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26 Most Romantic Destinations in Europe

Europe is a buzzing place that has a lot to offer to anyone who is seeking something special. For couples, visiting some of these romantic destinations in Europe is a healthy way to spice up the relationship and as well to enjoy a relaxing time away from reality, and escape the stress we get from our busy careers.

To put it lightly, we need holidays before we go crazy. Anyone who is in the workforce would understand the value of having a nice time off from everything an essential part of life, may it is a couple’s vacation, solo travel, or adventuring with friends.

But this post is for lovers. Therefore, these romantic destinations in Europe are just a few of the many places you can check out when you travel to this beautiful continent. Also, note that these places are perfect for your European honeymoon if you’re still unsure where to go after the big day!

On a personal note, my partner and I try to go on a holiday together at least once a year at least a week-long (and some quick, cheap romantic getaways here and there). And of course, as usual,  a relaxing holiday for couples such as a nice trip to Nice or Malta is usually what we normally opt for.

We are lucky enough to be based in Finland, and by law, we both have four or five weeks paid holiday in one year from work sans the bank and national holidays (which we use for quick romantic getaways in Europe when we can). We both think it is only fair to spend a fraction of our time offs together and decide on our own what we want to do with the rest of the vacation time.

I’m happy with this compromise because I love traveling on my own or with friends, too. But yes, we do go on short romantic breaks for couples to some of the romantic places we can think of when we can and not necessarily just on our summer holidays or times off!

We’ve spent a long weekend in Tallinn to spice things up. Also, not to mention, visiting Europe all year round is possible and though most people prefer to visit during the high season, which is In summer and visiting Europe. For instance, winter in Scandinavia is stunning, and apart from that, you also have the opportunity to see some of the world’s natural marvels – the aurora borealis or even better, sleep in an igloo hotel and watch the sky change color before bedtime.

Honeymoon in Europe is never complete without experiencing at least one unique activity you can only find on this continent, so for a romantic escape to wonderland, make sure to look into some of the awesome things you can do in each destination you have your eyes on.

That said, romantic city breaks in Europe depend on what you and your partner both love. A weekend getaway for couples is ideal for a short but romantic honeymoon in Europe and a good chance to briefly escape your usual routine. With a little research, you and your partner will certainly find the perfect romantic destinations to visit! In the meantime, here’s a long list to keep you inspired!

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What are the Best Romantic Destinations in Europe?

1. Venice, Italy

Where is the most romantic place in Europe? Italy is always a good place to start!

So, why not get lost in the small island of Venice with your partner and stumble upon something unexpected while walking on the cobblestone streets of this romantic destination in Europe. Perhaps ride a gondola and cruise along the small canals of this famous romantic destination!

Also, Venice, Italy is the perfect spot for your next romantic weekend breaks in Europe because it is small enough for you to see the top spots in the city.

Related read: If you want to visit other cities besides Venice, make sure to read our guide about the best day trips from this romantic destination in Europe. Read it here! Also, there are stunning castles in Italy you can explore while you’re there, don’t forget to check them out.

Venice, Italy

Venice is one of the most romantic places in Europe.

2. Porto, Portugal

One of the most romantic places in Europe and located in the northwest of visiting Europe along the coast in Portugal, you probably know where I’m getting at, right? Porto is the birth city of the fantastic Port Wine!

Might as well abuse that while having a romantic dinner in a lovely restaurant overlooking the beautiful seashore during sunset. How does that sound? 

Read also: Beautiful castles in Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto is one of the most romantic holiday destinations in Europe.

3. Santorini, Greece

How great is it that there’s a lot of romantic weekend getaway in Europe you can visit and each one is unique and beautiful on its own? The things to do in Santorini is indeed one of the famous European destinations a lot of tourists travel for, either as a couple or just a passing traveler.

Nevertheless, the breathtaking view you’ll witness surely will make your hearts weep with happiness from its beauty. Not to mention, there’s a lot of luxury hotels in the city that offers affordable romantic packages for you and your partner.

