Do you want to surprise your boyfriend or girlfriend with a romantic weekend getaway soon but don’t know which city yet? We have researched the 36 most romantic cities in Europe for you and listed the following tips for a trip.
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Romantic city break in Madeira
Explore Madeira in a playful way by Tuk Tuk and see the city from a different angle! Instead of a Tuk Tuk ride, opt for a walk along one of the 2,100 km of canals. One of Madeira’s top attractions is the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. Containing thousands of exotic plants and animals, these gardens are perfect for a day trip. If you are still looking for something more peaceful, you can visit the island of Porto Santo. Porto Santo is very close and its 9 km of sandy beaches are mostly deserted. Take a beautiful 7km walk to the Ponta de São Lourenço and enjoy beautiful views along the way and finish with a picnic. You can also opt for the slightly longer Levada do Norte route. This ends at the Cabo Girão viewpoint where you can see kilometres of coast and cliffs!
Explore the top romantic spots in Porto
Porto is a really super fun city to go to together. Porto was voted the best European holiday destination in 2014 for a reason. Porto is also known as ‘Cidade Invicta’, the unconquered city. Porto is known for its history, architecture, culture and, of course, delicious local food. You can enjoy walking along the River Douro ( the golden river) here or do a helicopter flight together and see the city and beautiful river bed from the air. You can also take in the beautiful scenery, many bridges and unusual buildings on a river cruise. Other tips include visiting the 19th-century Palácio da Bolsa or enjoying the view of the squares and market stalls from the high terrace atop the Sé Catédral.
Spend the night in a castle in Lisbon
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and the city is a perfect mix of historic castles, modern art museums and wild nightlife. The best way to explore Lisbon is without a plan. Have a nice adventure together through the many winding alleys and be surprised. Go to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum for free on Sundays or visit the huge maritime museum (Oceanarium of Lisbon) that the city is famous for. What is also great fun to do is to stroll together through the Alfama district, where you will find a cosy collection of bars, restaurants and narrow alleys. Alfama is one of Lisbon’s cosiest and most colourful districts and therefore definitely worth a visit.
Romantic weekend destination in Sintra
Sintra is a beautiful town tucked between the hills of the Sintra Mountains (Portuguese: Serra De Sintra). As it is often a little cooler here than in the rest of Portugal, you will find many beautiful palaces, old houses and well-kept gardens of the very rich who used to live here in Sintra. Sintra’s many beautiful buildings and stunning views make it one of the best destinations to go to with your partner. Fun things not to miss in Sintra include: the historic centre, the Palace of Sintra, the Moorish castle high above the city (Castelo dos Mouros), the Palace of Pena and Quinta da Regaleira (beautiful gardens).
Edinburgh is also known as ‘the Athens of the North’. The city is the ideal size: big enough to do and see many special things but still small enough to enjoy exploring the city on foot. Walk down the Royal Mile together and admire Edinburgh Castle, St Giles’ Cathedral and the Scottish Parliament building. Looking for a great view? Then climb Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park; after a steep climb, you’ll have stunning views of Edinburgh and the surrounding area. You can also visit Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia. This is one of the most famous ships in the world and served as the Queen of England’s royal ship for 40 years. Also be sure to visit Edinburgh’s old town and the National Museum of Scotland.
Enjoy each other in London
London is nice and close by and also a very nice city to go to with your date. Central London is very large and there is a lot to do. For example, how about picnicking together on Primrose hill and enjoying the view of London’s beautiful skyline? If you like good food, we also recommend going to the Foodmarket in Camden Town (also known as Camden Market). The River Thames runs right through the centre of London, nowhere is the view of Big Ben and Tower Bridge as beautiful as from the water on a river cruise! You can have a great time shopping on Oxford Street, almost all major department stores have a branch here. Furthermore, there are many Backyard Cinemas (a kind of open-air cinema) where you can plop down in a beanbag to take a rest after a busy day.
Romantic Barcelona weekend break
Whether you go to Barcelona for the nice weather, the casual beach walks or the extraordinary architecture, Barcelona is a perfect city for a weekend getaway with your partner. Indispensable in Barcelona is, of course, the Sagrada Família. Also beautiful are the Fountains of Montjuïc at the foot of the hill of the same name. If you want to go even higher, you can take a day trip to Mount Montserrat. Located about 50 km from Barcelona, this mountain is known for its breathtaking views and can be climbed either by car or on foot. Buildings not to be missed are: Casa Batlló, The Palau de la Música Catalana (prestigious concert hall) and Barri Gòtic, a beautiful old quarter built entirely in the Gothic style.
