With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it’s the ideal time to treat yourself and your loved one to a romantic city break or getaway for two. Whether you’re planning on taking a partner or a friend, we’ve homed-in on the top romantic destinations in Europe.
Salzburg’s iconic skyline is one not to be missed. The church spires and the baroque cathedral tower make it feel as if you have stepped into a postcard. In the world heritage listed city centre, you are met by one attraction after another. For those who enjoy live music, Salzburg is a perfect choice. The city is known for its cultural scene and its many concert halls, so don’t miss the chance to experience one of the sensational classical musical performances.
Could there be anything more romantic than witnessing the magnificence of the northern lights? A trip to Reykjavik gives you the chance to see this mysterious, enchanting natural light show with your own eyes. Reykjavik may be small, but there is no shortage of charming restaurants to enjoy a romantic evening meal. The proximity to the volcanic landscape and endless excursions make this a fantastic destination for adventurous couples, but after all that exploring be sure not to miss a relaxing dip in the steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon.
Budapest is full of beautiful buildings and romantic walkways that lead along the Danube river and up to the castle, where you’re rewarded with the most beautiful views of the city. Enjoy a romantic meal at the fabulous Halazsbastya restaurant, which overlooks the river and Parliament buildings. If you are there during winter, you can continue to the central park Városligeti Műjégpálya and head out on the ice rink, or opt to warm up in one of Budapest’s famous thermal baths. Budapest also has an exciting nightlife scene, perfect if you want to dance the night away together.
If you are looking for fairytale romance, then there are few destinations that can compete with Bruges. This medieval city in Belgium is full of romance, from the Gothic churches to the glittering canals; much like Amsterdam, though smaller, more cosy and without the gaudy nightclubs. The canal Rozenhoedkaai is one of the most frequently photographed places in Bruges, and it’s easy to see why.
Watching the sunset over Santorini could make even the most cynical person feel a touch romantic. There is a reason why this Greek volcanic island has a special place in the hearts of many – the island is almost too beautiful to be true. Along the rocks are cliffs of whitewashed, Cycladic houses with splashes of blue and in front of them the endless Aegean Sea. Micro-breweries, vineyards and food experiences out of the ordinary make Santorini a perfect destination for the foodie couple. Plus, the vast array of picturesque sandy beaches will make it seriously difficult to leave.
The eternal city of love, Paris has gained many romantic accolades (and for good reason), not least of all, its charming atmosphere, cosy cobbled streets, beautiful buildings and exquisite food served in quaint bistros. If the weather permits, you could indulge in some fresh French delicacies and fine wine and settle down in one of the city’s parks, or sit by the river for a picnic at sunset.