Travelling while pregnant might not be on everyone’s agenda, but it was definitely part of mine! With so many awesome babymoon destinations in Europe I was keen to plan some last trips for us to take us a couple, before our little bundle of joy arrived. While I was pregnant I ended up travelling to the Costa Brava in Spain and the Dordogne in France, as well as several locations around Scotland like Glen Nevis and Aberdeenshire.
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What is a babymoon?
A babymoon is a holiday for the parents where they can relax and enjoy time together before the baby arrives. It’s a crazy time and there’s lots to prepare and get your heads around, so it’s important to remember to stop and take a breather and some time out for the two of you at this time.
What makes a good babymoon?
This isn’t the time to plan a huge adventure trip packed with tons of things to do. A babymoon should be about spending time together and relaxing, so choosing where to go is super important.
Pick a destination that’s not too difficult to get to. The last thing you need is hours and hours of uncomfortable travel time! If you’re already based in Europe then choosing to have a babymoon in Europe makes sense, since there are so many amazing places on your doorstep. For those based elsewhere, choosing the shortest and easiest route to Europe is best! Many of the recommendations below are main centres or not far from them, or have international airports too.
Choosing when in your pregnancy to have a babymoon can also play a role. The second trimester is usually the most recommended. You’ll hopefully be past any first trimester morning sickness but not so big yet to find it hard to get around.
I went to Spain when I was 17 weeks and found this was a great time to travel, as well as when we went to France when I was 20 weeks. When I was around 31 weeks we took a road trip further north in Scotland and while the actual cottage break by the sea was amazing, getting there and back was definitely not my favourite. Three hours in the car was pretty uncomfortable and I needed a lot of breaks!
Every women’s pregnancy is different so you’ll need to be the judge of what you can handle. Choose somewhere that allows you to do as much or as little as you’d like. This probably isn’t the time to visit a place you’ve longed to go and have a huge list of must-do activities for. Even if you feel great when you book the holiday there’s no knowing how you’ll feel when it comes around! It’s also maybe not the time to go somewhere that has a huge focus on alcohol-related activities (wine-tasting etc) where you might feel left out.
Consider the weather when choosing where to go on a babymoon in Europe too. Many European destinations are very busy in the summer season and also very hot. If you’re looking to travel on a budget and save money for the baby coming it’s not the best time to go for sure!
If you’re able to travel in the shoulder seasons then that would be better both for the weather and for the crowds. If not, try to pick a quieter place, or stay away from the hustle and bustle and have access to a pool!
Also, think about travelling in winter, just wrap up to keep you and bump warm and wear appropriate footwear in case it’s slippery!
Which brings me to the best places to go in Europe for your babymoon!
What are the best babymoon destinations in Europe?
By James from Travel Collecting
Rome is safe and easy to travel in; there is so much to do (but you can also do almost nothing if you are feeling tired and still have a great time); and it is incredibly romantic, making it the perfect babymoon destination. Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport is well connected to most major cities, so it is easy to get to. Don’t even think about driving when you are there though. Skip the rental car and take taxis instead.
Rome is steeped in history and full of great food. Satisfy your cravings with fresh pasta (and take a pasta-making class for a fun evening activity) and gelato. Take your time walking around the ancient ruins of the Forum and if you get tired, head to the Capitoline Museums, where the rooftop restaurant has incredible views over the roofs and church domes of the city.
Spend some time at the Vatican, including St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Sistine Chapel, then rest up in the nearby outdoor restaurants. Wander the streets, shop at the markets and eat the food and you will have a babymoon you will remember forever.
You can visit Rome at any time of the year, but summers get very hot, which can be uncomfortable when you are pregnant, so try to avoid July-August if you are affected by the heat. Rome is not a budget destination, but worth every euro you will spend.
Where to stay: Tree Charme Spagna Boutique Hotel is located just near the Spanish Steps in the heart of Rome. It also has two lovely terraces where you can take time out from the bustle of the city.
By Marta and Milosz from BackpackersWro
I travel to Barcelona every year, so I could not imagine spending a babymoon in another place. I visited Barcelona in the fifth month of pregnancy at the beginning of June when the summer and the season just started. Keep in mind that Barcelona is generally an expensive city, but on the other hand, there is everything that can make a stay of mum-to-be pleasant and memorable. I love a shady Gothic Quarter, and a large sandy beach with pleasantly cool water.
