5 Must-Do Honeymoon Activities in Portugal

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Portugal is tailored for a dreamy honeymoon getaway.

Gorgeous riverside streets line its historic capital city of Lisbon, medieval castles sit proudly throughout hilltop towns, world-renowned wines and pastries are celebrated countrywide, and all across its lengthy Atlantic Coast is the ever-present prospect of discovering a perfect, unexplored beach.

While there’s an endless activities list for newlyweds, the following experiences are at the very top for any honeymoon getaway.

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Where to Go

No trip to Portugal is complete without exploring Lisbon, the country’s centrally-located capital city. The city is a lovely maze of winding alleyways which weave between colorful buildings, tiny wine bars and fresh seafood restaurants en route to eventual stunning hilltop views (so frequently referred to that they’re known locally as miradouros). Vintage trams rattle and chug through the city’s streets, giving way to trendy cocktail lounges, historic landmarks, outdoor markets, museums and plenty more.

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The Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations for Wine Lovers

From the gorgeous scenery of South Africa’s Cape Winelands to France’s abundance of historic vineyards, the following prominent wine regions are among our favorite travel destinations for an unforgettable honeymoon getaway.

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Cape Winelands, South Africa

Whether as a leisurely day trip from Cape Town, or a few days of solid R&R, the Cape Winelands are not to be missed. The Stellenbosch region was the first to create a formal route to access its now 200+ wine producers, and is dotted with boutique hotels, spa-like sanctuaries, fine-dining restaurants, and even informative museums which offer insight into the region’s deep history.

Nearby Franschhoek boasts beautiful landscapes, enriched with French Huguenot heritage, which is immediately evident in the region’s famed “Cap Classique” – the Cape’s take on Champagne. Its boho chic village is lined with bars and bistros, and a hop-on, hop-off wine tram makes traveling between estates a total joy.

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A Honeymoon in Napa Valley: Top 5 Things to Do (Besides Wine Tasting)

With gorgeous scenery, beautiful small towns, top-notch accommodations, and an endless activities list, California’s Napa Valley makes for a terrific honeymoon destination.

Here are some of our favorite things to see and do (in between your wine tasting outings and vineyard visits, of course).

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Hiking

Napa and Sonoma Counties offer more than just vineyards. Actually, they are both packed with wilderness as the unique topography gives way to foggy forests, petrified trees and crazy rock formations. Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and Sugarloaf State Park are both great places for exploring the backwoods.

Biking

The biking options in wine country are plentiful and highly recommended. Check out Napa Valley Bike Tours for rental information and suggested routes. No matter if you’re a biking enthusiast or just a casual biker, there’s an itinerary available for you. Blaze past vineyards on backcountry roads or take the main drag through some of the beautiful small towns dotted throughout Napa Valley.

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Our Favorite Restaurants for a Honeymoon: Selene (Santorini, Greece)

Ranked as one of the best restaurants in Europe, Selene recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. A must-visit spot for newlyweds exploring Santorini in Greece, the acclaimed restaurant focuses on local ingredients and creative dishes such as poached Aegean codfish and grilled octopus.

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Meanwhile, the views can’t be beat, either. The restaurant is situated on one of the highest points of Santorini in the historic village of Pyrgos.

The experience doesn’t end with dinner. Couples can also sign up for cooking classes, wine tastings, demonstrations, and a visit to the local folklore museum.

Heading to Greece for your honeymoon? Be sure to add this once-in-a-lifetime dining experience to your registry list.

www.selene.gr

 

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Honeymoon in Bordeaux: Finding Friendly France in Bordeaux

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Ah, la France!  Immediately we think of Paris, of sipping champagne on the Champs Elysees,  of taking photos in front of the Eiffel Tower, of tooling through the Tuileries on tandem bicycles.  We think of museums, and palaces, and of Notre Dame, looming grandly along the Seine.  But, we also think of crowds, of packs of bewildered tourists, of rude waiters, and smelly metro cars.  We think of impossibly tiny hotel rooms at impossibly huge prices.  And suddenly we’re thinking that maybe Italy would be a better choice…

But hang on a minute!  Italy is a beautiful country too (and we’ll get there, stay tuned!), but first there is another side to the French story.  It starts a little to the south, and a little to the west, in France’s ninth largest city, Bordeaux.

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