Most Romantic Destinations in Europe
A trip for Valentine’s Day? For your honeymoon? or just for a weekend romantic getaway? What a way to make some everlasting memories with your loved one. Here are some ideas for the most romantic destinations in Europe:
Paris – France
You can’t go without mentioning Paris when speaking about the most romantic cities in Europe. Paris is the only city you’ll see in all romantic getaway lists. This city of love lends itself effortlessly to a romantic time with your loved one with tons of things you can do together. With Paris being the home of 99 Michelin starred restaurants, it is a perfect opportunity to splurge on a gourmet meal. At night, I recommend taking the Seine Champagne Cruise followed by ascending to the top of the Eiffel Tower, where you can have a 4-course meal overlooking the city.
For a more low key way to celebrate in Paris, you could enjoy a picnic in one of the many beautiful parks, try a cooking class together or go for a walk around the city. When you ready to relax, head back to your hotel and indulge in a couples massage or other massage treatment. Consider finding a hotel with a view for an added touch.
Romantic walks, marvelous restaurants, evenings for two, unforgettable moments to cherish forever…
With its cinematic decors and eternal charm, Paris attracts lovebirds from all over the world all year round. Walks, cruises, shopping, evenings for two, naughty nights, unusual marriage proposals.
For a complete Paris guide, visit here.
Rome – Italy
The Eternal City, Rome, is a place that will delight your senses, quench your thirst and fill your eyes with wonders. Nothing screams romance more than walking hand in hand while exploring the wonders of ancient Rome. That is why this city is at top of the lists of romantic trips in Europe! Work your way around the city of a series of days highlighting the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Vatican City, Palatine Hill, any combination of the trendy districts and don’t forget to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain.
Don’t forget to take some time to enjoy an array of cuisine that has made Italy famous; homemade pizza, spaghetti dishes and all followed with an endless flow of locally produced wine. Rome has a vibe that will ignite your time spent there leaving you constantly yearning for a return visit once you’ve left.
For a complete Rome guide, visit here.
Vienna – Austria
Looking for a romantic getaway? The City of Vienna has a unique vibe which places it as one of the most romantic cities in Europe. The city loves its coffee, respects its artists, is a beautiful mix of old and new and offers enough narrow cobbled alleyways with pretty houses to get lost in.
For your romantic weekend, go old school and take your loved one for a date on the oldest Ferris wheel in the world. You can even have dinner on top of the Ferris Wheel. It is a bit expensive, but will definitely WOW your partner. But you can also find amazing food at many of the sidewalk cafes with a ringside view of artists displaying their skills. Our personal favorites were a team of wandering minstrels and their wonderful map of the countries they had visited. End the day with some (overpriced) delicious coffee which the patrons of the city all love to enjoy. A long winding walk or a ride in a horse-drawn carriage in the company of a good conversation should be a perfect end to a romantic evening in one of Europe’s most romantic destinations.
For a complete Vienna guide, visit here.
Venice – Italy
When thinking about the most romantic cities in Europe, Venice is one of the first that spring to my mind. Been there several times, Venice is my personal favorite romantic getaway spot. There is something magical about the (sinking) city on the water – from floating around the lagoon being serenaded by a Gondolier on a private Gondola ride to getting lost in the laneways on Venice Island and finding tiny cafe’s that have the best antipasto plates and wine you could ever dream of! The whole place is beautiful from any angle. And as the icing on the cake, the pink glass in the street lamps of Piazza San Marco cast the perfect rosy hue onto lovers as they make their way back to their hotels after a day exploring. What could be more romantic than that?!
For complete guides of your romantic destinations check: Venice guide here.
Although Budapest can be quite cold around Valentine’s day, it’s a great destination, if you look for a really romantic city. It’s not for no reason that Budapest is referred to as the Paris of the East. There are so many things to do in Budapest, and here we just mention some of the most romantic activities for couples around Valentine’s day.
You can spend a lovely day in one of the world famous thermal baths like Széchenyi Bath. The outdoor pools are especially romantic in winter when you sit in the thermal pool, while outside sometimes everything is covered with snow and then indulge in a relaxing massage.