It is relatively easy to get to Barcelona. There are lots of cheap flights from all over Europe to both: Barcelona Prat Airport and Girona Airport, which is located just over an hour away drive from the center. I recommend visiting Barcelona from spring to early summer and in early autumn. From the end of June till the end of August the temperatures are high, and an enjoyable trip can turn into an endless search for air-conditioned places.
There are many things to do in Barcelona, so everything depends on the mum-to-be well being. We recommend endless walks with frequent stops at various restaurants and cafes with healthy and nutritious food and cold drinks. The center of Barcelona is a perfect place for shopping. You can find almost everything here from beautiful dresses for the next months of pregnancy to handmade accessories for the baby. Our favorite shop is Paramama at Rambla de Catalunya. After an eventful day, end the day with a massage or spa stay.
While exploring the city, make sure that your head is covered and you drink plenty of water! Although we have no bad experience with food in Barcelona, we recommend avoiding raw fish. If you buy fresh fruits in Boqueria, make sure that you wash them thoroughly.
Where to stay: Many places have rooftop pools, terraces, and spa’s so you can relax at the hotel as much as you like and not feel the pressure to get out. Try the Catalonia Barcelona Plaza or Ilunion Barcelona.
By Emma from Our Spanish Life
Cork City is Ireland’s second city and an easy place to travel for a babymoon. The population is much smaller than Dublin’s but there is just as much history and culture in the Rebel county as there is in the capital, and it’s much more accessible. Plus the airport is well-connected across Europe and now North America with direct flights from Providence with Norwegian
Whilst not a budget destination, Cork City has a lot of wonderful free attractions around the city or you could just walk around and enjoy the history. Must see places include Cork City gaol for a taste of history in the Rebel County, the English Market for delicious food that won’t blow your budget and my personal favourite, the rose garden in Fitzgerald Park along the River Lee.
Depending on how you’re feeling, West Cork and the Ring of Kerry nearby are just a couple of hours drive away. Renting a car at Cork airport is easy if you do decide on a road trip to nearby places like Blarney Castle, Cobh too.
Access to English-speaking doctors was high on my babymoon list. We visited Cork while I was pregnant and I was able to book into a local GP for a checkup without any need for forms or registration, paying around 50 euros for a consultation.
Where to stay: The best place to stay is The Kingsley Hotel located at Victoria Cross. This 4-star hotel is right on the banks of the River Lee and has easy river walks just outside your door. The onsite spa also offers maternity treatments by qualified staff so you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
By Victoria from Bridges and Balloons
The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most magical destinations, where mountains meet the sea, and colourful villages dot the coast. The drive along the sea is worth the journey alone, offering sweeping views from what is one of Europe’s most scenic and beautiful drives.
The pastel-coloured village of Positano that cascades down the cliffs is the most well-known of the villages and attracts copious crowds who flock to its beach and chic boutiques. Other popular options include Amalfi town, and mountaintop Ravello, an elegant village that hosts an annual festival of chamber music. You can choose to stay in any one destination and do days trips to the others, as well as the glamourous island of Capri.
We went to the Amalfi Coast as part of our babymoon where we did a road trip from Florence to the Amalfi Coast. It’s our style to road trip and see multiple places, but if you prefer something less busy, then just focussing on the Amalfi Coast would be a great choice as it offers the option to simply relax in beautiful surrounds, while taking day trips when and if you fancy. The food is also incredible.
We went in August when I was four months’ pregnant. I wouldn’t go in the latter months of pregnancy as there are lots of hills and steps, but four months was ideal. August is Italy’s busiest month, so usually best avoided, but we enjoyed it despite the crowds.
By Abigail from Inside the Travel Lab
The intoxicating city of Seville makes a great place for a babymoon because it keeps your options open. If you’re lucky enough to feel just as you always did, you can hire a car and zip around Andalusia, taking in UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Mezquita in Cordoba and the fragrant Alhambra in the scented, snowy mountains around Granada.
But if pregnancy is really slowing you down, you can rest and put your feet up in the many stunning courtyards of Seville, sipping (safe) water, listening to live flamenco and calling it a cultural experience.
Seville is Europe’s hottest city so it’s wise to avoid travel in August. However, that does mean that unlike most of Europe, you’ll find rooftop swimming pools to cool down in and fascinating cultural experiences on ground level.
Seville made its money during the “golden” age of exploration in the years following the expansion of Spain into the Moorish Andalusia. Columbus set sail for the New World from this city and the gold returned here. The architecture combines delicate archways and courtyard fountains with hanging jamon and posters for sherry.
Although some tapas dishes will be off the menu while pregnant, you’ll find enough variety to not feel as though you’re missing out. And churros with chocolate is always fine.
