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:
The stuff of modern legend, Santorini seduces and serenades with its cerulean domes, whitewashed walls, and villages that cascade down the side of its mountainous edge. This Cyclades island flawlessly combines natural beauty and pristine glamour, making it a desirable destination for travellers looking to splash the cash. Whether you want to venture to this contemporary Greek paradise for a romantic weekend or a short break with friends, discover our must-dos on the island, from the iconic towns to volcanic landscapes.
Paris lures all manner of tourists in with its romantic aura, timeless elegance and grace. Whether you’re boating across a quiet lake or tumbling out of atmospheric bars, the French capital offers endless ways to please its first-time visitors and keep them coming back for more – and with speedy Eurostar services from London, you’ll have every reason to do so.