Looking to whisk away your loved one on an enchanting escape? Whether you’re hoping to take some time out in an iconic city or you want to be adventurous and explore idyllic surroundings, you’re sure to create memories that the two of you can cherish forever.
Luckily, Europe is filled with romantic cities that are right on your doorstep, so your dream getaway could be just a couple of hours away!
You’ll certainly earn some brownie points on one of these romantic city breaks.
Paris is the undisputed ‘City of Love’ and undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Around nearly every corner, you’ll find cobbled streets, candlelit bistros and 19th century architecture that all add to the magic of the French capital.
Stroll arm-in-arm along the famous Champs-Élysées, before arriving at the majestic Arc de Triomphe. The Eiffel Tower is also a must-see attraction, both day and night. As the sun goes down, the tower glows from top to bottom with thousands of twinkling lights. The perfect location for a loved-up selfie.
Bring your day to a close in an elegant Parisian restaurant – you’ll certainly not struggle to find one! Sample authentic French cuisine, before sipping world-class wines late into the evening.
The setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona is an enchanting location. Trace the legendary tale of the star-crossed lovers with a trip to the Basilica of San Zeno, their place of marriage, or re-enact the famous balcony scene at the 14th century Casa di Giulietta.
If you’re visiting between the 11th and 14th February, the Verona in Love festival engulfs the city, with hundreds of heart-shaped decorations and illuminations representing love – perfect for those Instagram-worthy snaps!
Italy’s captivating capital is wall-to-wall elegance and the ultimate romantic city. You and your significant other can explore this charming destination and be typical tourists for the day. Make a wish as you throw coins into the Trevi Fountain, share scoops of traditional gelato in Piazza Navona and admire the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
For a date night to remember, take in a spectacular ballet or opera at the Teatro dell’Opera, then dine under the stars, glass of wine in hand, near the famous Spanish Steps.
Salzburg’s picture-perfect setting looks like it’s been plucked straight from a fairytale, so it’s ideal for a magical break away. Birthplace of Mozart and home of The Sound of Music, the city has culture aplenty.
The gardens surrounding Mirabell Palace are perfect for a romantic stroll. This gorgeous green space offers peace and quiet alongside views of the medieval Hohensalzburg Castle that sits atop a hill.
Seal your love for each other by adding a padlock to Staatsbrücke Bridge, then splash out on Austrian fare. Snuggle up in a cosy café and sample schnitzel and strudel.
Poland’s second largest city oozes old-world charm. You’ll find well-preserved medieval buildings around every corner and a unique history that’s a real eye-opener. Rynek Główny, the main square, is one of the largest in Europe and is the perfect place to enjoy an authentic Polish breakfast.
Take in the city’s main sights on a romantic horse and cart ride, before stopping to share a slice of traditional cheesecake. As night draws in, settle down among the locals in a hidden vodka bar and sample a variety of the famous local tipples.
Feast your eyes on medieval Girona. This colourful Catalan city is nestled on the banks of the River Onyar and a true treasure of Spain. With a history spanning more than 2,000 years, there’s a huge selection of art, architecture and culture on show.
Stroll hand-in-hand through the maze of narrow streets in the Jewish Quarter, then head up onto the city walls for panoramic views like no other. At night, dine al fresco on a tree-covered terrace, before sipping sangria under the stars.
Sprinkled with snow or drenched in sunshine, Prague is one of Europe’s prettiest destinations. And therefore, one of the most romantic.
A cruise along the Vltava River is probably the best way to see the city, where you can cheers with a pint of Czech beer and take in the sights of Prague Castle and Charles Bridge.
Want to travel in style? Cosy up on the back seats of a vintage car and enjoy chauffeur-driven service to some of the most popular attractions.
Posted: 10th Jan 2019.