Women UK takes us on a romantic tour around five of the best romantic European getaways
Europe boasts a wealth of beautiful, charming and picturesque cities, perfect for a romantic European getaway. With so much choice on offer it can be difficult to make the perfect selection. Ally has compiled her top recommendations of romantic cities to give you a bit of inspiration. From Paris, the city of love to breath-taking Venice there’s a city to suit everyone’s tastes, guaranteed to deliver a romantic getaway to remember!
Where better to spend a romantic weekend away than The City of Love? As one of the most visited cities in the world you may have already been to Paris. However, aside from the conventional tourist spots, the French capital has a lot more to offer, like cute Parisian cafes and boutique bars and restaurants perfect for a small, candlelit table for two. The Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées and Notre Dame are added bonuses to a city that always has something new to discover. With regular flights from Southampton and with new flights from Bournemouth with Flybe beginning in May 2015 this makes Paris an ideal weekend getaway.
Venice, The City of Water, is one of Europe’s most romantic cities. From the moment you arrive in the city by water taxi, love is in the air. There are some lovely, chic Venetian apartments available, which are often more intimate than the bustling hotels. Italian cuisine is one of the most desirable on the planet and Venice is famous for its fresh seafood, particularly in the brilliant food market near Rialto Bridge. Spend a romantic evening at the opera at La Fenice, Venice’s famous opera house, where you are guaranteed to have a Romeo and Juliet moment.
Florence oozes romance, whether you are watching the sun set over the River Arno or going for a gentle stroll in Boboli Gardens you will be entranced by the effects of this Italian city. There are intimate dining opportunities in Santa Croce square and sublime walks at dusk through rustic Italian avenues, like Via dei Calzaiuoli, or through Piazza Santissima Annunziata. For many, Italy is synonymous with romance and Florence encapsulates that. The only drama you’ll have in Florence is trying not to cheat on your partner and fall in love with the city itself!
Budapest remains one of Europe’s most underrated cities but awaiting you is a calm and relaxing location for a romantic break. Budapest is a beautiful city with historical attractions, whether it is a picnic at Margaret Island, a soak in the warm, clear waters of Széchenyi Thermal Bath or a stroll through the wine, beer or chocolate markets you are sure to find some romantic activity in this Hungarian city. The River Danube and its embankments provide the perfect backdrop for an affectionate evening in a city that has not been ruined by mass tourism and maintains its traditional identity.
The capital of Mallorca (Majorca) is the perfect blend of bustling city life, history and relaxation, and a wonderful choice for a couple’s weekend getaway. With regular flights from most regional airports you can be enjoying traditional Spanish cuisine on the veranda of a restaurant within a few hours of leaving the UK. After your meal why not sample some of the local vino in Palma’s authentic wine cellars. During the day there are some beautiful sights to be seen, such as Catedral de Palma de Mallorca, alongside magnificent artwork, winding streets and open-air markets. The warmth of the sun on this Spanish island sets the perfect ambience for a romantic trip.
So wherever you choose, I think we can all agree, Europe has it all!