Top 10 Places to Elope in Europe in 2024

Last updated: March 11, 2024

Elopements are the trending, more intentional way to get married.

Elopements are an increasingly popular choice for couples who want to celebrate their love in an intimate and meaningful way. Europe is home to many stunning destinations that offer the perfect backdrop for a romantic elopement. Here are the top 10 places to get eloped in Europe.

1. The Dolomites, Italy

If you elope anywhere in the Dolomites (Lago di Braies, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Tre Cime, etc) you're eloping in one of the most beautiful places on earth, surrounded by towering mountains, epic pine trees, and glistening glaciers. The hikes are endless and views breathtaking. It's also known for its world-class skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports activities, so don't hesitate to elope in the winter. From hitting the slopes to snowshoeing, it's a place full of activities to make your elopement day more adventurous. Check out this useful resource on how to elope in the Italian Dolomites.

2. Paris, France

The City of Love is a classic destination for couples who want to elope. Since I only lived a 3h drive from Paris, I know the city inside and out, so you can ask me anything about Paris.

Paris is home to some of the world's most iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre-Dame Cathedral- though you will need to be there for sunrise for any sort of privacy. Imagine saying your vows on a golden bridge overlooking the Seine River at sunrise, the city still quiet and still. Paris offers many romantic settings like this for a memorable elopement, just walk down the historic streets and you will see!

Here are my top 5 Châteaus you can get married at around Paris.

Paris elopement

3. Lake Como, Italy

Como is located in the Lombardy region of Italy, offering stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains. It's known for its luxurious and romantic atmosphere, with many high-end hotels, restaurants, and boutiques. You have the perfect combination of mountains, lake, and romance in one place; is it too good to be true?! Definitely consider eloping in Lake Como- you won't be disappointed!

I've listed the best wedding venues around Lake Como on this page for you.

Lake Como elopement

4. Sardinia, Italy 

Sardinia is renowned for its stunning landscapes, including pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, rugged mountains, and charming villages. The natural beauty has a super romantic vibe and there are a lot of secluded areas, perfect for you to exchange vows. Though quite hot in the summer months, it has a wonderful temperature the rest of the year. You can't go wrong with the food, and if you want to live healthily past 100 years old, just talk to some of the locals! It's got one of the highest populations of centenarians in the world.

Sardinia elopement

5. Santorini, Greece

Santorini is known for its breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and the famous caldera. The island's rugged landscape, white-washed buildings, and colourful sunsets make for a stunning backdrop for your elopement photos. With its romantic and intimate atmosphere, its truly perfect for an elopement. You can choose to exchange your vows at a secluded beach, a hidden cliffside, a traditional Greek chapel... the options all come straight out of a fairytale! And with the many luxury hotels and resorts that offer elopement packages, you're sure to have stunning views, private pools, and luxurious amenities during your stay. Here you can find the best 5 Greek Islands to get married on.

Santorini elopement

6. Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck is located in the heart of the Austrian Alps, offering stunning views of snow-capped mountains and scenic valleys. You can choose to exchange your vows on a mountain top, a picturesque lake, or a historic castle, all with breathtaking views. It's a place where all seasons are perfect for an elopement, whether you want to hike, snowshoe, go skating, or rock climbing! Learn more on which activities to do when eloping.

Innsbruck elopement

7. Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken is located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes. You've got so many options for mountain peaks, a scenic lakes, or a picturesque meadows to profess your love for one another on. It's also got many activities to do on your elopement day (such as paragliding, bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, and skiing) so you're guaranteed to have an adventure!

Curious to find out what the top 5 European mountain ranges are to elope in or get married in?

Interlaken elopement

8. Positano, Italy

Positano is located on the Amalfi Coast, offering stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the dramatic cliffs that surround the town. It has a romantic and charming atmosphere, with narrow streets, colourful buildings, and stunning local flowers. You can explore the town's many shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions, or simply relax and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding nature. It's a place where "La Dolce Vita" truly applies, and why not start off your married life with that philosophy? Read more about the 5 best places to get married or eloped at along the Amalfi coast.

Positano elopement - Amalfi coast

9. Iceland

I didn't put a specific place here because if you elope in Iceland, there's just too many places and I can't choose! Iceland's otherworldly landscape, offering stunning views of volcanic mountains, glaciers, geysers, and the famous Northern Lights. Can you imagine saying your vows on a wild black-sand volcanic beach, or in front of a mesmerizing waterfall, and then finishing the night with some Northern lights? What an epic story to bring back home! You could go on a 4x4 trip and bring your photographer along for the ride, hitting up the best landscapes of the country and getting mind-blowing photos along the way.

Iceland elopement

10. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is located on the southern coast of Croatia, offering stunning views of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding mountains. You can choose to exchange your vows in a charming garden, a medieval fortification, or a scenic beach, all with breathtaking views.

Croatia is also one of the more budget-friendly places to get married in Europe.

Dubrovnik elopement

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