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21 Mini Moons in Europe - Short Break Honeymoon Inspiration

Mini-moons are no longer just the time-poor couple’s answer to a traditional honeymoon.

Instead mini-moons are a steadily growing trend for busy newly-weds who are looking to take a short (albeit no less luxury) honeymoon immediately after their wedding, followed by a longer (often long-haul / multi-destination) trip later in the year. 

Doing it this way you have the obvious advantage of getting 2 honeymoons, but it also means professional couples can take more time off work before their wedding - without having to cut short their 'proper' honeymoon.

*Plus post-wedding blues are real. And this way you literally get to extend your honeymoon period for up to 1 whole year. 

Here are 4 inspiring options for couples looking for a magical and memorable mini-moon in Europe:

The Romantic City Break Mini Moon in Europe….

Whether you’re discovering a new favourite city or visiting a place that’s already special to you both, the romantic city break is a great post-wedding treat.

For classic glamour and must-see sights, make your way to Venice. Venice is a city that boasts world-famous romantic attractions – explore St. Mark’s Square, take a gondola ride for two under the bridge of sighs, share unforgettable romantic dinners with views of the Grand Canal by night. 

Other favourite mini-moon city experiences in Europe include people-watching in a Parisian café, sharing an ice-cold gelato as you walk through the historic centre of Rome, Edinburgh at festival time, or Lisbon for understated elegance.

Simply pick your favourite European city and make it a mini-moon of intrigue and indulgence!   


The Active & Adventurous Mini Moon in Europe…

Couples who like to get physical may enjoy an active, adventurous mini-moon and the choices are endless.

How about setting out on a Tuscan horse trail, experiencing this incredible region’s lush landscapes and picturesque vineyards? Or how about going mountain climbing on Europe’s best crags, skiing in the Alps, or diving in the Balearics?

Finland is another great choice for adventurous couples. Snowmobiling, horse riding, quad biking in search of the northern lights, skiing in winter and canoeing in summer, are just some of the activities on offer in this fascinating country.   


The Pampering Romantic Retreat Mini Moon in Europe…

The run-up to your wedding can be a stressful time.

Flowers, cakes, the dress, the guests… there’s so much to think about and lots of work to be done! 

When the big day is over, you may understandably decide you want a mini-moon dedicated to complete relaxation, and opt to take sanctuary for a few days in a luxury spa.

If time is limited, a short wellness break in gorgeous surroundings can be the perfect solution. Think couples massages and pampering therapies with sunrise yoga and evening chill-out sessions. (N.B. This is your honeymoon so you're looking for an experience inspiring romance, reflection and relaxation... not a juice detox!!)

This is a mini-moon that’s all about nurturing your total wellbeing and reconnecting with each other.


  • Mini-moon nearby the famous thermal healing springs of Tuscany's Saturnia at Saturnia Tuscany Hotel (this gorgeous hotel is dedicated to romance and wellness)
  • Treat yourselves to a special romantic and relaxation experience in the Mediterranean sunshine at Corinthia Palace Malta
  • Take a luxury spa break immersed in the outstanding nature and tranquillity of Lake Lugano at Resort Collina d'Oro
  • Escape to an alpine retreat with majestic views over the surrounding Austrian landscape at Das Kronthaler
  • Enjoy a fabulous 5* retreat in the Swiss Alps at a hotel dedicated to happiness, Hotel les Sources des Alpes

The Beachside Quickie Mini Moon in Europe…

Beach holidays don’t have to be long holidays.

A few days in glorious sunshine with nothing to do but admire clear azure seas can be as rejuvenating as a full fortnight.

The Greek Islands, with their (almost) year-round sunshine are ideal for mini-moons. The archipelago’s beaches, welcoming locals and natural attractions all make them hugely popular with mini-mooners.

Alternatively, the beaches of Southern Europe are some of the most beautiful in the world…and perfect for celebrating romance.


  • Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda has everything you need: intimate location, suites and villas with pool, private beach, infinity pool, restaurant and bar overlooking a bay - all at Hotel Pitrizza
  • Mini-moon on Aphrodite's island of love, Cyprus, and get treated to 5* hospitality and panoramic Mediterranean sea views at Grecian Park Hotel 
  • Discover Croatia’s idyllic bay of Cikat with its crystal clear waters and beach at Hotel Bellevue
  • Falésia beach blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings and offers honeymooners exclusive beach access through the pinewood at Epic Sana Algarve
  • Imagine sun and the sea, the smells and the colours of the earth and the warming hospitality, and all this while gazing out to the deep blue waters of the Aegean sea – this is your mini-moon at Anemoessa Boutique Hotel Mykonos

And If You Want a Mini Moon in Europe That Has It All...

If you want it a mini-moon in Europe that has it all – a romantic city, activity and adventure, pampering and of course, a beach?

Here’s your answer: Almar Jesolo Resort & Spa.

Located just 300m from Lido di Jesolo Beach, Almar Jesolo is a spa resort in one of the world’s most romantic cities - Venice. And with the beach and city all within easy reach, there’s always plenty of action on land and water.

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