Valentines Day is nearing and with the January sales in full swing, this is a great month to plan a short break away. If you fancy taking a trip with a loved one this Valentines day then there are plenty of beautiful cities on offer. Take a look at our list of 10 of the most romantic cities in Europe. We also offer discounted Travel Insurance rates for couples, so make sure you get yourself covered before you set off.
You don’t get much more romantic than Rome. The Coliseum, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel and the Spanish Steps all help to make this a beautiful location filled with history and culture. For authentic wood-fired pizza, delicious gelato and beautiful wines, Rome is a perfect destination. You are bound to fall in love with Rome and everything it has to offer, and if you do, then visit the Trevi fountain and throw a coin into the water as this is said to guarantee your return to the city one day.
If architecture, history and romance are on your checklist then Vienna is a wonderfully city for all three. If culture and art is your bag then take time to enjoy the Museum of Modern Art and other art galleries on offer. Combining classic with contemporary Vienna is a perfect mix of the old and the new. From the State Opera House to castles, palaces and beautiful gardens there is plenty to do and see in this beautiful city.
The romantic city of Venice is a perfect getaway with its winding canals and breathtaking architecture. Here you can take a private gondola ride, exploring the cities many twists and turns. Make sure you take to foot and explore everything on offer, walking over narrow bridges and losing your way through narrow paths and lanes. Beautiful cafes, bars and restaurants are tucked away in the many streets where you can enjoy a coffee or lunch overlooking the canals. Visit the famous Rialto Bridge to see the love locks placed by lovers who have come before you and enjoy a stroll through the streets to St Mark’s Square.
Paris still retains its reputation as one of the most romantic cities on earth and one of the most beautiful. It has incredible sights from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame cathedral, some of the world’s most impressive artworks including the Mona Lisa and a street café culture and atmosphere unlike any in the world. There is so much to be enjoyed in Paris and in the night time the Eiffel Tower lights making it even more beautiful. Combine your evening with a gourmet meal, glass of champagne and a show at the Moulin Rouge and you can have a perfect romantic evening.
Barcelona is great for a mix of sightseeing and culture but also sun and sea. Famous for it’s art and architecture, but also its own beach, this is a brilliant city for a romantic weekend break. Lose yourself in the winding streets of Gothic Quarter in the centre of the old city. and enjoy the modern art and visit the Salvador Dali museum. La Rambla, the mile-long, tree-lined central street offers a great selection of tapas bars, street vendors, flower stalls, street performers, cafes, restaurants and shops. Or escape to Montjuïc hill to enjoy the stunning views of the harbor and the castle.
Amsterdam may not be the most obvious choice for a romantic getaway, but away from the hustle and bustle of the many clubs and the red light district, Amsterdam is a beautiful city filled with bridges linking the land between the many canals. You can take a leisurely boat ride and enjoy the architecture and the many house boats, many adorned with beautiful flowers. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and days can be filled with cultural visits including the Hermitage Museum.
Lisbon has some amazing sites including an ancient castle, tiled buildings and cobblestone designs, giving it all the ingredients to make it one of the world’s most romantic cities. The distinct neighborhoods, winding hills, small cobbled streets and alleyways, and clusters of bleached stucco buildings make exploring a joy. You could visit Rossio Square to experience everyday life and take a short excursion out to the port area of Belem to visit the Belem Tower and the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery. Lisbon is also conveniently close to Sintra (the European capital of Romanticism), and the picturesque medieval town of Obidos which was once a wedding present from a king to his queen.
Seville is yet another city with beautiful architecture around every corner. You can breath in the exotic atmosphere in one of Spain’s most beautiful cities. For additional romance make sure to see some flamenco dancing and take a tour of the city on a horse and carriage. Walking through the whitewashed, flower filled streets is a delight and there are many restaurants and Tapas bars to be enjoyed when the exploring is over.
Dubrovnik is a beautiful city to be discovered by foot. The whole of the Old City is a pedestrian-only zone. This city is an amazing place to enjoy some delicious sea food and bargain ice creams in flavours you may never have experienced elsewhere. There is also plenty of opportunity to enjoy the local wines. If you are feeling active then a variety of water sports are on offer, allowing you to take to the water for a spot of Sea Kayaking and enjoy the sites from the beautiful crystal clear waters.
‘The Paris of the East’ is a captivating mixture of beautiful neo-classical architecture dating back to the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, combined with a vibrant energy. There are some beautiful sites to see including an incredible castle, museums and of course the architecture. For relaxation make sure you make the most of Budapest’s natural spas. The city is built on a large geothermal spring system, allowing you to bath in the natural hot springs all year round.