On another note, Milos, Greece, is also a good romantic alternative!

Related read: Top day trips from Santorini and travel guide for the best attractions in Santorini 

Santorini of Greece

Santorini is one of the most romantic cities in Europe.

4. London, United Kingdom

Interested in architecture and perhaps history? London is perfect for a romantic city break and has a diverse choice of activities for you and your partner to enjoy.

For instance, visit the Kensington Palace and while in there, pop into the Orangery and have a nice posh high tea with a grandeur of a view. Not to mention, London is beautiful with all of its old vibes and interesting architecture.

It is indeed one of the places in the UK you must not miss (Especially during NYE!)

Related read: Top day trips from London you can do in one day and beautiful castles you can explore in the UK

London, United Kingdom

London is an awesome destination for couples holidays in Europe!

5. Budapest, Hungary

To my surprise, I didn’t take Budapest as a romantic destination in Europe until I visited in 2016. The architecture, the vibes of the place, and as well the vast varieties of affordable restaurants took my breath away – plus, it is one of the affordable places to visit in Europe for those traveling on a budget!

Plus, there are tons of things in beautiful Hungarian city more than you possibly think. Also, there are many luxury hotels in Budapest where you can stay and relax during your getaway in the city!

Related read: Best day trips from Budapest and top castles in Hungary you must check out

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is an awesome destination for romantic holidays in Europe!

6. Vienna, Austria

Stumble upon elegant coffee houses, admire the architecture, and inhale the fairytale-like rich culture of Vienna in Austria as it makes you of its bewitching beauty.

Surely there are tons of things to do in Vienna for couples like visiting the famous imperial palaces and fascinating museums but also the fact that Vienna serves as home to some of the world’s most acclaimed artists during the Romantic era – Beethoven and Mozart to name a few!

Another tip, come to Vienna around Christmas time, it transforms into a magical place – read our Christmas markets in Austria guide here.

Vienna, Austria

One of the most romantic cities in Europe, Vienna is a strong contender amongst all places mentioned in this post.

7. Paris, France

You’re probably not surprised, are you? This can’t be a romantic list of cities without France in it! A popular European honeymoon destination, it has been a long-known fact that Paris is the city you must visit with your partner at least once!

Apart from the romantic vibes, you’ll get while in the city, there are also tons of restaurants, museums, castles, and other activities for you and your partner to enjoy. You see, there’re tons of things to do in Paris!

So, where should couples travel in Europe? Paris is very up high on our recommendations list!

Related read: Read our travel guide to Paris and as well our three-day itinerary guide. If you’re interested to explore outside of the city, we also have a really good guide on what other places to see outside of Paris for one day.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Paris is one of the most romantic cities in Europe!

8. Lake Bled, Slovenia

Slovenia, in general, is a beauty, so there’s no surprise that Lake Bled makes it on the list (since this is about the most romantic cities in Europe, remember?).

The grandeur of nature you’ll encounter in Slovenia will blow your mind for its beauty. If you think you’ve seen beautiful, you haven’t seen Slovenia yet.

Just outside of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, you’ll already stumble upon some of the country’s best-kept jewels such as Lake Bled, and these are just a few kilometers from the capital!

Apart from that, Ljubljana is also a beautiful city that has tons of cafes, restaurants, and activities for you and your partner.

Related read: Check out the other places you can explore outside of Ljubljana and as well some of the stunning Slovenian castles around the area.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Slovenia is one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in Europe!

9. Tuscany Region, Italy

The first time I saw Tuscany in this film called Under The Tuscan Sun, I knew that I must include it in this list. Not only it is a vibrant city or town, but also nature will impress you with its beauty.

Tuscany Region, Italy

Tuscany is one of the classic destinations for honeymoon in Europe.

10. Valletta, Malta

Valletta is possibly the smallest city in Europe I’ve been to but don’t be fooled because even though it is small, it is also really gorgeous and as well as romantic.

