20 romantic destinations in Europe for a couple getaway
Last Updated on May 15, 2023
Looking for a romantic getaway in Europe, a place to celebrate your anniversary or where to spend your honeymoon? Travel bloggers share their favorite European destinations for couples for a fairy-tale like trip where idyllic scenery and romantic activities await.
From small medieval villages to busy cities and everything in between, you will find the perfect destination for you and your better half.
Read on to discover the best romantic destinations in Europe for couples!
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By Mark from Wyld Family Travel
Ribeauvillé from the outside seems to be hidden in fields of Vineyards that surround this medieval village. For couples, Ribeauville is a romantic destination with its cobblestone streets, romantic restaurants, and intimate walks through fields of grapes and historic castles.
The main street is lined with restaurants, bakeries, cellar doors, and medieval cobblestones. It is the perfect romantic setting for any honeymoon in France.
Sipping the region’s fine wine and eating the artisan foods of the region is one of the highlights of any trip to the Alsace region of France.
On the hill directly behind the town, you will find Castle Saint-Ulrich, Castle Girsberg, and Haut-Ribeaupierre. These Ribeauvillé landmarks can be accessed via a walking trail from the center of town. Stroll from shop to shop from wine house to wine house tasting and buying local goods, taking in the timber houses from the 16th century, and stopping to admire one of the few fountains that adorn small squares in the town.
At Christmas time the town holds a very popular Christmas mark in December with the main street turning into a Christmas wonderland of types.
If you want to experience Ribeauvillé like a local head off the main streets and find some local establishments such as Gorman Drinks where the locals drink and eat.
You can stay at one of the many picturesque apartments in town or the famous Barriere Casino Resort and Spa.
Ribeauvillé is easily reached from Strasbourg the capital of the region or the ever-popular medieval town of Colmar.
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By Mary from Be Right Back by Mary
Milos is one of the best Greek islands and is located about four hours from Santorini by ferry.
It is definitely one of the most romantic destinations in Europe and is the perfect place to propose or just spend quality time with your partner.
A stay at the Artemis Deluxe Rooms will ensure you have the best time on the island.
Milos weather is most enjoyable between May and the end of September.
While in Milos, you will have a wide range of gorgeous beaches to choose from whether you are looking for a relaxing time or to snorkel. Highlights include Papafragas beach and caves, and Paliochori beach.
Sarakiniko moonscape is also one of the most popular sites to visit on the island. The white rock formations are quite unique and between the caves and cenotes, there is plenty to explore at Sarakiniko.
On your way back from the beach, head to Plaka’s castle for a romantic end of the day. Up there, you will be able to watch the sunset over the Aegean sea. Don’t forget to bring a drink and a snack!
After exploring the island during the day, head to Adamas for dinner where you will be able to try Greek specialties such as dolmades which are wine leaves stuffed with rice and spice.
By Deanne from Scenic and Savvy
Sailing through Norway’s fjords with a stopover in the charming coastal village of Flåm is a perfect romantic European getaway. This lovely fjord journey is one leg of the famous Norway in a Nutshell trip through the Norwegian countryside.
Spectacular scenery unfolds as you cruise on the sparkling blue waters through narrow rocky passageways. Visit in spring to see snow-capped mountains and soaring waterfalls while avoiding the busy summer season.
When you reach the end of the Aurlandsfjord, you’ll find the quaint community of Flåm. There are many ways to explore this dreamy area. You can take a short and ultra-scenic train ride to the mountain station of Myrdal, then hike down a winding picturesque trail back to Flåm. Rent bikes and pedal along the shore to the nearby village of Aurland, or see spectacular fjord views from the Stegastein lookout.
At the end of the day, get cozy on the couch next to the wood-burning fireplace in your comfy cottage offered by Fretheim Fjordhytter. These charming rental accommodations overlook the water with floor-to-ceiling windows and even come with a free boat rental to use during your stay – the icing on the cake of a perfectly romantic Norwegian getaway.
By Sarah from Roadmaps and Restaurants
Rovinj, Croatia is one of the most romantic hidden gems in Europe. Situated along the west coast of the Istrian peninsula, Rovinj is a charming village and fishing port.