San Sebastian (charm, luxury hotels and good food)
Surely one of the reasons why San Sebastian is a romantic destination is the food. There are more Michelin stars per square metre in San Sebastian than anywhere else in the world! Still, you don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy San Sebastian. You can eat delicious and affordable food in very many places here. A famous San Sebastian dish is La Viña’s famous cheesecake, a must-taste before heading back home. San Sebastian is also the place to be if you want to take a walk and get some fresh air. The La Concha Promenade is an ideal promenade to enjoy the fresh sea breeze in the evening while taking a stroll.
Romantic hotels in Valencia
Valencia is a beautiful city with a rich history, ideal for a romantic weekend or week away. Located on the east coast of Spain, the city offers access to several city beaches where you can sunbathe and swim. Valencia’s Mediterranean climate is also great for exploring the city. Visit the lush Turia gardens, buildings like the Silk Exchange and picturesque neighbourhoods like Ruzafa and Barrio del Carmen. Everywhere you can dine deliciously, often at a bargain price. You can do all this on foot, or opt for a nice bike ride. And while you’re on your bike, don’t miss the famous City of Arts and Sciences, home to the largest aquarium in Europe!
Time for each other in Seville
This Andalusian capital is one of Spain’s most romantic cities. In the afternoon, for example, take a romantic stroll through Maria Luisa park (Parque de María Luisa) or, as night falls, take a walk towards the beautiful arched bridge called the Puente de Isabel II (aka the Triana bridge). A night in Seville is perfect to finish off with a flamenco show with a visit to one of the cosy terraces the city has. Almost all locals agree: Santa Cruz is one of the most romantic spots in Seville, this former Jewish quarter is within walking distance of the city’s most important monuments and you’ll find a huge range of cosy squares with small traditionally good eateries.
Bergen is a colourful Norwegian city and Norway’s second-largest city. Bergen is also called the city between the seven mountains (the syv fjell). The highest mountain is the Ulrike, from which you have a great view over the entire city. You can easily go up here with one of the cable cars. Visit the fjords and be dazzled by Norway’s beauty. Stroll together past the Bryggen Hanseatic shipyard and be enchanted by wooden houses painted in all the colours of the rainbow. Fancy even more adventure? Hop on the Funicular cable car and enjoy views over the city and the fjords. Another fun activity is watching the fjords tower above you together from the water!
Cruise the canals of Venice
Venice is a city for on everyone’s bucket list. The city is known for its ancient canals, countless gondolas and special local restaurants. When you are on a gondola together, it sometimes seems like you are literally floating through a painting. Venice is packed with beautiful buildings, churches and museums. Stroll along the grand canals or visit one of the 141 churches. Just be careful not to get lost in this labyrinth of bridges and small alleys! It is wonderful to spend your days in Venice strolling from palaces to squares, checking out small art galleries and spotting cute souvenirs at one of the many stalls along the way. St Mark’s Basilica, as well as the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square are great places to visit.
Go bubbling in Rome
Rome has had a reputation as the capital of the world for centuries for good reason. The city is basically one big open-air museum. Rome is the city of magnificent archaeological buildings, monuments, churches painted by the most famous painters and traditional Italian food. Rome was not built in a day and it will definitely take you more than one day to see everything! Throw coins into the Trevi Fountain together, admire the Colosseum and Pantheon or unwind with the perfect espresso or handmade Gelato ice creams in the shade. Go shopping at Campo de’ Fiori or just eat one of the most memorable meals of your life!
Find romance in Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre literally means ‘the five countries’. Cinque Terre consists of five beautiful villages in a mountainous area on the Italian coast. In fact, the area is so special that it has been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. For breathtaking views, steep mountain paths and a laid-back lifestyle, this is the place to be. In the hottest part of the day, it is best to go and do something and not linger in the streets of the little villages. Despite only having a few thousand people, Cinque Terre is very popular with tourists and can be very crowded. To avoid the crowds, it’s best to pack plenty of water and sunscreen and hike one of the hiking trails. The routes often start quite steeply, but the views of one of the most special places in all of Italy more than make up for this.
The magic of the coastal city of Amalfi
Amalfi is a town in the Italian province of Salerno. You will find the city by the sea between a deep ravine and the foot of Monte Cerreto. Being in Amalfi often makes you feel like you’ve landed in a movie. It is not for nothing that the Romans started building villas against the cliffs here: the views and streets are so beautiful that you almost feel like you are in an old James Bond film. The weather is always good and the scenery endlessly beautiful. Just make sure you book in time as it can be very busy in high season. To make the most of the views, you can climb the many steep mountain paths together or check out the Valle delle Ferriere waterfall. If you are feeling adventurous, it is also great fun to go canoeing or kayaking.