Plus, there are tons of places to see in Malta, and since the whole island is tiny, more places for you and your partner to explore!

Malta is a really small island and country but there are also other things to explore like some of its numerous castles and as well beautiful places you can visit for a day from Valletta or other cities in Malta.

Valletta, Malta

Malta is indeed the most romantic travel destinations in Europe!

11. Prague, Czech Republic

Known for its past achievements and gorgeous baroque buildings, Prague in the Czech Republic is a romantic destination in Europe that you should not miss.

Not only you and your partner get to involve yourselves in a city that has a famous old town which you can stroll around, but you’ll also have the opportunity to witness one of the oldest Astronomical Clocks in the world!

Prague is indeed a perfect destination for a weekend getaway for couples.

Prague, Czech Republic

12. Salzburg, Austria

One of the most romantic places in Europe to check out, especially if you’re interested in castles in Europe and as well about history, baroque architecture, and perhaps classical music? Then welcome to Salzburg, Austria the birthplace of Mozart and where the sound of music was filmed!

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is indeed one of the most romantic cities in Europe.

13. Cinque Terre, Italy

For a little fun weekend getaway for couples, Cinque Terre in Italy is one of the perfect romantic destinations in Europe for those who are seeking a little something special to do together.

For instance, you can go on a wine tasting tour, eat your way through the city, and hike the Cinque Terre to appreciate the area further.

Cinque Terre, Italy

14. Bruges, Belgium

Perfect for a weekend getaway in Europe or quick city breaks for couples, Bruges is where you’ll get the sweetest finds – the Belgian waffles, quality chocolates, and of course, the city itself is gorgeous. Just a short ride from Brussels, you’ll be transported to a place you’ll never forget.

Not to mention, if you’re looking for the best vacations for couples, Belgium, in general, is a great choice as it is close to everything. For instance, it takes only a few hours to get to Paris and to Amsterdam by train!

Bruges, Belgium

15. Rome, Italy

Ah, the land of romantic men in Europe! Italy is full of sweet-talking handsome gentlemen that is for sure but don’t forget that this marvelous city is also considered the city of love (or lust), and despite the history, there are tons of places to see in Rome to feast your eyes. Also, don’t forget to check out some of Rome’s neighborhoods!

That said, don’t forget that if you have more than a few days in Rome, make sure to also visit some other cities outside of the capital.

Rome, Italy

Rome is one of the famous and most romantic cities in Europe.

16. Crete, Greece

The largest Greek island, what can go wrong during your romantic holiday while in Crete? You have the beach, the beautiful sceneries, good food, good wine, and of course, the friendly locals who can assist you during your stay. Seriously, what can go wrong?

Crete, Greece

17. Mallorca, Spain

Spain honeymoon, anyone? Mallorca is a small island, and most of the time, the city is a popular destination in Europe for families with children or wild teenagers from Scandinavia looking for bartending jobs in Magaluf.

However, don’t be disheartened because Mallorca is also a gorgeous city that has tons of beautiful hotels for you and your partner. Plus, the food is great and don’t forget the wine!

Mallorca, Spain

18. Bordeaux, France

Known for its exceptional architecture combined with the region’s finest local wine, you’ll certainly take yourself for a treat if you check out Bordeaux at any time of the year.

It is also one of the finest choices for a European honeymoon, just so you know!

Bordeaux, France

19. Sintra, Portugal

A resort town near Lisbon, Sintra, is one of the romantic cities in Europe you must not miss. The area has unique attractions to see like the Pena Castle, but Portugal is a famous country for good food and wine which you can enjoy as much as you can while visiting the country.

Sintra, Portugal

20. Split, Croatia

Explore some of the marvels of Croatia that are located in Split such as the famous landmarks, museums, waterfalls, and hills to hike – a Split is indeed a place for adventurous hearted tourists. Apart from these, you can also enjoy some of the city’s seafood restaurants and if you’re at it, hit the beach when you can! You can also check out some of the best day trips from Split!

