With art and culture, style and sophistication, a honeymoon in Europe is a totally different experience than your typical beach escape. The rhythm is different, to begin with: You're not just waking and moving from stretched out in bed to stretched out on a beachside lounge chair and back to bed again. A European honeymoon is as much about adventure as it is calm, as much about exploration as slowing down.
A funny thing happened while the data was being crunched: All 10 of the top resorts in Europe ended up being in Greece. That's not because there aren't other crazy-romantic retreats in Europe — we could go on and on about the wonders of Le Sirenuse on Italy's Amalfi Coast, the chic design of Raffles Le Monceau in Paris, the warm elegance of Ballyfinin Ireland, and so on — but there's something about the mix of whitewashed churches, ancient ruins, and infinite Aegean Sea views that keeps drawing honeymooners back to the Greek Islands again and again. Fly into Athens and take the requisite Acropolis photo — destined to become your new Facebook profile pic — then shop your way through the ancient streets of the Plaka district. When it's time to escape the city for the islands, you will find yourself acclimated to the flavors of Greece — the yogurt, the honey, the whipped-up coffee frappés, and rich lamb dishes — as well as the sound of the local language and the cheerful traditional music that will forever be a soundtrack to your vacation.
The "2015 Brides Best Honeymoons" top-resort lists were based on the quality of TripAdvisor reviews of properties with more than 30 reviews and a significant percentage of honeymoon reviews.