! Like others said the weather is unpredictable even in mid summer.
Spain I have been too many times and we owned an apartment there for a while. Spain is a beach holiday. It is totally different to the UK in terms of well everything. Spaniards speak English pretty well in most places so that won’t be an issue. They have beautiful cities too and if you go up into the hills of Andalucia you can find some wonderful old towns where the old locals sit and chat in the village centre under the orange trees.
The Greek islands if I had a choice of all 3 is where I would honeymoon. They are stunning. I have sailed around most of them. I have also been to Cyprus which is lovely too. IMO nothing can beat the friendliness of the Greek locals and the scenery is out of this world. Blue skies, soaring cliff tops and crystal clear water which makes the Caribbean look murky. It is a wonderfully romantic place with history 1000’s of years old.
I am sure you would have a wonderful time where ever you go, you can’t go wrong with any of them and they are all different but for a romantic holiday I would choose the paradise of the Greek islands every day :).
Post # 8
When is your honeymoon? Time of year kinda plays into this. Also did you want to stay in one place or are you open to hopping around different areas (i.e. Flying)? I’ve been to all three places and suggest doing something along the lines of three days in either Athens or Barcelona and then flying to one of the respective Mediterranean islands close to them to spend the rest of your time. (Or do it the opposite relax first then get the culture). You will be totally fine with speaking English in Spain and Greece both are very accommodating. I actually just got back from Barcelona and totally fell in love with it, it has everything you want and a beach! (But it’s a rough beach not clear still blue waters the med islands have). We usually spend the fall in the med and always choose a city to get the culture and then an island to relax (which still has amazing culture and food but less museums etc.)
Post # 9
I’ve traveled quite a lot and Greece was by far my favorite vacation. I would love to go there again.
Many people will speak in english in Spain or Greece so I wouldn’t worry about that.
Post # 10
My SO and I just went on vacation to the Greek islands in October. It was beautiful and absolutely the perfect vacation! We stayed two nights total (one night at the beginning of the trip and one night at the end) in Athens, which was great. We got to see the Acropolis and that was amazing. I’d probably recommend staying a full day or two in Athens though because there is SO MUCH to explore there and I feel like we didn’t get to see enough.
The islands we stayed on were Sifnos and Milos. Both were amazing and beautiful!!! They’re smaller islands with less tourist traffic, which was perfect for us. Sifnos has tons of great hiking trails throughout the island, with beautiful scenery on the hikes. Our long hike on Sifnos is one of my most favorite memories, and it was my SO’s favorite part of the trip. Milos has beautiful beaches and great towns and a lot to see.
I just love Greece and the Greek islands, there are so many diverse things to do and to see. Plenty of beaches but also a lot of history and breathtaking beauty.
If you’re interested in the Greek islands, I’d check out Matt Barrett’s Greece Travel guide website. It was what made me want to go to Greece in the first place and was a HUGE help when it came to planning.
But whichever place you choose I feel like you can’t go wrong!
Post # 11
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
Crete all the way! Beautiful beaches, amazing food, friendly locals (most who speak english), the Palace of Knossos for history and take a tour up into the mountains and see the cave of zeus for more history and scenery. Cant go wrong!
Post # 12
I’ve been to the UK and Greece. I love the UK for shopping, but the weather and scenery in Greece is so much prettier to me (I love beaches tho so I’m bias😜). Plus the history in Athens and other parts of Greece is amazing.
Post # 13
Greece!! The blue water and the white buildings are everything!
Post # 14
So many well-traveled ladies 😊 here!! Thank you for your responses, they have been most helpful!!!
Birmingham sounds lovely, and my fiancé loves chocolate 😁 I really don’t mind inconsistent weather, as we’re used to where I currently am in Tennessee! I will have to check out Pineda de Mar.
I would love to visit your country so many great reasons to go regardless of weather! The exchange rate is a good point to also keep in mind as we are on a budget~ we will be going in June so I will have to check on the weather around that time.
Heat is not too much of an issue, fiancé and I are both from the south of US so we are somewhat acclimated to scorching heat 😊 Santorini looks beautiful, and my church priest is from Cyprus, and I know he loves his home. Since you mentioned Greece may be bit on the pricier side we may have to opt for Spain since I believe it may be more economical(?) I love natural history and fish & chips! We will definitely have to make a trip to UK sometime if not for honeymoon. The geological formations there are breathtaking!
That is good to know, I will be able to communicate with people in Spain. I am just not as familiar with Spanish culture or the language, since I took French in school 😁. It must have been amazing to have sailed the Mediterranean, I’m sure it beats the Atlantic/Caribbean by far!
Sounds like y’all had the ideal honeymoon trip we would take should we choose Greece! My friend went to Mt. Athos and met some nice people from Milos. He recommended going there since it would be less crowded.
Post # 15
I’m from the US and have travelled to UK, Greece and Spain. Spain was my favorite beach/relaxation wise. We started in Madrid, drove to Barcelona then drove down the coast stopping here and there, but stayed in Marbella for a few weeks. Was gorgeous!