Seville connects easily by high-speed train to Madrid or by air to Madrid, Paris, Rome, and London and from those cities to the rest of the world. Once in the city, food is inexpensive and you’ll find accommodation to suit all budgets. Attractions such as the Real Alcazar charge a fee but the real pleasure here involves wandering around the streets, and for that, there is never a charge.
Where to stay: For grandeur and glamour, stay in the Alfonso XIII on the edge of the Guadalquivir River.
By Dani from Diapers in Paradise
The Tuscany region of Italy gets a lot of attention, but have you considered its more budget-friendly neighbor, Umbria? Full of charming small medieval towns like Assisi, Orvieto, and Perugia, you’re never far from the rich history and culture that brings so many people to Italy. And at the end of the day, you can escape to one of many farmhouse villas throughout the countryside – the perfect place to kick up your swollen ankles and relax!
The slow, carefree pace of Umbria makes it the perfect babymoon destination. On our babymoon there, we rented a car and spent each day in a different town, sampling the gelato, exploring the historical centers, and trying regional specialties like Torta al Testo flatbread before returning to our home base in Perugia each evening.
If you’re there in summer, you can cool off by taking a dip in Lago Trasimeno. Love to see castles? The Castle of Castiglione del Lago is accessible without too much walking or stair climbing and has an amazing view at the top. (I found it worthwhile, even at 8 months pregnant!) If you enjoy medieval art and history, don’t miss the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi.
One challenge of being in Umbria while pregnant? You’ll miss out on all the amazing wine! Along with wine, watch out for the unpasteurized cheese that you’re likely to find in the region.
It is easiest to fly into Rome Fiumicino airport and grab a rental car there. There is a small airport in Perugia, but it’s a bit of a hassle. You’ll be very limited if you don’t choose to drive, but then again… maybe being stuck at your villa for the whole time isn’t such a bad idea!
By Lotte from Phenomenal Globe
Luxembourg is a great babymoon destination because it’s a very compact but diverse country. When we took our babymoon trip here I was 7 months pregnant and was in no mood for hour-long drives between the attractions on our itinerary. Imagine the number of toilet stops we would have had to make, not to mention how uncomfortable I was when sitting down in the same position for too long. Luckily you don’t have to drive far in Luxembourg to see a lot of different things!
We drove there from the Netherlands but you can also fly to Luxembourg airport or travel to Luxembourg city by train (via Brussels).
You can travel to Luxembourg year-round, but it depends on your preferred activities what the best time to visit is. We visited in May and had beautiful weather, comfortable temperatures and only a few drops of rain. Summers are warm (but not scorching hot) in Luxembourg whole winter can dress the country in a (thin) layer of snow. Expect most rain to fall in autumn, however, this is also a great time to visit because of the turning leaves.
Despite its tiny size Luxembourg packs a whole lot of activities! There are beautiful castles to visit such as in Clervaux or Vianden. We also visited the ancient monastery in Echternach and hiked around impressive ruins in Larochette. Luxembourg city is beautiful as well, you can easily spend a day exploring both old town (Altstadt) and the upper town (Oberstadt). Walk on the city walls and visit the Bock Casemates tunnel network. There are also lots of cute cafes where you can take a rest, which we did every hour or two since I couldn’t walk that long in one go anymore (again, hello 7-month belly;-).
Luxembourgers love their cheese, just like their neighbors in France. Make sure to eat only pasteurized cheeses and NOT AU LAIT CRU as unpasteurized cheese can be harmful to your unborn baby. In the supermarkets always read the labels and ask the staff in restaurants if you are unsure. If they don’t know the answer just order something else, there are lots of delicious dishes available in Luxembourg so no need to risk the health of your baby.
Luxembourg is not a cheap destination to visit. Affordable accommodation is especially hard to find though if you search well, Airbnb has some good offers. Traveling in low season will help cut the costs as well.
Where to stay: We stayed at the lovely Auberge Du Relais Postal for one night, which I can definitely recommend!
By Theresa from Fueled by Wanderlust
Bath, England offers a relaxing escape from big city life that is perfect for a babymoon. This gorgeous city is most notable for wide avenues lined with honey-colored Georgian style buildings and the famous Roman Baths.
A visit to Bath offers the opportunity to slow down, allowing you to step back in time while strolling the town and peaking into local shops. For optimal relaxation, the best time of year to visit is late spring or early fall due to milder weather and fewer crowds.