Explore Sicily’s cultural treasure trove in Palermo
Palermo is the capital of ever-sunny Sicily. Palermo is on the edge of Europe but central to the ancient world. A thousand years ago, Palermo’s ports were the main transit ports to Europe from the Arab empire. This is therefore well reflected in the amount of beautiful mosques and endless gardens. This cultural mix makes Palermo rustic, flamboyant and above all very special. Places not to be missed are the Palace of the Normans, the Palatine Chapel and the church San Giovanni degli Eremiti. If you love art and music, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (GAM), the Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonino Salinas and a visit to Teatro Massimo are also essential!
View art in Florence
Florence is set among the beautiful green hills of Italy’s Tuscany region. Visit the Galleria dell’Accademia and find out why Florence is internationally known for more than 1 million Renaissance works of art by famous painters such as Michelangelo and Da Vinci. Besides art, Florence is also the birthplace of many famous fashion brands such as Gucci and Roberto Cavalli. Take beautiful photos together at the Ponte Vecchio bridge and spend a long afternoon shopping at the shops in Santo Spirito Square. Tuscan cuisine is perhaps even more famous than its artists. Enjoy special local wines together and dip freshly baked bread in local olive oil. In other words, a wonderful destination for a romantic getaway!
Experience an unforgettable time of sun, sea and adventure in Crete
Crete is one of the largest Greek islands. It is also known by its Venetian name: Candia. Apart from the four big cities, of course, there is a huge amount more to do and see. Crete has long sandy beaches, small mountain villages, many beautiful bays and lots of nice beach bars! This island is ideal for water sports, swimming in the clean sea or relaxing on terraces. There is also plenty to do culturally here, such as the famous Heraklion Archaeological Museum. When you have seen enough cultural things, you can go to Starbeach near Hersonissos to go crazy at one of the beach parties!
Enjoy the heavenly beauty of Santorini together
Santorini is a volcanic island located in the Aegean Sea, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. Enjoy the impressive views of the beautiful sea together. Stroll along immaculate white sandy beaches or the extraordinary black stone beach at Kamari. You will find traditional Greek architecture, fine restaurants and the best wineries. Walk down the 3-hour Fira walking trail together and take pictures like you only know from the commercials. Will you opt for one of Europe’s most beautiful sunsets in Oia or go barbecuing, donkey riding and snorkelling at Amoudi bay?
Discover the enchanting golden city and experience romance in Prague
Prague is considered one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Europe. Its centre is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Prague’s nickname is the Golden City. Prague is a beautiful city during all seasons of the year. The city is known for its many beautiful bridges and turrets, the highlight being Prague Castle. This is the largest castle in the world. One of Prague’s most romantic spots is on top of Petřín Hill, enjoy the amazing view together! Things not to miss are Charles Bridge, Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square) and St Vitus Cathedral. Another plus to Prague is that food and drinks are very affordable here!
Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic
Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea. The city’s old centre and grand city walls are a real must-see. Wander through a maze of alleys, old walls, museums and lots of tasty local restaurants. A good tip is to explore the city with a local guide. This is inexpensive and it allows you to really see all the special places you might otherwise have walked past. The old centre, for instance, is most beautiful in the early evening when the streets are quieter. The Museum of the Croatian War of Independence is also highly recommended. Want a nice view of the city? Then go up on the Dubrovnik cable car, from here you can see the entire old city in all its glory.
Enchanting Budapest, where romance can be found on the banks of the Danube
Budapest is a city with many different unique attractions. Explore the city on foot and enjoy the romantic view together from one of the many bridges over the Danube. After this walk, you can relax in one of the city’s 118 spas and Turkish steam baths. Budapest has been known as the city of food for decades. Sample local specialities such as fresh apricot jam and delicious Hungarian wines. Budapest is the queen of the Danube, you’ll find everything from Roman ruins to Ottoman bathhouses. In short, the best destination for a romantic weekend away so.