The best time to visit this romantic town is during the warmer months to take advantage of the proximity to the sea.
Rovinj is filled with incredible things to do and there is no shortage of exploring to be done. From wandering the cobblestone streets of Old Town to visiting the St. Euphemia Church and its bell tower, there is something for everyone.
Consider grabbing cocktails at Bar Mediterraneo situated along the coast. You can even jump right into the water from the bar!
Looking for somewhere to stay in Rovinj? Check out the unbelievable boutique hotel Spirito Santo. Situated down a quiet cobblestone alley right outside Old Town, the hotel offers immense comfort, a delicious breakfast, and other amenities to ensure you have the best visit! Consider borrowing one of the hotel bikes to ride through Old Town or along the water in order to see everything this romantic hidden gem has to offer!
By Martha from May Cause Wanderlust
Barcelona is such a romantic city – it has romance in the stones of its gorgeous ochre-colored streets!
There are so many for couples! If you like romantic walks, you and your lover can wander the atmospheric streets of the Gothic Quarter. This is the old town of Barcelona, home to its gothic cathedral and a dense network of old residential streets and alleys, with ornate balconies and the odd bit of laundry hanging out to dry.
And if you want to be inspired, what better than the curvy, whimsical designs of Gaudí’s Art Nouveau masterpiece, Casa Batlló? Or the iconic work-in-progress basilica, La Sagrada Familia?
And sharing small dishes of tasty food in one of the many tapas bars is a wonderful way to dine together.
The best time to visit Barcelona is the shoulder season – March to May or September to October. This will avoid the intense heat of summer, the high peak process, and also the huge crowds which have plagued Barcelona in recent years.
A nice mid-range hotel option is Musik Boutique Hotel in the El Born area of the old town.
By Elena Pappalardo from The Carry-On Chronicles
As the enchanting capital of the French Riviera, Nice draws couples worldwide. This French seaside city embodies romance, from its alluring port to its charming Old Town.
Couples can start the day hand-in-hand with a walk through Vieux Nice to observe its inviting pink, orange, and red facades. In addition, sentimental twosomes can enjoy a romantic stroll through Cours Saleya during the Marché aux Fleurs and enjoy the intoxicating scent of fresh-cut flowers in this open-air market. After purchasing a fragrant token of affection, couples can hike up to Castle Hill Park to observe the breathtaking bay view.
As the sun dips, partners can enjoy a romantic sunset cruise on a solar-powered boat. This peaceful experience is a perfect way for couples to connect while enjoying the beauty of the coast. After, travelers can book a table for two at Le Plongeoir, a restaurant balanced on a rock pillar above the sea. Those looking to splurge on a memorable accommodation will love the Negresco Hotel, particularly during the spring and fall when weather is ideal and crowds lessen.
In addition, those looking to take a romantic day trip can enjoy a private tour to Provence for an unforgettable wine tasting.
Bamburgh, Northumberland, England
By Sarah Carter of Northumberland’s Best
The picture-postcard perfect village of Bamburgh is found on the North East Coast of England in its most northerly county, Northumberland. Bamburgh is the perfect romantic place to visit for couples.
The miles of sandy beaches here are perfect for romantic walks to blow away the cobwebs.
The village boasts a couple of cozy pubs for long lunches or evening meals made from local produce. A trip to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, just up the coast makes for a delightful visit – this island is joined to the mainland by an ancient causeway and makes a lovely day trip.
As does a boat trip out to the Farne Islands, which you’ll be able to see from the castle in Bamburgh on a good day. The Farne Islands are home to puffins and seals and glorious white sand beaches. Don’t miss the magnificent staterooms at Bamburgh Castle, where you can quite easily while away an entire day.
For the ultimate in romantic luxury book one of the apartments located within the castle itself – the Neville Tower apartment has mind-blowing views and will cap off a romantic trip.
By Nick Kembel of Fun World Facts
The capital of Austria, Vienna, is a city steeped in history and culture. With magnificent palaces, cathedrals, statues, and fountains (55 of them, according to these facts about Vienna) at nearly every turn, it is undeniably romantic.
The waltz in fact originated in Vienna, so there’s no better place to take a couple waltz class.