You can also take a sunset cruise on the Danube River, and enjoy the illuminated buildings from the boat. The view of the Castle and the Parliament at night are especially beautiful in the evening. They even offer Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise!
Visiting the Fisherman’s Bastion in the Castle Hill is also a really romantic thing to do. From this beautiful lookout tower from you can enjoy the fascinating views of the city, especially romantic in the evening when the city is illuminated.
For complete guides of your romantic destinations check: Budapest guide here.
Florence – Italy
If you are looking for a romantic getaway, travel to Florence. The city just screams romance, I am not sure if it’s the wine, cheese, world-class art or architectural beauty, but just being in Florence is romantic.
Romance is in the air and if you are looking to add even more spark to the romantic atmosphere in Florence, take a wine tour, share a delicious Italian gelato, or enjoy a beautiful sunset over the city of Florence at Piazzale Michelangelo.
History buffs? Gaze at world-class art at the Uffizi Museum, or take a stroll through the intimate gardens of Boboli. Better yet, rent a scooter and take a scenic ride along the Tuscan countryside. Don’t forget to pack a picnic! With a bottle of Chianti, the magical Tuscan sun and your loved one by your side, you are bound to have an unforgettable romantic trip in Florence!
For complete guides of your romantic destinations check: Florence guide here.
Prague – Czech Republic
The old town in Prague is perfectly preserved. The fairy-tale architecture and European atmosphere combine to make romance come alive. Tour castles, roam Old Town Square, and then cross Charles Bridge for a beautiful view of the river. This is an old city filled with cobblestone streets, church spires, and winding alleys. The city comes alive at night and has a magic feel that completes this marvellous and romantic package.
For a complete Prague guide, visit here.
Dublin – Ireland
Here’s a little known fact: Saint Valentine himself was laid to rest in Dublin. You can visit his relics at the White Friar Street Church. After that, enjoy the many cathedrals and castles that give this capital city its romantic vibe. Plenty of restaurants, galleries, cafes, and concert venues around to craft your perfect romantic getaway. And Dubliners are known for their friendliness which makes it even easier to fall in love with the place.
For complete guides of your romantic destinations check Dublin guide here.
Lisbon – Portugal
Think scenery, an ancient castle, cobblestone streets, vintage trams, a lovely river, and slightly medieval feel, and you’ve just conjured Lisbon. Let the city take to back to the Age of Discovery as you discover all that it has to offer. Nearby is the European capital of Romanticism, Sintra, and the medieval village of Obidos. But there is more than just history here. The music and foodie scene are rapidly growing and Lisbon is become more and more cosmopolitan.
For a complete Lisbon guide, visit here.
Seville – Spain
Spain is a beautiful country, and one of its most beautiful cities is Seville. There’s a bit of the exotic here thanks to the cultural combination of Moorish and Mediterranean influence. And it’s small enough that you feel its cosy while still having plenty to do. Enjoy flamenco dancing, check out a traditional bullfight, or take a carriage ride around the city. In the evening, try any of the dozens of fantastic tapas restaurants. It won’t take long until you understand that this is an incredibly soulful city. Don’t miss Alcázar castle or the Giralda bell tower.
BONUS – Barcelona, Spain
Valentines Day is a very recent tradition in Barcelona. In fact, the equivalent of lover’s day in Catalunya, the autonomy Barcelona is the capital of, is on Saint George’s Day on the 23rd of April when men give roses to women and women give books to men. The entire city is filled with stalls selling roses and books which makes for a very pretty sight.
Notwithstanding, Barcelona can be a romantic destination all year round and Valentine’s Day is just the perfect excuse to indulge in the city’s fabulous foodie scene. Take long strolls along the beach where temperatures are warmer than most of the rest of Europe or share time exploring the city’s architectural masterpieces. What better way to feel the romance than wandering the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, stopping for churros and hot chocolate or cuddling up to keep warm under the falling leaves on Passeig de Gracia.
For complete guides of your romantic destinations check Barcelona guide here.