We wanted to follow our previous popular post Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations with new destinations for you, that expand the go-to places like the Maldives, Mecca and Istanbul.
Below are the top 13 picks by Perfect Muslim Wedding for adventurous honeymoon destinations. We selected cities and places that have some aspect of Muslim culture whether it be population, faith or other. As with any adventure you want to read and talk to people who can advise you of the dos and don’ts including travel-shots and safety tips.
In a great honeymoon you not only get to explore new places, but more importantly you have a chance to explore your relationship. Although most couples choose to go to the honeymoon immediately after the wedding, you can choose to delay it for a later more convenient or budget-friendly time. Because of course, there is budget and amount of vacation time to consider.
1. Cappadocia, Turkey
Outside Istanbul, this is one of the most popular destinations in Turkey. From romantic hotels in caves to riding hot-air balloons, this is a great honeymoon retreat for the adventurous couple.
2. Baku, Azerbaijan
Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan and the largest city in the Caucasus. It sits between two continents Europe and Asia and offers a cultural heritage influenced by both West (Russia) and East (Persia).
3. Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
The Sultanate of Brunei. A small, but significant state adjoining Malaysia can be compared to Dubai and Singapore. With historical sites and grand mosques it offers a diverse range of attractions for the honeymoon couple.
4. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Marrakesh, Tangier and Casablanca are more well-known destinations in Morocco. For the adventurous traveler, however, Chefchaouen is a city known for its buildings in all hues of blue, is a must-consider.
With natural, historic sites as well as luxury beach resorts, Dakar offers a lot of diversity. It is a great hub from which you can visit wildlife and go on nature tours.
6. Doha, Qatar
Although Qatar, like Bahrain and other UAE member countries gets overshadowed by Dubai, it has still things to offer. From The Museum of Islamic Art to beaches and ultra-modern hotels this a worthwhile destination to consider.
7. Isfahan, Iran
With the thawing of relations between Iran and the West, there are many tourist opportunities that open up. Although there are many go-to destinations in Iran, including Tehran and Shiraz, we picked Isfahan as it offers the greatest show-stopping beauty. It is known as “Half the World” as it encompasses so much allure and artistry. From ancient mosques to markets, this should be an important finalist on your honeymoon destination list.
8. Koloi, Gambia
Sitting on the mouth of the Atlantic coast and the Gambia river, the smallest country in Africa is also one of the most approachable. It has a diversity of landscapes from beaches to forests and wooded savannah that combine with colonial architecture to make this a go-to destination. Gambia has a over 95% Muslim population and compared to some of its neighbors, is a relatively stable country.
9. Petra, Jordan
Petra, is the most popular tourist destination in Jordan. It is a historical and archaeological city known for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Along with this, Jordan, relative to some of its neighboring countries, is stable and offers many other attractions for budding couples.
10. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
Although Bangkok and Phuket are major tourist magnets, Phi Phi is a heaven-on-earth destination. A beautiful archipelago in the Krabi Province not too far from Phuket, it offers turquoise water and great resorts. It has a strong Muslim heritage with a mosque and over 80 percent Muslim population.
11. Samarkand, Uzbekistan
As a former Soviet republic, most people don’t give this city and country the recognition it is due. Uzbekistan, with its famous twin cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, offer a rich share of culture and history including the Silk Road that passed through them. Samarkand is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia with a rich Muslim heritage.
12. Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Although infamous for the start of World War I, and the tragic Balkans War of the 1990s, Sarajevo, along with other cities like Mostar, offer a rich Ottoman heritage of sites to visit and people to meet in the heart of Europe.
13. Tunis, Tunisia
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast with golden beaches, Tunis and in turn Tunisia offer a cosmopolitan culture with a mix of ancient and modern.
Any others you would like to add to the list? If so, please comment below!