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The best places to honeymoon in France

France has consistently been a sought-after destination for honeymooners. As we began brainstorming the ideal destinations for romantic getaways, a plethora of options flooded our thoughts. What are the best places to honeymoon in France? From the iconic charm of Paris to the sun-soaked elegance of the Riviera, our exploration led us to unveil a list of the best places to honeymoon in France, each promising a blend of romance, culture, and scenic beauty for your perfect post-wedding vacations.

Paris, the city of Love

Coffee Restaurant exterior in Paris in the area of Beaubourg
Coffee Restaurant exterior in Paris 4th arrondissement

Renowned for its culinary prowess, Paris offers an exquisite gastronomic experience for honeymooners. The city’s celebrated culinary scene boasts an array of delights, from charming patisseries to over 130 Michelin-starred restaurants in 2023! Whether it’s cozy cafés, traditional bistros, or haute cuisine, Paris caters to every palate.

A small boat used for private romantic cruises on the Seine River in Paris
A small boat used for private romantic cruises on the Seine River in Paris

Very popular among discerning honeymooners, a romantic cruise along the Seine River for an enchanting view of Paris’s iconic landmarks. Glide under the shimmering lights of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Pont Alexandre III, crafting unforgettable memories against the city’s romantic backdrop. For an exclusive experience, consider hiring a private boat from April to October (we can organize it as part of our bespoke honeymoon packages) sipping Champagne while admiring Paris’s iconic monuments.

Maison Rose in Montmartre
The famous “Maison Rose” in the Paris area of Montmartre

Exploring Paris during your honeymoon can include leisurely strolls through its romantic streets. Discover the charm of its iconic districts. One of our favorite is Montmartre, famed for its Maison Rose. But there’s also the Marais district’s hidden gems where you will find designer shops along cobblestone streets as well as great museums such as Carnavalet Museum and Museum of the Art and History of Judaism for enriching experience.

Saint-Tropez, the Most Glamorous French Riviera Town

Saint-Tropez stands as one of the French Riviera’s most picturesque seaside villages, blending chic sophistication with quintessential French Mediterranean allure. This destination offers honeymooners a luxurious fusion of sun-drenched beaches, vibrant nightlife, and Mediterranean charm. The iconic harbor of Saint-Tropez, adorned with magnificent yachts and vibrant buildings, sets the scene for romantic strolls and enchanting seaside dining experiences. Pampelonne Beach beckons couples to revel in its pristine sands and azure Mediterranean waters, creating an idyllic haven for sunbathing and various water activities.

View over Saint-Tropez at Sunset, on the French Riviera
View over Saint-Tropez at Sunset

Moreover, couples can enhance their honeymoon to the South of France by embarking on electric mini moke rides through the enchanting surroundings of Saint-Tropez. This fun adventure allows couples to explore the stunning Provence countryside, passing through vineyards, olive groves, and scenic hilltop villages, adding a unique and memorable dimension to their romantic getaway.

Mini-Moke car ride organized with Château de la Messardière
Mini-Moke car ride organized with Château de la Messardière

One of the hotels we usually recommend to our honeymooners in Saint-Tropez is the Pan Deï Palais. Located in the heart of Saint-Tropez, it stands as a pinnacle of luxury and elegance, offering honeymooners an exceptional retreat. Featuring refined colored interiors, picturesque lush gardens (highlighted by a beautiful swimming pool!), and serene ambiance, this 5-star boutique hotel, creates an intimate and romantic atmosphere for couples seeking an unforgettable honeymoon experience.

Airelles Saint-Tropez, Pan Deï Palais - Swimming Pool
Airelles Saint-Tropez, Pan Deï Palais – Swimming Pool

Nice, the pearl of the Riviera

Nice, often hailed as the unofficial capital of the French Riviera, presents a captivating fusion of Mediterranean allure (even Italian, as Nice was part of Italy til 1860!) and cultural richness—an ideal setting for a romantic honeymoon. The iconic Promenade des Anglais, flanking the pebbled beachfront, invites leisurely strolls along the cerulean sea, while the Old Town’s vibrant facades line the other side, offering charming cafes, boutiques, and the lively Cours Saleya market, permeated with the scent of fresh flowers and local delicacies. Make sure not to miss the iconic buildings and fountain at Masséna Square.

Aerial View of Place Masséna in Nice
Aerial View of Place Masséna in Nice

The city’s artistic heritage shines through its impressive museums, including the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Matisse Museum, and the Marc Chagall National Museum, showcasing the works of renowned Modern art artists. Moreover, Nice hosts a myriad of cultural events such as the famed Nice Carnival and the Jazz Festival, attracting visitors with its dynamic and diverse cultural offerings.