Go on an adventure in Vienna
Vienna (also known as Vienna) is the capital of Austria. Located on the banks of the Danube, Vienna is a very nice city to visit together. There are many important museums in Vienna including: the Art History Museum in Vienna, the Albertina and the Liechtenstein Museum. See the famous works of Gustav Klimt and the extraordinary stations designed by Otto Wagner. Vienna is among Europe’s most walkable cities, everything is well arranged and not too far away from each other. Because they believe here that music and theatre should be accessible to all, you can attend a concert from as little as 3 euros. Circle around the First District around the Danube Canal by tram or cross the bridge to the Second District, a real home of artists. Things you should also not miss are: the Hofburg, the Vienna State Opera and the Church on the Steinhof.
Dublin is a special city with lots of live music and cosy squares. But even if you are looking for peace and quiet, there is a perfect place in the middle of the city: St. Stephen’s Green. This park can be found on the south side of the city and is inspired by Central Park in Manhattan. The city is easy to explore on foot (so bring good walking shoes) but a Dublin 3-Day Freedom bus ticket is also a good idea to explore the city. There is also plenty to do just outside Dublin: go together to Hill of Howth and, after the short climb, enjoy breathtaking views over Dublin Bay. In Dublin, the days are short and the nights are long, so find a cosy pub from the more than a thousand quaint pubs. Take a seat by the fireplace and enjoy a spirited whisky together or try the famous spicy Guinness beer. Furthermore, you can fill your day in Dublin with a visit to Dublin Zoo or have a picnic in Phoenix Park.
Discover Ljubljana’s green beauty
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and one of the greenest cities in Europe. The city centre is car-free, leaving plenty of space for walking and cycling along the beautiful Ljubljanica river, which runs through the city. In summer, you can enjoy the evening on one of the many terraces here. Ljubljana is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe and with only 280,000 inhabitants it feels as cosy as a village. You can stroll through the gardens of Tivoli (the city’s largest park), admire the Tromostovje (a triple bridge), climb the beautiful old Ljubljana castle or visit the Ljubljana Zoo together!
Enjoy culture in Brussels
Brussels is a great city to go to with your date. It is the European capital and the European Union is based here in the Berlaymont building. Besides politics, there are also many great museums in Brussels. One example is the René Magritte Museum, this museum is near Parc de Bruxelles, a beautiful park to walk through with long green hedges. You could also go to the Belgian Comic Strip Center together (a super fun comic book museum). Are museums not your thing? Then take a look at the pub Madame Moustache, this is a special pub where you can drink very nice cocktails and where there is a party every night! You can eat delicious and unusual food in many places in Brussels. For example, go on the Tram Experience together. This tram is very nicely renovated and runs through the centre of Brussels 6 days a week. Here, you can eat a delicious 6-course meal on board while watching the romantic streets of Brussels glide by. Another thing you really shouldn’t miss is taking a look at the Atomium!
Head to Bruges, also known as the Venice of the North
Bruges is also known as the Venice of the North! Explore its beautiful and historic centre together. Bruges’ city centre is not included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List for nothing. The endless canals, museums and old buildings create a nice, almost homely, atmosphere that makes the city extra romantic. For example, take a guided tour together at Brewery De Halve Maan on Walplein and enjoy the gold of Bruges. Relax at the famous beguinage and combine it with the Minnewater Park. Take a walk around the city centre together while following the Bruges Art Route to discover the most beautiful spots outside the hustle and bustle of the city.
Experience diversity in the German capital Berlin
Whether you go to Berlin together for the endless amount of graffiti walls, many museums or the wild nightlife: the city is a very nice location for a city trip for almost all couples. Food is cheap, public transport is tremendously good and 24/7 and the locals are friendly. A fun place to go in Berlin with your partner is Ritter Sport’s Bunte Schokowelt. This is a chocolate museum where you can also make your own Ritter Sport bars and taste a lot of different types of chocolate! Berlin also has several impressive monuments not to be missed on your trip such as the Berlin Wall and the Holocaust memorial.
Art, culture and romance in Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence is a beautiful city on the Côte d’Azur in France. Visit the places that inspired world-famous painter Paul Cézanne by following the beautiful ‘Cézanne’ walking route while walking. Be surprised and dive into the world of optical illusions and visit the Foundation Vasarely museum. Aix-en-Provence is known for its delicacies, so be sure to visit one of the many small sweets and local speciality shops to taste the real France. Take long strolls along the ‘Cours Mirabeau’, this road formerly used only by horse and carriage is now one of the busiest roads in the city where you can have a drink and eat out too. The city is also known as a shopping paradise, there are a huge number of boutiques and almost all major fashion brands have a branch here.