There are many things to do in Bath on a babymoon. For the ultimate indulgence, pay a visit to Thermae Bath Spa for their special Mums-to-be package. On another day, gallivant to and from famous sights including the Royal Crescent, Roman Baths, and Bath Abbey. Those with additional time should consider day-tripping to nearby highlights, such as Stonehenge or the Cotswolds. Finish each evening at one of Bath’s many great restaurants, like Bistrot Pierre for French cuisine or The Scallop Shell for fish and chips.
Bath is located in the UK, which generally offers access to good quality healthcare. There also isn’t a major concern for viruses, such as Zika, like there would be when traveling to other parts of the world.
Finally, Bath can be reached by train from London, with connections leaving from Paddington Station about every half hour. From there, it’s just a two-hour train ride away. While this isn’t the cheapest UK city to visit, there are definitely ways to stay on budget. To save money, I suggest taking advantage of a free walking tour and the early dinner discounts offered at many restaurants.
Where to stay: For the most romantic experience, I recommend staying in a charming historic bed and breakfast or inn, such as Marlborough House.
By Nadine from Le Long Weekend
Imagine being whisked off to a sun-drenched corner of Southern France; your only agenda for the next few days is to soak up the Mediterranean flavour of the region, relax poolside and indulge in a spot of sightseeing in between heavenly siestas and luxurious spa treatments. Provence is the perfect place to truly relax and reignite a sense of Joie de Vivre before your baby arrives.
With direct flights from most UK airports, and the high-speed train connection with Paris, Avignon is normally the starting point for a holiday in Provence. But venture outside of the city and find a tranquil country mas where you can give in to the quieter pace and live out your Francophile dreams. Generally, any hilltop village in the Luberon is a great place to start.
While it’s best to avoid the peak period in July/August, a visit in the shoulder seasons of May/June or September/October will deliver a beautiful climate and quieter villages for exploring. Feast on the local delicacies – but be wary of the often unpasteurised cheeses! – take a visit to the seaside, choose some treasures from the local markets, and peruse the magnificent historical and natural attractions of the area. Or simply catch up on all those books you’ve been meaning to read while sipping mocktails by the pool! A visit to Provence can be an affordable experience, or a totally lavish one – the choice is up to you…
By Carol from Wandering Carol
Baden-Baden, at the edge of Germany’s Black Forest, is one of the most elegant spa towns in Europe, known for its high-end spa treatments and thermal water. While it’s not generally advised for pregnant women to go into the steaming thermal pools (though there is some debate about that), there are plenty of relaxing spa treatments, great restaurants, luxurious hotels and cultural events to make this is a before-the-baby trip you won’t forget.
For the ultimate in pampering try one of the spa treatments at the Villa Stephanie, an exclusive House of Wellness in a historic villa attached to the 5-star Brenners Park Hotel & Spa.
To get in a culture fix before the baby arrives, you can visit the Festspielhaus for a concert, hit up the airy Frieda Burda Museum to see their stellar collection of contemporary art and stroll over to the outdoor pavilion of the historic Kurhaus to see the row of graceful frescoes that harken back to the town’s heyday as an aristocratic spa destination.
For a night out, you can have dinner at the Michelin-starred Le Jardin de France then visit the lavish casino, which Marlene Dietrich famously called the most beautiful casino in the world. Overall, however, Baden-Baden is not a town known for its wild nightlife, but as a destination to refresh and renew – exactly what an expecting couple might need.
Where to stay: A stay at Brenners should help put couples into a blissful state of calm before the big day. Located on the scenic Lichtentaler Allee, a park promenade that follows the River Oos, the hotel is a path into serenity, especially if you have a balcony that overlooks the park – though such tranquility doesn’t come cheap. If you’re looking for something more affordable there are plenty of hotels in town – but make sure you book something in the historic spa zone.
By Chris from More Life in Your Days
Sardinia is a gorgeous island in the Mediterranean with a huge range of landscapes from looming mountains to deep caves. But best of all amazing beaches and clear blue seas that must make Sardinia one of the best places in Europe to relax by the sea.
These natural attractions combined with great weather and lovely Italian food make Sardinia a perfect babymoon destination.
Whether you are looking to relax with your bump on the beach or take your last chance to explore without a baby in tow, you will find Sardinia has it all.
There are a few airports on the island so it is easy to get there with plenty of cheap flights arriving from all over Europe. Summer brings the best weather to Sardinia but it can get busy during the school holidays so we recommend June or September as the perfect balance of good weather but smaller crowds.