Calder's Stabile-Mobile facing the Matisse Museum in Nice
Calder’s Stabile-Mobile facing the Matisse Museum in Nice | © Original content / The French Route

In Nice, honeymooners can also consider a day excursion to Villefranche-sur-Mer. This small seaside town welcomes visitors with its colorful waterfront and quaint streets. Honeymooners can relish a romantic stroll along the inviting beaches or meander through the Old Town’s charming alleys adorned with vibrant buildings. The town’s maritime history comes alive at the Citadelle Saint-Elme, offering captivating insights into its past. 

Marina of Villefranche-sur-Mer
Marina of Villefranche-sur-Mer

The Lubéron, a romantic region

In the heart of Provence lies the captivating Lubéron region, enticing honeymooners with its picturesque landscapes and medieval villages. Gordes, the jewel of Lubéron, perches atop a hill adorned with honey-colored stone houses. Amidst narrow cobblestone streets, couples can explore art galleries, boutiques, and quaint cafes, basking in the village’s warm glow.

The hilltop village of Gordes in Lubéron, Provence, France.
The hilltop village of Gordes in Lubéron, Provence

Discover serenity amid the scenic countryside with a romantic picnic against the backdrop of the Lubéron Mountains, indulging in local delicacies and French wine amidst lavender fields and olive groves. Don’t miss Senanque Abbey, located amidst lavender fields, adding a touch of spiritual tranquility to your romantic journey.

Senanque abbey with lavender fields in Lubéron, Provence region, France.
The Sénanque Abbey and its lavender fields

A short drive south of Lubéron leads to Château La Coste, a luxurious estate boasting a 5-star palace hotel, a wine estate, and a garden showcasing modern art. This exquisite property invites intimate moments amidst tranquil beauty, promising a romantic haven for newlyweds seeking an unforgettable Provencal honeymoon.

Villa La Coste - Aerial View
Villa La Coste – Aerial View

Bordeaux and its vineyards

Bordeaux, ranking as France’s 9th largest city, allures honeymooners with its rich history, elegant architecture, and romantic ambiance. Strolling along the Garonne River, couples are captivated by UNESCO-listed buildings gracing the streets, offering a picturesque setting for romantic walks. The town’s vibrant atmosphere beckons exploration of its cultural heritage, from the grandeur of Place de la Bourse to the quaint cobblestone streets of the old town.

Embankment and Water Mirror in Bordeaux
Embankment and Water Mirror in Bordeaux

Journeying into the sprawling vineyards surrounding Bordeaux, couples delve into a realm of natural beauty and viticultural marvels, with Saint-Émilion as the region’s crown jewel. Nestled amidst vine-laden slopes and rolling hills, this UNESCO World Heritage town mesmerizes with its historic allure and exceptional wines. Exploring Saint-Émilion’s cobblestone streets and ancient monolithic church unveils a romantic ambiance steeped in centuries-old heritage.

Saint-Emilion village and its vineyards in Bordeaux region, France
Saint-Emilion and its surrounding vineyards

Guided tours through prestigious chateaux in Bordeaux reveal winemaking secrets, allowing couples to deepen their appreciation for Bordeaux’s renowned vintages. Intimate wine tastings in vineyard estates’ rustic charm and leisurely bike rides through lush countryside offer secluded and romantic moments. Saint-Émilion and Bordeaux’s vineyards, including prestigious estates like Château Troplong Mondot and Château Smith Haut-Laffite, set an unparalleled backdrop for a honeymoon brimming with shared experiences and cherished memories.

Château Troplong-Mondot - Lunch in the Vineyards
Lunch in the Vineyards of Château Troplong-Mondot

For honeymooners, our Bordeaux tailor-made tours often feature the luxurious Sources de Caudalie. Known for its exceptional hospitality, it offers an idyllic retreat for honeymooners. Surrounded by lush vineyards (Château Smith Haut-Laffite), this five-star hotel (and palace!) spa embodies understated elegance and charm. Couples can indulge in pampering spa treatments inspired by wine therapy, savor delectable cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant, or explore the vineyard landscape on bicycles provided by the hotel.

Les Sources de Caudalie - Spa
Spa of Les Sources de Caudalie

Pyla-sur-Mer & the Nearby Bay of Arcachon

For those seeking an alternative to the South of France, Arcachon Bay emerges as an enticing seaside haven for honeymooners, blending coastal tranquility with natural splendor. Conveniently located approximately an hour’s car ride from Bordeaux, it seamlessly pairs with a vineyard tour. The bay’s pristine beaches, notably the iconic Dune du Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune, create a mesmerizing setting for romantic strolls and serene moments.