If you’re more of a spectator, then taking a hand-in-hand stroll through Stadtpark to see the golden statue of Strauss, the “Waltz King,” will do.
For a fancy night on the town, take in a performance at Burgtheater, one of Europe’s most inspiring opera houses.
Yet another passion-inducing activity is to stand before The Kiss, the most famous artwork by Gustav Klimt, which hangs in Belvedere Art Gallery. After, get lost in the sprawling gardens outside. The view of the palace lights reflecting on Belvedere Pond is particularly dreamy.
Vienna is romantic any time of the year. But come in winter to avoid the crowds and witness the city’s many squares at their most atmospheric, filled with Christmas markets and lights, and warm up with a shared mug of glühwein.
For a romantic stay, the Sans Souci Vienna is both noble and artistic, complete with an indoor pool and a wide selection of massages in the spa.
By Adam from As Adam Goes
Kinsale is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. From the romantic walkways along Kinsale’s old head to the adorable little restaurants placed between the rainbow-colored thatched roofed houses, the historic port town has so much to offer lovebirds looking to make unforgettable memories.
Countless numbers of couples flock to this gem for a summer getaway in the hope of getting an authentic Irish experience. As the sun rises, wander out and see the giant star-shaped structure known as Charles Fort. Lovers adore this place for a romantic photograph. And when night falls, head over to Kitty Ó Sé’s Bar for some live traditional Irish Céol
A lovey-dovey weekend wouldn’t be complete without a glamourous place to stay. Take pleasure in booking yourselves a night in the remarkable Kinsale Hotel & Spa. Set on 90 acres of land, the exceptional resort offers guests a state-of-the-art swimming pool, a relaxing spa, and a cozy restaurant. What more could you want after a long day of exploring Cork’s most picturesque town?
By Vanda from The Yogi Wanderer
If you’re planning a romantic getaway in Europe, the beautiful Dutch capital has everything you can wish for, and more!
From lovely canals to picturesque districts with stunning architecture, lively markets, and delicious food, you and your significant other will be spoiled for choice.
One of the best and most romantic things to do in Amsterdam is, of course, going on a cruise through its scenic canals. Getting lost in Amsterdam’s most charming neighborhood, the Jordaan, and visiting the colorful Flower Market on the Singel Canal are some other great activities for couples.
For the adventurous at heart, riding the highest swing in Europe, on the rooftop of the A’dam Tower with Amsterdam at your feet, is an experience for two you will never forget.
A good thing about the Dutch capital is that it’s a year-round destination. My boyfriend and I spent a weekend in Amsterdam in January and absolutely loved it!
We’ve stayed at the amazing Sir Adam Hotel, in Amsterdam Noord, and highly recommend it. All rooms have a record player with a selection of vinyl records for the perfect romantic atmosphere, as well as panoramic city views.
For a special dinner, head to Restaurant Floreyn, in De Pijp, and let the chef surprise you (vegetarian and vegan options are also available upon request).
By Linn Haglund of Brainy Backpackers
Bratislava is one of the most underrated romantic destinations in Europe.
With a beyond charming old town lined with pastel-colored houses on cobblestoned streets, jam-packed with cute cafes and bars, there are so many things to do in Bratislava as a couple. Make sure you see the Old Town Hall while you get lost in the streets of the historic center looking for funny statues to take selfies with.
Overlooking the city and Danube River, you find Bratislava Castle, the most prominent attraction of the city. Right across the river, you will see the UFO, a high-standing observing deck with a restaurant featuring the best views in town. Make sure you book a table in advance for a romantic sunset with wine at the top.
Another romantic activity is to take a boat cruise through the Danube River. Either make it a sunset cruise or take the boat to Devin Castle, one of the oldest castle remains in Hungary.
Bratislava is great to visit all year round, but in autumn you get the beautiful fall colors around the castle and the river which makes it truly charming. For a comfortable stay, check in at Radisson Blue Carlton Hotel.
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Prague, Czech Republic
By Shannon from Traveling Teacher Girl
Prague is one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. The city is well-preserved and has kept its old-world charms. Its cobblestone streets, renaissance architecture, and abundance of cute restaurants make Prague the perfect destination in Europe for a romantic getaway.