There are many great places to visit all over the island, but our favourite place to base yourself is Alghero. It is a fortress city by the sea with huge sea walls, lovely cobblestone streets, beautiful piazzas, and plenty of shops to pick out an outfit or two the baby (or yourself!).
Some glorious beaches are just a short drive away from Alghero giving you the chance to combine town and beach in one location.
If you are keen to explore further you will find that car hire is cheap whilst the roads are quiet and easy to navigate. The island is fairly small so you can easily visit many of the highlights in a week or two.
To find out more please check out our post on where to go in Sardinia.
Where to stay: Check out hotels in Alghero to choose somewhere romantic for your stay!
By Holly from Four Around the World
Budapest is an Eastern European delight, as a city rich in culture, wonderful food, and beautiful sights. It is also a perfect romantic destination for your baby moon.
If history, exquisite architecture and beautiful strolls along the river are something you enjoy, Budapest has it all. Visit the many museums and royal residences that fill the city and learn about its interesting past. A cruise along the Danube is a must-do, especially in the evening to see the beautiful Parliament building lit up along the riverbank. There are many different cruise options available, with some incorporating a meal into your cruise too.
While one of the token Budapest experiences is a visit to one of the many bath houses, the heated thermal baths are not recommended for pregnant women, so it is best to skip this attraction during your visit. Opt instead for a refreshing swim in the public pool during the summer months when it can be quite hot. The perfect time of year to visit would be the shoulder seasons of spring or autumn, although even in winter it is a beautiful city to experience.
Budapest is a mid-priced destination. It is easy to get around by public transport, which means you can cut down your costs by staying outside of the city centre. The same goes for dining, although you can get some relatively well priced traditional Hungarian style meals in most places.
Where to stay: Budapest is known for its spas, so why not stay at a hotel with a pool and spa included? Try the Corinthia Hotel Budapest or the Continental Hotel Budapest which has a rooftop view looking out to various city landmarks.
Gran Canaria, Spain
By Michelle from Greedy Gourmet
The island of Gran Canaria is located off the northwestern coast of Africa. It is a Spanish island, belonging to the infamous Canary Islands. Although this might sound like a luxury destination, it really isn’t expensive. You can easily book really cheap flights any time of the year, just in time to enjoy your babymoon.
Playa del Ingles is one of the most popular beaches, known for its soft sandy beach with stunning views of the oceans. If you visit the island of Gran Canaria, just 10 minutes walking distance from the Playa del Ingles are the famous Maspalomas Sand Dunes. These stretch for some 404 hectares, offering breathtaking scenery at every hour of the day. I wouldn’t recommend trying the camel ride during your babymoon though. Maybe some other time.
If you are visiting with a loved one, you can also explore the Caldera de Bandama. It is a 1000 meter volcanic crater and a meeting point to 3 different Gran Canaria Provinces.
Also, one of the top must-see attractions is the Poema del Mar aquarium, which holds the world’s record for the largest fish tank. Discover a variety of aquatic species and marine life. I recommend visiting in the morning hours as this place generally tends to get crowded.
Lastly, you can also visit the capital of Las Palmas and explore the charming historic city. Las Palmas has a lot of foodie things to offer too and caters to people with special diets. You can easily find vegan or vegetarian items on the menu. Check out more about the top things to do in Gran Canaria.
Where to stay: I recommend staying at Bohemia Suites and Spa for your babymoon. It is an adult-only five-star luxury hotel located at Playa del Ingles.
By Monica from Ahlan Monica
While Greece is an extremely popular honeymoon destination, it shouldn’t be overlooked as an option for a babymoon as well! Athens alone is full of romantic options for expecting couples to enjoy. Whether it’s a historic tour of the Acropolis or a stroll through the plaka on the hunt for the best gyros, there’s something here for every type of traveler.
If you’re at a stage in pregnancy where walking around is too much or difficult, then there are many nearby islands you can get to for some relaxation. Just a quick ferry ride away and you could be on the beach with your feet in the sand and a virgin drink in your hand! The ferry system is well organized and you can even purchase tickets ahead online.
Relative to Western Europe, Greece is still very much a destination that can be done on a budget. Consider travelling in the shoulder season, like early October, in order to beat the summer crowds (and avoid the heat) but also to get more bang for your buck. Spending more than a few days in Athens will help give you a feel for authentic Greek life while also still having the ability to escape to a nearby island if the desire occurs.
By Wendy from The Nomadic Vegan
Hamburg in northern Germany is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do. As a major port city, many of Hamburg’s sightseeing attractions revolve around the water in some way. A good place to take a stroll is on the St. Pauli Landing Stages, or Landungsbrücken in German. This massive floating platform is a hive of activity. From here, you can see the huge container ships and cruise ships that pass through Hamburg’s port.