Split, Croatia

21. Tallinn, Estonia

The narrow streets of Tallinn’s medieval city are just the beginning of your romantic journey in Estonia. In summer, the city burst into color and lifelike the old times, filled with life. In winter, however, everything turns into this calm and cooling but truly romantic destination.

There are tons of things to do in Tallinn, and some of it is just in the old town itself, so keep on strolling around and eat at one of its medieval-themed restaurants and have an experience of a lifetime with your partner in a unique city in Europe.

You can also explore some of the other places outside Tallinn and as well the country’s beautiful islands and castles!

Tallinn, Estonia

22. Mykonos, Greece

If you’re looking for European romantic honeymoon destinations to either celebrate your relationship together or just to simply explore a new place together with your partner, then you’ll never go wrong about Mykonos in Greece!

Sure, it is a well-known fact that the city is known for partying, but it does not mean you can’t have a relaxing couples getaway while there.

That said, Mykonos beaches are world-famous for their pristine blue waters, so that’s a plus!

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is one of the best destinations for a honeymoon in Europe.

23. Nice, France

If you’re asking yourself, what is the best vacation for couples? We say, Nice!

Nice is located in the coastal area of France by the Mediterranean sea, and I tell you now, be prepared for a chill and relaxed holiday while in this romantic destination in Europe because you will truly love it!

It is always hard to go back to work after visiting the French Riviera, and Nice is undoubtedly a place for couples to enjoy and have fun. There are tons of things to do in Nice, but the surrounding area is gorgeous and a must-visit.

Nice, France

24. Granada, Spain

Looking for the sunshine and tons of an edgy getaway in Europe? Well, here I introduce you to Granada – the place where people dance, eat, and enjoy life to the fullest.

The city is hip and youthful that you’ll feel alive while dancing your night away with classic Spanish wine on the one hand and your partner on the other.

Granada, Spain

25. Reykjavik, Iceland

The world has been raving about Iceland for quite a while now, and I don’t blame them, she’s gorgeous. Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and where usually every journey in the country begins.

A lot of people don’t spend so much time in the capital city, but of course, there are tons to see and do there too.

But then again, you’d be more interested in taking day trips around the island since most of its beauty is around the coastal area to the west.

If you’re looking for something unique to visit with your loved one, Reykjavik is one of the most romantic places in Europe.

Reykjavik, Iceland

26. Lapland, Finland

Popular questions: Where should I go on vacation with my husband?

Well, f you want a meaningful experience with your partner that involves either learning how to ski, visiting Santa’s hometown of Rovaniemi, sharing an adventurous moment exploring Northern Europe‘s finest natural scenery then Finland‘s Lapland is your romantic destination!

Famous for its ski slopes and exciting things to do such as snowshoeing and husky sledding, there are a plethora of things to do around this beautiful place to share with your partner.

snowshoeing on the snow in lapland

Finland is one of the perfect romantic destinations in Europe in winter!

FAQ’s on Romantic Cities in Europe

How do I plan a honeymoon in Europe?

First of all, you must determine where you and your partner should go and once you’ve decided on a place or a few, do your research on each place.

For instance, this list has amazing suggestions so pick a few and do quick research on what are the best things to do in each one, and see how many days you’d like to stay in each destination.

Is Prague good for honeymoon?

Absolutely! Especially in winter, not only it is low season but if you come around the holiday time, you might even witness their popular Christmas markets.

What is the most romantic city in Europe?

Paris is the city of love and lights, or at least that is what a lot of people say! In our opinion, the most romantic city is the place where you created amazing memories with your loved one.

What is the most romantic country in the world?

France, Italy, Spain, and Greece are some of the amazing places for love birds in Europe.

Where is the most romantic place in Europe?

Paris, Rome, Florence, and Santorini are some of the famous destinations for honeymooners in Europe.

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