Paris the city of love
Paris is known to many as the city of love, but what’s really fun to do when you’re in Paris together? Spend an afternoon exploring the small streets of Montmartre and end at the foot of the Sacré-Cœur for breathtaking views of the city. Besides its romance, Paris is also known for its beautiful art, not only are there very many world-famous museums but street art is also unprecedentedly popular. If you don’t feel like standing in a long queue at one of the popular museums, it is also great fun to stroll through the streets of Paris with your date in search of hidden gems. Another must is to enjoy a picnic along the Seine River. Get a bottle of wine, a baguette and some cheese and enjoy the sunset together. There are also a lot of beautiful roof terraces in Paris where you can relax! Do you like chocolate milk? Then don’t miss Jean-Paul Hévin, where you can make your own chocolate milk with all kinds of chocolate!
Strasbourg is a beautiful city to go to with your partner. The city is close to the German border and because of this, the architecture and local culture is a mixture of French and German influences. There are lots of fun and special things to do and see in Strasbourg. A good start is Batorama’s boat tour, this 70-minute tour takes you past many of the almost iconic sights you can see from the water. If you dare, you can climb Strasbourg Cathedral (note 144 metres high). From the observation deck, you have a fantastic view of the entire city! Furthermore, the Musee d’Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg (MAMCS), the museum of modern and contemporary art, is also highly recommended. Fancy exploring the city in a playful way? Go on a Segway tour together!
Wellness and natural beauty at Lake Aix-les-Baix
Aix-les-Bains is located low in the French Alps on the eastern side of Lake Le Bourget. Aix-les-Bains is a very attractive town and definitely worth a visit. As you walk around Aix-les-Bains you will find a lot of beautiful architecture originating from the belle époque. There are many spas and old beautiful hotels to enjoy together. The Casino Grand Cercle is the first casino ever built in France and this can still be seen in its murals. An afternoon visit to Museum Faure is highly recommended, as is climbing Mont Revard together. From the top of the mountain (a 45-minute drive from Aix-les-Bains), the view is like being on an aeroplane!
Biarritz the surfing paradise on the French Atlantic coast
Biarritz is the surf capital of Europe. Big surf brands like Billabong and Quicksilver have their home base here. You can of course learn to surf together here, but there are also plenty of other fun things to do. Get a breath of fresh air together on Côte des Basques. This is one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the area. Climb the steep dunes and watch from a distance as the waves carry surfers towards the beach. A few minutes’ walk from the centre, you’ll find Rocher de la Vierge, a unique viewpoint that leaves a special impression both with storms and on a beautiful day. For rainy days, there is also a fun aquarium to visit: head to the Aquarium de Biarritz if you want to take a look below sea level!
Amsterdam is the largest municipality in the Netherlands. The city has super nice neighbourhoods and there are plenty of romantic things you can do together. Besides all the cute pubs, parks and countless canals, the city is also a cultural leader. As many as 171 nationalities live together and Amsterdam has the most museums per square metre than anywhere else in the world! Bring your museum card and visit the Rijksmuseum, van Gogh museum, the Anne Frank house or Artis together. Relax in the Vondelpark or visit one of the many coffee shops and take the free ferry to Noord. When you have had enough rest, you can go crazy at night in one of the city’s many clubs. In short, Amsterdam has plenty to do and is an excellent destination for a romantic city break.
Zurich – where chocolate and mountains meet
Breathe in the refreshing mountain air and smell of fresh chocolate together? Go on a city trip to Zurich! Zurich is home to the world’s biggest chocolate brands such as Toblerone. Would you rather enjoy breathtaking views of the city? Then visit the Hürlimann Thermal Baths & Spa Zurich or climb the Üetliberg and enjoy your well-earned view of the city. For those who do not feel like crowds, hiking in the beautiful Wilderness Park Zurich Sihlwald is a good idea. Furthermore, you can go on an excursion to Heidiland high in the mountains or visit Liechtenstein. Lake Zurich (Lake Zurich) is also great fun to go to on a nice day.
Staying overnight in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a fun but quite pricey city. The people in Copenhagen are extremely friendly, there are beautiful parks and museums, and there is a colourful historic harbour that is definitely worth visiting: the Nyhavn. Tivoli Gardens is also fun to visit, which is a kind of very big beautiful garden with all kinds of attractions and shows. Another thing you should definitely not miss is the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum. Rosenborg Slot and Christiansborg are also special monumental buildings with large gardens. For a delicious lunch, go to Torvehallerne near Nørreport station. And if you like cats, Café Miao on H.C. Andersens Boulevard is not to be missed!
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