And if your feet get tired, you can hop on a boat here and take a short cruise around the harbor. The brick warehouses of the Speicherstadt district are an impressive sight and are best viewed from the water on a boat tour. One of these warehouses has recently been converted into a magnificent concert hall called the Elbphilharmonie. Entrance to the building is free, and you can ride the escalator up to the top for stunning views. If the harbor cruise whets your appetite for more waterborne adventures, hop aboard the St. Georg, the last steamship that’s still operating on the Inner Alster Lake.
Hamburg is well connected by air and rail to other cities in Europe and beyond. Once you’re on the ground, the local transportation system is also very efficient and easy to use. It’s a good idea to pick up a Hamburg Card, which entitles you to free transport on all buses, trains, and ferries. English is widely spoken, which also helps make getting around a breeze.
Late spring or summer are the best times to visit Hamburg, as the weather can be a bit dreary in the winter. It’s not a budget destination, but prices are pretty average for Western Europe.
Where to stay: The Raphael Hotel Wȁlderhaus is a sustainable, eco-friendly hotel in the up-and-coming Wilhemsburg district and makes a great base for exploring the city.
I don’t know about you but I was all about the sweet stuff during my pregnancy, so what better place to visit than Belgium? Bruges has become a popular spot after the Colin Farrel movie “In Bruges” where it was portrayed as a boring place, but I think it’s far from it!
Sometimes referred to as the “Venice of the North” thanks to the extensive canal system, its a lovely place to relax and unwind. Take your time as you wander the picturesque streets, take a river cruise, and indulge in plenty of chocolate and waffles!
The train system in Belgium is fantastic and Bruges is close to the capital Brussels, which is easily accessible by plane or train from other European cities.
Where to stay: Splash out on the Hotel De Orangerie, one of the most romantic hotels in the city, or opt for one of the many boutique hotels or Bed & Breakfasts like Canal Deluxe Bed & Breakfast or B&B Huis Koning.
By Karolina from Lazy Travel Blog
If you are looking for an interesting babymoon destination in Europe, consider visiting Zakopane in Poland. This lovely town is the capital of the Polish Tatra Mountains. When you are pregnant, you need to avoid difficult treks but you an easily take a short hike at one of the Tatra’s Valleys. Strazyska, Chocholowska, or Koscieliska Valleys are great to walk even if you are 9 months pregnant! Plus, we all know that staying fit will make your labor a bit easier.
It’s very easy to get to Zakopane Poland. Take a direct flight to Krakow, and then hire a taxi, or take a 2-hours ride by bus to Zakopane.
The Tatra Mountains are great to visit all year round, however, they may get a bit crowded during the summer and winter months. Fall and spring will be more peaceful.
What are the things to do in Zakopane for a mom-to-be? Except for easy hikes, be sure to take a walk along the famous Krupowki street. It’s where you can do shopping, and try the amazing Polish food! Oscypek, smoked cheese, is a must-eat. When you get tired, head to one of the thermal pools to relax. The best are Termy Bania, Termy Bukovina, and Termy Chocholowskie.
By Dan from Honeymoon Always
Paris is a perfect place for a vacation that will allow some rest and romance during a babymoon in Europe. Being surrounded by such deep history, beautiful architecture and a rich culture lends itself to an enjoyable time together.
First, plan to visit the main attractions. The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées are essential. To relax a bit during a day full of seeing the sights, enjoy a Seine River Cruise or relax in one of the beautiful city parks. On your way to Champs de Mars at the base of the Eiffel Tower or Luxembourg Gardens buy a fresh baguette, pasteurized french cheese, and other snacks and drinks to enjoy a picnic together between other activities.
Another great reason to go to Paris on a babymoon is the food. We started our days off right with a hot breakfast each morning at our hotel with fresh pastries like chocolate croissants. While you are out you can always grab a crepe to enjoy and there are so many wonderful cafes that make for a perfect resting spot in the early afternoon.
Paris is a magical city with tons to do and see. The summer can get very hot and uncomfortable but any other time can make for a lovely babymoon.
Where to stay: We recommend Hotel Le Littre where we stayed in one of the suites with a balcony that had a view of the Eiffel Tower to add to the magic. It made for another wonderful place to relax without feeling like we were missing out on anything.
Vienna is considered to be a city for romantics, and so it makes a fantastic destination for a babymoon in Europe. The grand architecture, elegant palaces, and peaceful atmosphere mean it’s the perfect place to connect and relax.
