With Valentine’s Day having come and gone the words on the tip of our tongues have most likely associated with love and ways of expressing that very emotion.
For travellers who are in relationships chances are they’re seeking a romantic adventure or trip to another country to spend some quality time with their half.
Although we’re still in the month of Love and who’s to say we need to rely on 14th Feb every year to organise a romantic trip together.
Europe is home to some of the most loveable destinations in the world, with fancy and heart-warming towns and cities that’ll keep you and your partner in such great spirits.
These are my 7 picks: Some on the list are well-established and are the first places to mention, others are a bit more low-key but just as beautiful gems.
1. Paris, France
Well let’s start off the list with the city of love or good-old Paris. I feel like this is one of the cliche choices to go with but oh well we’ll go along with it.
At Paris you can glance together at the Eiffel Tower as it lights up the city at night, maybe drop down on one knee in front of it. Take a stroll along Pont Neuf or through the Jardin Des Tulleries on a sunny afternoon. Dine together at with some fine French wine on the side.
2. Venice, Italy
Again another cliche, popular choice for a romantic trip in the shape of Venice. It’s always one of the first destinations people think of when they think “Italy” and its magic and colour is one of its biggest pulls.
Venice is also referred as the queen of seas. With its countless number of canals and bridges there’s a strong reason to justify calling it that.
The highly revered Southern Italian town is blessed with many many charming activities for couples to do: from sailing along the canals on a gondola ride at sunset, indulging on a gelato or two,(try your hands on a Suso btw) together to catching some scenic views at the Terazza Danieli.
Boats are the only way of getting around Venice mind you, unless you fancy racking up your step count on your step tracker app.
3. Montreux, Switzerland
For our next destination were heading to the lower regions of Europe and checking out what charm and affinity Switzerland has for lovers.
And no it’s not Basel or Zurich but a more obscure town known as Montreux (cue the French pronunciation, which is just off the outskirts of Lake Geneva.
The town’s natural scenery and landscape makes Montreux attractive to the casual holidayer. Thanks to the being located near the revered lake Geneva, plus the mountains and the Alps you can spot from a distance.
The same way you can romantically enjoy an Italian gelato when in Venice you can enjoy some Swiss Chocolate when in Montreux. Heck even go extra and ride the chocolate train all thr way to the Cailler-Nestle Chocolate factory. Is that not adventurous enough for your partner? Ride the Glacier 3000 cable car or maybe lose yourselves going through the Lavaux Vineyard complex.
In terms of impressing on the romance front few places in Switzerland beat Montreux’s elegance.
Fun fact: Montreux was the home of Charlie Chaplin for over 2 decades.
4. Seville, Spain
In both day and night Seville shines and lights up as a top romantic destinationwithin the Spanish region. The city is stocked up with pure beauty and adventure.
In terms of romantic things to so crossing the Triana Bridge is one romantic thing couples may consider doing whilst on their break. Chilling in the Arabic baths after a long day out sightseeing may be another activity to look at. On top of the above Seville has an array of picturesque rooftop bars for loved ones to choose from.
The opportunity to bask in the Mediterranean sun, especially during warmer seasons, is one that many romantics seek for their ideal couple getaway. Seville definitely does not disappoint on that front. Peak day temperatures even during February holds up around 17-20 degrees. Whilst in the spring and summer average between 21 and 35.
5. Cinque Terre, Italy
We head across the Mediterranean again and back to Italy for our next destination.
Within close distance to Rome, Cinque Terre presents a stark contrast to the Italiab capital in terms of being much quieter and relaxed. It’s actually made up of 5 seaside villages that runs along the Rivieira coast: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, hence why it’s known as Cinque Terre. All with their own vibe and atmosphere which leaves room for a range of experiences. You can also take boat trips from one village to another.
Generally speaking if there’s couples looking for peace and serenity then you may want to give Cinque Terre a hard look in.
6. Santorini, Greece
Curved-shaped, angelic Greek island of Santorini. We’ll start off with the scenery, which is jaw-dropping in many sense. The white-coloured buildings at the top of the hills, beautiful and multi-coloured beaches and crystal-clear seas will make you feel like you’re transported to a paradise, maybe minus a huge volcano that’s active.
Beyond its aesthetics Santorini blesses couples with a fair share of warming and charming activities. Scuba diving and swimming in the same seas, cuddling up in the sunset with the missus whilst at Cinekamari outdoor cinema screening or go wine-tasting at wine bars and . It’s the traditional but richly cute escape for a holiday. If it were to reincarnated a Greek Goddess into island form then Santorini would be a successful replica.
Getting to Santorini can be done via plane or ferries from Athens, Crete and Mykonos ad well as direct flights from the UK and major European countries.
7. Bruges, Belgium
Last one worth considering highly is one of Belgium’s major cities/towns that’s not Brussels. One that can be easily reached via plane, a eurostar train or coach. If you fancy booking a trip to Bruges Omio, which is a website/app that helps with planning travels, is a great place to book tickets from.
Bruges is a town that can give off a vibe filled with enchantment and fantasy. Personified with spectacular bridges and canals, charming attractions such as Diamond museum, Belfry Tower and Ten Wijngaerde these are a few reasons why Bruges earns its right to be dubbed “Little Venice)
Did I also mention being able to dine with the other half over some of Belgian’s finest chocolate and fries? And also it’s fine beer too. Gettimg a skyline view of Bruges from the Balfry Tower. Strolling along the Blankenberge Beach outside of the city or maybe through the cobbled streets and districts characterises by its medieval architecture.
Special mentions go to Prague, Amsterdam, Budapest, Lisbon, Verona, Rome, Florence. Gosh someone give the reward to the most romantic country in Europe to Italy.
Where was some of your picks for most romantic places in Europe? Are you planning on a getaway to celebrate Valentines Day, keeping things local or a hopeless romantic like myself with no plans?
Wishing all the loved up couples out there a very blessed belated Valentine’s day.
Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures