Romantic getaways often tell the same story: you might think that gliding down the Grand Canal on a gondola or taking photos in front of the Eiffel Tower are the ultimate in city-break romance, and why wouldn’t you? And yet, there are plenty of romantic destinations in Europe you probably haven’t ever thought of jetting off to, for a break from the tourist-filled chart-toppers without compromising on the love factor.
Cold cobbled streets, mulled wine, candlelit squares and snow-flecked churches; Europe really is a magical, fairtytale-esque place come Christmas time. Though most cities offer something akin to a winter wonderland at this time of year, there are some that really take the Brunkager. Here’s a rundown of the top five European cities to explore for a Christmas break:
Lift passes, equipment hire, cheese-laden fondues and post-piste beers – ski holidays can incur many costs but we’re here to prove it can be done without breaking the bank, if you know where to go. Whether you’re looking for cruisy blues that are gentle on the legs, challenging black runs or perhaps the pick of gourmet mountain restaurants, here are our favourite alternatives for purse-friendly …
Croatia is multifaceted, from its rugged rocky landscapes to historic buildings and crystal clear bays. The land on the Adriatic Sea offers the perfect place for beach, culture and active travellers. The diverse natural treasures of Croatia extend from the mainland to around 1,000 surrounding islands.
Few places are associated with glamour and elegance like the French Riviera. Jetsetters and celebrities have frequented this place to try their luck at the gaming tables and glide around on luxury yachts. What we call the Riviera, and as the French call it the Côte d’Azur, is the coastal strip that begins in the city of Hyères and stretches all the way to the eastern border where the Italian equivalent takes over.
Glazed Majolica, panoramas studded with terracotta roofs, restaurants on the river and many (many) flakey ‘pastel de nata’ pastries: the unique personality of Porto will capture you in seconds. The ideal European destination for a long weekend away, here are some of our favourite things to do in this colourful city.