Wander around the streets, stopping at the fantastic cafes for a refreshing drink or bite to eat. If you’re visiting around Christmas then there are lots of fabulous Christmas Markets where you can indulge in a little shopping for unique things for the baby.
For those that are up for it, Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is just an hour or so away by train, so you can add a whole other country and experience to your time in Vienna.
Where to stay: The Hotel Sans Souci with swimming pool is a fantastic place to stay and relax after a day spent sightseeing in Vienna.
By Cynthia from Miss Coty
If architecture is what you’re looking for then Riga is a treasure in the middle of the three Baltic States, in the North-Eastern part of Europe. Since Latvia’s population is just under 2 million citizens (and Riga with 500 000 citizens), you can definitely visit it during the summer, unlike other destinations, which are overcrowded during that time of year.
The old part of Riga is rich in history, culture, and architecture. I’m a local and I still enjoy the Art Nouveau style buildings and the old stone pavement. On a babymoon, you can wander around and see the sights or rest as much as you like and enjoy some of the best places to eat.
Here are a few must-see places in Riga:
- Chez Olivier Café (Kaleju street 23) – a café loved by many locals with freshly baked croissants each morning and good coffee. Locals know the French owner as the guy who rides his bike all over the city with a carton box as a bike basket.
- Monument of Freedom.
- Doma Laukums (Doma Square) – a square right in the heart of Old Riga full of cafes, restaurants, old building, and St. Peter’s church.
- Tris Brali (Three Brothers) – the oldest buildings in Riga, dated back to the 14th century.
- Rigas Pils (Castle of Riga) – the official residence of the President of Latvia.
- Daugava – longest river in Latvia (close to the Castle of Riga)
- Vermanes Darzs (Vermanes Park) – a park the locals go to sit in the grass, read a book, or just look around and enjoy a piece of greenery in the middle of the busy city.
- Lido (a traditional Latvian food eatery just by the Vermanes Park) – A MUST TRY! If you want to try the REAL Latvian food. Grab a tray, take all you want to eat (employees know English too), and pay at the till before heading to sit at a wooden table. Bonus: The employees wear traditional Latvian folk dresses.
Latvians who are the designated drivers usually drink Kvass – also a traditional Latvian drink made from rye bread (black bread), but it is non-alcoholic.
Compared to other European cities, Riga is quite affordable, especially if you stay outside of Old Town Riga.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
By Frankie from As The Bird Flies
I’ve lived in Amsterdam for over six years now and I have been pregnant twice during that time, so I’d like to think I can highly recommend Amsterdam as a great city break destination for your babymoon. There are some practical reasons why it’s a great place for a babymoon. It’s easy to get to, there is excellent medical care available here should the need arise, and it’s a very flat and accessible city which means you can easily walk around or hop on or off public transport with not too much effort.
There’s also A LOT to see and do to suit any and all fitness levels depending on your stage of pregnancy or your energy levels. It’s also very normal in Dutch and Amsterdam culture to be pregnant and to be seen out and about and enjoying life here so you shouldn’t feel self-conscious or unusual, I hope!
One thing I should mention is that summer, Easter and school holidays in spring and autumn will be very busy with tourists in Amsterdam so if you don’t like crowds then definitely book out of season to visit. Personally, I think autumn is a beautiful time of year to visit Amsterdam as it’s not too busy, not too wet, and not too cold (well, hopefully not).
I suppose one question you may have about a babymoon in Amsterdam is if it’s safe to cycle while pregnant, and you will almost certainly see women cycling while (very heavily!) pregnant out and about. The best advice I received about any kind of activity is that if you’re used to doing it and you fell up to doing it, then go ahead and do it! But if you don’t cycle very often, are not used to cycling in a bike-heavy city like Amsterdam then it’s probably best that you don’t.
The good news is that walking and public transport are all very doable and the latter is comparatively quite affordable compared to other major cities (i.e. a 24-hour travel card for buses, Metro and trams costs just €8,00 in 2019).
In fact, I would say if you’re smart you could easily visit Amsterdam for a babymoon on a budget, although I also think it’s one of the best places to splash out on a little luxury as there are some amazing hotels with fabulous afternoon tea services and spa facilities, including pregnancy treatments. If this is something you’re keen to do, I can personally recommend the pregnancy massages at Waldorf Astoria.
Finally, I would definitely recommend Amsterdam as a great babymoon destination in Europe, if you already have kids. There are so many things to do in Amsterdam with children that you can easily build a great itinerary that also allows you to have a little time for relaxing too!