One of the most romantic sites to see is the Prague Castle. The Prague Castle is a UNESCO monument and its complex contains multiple sites to visit, including Saint Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace and the Vladislav Hall, The Basilica of St. George, and the Golden Lane. The Prague Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, so it is recommended to visit very early in the morning as soon as the grounds are open in order to avoid the crowds.
Another romantic site to visit is Charles Bridge, a medieval stone bridge crossing the Vltava River. There are many beautiful pillars and statues to observe as you walk across the bridge, as well as talented street musicians who provide entertainment.
Be sure to also visit Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock. For dinner, visit the U Fleku Beer Hall which serves Czech food and beer, as well as has live musicians performing traditional Czech music.
By Ellis from Backpack Adventures
Sighnaghi in Georgia is a beautiful and romantic destination. Locally, Sighnaghi is famous as the town of love, because of the town hall where couples from all over Georgia can get married any time of the day. But that is not the only reason why Sighnaghi is a romantic place to be.
Sighnaghi is also an incredibly picturesque and charming town. It’s on top of a hill with beautiful views of the Caucasus mountain range. With its medieval fortress and walls, it’s a joy to wander around in the scenic cobbled stone streets.
Sighnaghi is also in Kakheti and makes a perfect base to explore Georgia’s famous wine region. During the day you can visit old monasteries and wineries and taste the excellent wine. In the evening you can enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner for two. The famous Pheasant Tears serves excellent traditional Georgian food.
From Tbilisi, there are frequent buses to Sighnaghi. The journey takes about 3 hours. Sighnaghi has a large number of homestays and small-scale guesthouses. Abramichi guesthouse makes a good choice.
By Daniella from Our Soulful Travels
The fairytale town of Sintra Portugal exudes a romantic aura that leaves an impression on anyone who visits. With its dramatic mountains, emerald green forests, exotic gardens, and pastel-colored palaces, Sintra is a magical destination straight from a storybook.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site served as a vacation residence and sanctuary for the Portuguese royal families from the 15th century all the way through to the 19th century. Sintra has an immensely beautiful landscape and the picturesque setting makes it an attractive destination for those seeking some romance.
Couples should visit the strikingly colorful 19th century Pena Palace and Gardens to take some gorgeous photos. Also, the mysterious and mystical gardens of Quinta da Regaleira with its many lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, statues, and waterfalls.
Although Sintra is a lovely destination all year round, it’s best to visit in either spring or autumn for the most enjoyable experience.
For some added luxury, book a room at the vast palazzo-style estate of Penha Longa Resort – a Ritz-Carlton Property set within the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.
By Emily from London City Calling
As the setting of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, there’s truly no city in Europe more romantic than “fair Verona“. While the play itself may be fictional, many believe that Shakespeare took the plot from a true story. And you can see evidence all across the city that the Montagues and the Capulets did exist.
Pay a visit to Juliet’s house (Casa de Giulietta), where you can take a photo on the iconic balcony and read the many love notes scribbled on the walls outside. Legend says that by rubbing the bronze statue of Juliet or leaving a note in the courtyard, your relationship will be blessed by Juliet herself. You can also visit Romeo’s house and Juliet’s grave.
Other than walking in the footsteps of the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers, Verona has plenty of other things to do for couples. You can take an evening stroll along the Adige River, enjoy a spritz in one of the bustling piazzas, visit one of the city’s many beautiful churches, or watch a live opera performance in the city’s 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheater (that’s older than the Colosseum in Rome).
Verona is a great city to explore all year round, but with many of the main attractions being outdoors, the warmer months are the best time to visit.
Sitting an hour away from its famous neighbor Venice and just 15 minutes from the beautiful Lake Garda, you can easily incorporate Verona into a romantic northern-Italian break.
Hotel recommendation: A suite in this hotel is stunning!
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By Pamela from The Directionally Challenged Traveler
One of the most romantic destinations in Europe is not known for its pristine beaches, but rather its incredible nature. From chasing the Northern Lights to hiking up waterfalls, Iceland has a unique array of places to explore.
