Posted by Kirstie
As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner we’ve put together our selection of 5 top romantic cities in Europe to help you plan your perfect getaway with your loved one. Whether you enjoy taking romantic strolls through the city or prefer to explore by boat or horse-drawn carriage, these European cities are full of history and character that will leave you with long lasting memories of your escape together.
1. Bruges, Belgium
The capital city of Bruges in Belgium is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world. With perfectly preserved medieval houses at the heart of the city’s network of canals, the waterways are an excellent way to discover the hidden beauty of Bruges. Many of our hotels in Bruges are close to the city’s iconic landmarks including the 13th century belfry in the main market square which visitors can climb to get a fantastic bird’s eye view of the city. Treat your loved one to the fantastic Belgian chocolates sold in many of the charming boutiques and try the famous Belgian beers at one of the local bars. Getting there couldn’t be easier as we’ve got a great range of Mini Cruise Breaks to Bruges on offer, making a romantic escape to this beautiful Belgian city accessible and affordable.
Romantic Tip: Take the weight off your feet and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city.
2. Paris, France
Rich in famous landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe, Paris is well known for being a top destination for romantic breaks and as the French capital is brimming with fancy restaurants, elegant boulevards and stunning architecture it’s easy to see why. Take your loved one on a tour of the city’s many galleries and be wowed by some of the world’s best masterpieces before relaxing in one of our luxury Paris hotels. Sunny afternoons can be spent strolling along the banks of the Seine and exploring the beautiful sculptures in the Tuileries Garden. If you fancy a romantic trip to the French capital check out our great selection of Paris Eurostar Breaks that make escaping to the continent easier than you think.
Romantic Tip: Climb the steps on the Rue Foyatier in Montmartre for a fantastic view of the city.
3. Venice, Italy
Known as ‘The Floating City’, Venice is a truly unique and beautiful destination perfect for a romantic getaway. Laced with canals, the whole city is built around the curving Grand Canal and is connected to the north eastern coast of Italy by a single road bridge known as the Ponte della Libertà. The city of Venice is full of historic buildings, galleries and museums as well as grand cathedrals replete with breathtaking artworks from the grand masters. The most famous of the city’s churches is the striking St Mark’s Basilica at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco. The square is home to the iconic bell tower, or Campanile, which visitors can climb to get a panoramic view of the city below. If you’re inspired to visit the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’, take a look at our fantastic range of hotels in Venice.
Romantic Tip: To ‘guarantee’ eternal love, take a gondola trip under the Bridge of Sighs.
4. Barcelona, Spain
This vibrant and colourful city is the second largest in Spain and is always a popular destination for those looking for a romantic getaway. Couples escaping to the Spanish favourite can enjoy a stroll hand in hand down the famous La Rambla and soak up the Mediterranean sunshine before relaxing on the gorgeous sandy beaches. Be sure to discover the awe-inspiring architecture of Gaudi at the Parc Güell gardens and at the iconic Sagrada Familia. Make the most of the local delicacies and sample a tapas platter at one of the many cafes and bistros. After a long day of exploring this Spanish city, retreat to one of our superb Barcelona hotels before indulging in the lively nightlife.
Romantic Tip: Head to the Avenida Maria Cristina to see the Magic Fountain of Montjuic lit up at night.
5. Reykjavik, Iceland
Escape to Reykjavik, the northernmost capital city in the world, to discover the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding mountains and oceans. Brave the cold together and wrap up warm as you take a wander round the cities colourful buildings. For a day out to remember, take a tour around the Golden Circle and enjoy the stunning sites of jetting geysers at Geysir, and glacial waterfalls at Gullfoss. Excursion tickets to these fantastic destinations and more can be added to your stay when booking any of our Reykjavik hotels. Spend a magical evening together by taking a Northern Lights Tour to try and catch a glimpse of the sublime Aurora Borealis. We’ve got an excellent choice of hotels in Reykjavik to choose from if you’re inspired to visit this wintry city in Iceland.
Romantic Tip: Get steamed up by taking a dip in the thermal pools at the Blue Lagoon.
We hope our pick of these ultimate romantic destinations have inspired you to take a trip with your loved one. Fingers crossed someone will whisk us away soon! Which of these cities would you like to visit?