Top of the Pyla Dune in La Teste-de-Buch
Top of the Pyla Dune in La Teste-de-Buch

Additionally, couples can embark on boat excursions aboard traditional pinasse boats, providing an intimate journey through the azure waters. These excursions unveil a tapestry of enchanting fishing villages and scenic oyster beds, each offering glimpses into the rich maritime heritage and captivating beauty dotting the coastline.

Les Sources de Caudalie - Pinasse Boat in Arcachon Bay
Pinasse Boat Trip in Arcachon Bay (Les Sources de Caudalie)

To cap off the experience, honeymooners can indulge in a lavish spa day at refined places like Ha(a)ïtza, followed by a delightful lunch at the nearby hotel La Co(o)rniche, both masterpieces designed by the renowned French designer Philip Starck. These luxurious offerings ensure a pampering and romantic escape for couples in Arcachon Bay.

Hôtel La Co(o)rniche - Swimming Pool
Hôtel La Co(o)rniche – Swimming Pool

The bubbly region of Champagne

Located only 45 minutes from Paris by train, the Champagne region is a worthwhile getaway for honeymooners. into the world of sparkling wines with a visit to renowned champagne houses. Explore historic cellars, learn about the champagne-making process, and indulge in tastings of exquisite bubbly that mark the epitome of celebration.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Tasting
Veuve Clicquot Champagne Tasting | © Original content / The French Route

Honeymooners can relish a leisurely electric bike tour through Champagne’s scenic vineyards, immersing themselves in picturesque views of rolling hills and sprawling vineyards. Explore quaint villages like Hautvillers, the former home of the renowned monk Dom Pérignon, ensuring an enchanting experience amidst Champagne’s historic landscapes.

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa - Electric Bikes
Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa – Electric Bikes

Finally, one experience we love organizing for honeymooners involves a French chef preparing a gourmet lunch amidst the vineyards, expertly pairing regional delicacies with exquisite Champagne. Amidst this tranquil setting, the fusion of Champagne’s flavors crafts an idyllic atmosphere for an intimate and unforgettable dining experience.

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa - Champagne Picnic
Champagne picnic organized by the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa

Honfleur, the charms of Normandy

Situated at the Seine River’s mouth in Normandy, approximately 2.5 hours by car or train from Paris, Honfleur embodies a picturesque sanctuary for honeymooners seeking maritime allure, artistic inspiration, and timeless romance. The iconic Vieux Bassin, lined with colorful 17th-century buildings, provides an ideal backdrop for couples to relish intimate moments amidst scenic views. Charming cobblestone streets wind through the old town, leading to art galleries, boutiques, and cozy cafes, immersing couples in Honfleur’s artistic ambiance.

Waterfront at the "Vieux Bassin" in Honfleur
Waterfront at the “Vieux Bassin” in Honfleur

Honfleur’s maritime legacy echoes through its historic shipyards and the Sainte-Catherine Church, featuring a distinctive wooden bell tower. Honeymooners can delve into the town’s maritime history at the engaging maritime museum. The allure extends to the surrounding landscapes, with the Seine Estuary and the nearby Pays d’Auge countryside offering a romantic setting for leisurely drives and picturesque walks.

Wooden Bell Tower of the Sainte-Catherine Church in Honfleur
Wooden Bell Tower of the Sainte-Catherine Church in Honfleur

Honfleur boasts several hotels ideal for honeymooners, such as the Saint Delis that we propose in our Normandy tailor-mad tours, just a few minutes’ walk from the harbor. Saint Delis is a boutique hotel that offers a blend of comfort and elegance amidst Honfleur’s scenic streets and waterfront, ensuring a memorable stay.

Hôtel Saint-Delis - Deluxe Room
Hôtel Saint-Delis – Deluxe Room

In conclusion, France provides an array of enchanting destinations catering to every honeymooner’s desires. From the iconic landmarks of Paris to the tranquil beauty of Gordes, the allure of Champagne’s vineyards to the allure of Saint-Tropez, each destination promises an unforgettable romantic escapade. Whatever your preferences, a honeymoon in France guarantees cherished moments and everlasting memories. As a Paris-based travel agency, we’re delighted to assist in planning your honeymoon to France. Explore our honeymoon itinerary suggestions or fill in our “start planning” form so that we can help you curate your dream honeymoon to France.

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