A couple’s retreat can be subjective – you might be into action and adventure, chilled and relaxing times or something ultra-romantic. To help you and your significant other choose where to plan your next getaway this summer, we’ve put together a list of ten sensational holiday destinations for couples. Let’s dive in…
North Majorca and the city of Palma are your best bets for idyllic locations. Make a beeline for scenic Sóller and you can take the dinky tourist train around the town and surrounding mountains and citrus groves. As romantic holiday destinations go, Deià is just a dream away. Its ochre-coloured, sepia-hued buildings contrast to the rich, rolling, emerald-green hillsides.
Swap the country for the city and you’ll find hidden treasures and watering holes in Palma. Divert from the swanky shops in search of Zonasander, a vintage champagne bar selling timeless leather garments, designer accessories, candles and armchairs.
The White Isle of Ibiza is calling! If you and your other half are into mixing cultural exploration by day and beach clubs by night, this is the island. You’ll also find places for laid-back morning yoga.
Dalt Vila in the old town is a UNESCO-listed site home to various chapels, courtyards and galleries. The beachside chill spots in Cala Llonga and Playa Es Cana are top choices, but don’t miss superclubs like Pacha or the iconic Café Mambo!
Portugal’s astonishing Algarve is more than just golden beaches, top-rated golf courses and seafood restaurants. Sure, you and your partner can enjoy all that lot, but hit Vilamoura Marina for a romantic vibe. Why not get glammed up for a night out? There are plenty of eateries and chic bars around. Prefer to keep things authentic? Take heed of pre-shop siesta times and hunt for pretty pieces of pottery. The locals make jugs, coasters, bowls and more, all in traditional Portuguese tilework and intricate patterns.
Get a slice of the action in Tenerife and embark on an active getaway together. This Canarian Island is one of the best holiday destinations for couples looking to get out and about. With Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide, on its set list, it’d be rude not to hike or take a cable car to the top. Stay a while and watch the night sky light up with a stargazing experience.
Among the ideal romantic getaways in Europe, the Costa Blanca really shines. You can avoid Benidorm if you’re not into neon-lit clubs, but the iconic resort’s old town does have the incredible Tapas Alley, where you’ll be hard pushed to find more delicious light bites! Meanwhile, the Balcon del Mediterraneo will provide you jaw-dropping panoramas of the sea below.
Do something different in epic Lanzarote. Head over to the otherworldly Timanfaya National Park and the Martian-esque landscape will take your breath away. Okay, so you won’t have conquered space travel together, but it’s definitely got an on-another-planet feel. Turn the heat up a notch and have your dinner cooked at 600°C temperatures at the exceptional El Diablo restaurant.
There are plenty of holiday destinations for couples based around beach-hopping. Gran Canaria’s Puerto Rico is a gold-sand stretch that attracts the rays all year round and has a Caribbean look to it. For wispy white grains, head to Amadores Beach. You can hire sun beds and parasols and enjoy a light lunch in a nearby eatery. Going for wow factor? You’ll be fascinated by the sweeping swathes that make up the Maspalomas Dunes!
Costa del Sol
Between Puerto Banús and Marbella, the Costa del Sol has got glitz all sorted, with Ocean Club and Nikki Beach being two of the key sea-facing venues to visit, respectively. Like things more wholesome? Go nautical in Nerja and explore the shorefront before venturing to the blissful Balcon de Europa and nearby mysterious caves.
History buffs and foodies can get their fixes in equal measure in picturesque Paphos. Start your trip at the beguiling Tombs of the Kings, where you can go back in time down the eerie networks where locals were buried. Nearby, there’s also the archaeological park housing impeccably preserved Roman mosaics! You can’t beat Paphos Harbour for an evening meal after a sunset stroll. Think stuffed vine leaves, lamb kleftiko, moussaka and more.
Tick off all the main landmarks together in Dalaman. You’ll be in for swoon-worthy scenes at the Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz. The clear waters double-up as a playground for swimmers and snorkellers. You might also like the idea of a traditional Turkish mud bath or a good haggle for mementos of your trip in the spellbinding Grand Bazaar.
Think you’ve found the next place to add to your list? It sounds like it’s time to get planning…
Posted: 2nd Jul 2019.