Where to stay: The Waldorf Astoria is arguably Amsterdam’s best hotel, and you can be on-site for a massage!
Prague, Czech Republic
By Adam from Getting Stamped
The enchanting spires, vibrant history, and tasty foods make Prague a unique but brilliant choice for a babymoon in Europe.
For first time moms, this is the last trip as just the two of you – so the destination should have a bit of romance. Even if it’s not your first, that little spark is an essential part of any good couples trip. And Prague has that part well covered with stunning architecture, iconic sights, and an inviting atmosphere.
Another aspect that makes the city a good choice is that many of Prague’s best sights are in concentrated pockets like the Prague Castle, Jewish Quarter, and Old Town Square. Each of these areas holds multiple attractions in a small walkable footprint – even while pregnant!
The best time to plan your babymoon in Prague is in Late Spring or Early Fall. During these times of the year, the temperatures and comfortable and the crowds are thinner. Traveling in the shoulder season in Prague gives a much more intimate trip than the arm and hectic summer season.
The only downside of taking a babymoon in Prague is you’ll have to pass on all of the amazing Czech beers. However, to make up for that you can indulge in delicious and hearty traditional Czech dishes. Savory goulash sopped up with bread dumpling, and chimney cakes for dessert are sure to have your baby kicking for more.
By Alexander from Destinavo
Santorini is a dream destination for many people around the world. It has those picture-perfect postcard views of Greece and offers some of the most relaxing and beautiful hotels in Europe. It’s a very nice place to go for a babymoon because parents can relax and spend time together before the baby comes. There is not much sightseeing to do in Santorini, just beautiful places and endless scenic views. So there is also no reason to stress around the island to see all the attractions.
It’s also easy to get to Santorini from all over Europe, but also from other continents by a stopover in Athens, which is connected worldwide. The best season to visit Santorini for a babymoon is in May/June and September/October because July and August are very crowded and it won’t be as relaxing to go there on a babymoon.
Santorini is on the expensive side of destinations in Europe, but it’s not too overwhelming. A meal in a restaurant can go for as little as 10-15 euro, and up to 25-40 euro. It has different options to choose from, and there is also lots of cheaper accommodation if the budget is tight. However, if you can afford to splurge and stay in one of the cave hotels with private pools and views of the Caldera, then do it by all means, it’s fantastic.
Where to stay: For a mid-range hotel within most people’s vacation budget, I recommend the Heliotopos Hotel in Imerovigli. It’s very peaceful and beautiful with amazing views of the Caldera, delicious food and friendly accommodating staff.
When I was 20 weeks pregnant we flew to Bordeaux and travelled around the Dordogne region of France. While it was an amazing holiday and I loved exploring the French countryside, there were definitely some things I could have planned better…hence this post to help other people out!
Firstly, we didn’t stay in the most ideal accommodation. Unfortunately, we had to drive everywhere, even to get something to eat, which made it a little less relaxing than it could have been. It turns out the region is much bigger than I thought too, so many of the best sights like quaint towns and stunning chateaus were further away than I would have liked and made for a big travelling day to try and cram them all in.
Luckily I was feeling in quite good form at the time! If not I suppose I could have just relaxed in our accommodation, but it would have been nice to also be within walking distance of some places to eat etc.
Having said that, of course I would still recommend a visit! But I’d likely either fly into a different airport and stay somewhere in the Dordogne like Sarlat-la-Caneda where you can have a lot more on your doorstep.
Moray Coast, Scotland
This was actually a birthday trip but was a bit like a babymoon too, since it was our last major time away before Baby B was born. We drove from Edinburgh up to the Moray Coast and stayed in a little cottage on the seawall in Gardenstown. The drive was a bit uncomfortable and I had to walk all the way down a ton of steps and back up again to pay to enter a castle just so I could go to the bathroom, which was not the most fun when I was in a lot of pain. However, I absolutely loved staying across from the ocean and just hanging out at the house playing games and walking along the beach for some fresh air so it was worth it to get there!
I’d highly recommend a cottage getaway or beach stay for a babymoon! You can take all your own food which means having your favourites to hand and no worries about finding something to eat, and just enjoy the time together without any pressure to see the sights.
And that’s 25+ ideas for babymoon destinations in Europe! I say plus because some include lots of islands (Greece) and once you start looking at these I’m sure you’ll discover other places nearby. Wherever you choose to go on your European babymoon, take the time as a couple to really enjoy it because travelling with a baby is a whole new level!
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