Romantic Holidays in Europe

Beautiful European Holidays

european romantic holidays

Europe invented romance, so where better to book a honeymoon or a holiday with the one you love – or even pop the question? Most of these destinations are city breaks, but the European countryside has plenty to offer too.

Europe Romantic Holidays Guide

Italy is romantic at the best of times, but there are some particular locations that are best enjoyed with the one you love. Have a gelato in Rome as you sit on the Spanish Steps, or take a gondola ride in Venice. Alternatively, head to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, with its pretty villages and lemon trees.

Paris is the City of Love, and a top destination for couples of all ages, shapes and sizes. Monmatre is one of the most romantic districts, with its cobbled streets and artists. Take a stroll along the banks of the Seini with your loved one. The classic way to impress is to dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant. However, the traditional cafes, like the one in Amelie, are much cosier. Give the red-light district of Pigalle a miss…

Budapest is a spectacular city. In Buda, check out the view from Fisherman’s Bastion, and walk up Gellert Hill to the Liberty Monument to look over the Danube. The Szechenyi Baths are the best place to go for a soak, although you’ll have to know each other very well to share one of the tiny cubicles! In summer, there’s an amazing fountain choreographed to classical music at Margrit Island.

Prague is also excellent for romance. Wander the old town, stopping for a glass of wine at a café in one of the medieval squares. Enjoy a twilight cruise down the river, and enjoy a dinner in one of the traditional and cosy restaurants.

Don’t try to combine a romantic break with manic sightseeing! It’s probably safer to underestimate what you’re going to want to see. Particularly in busier destinations, queuing is not sexy. Anyway, the best times you’re likely to have will be meandering around the streets at your own pace, or chilling out together in parks or cafes.

Travel Info
If you're travelling between countries or for long distances, then the most romantic way to get around is by sleeper. Nothing beats going to bed in Paris and waking up in Rome. Book in advance, though, as the most popular routes fill up fast. All major European cities have boutique hotels, which are pretty good in the romance stakes. If you want to get away from it all, then consider a relaxing spa break.