Start your journey in the capital city of Reykjavik. Three days in Reykjavik will give you plenty of time to explore this colorful city. From the Hallgrimskirkja Church to the Sun Voyager sculpture, there are hidden gems on every corner of the city.
Reykjavik isn’t a huge city to explore, but it’s a great place to set up a base to explore from. A short drive south on the Ring Road brings you to the breathtaking Skogafoss waterfall! You can walk right up to it – but be prepared to get a little wet.
In the evenings, tourists and locals alike visit the Grotta Nature Reserve on Seltjanarnes to see if the Northern Lights will appear!
Hotel Klettur in Reyjkavik is a mid-level hotel that provides all the comfort travelers could want while keeping a sense of the Icelandic culture alive in their design.
By Aleah Taboclaon from the Solitary Wanderer
When it comes to romance, the city of Bruges in Belgium definitely tops the list.
Its meandering canals, historic buildings, and cobblestone streets take you back in time.
While you can visit any time of the year, it is best to arrive in springtime, when you can take a boat tour and get a unique perspective of the city. Cafe terraces are open, too, so you can have a brew in the Grote Markt (market square) while admiring its iconic colorful buildings.
The best thing to do in Bruges whether solo or as a couple, is to walk around the historic center. There you will find the market square, the flying buttresses of the 13th-century Church of Our Lady, the medieval bell tower (a UNESCO Heritage site), and the 14th-century city hall.
Just over a kilometer from the old town is Minnewater Park, also known as the Lake of Love. Its name, Minnewater, comes from the tragic story of Minna and her lover Stromberg. It is said that couples who cross the Minnewater Bridge will be together forever.
Want to taste the best brews of Belgium? Head to Bierpaleis, a beer bar close to the Church of Our Lady. It has hundreds of beers bottled in Belgium and has a great atmosphere.
For accommodation, stay at Hotel Salvators, located just across from the Sint-Salvator Cathedral. It definitely fits the image of the city, with its brick walls and medieval architecture.
Stay at least 3 days in Bruges and enjoy Belgium’s most romantic city!
The Cotswolds, United Kingdom
By Jessie Moore of Pocket Wanderings
With its fairytale villages and rolling green countryside, the Cotswolds is the perfect destination for a romantic break. Wander the cobbled streets, marvel at the honey-toned cottages, and soak up the magical atmosphere of a place that feels frozen in time.
There are plenty of things to do in the Cotswolds for couples. Walk parts of the beautiful Cotswolds Way or amble around one of the many castles and manor houses. Be sure to visit Britain’s most romantic street in the gorgeous village of Lower Slaughter. Other pretty villages worth a visit are the iconic Castle Combe and popular Bibury.
The Cotswolds is a year round destination but you’ll get a different experience depending on the time of year. The summer months bring the best weather but they are also the busiest. The spring brings beautiful blossom and lighter evenings, while the autumn brings the gorgeous golden hues of the leaves and trees. Winter may be cold and the days shorter, but it’s the best time to curl up by the fire in a cosy Cotswolds pub with your loved one.
There are plenty of amazing hotels in the Cotswolds to choose from. A stay at Cowley Manor in Cheltenham is a highly rated down-to-earth hotel with a luxury touch and an enticing spa.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
By Dhara from It’s Not About the Miles
If you are looking for a romantic destination to add to your itinerary for Europe, look no further than beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia!
The picture-perfect alpine lake is famous for its surreal blue-green color and its stunning location in the midst of tall mountains. It is such a beautiful place that even just walking around the shore makes for a fabulous couples experience.
What makes Lake Bled even more picturesque and romantic is the tiny island set in the middle of the lake, which features a church with 99 steps. Traditionally, grooms have to carry their to-be brides up the 99 steps to be married in the little church!
Some other romantic things to do at Lake Bled include a pletna boat ride to the island and back, hiking in the surrounding hills, and enjoying a few local treats.
Although Lake Bled looks beautiful year-round, visit between late spring and fall to enjoy the color of the water. In winter, the lake may freeze over.
The Adora Luxury Hotel is a great place to stay in Bled. Housed in a 19th century villa, the romantic hotel offers some rooms with views of Lake Bled.
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