- Explore some of the most romantic cities in Europe – from the tranquillity of Florence in Italy to exploring the historic streets of Berlin.
- Ideas and inspiration to make the most of any city break – from witnessing the Northern Lights in Reykjavik to saying it with chocolates in beautiful Bruges.
- Must-see sights for couples including visiting the Musée Rodin to gaze at The Kiss in Paris to seeing the fairy-tale palace on Sintra in Lisbon.
A significant birthday, special anniversary, Valentine’s Day or second honeymoon – there could be lots of reasons why you’re planning a romantic holiday away and researching city breaks. However, don’t waste time hunting for the perfect place to enjoy together. Here’s our shortlist of the 6 most romantic cities in Europe.
Any holiday to Italy is destined to be romantic. Rome, Venice, Verona, the Amalfi Coast, Lake Garda – when you think about it, the country boasts some of the most romantic scenery and places in Europe. Florence is an idyllic destination too, and you can’t help but fall in love with the Tuscany capital. Everywhere you look there are fine examples of Renaissance art and architecture, from Botticelli’s beautiful Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery to Michelangelo’s marvellous marble statue of David, found at the Accademia – book tickets online in advance to avoid the queues.
Spend time during the day enjoying an intimate meal for two near the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno river, as featured in the classic love story A Room with a View. Or enjoy a romantic stroll in the peaceful and pretty Boboli Gardens. Then as night falls, head to Piazzale Michelangelo to watch the sun set over the city. That’s amore!
Laid-back and alluring, Lisbon is one of the top romantic cities in Europe. The Portuguese capital has a seductive charm, perhaps the result of its leafy avenues and picturesque plazas, combined with a coastal location. Highlights include the Belém Tower and Monastery of Jerónimos, an outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Don’t miss a fun ride on a bumpy tram, either. The number 28 is the best way to explore the narrow streets in Lisbon’s historic old town – stop at the cathedral to take photos and buy a traditional custard tart from a bakery. If time allows jump on a train for the hour-long journey to Sintra, where you’ll find a hilltop Moorish castle and colourful fairy-tale palace, complete with turrets, domes, gargoyles and a lavish ballroom.
Back in Lisbon, lose yourself in the city’s tangled cobbled streets, listening out for the melancholic sound of fado. The music is heartfelt emotion at its best.
Looking at holidays in Germany? Berlin will take your breath away. And this year a visit will be even more poignant as 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Art lovers will be impressed by the Old Masters on display at the Gemäldegalerie, while those with a passion for classical music will no doubt be wowed by a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic, regarded as one of the best orchestras in the world – 2020 concert tickets will be on sale at the end of April.
If this short break is truly a romantic getaway, escape from the crowds to ‘Little Venice’ in the south-eastern corner of the city. It’s one of Berlin’s best-kept secrets, home to five canals and 13 bridges. Another attractive spot is the hidden rose garden in Humboldthain Park. The scent of roses is a treat for the senses in spring.
If you’re a loved-up couple who like nothing more than stargazing in a dark night’s sky, then European tours that include Iceland, taking in Reykjavík, will be a dream come true. You may even get to witness a memorable multicoloured light show courtesy of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Iceland’s capital, one of the most romantic cities in Europe, is just a three-hour flight away from the UK and it’s a magical, mystical destination.
An Iceland tour usually includes a visit to the Blue Lagoon spa on its itinerary. Bathe in the warm waters of the geothermal spa. It’s a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. You may also wish to see the impressive Gullfoss waterfall – on a sunny day, look out for a heavenly rainbow above.
As for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a dolphin and humpback or minke whale, you’ll need to take to the water. Boat trips depart frequently from Rejkjavík harbour. Keep your eyes peeled.
Say it with flowers, or chocolate! If you want to prove your love to that special someone in your life, then plan a trip to one of the most romantic cities in Europe that’s famous for both – Bruges. In March and April, the carpet of daffodils adorning the landscape in front of Bruges’ tranquil béguinage is simply spectacular, as are the willow trees overhanging the network of canals – a boat trip through the quaint UNESCO World Heritage Centre is a must. As for indulging in some white, milk or dark Belgian chocolate, the Choco-Story museum is open all-year round, as are numerous shops that can help satisfy any sweet desires.
Another romantic highlight, however, is sure to be Minnewater Park with its wonderful Lake of Love at its heart. According to legend, if you walk over the park bridge with your partner and share a kiss, your love will be eternal.
No list of the most romantic cities in Europe will be complete with mentioning Paris, the French capital where good old-fashion romance still reigns supreme. A holiday in France is perfect for couples yearning for the finer things in life, and Paris is a city you can’t help but adore. The architecture, atmosphere, food and wine all contribute to making this destination ideal for a special occasion, as well as an easy getaway.
On a glamorous city break, visit the Musée Rodin to see the world-famous marble nude sculpture, The Kiss. Then head to the Champagne Bar at the top of the iconic Eiffel Tower and toast your relationship with a glass of bubbly. And if you fancy a tango in Paris, hold hands and hot trot to the banks of the Port Saint-Bernard where dance enthusiasts eagerly mingle by the water’s edge to strut the night away.
A wealth of wonderful European cities await couples looking for a romantic break, and this shortlist of six have the necessary sentimental criteria to sweep a loved one off their feet. However, instead of picking just one destination for a special trip, cross your heart to visit them all.
Visit the most romantic cities in Europe
Take the hassle out of planning a romantic city break. Riviera Travel has a range of extra special holidays and escorted tours that can help you explore the most romantic cities in Europe including Florence & Tuscany, Berlin and Lisbon. Check out our European tours for inspiration and to start planning your romantic getaway.
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