There’s nothing more romantic than exploring a city break with that special someone. Whether you enjoy exploring hidden gems down narrow streets, photographing city architecture, visiting tourist attractions or tasting local foods; you’ll find the perfect city with all the ingredients for a romantic escape with us.
Here are my top 6 most romantic European cities:
Start your romantic getaway by strolling Rome’s cobbled streets, hand in hand, while exploring some of the most breathtaking ancient sites in the world. Just east of the Roman Forum is the iconic Colosseum; a Roman Amphitheatre built to hold 80,000 spectators to watch gladiator battles and mythological dramas. If you’re passionate about art, visit St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and take a moment to enjoy the silence of the Sistine Chapel as well as Michelangelo’s famously painted ceiling.
Known as ‘The City of a Hundred Spires’, Prague is incredibly picturesque and a beautiful place to explore together. Climb Petřín hill and look out over Prague’s skyline from Petřín Tower; the city’s answer to the Eiffel Tower. Dusk is the best time to visit, where you’ll be able to take pictures during the golden hour. Alternatively, get in the festive spirit and travel to Prague during winter to explore the city’s many Christmas markets. Grab a hot chocolate and spend hours enjoying the multi-coloured twinkling lights of the city.
If you’re in the mood for love, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the French capital. When you think of the world’s most romantic cities, Paris is always at the top of the list. The Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame are well-known the world over for their connections with love. Alternatively, appreciate the city’s sophisticated Renaissance architecture as you sip a glass of chilled champagne on a candlelit cruise down the River Seine.
Gaudi’s colourful mosaics create a magical tapestry in Parc Güell, which is the best place for a romantic stroll in Barcelona. Experience the city’s culture together on a walk down Las Ramblas, where you’ll find outdoor markets, restaurants and bars. As the most famous city on the beach, you can also relax and dig your feet into the sand on Barcelona Beach.
If you’re looking to pop the question, Dublin has plenty of romantic places to plan your proposal. Ha’Penny Bridge that runs over the River Liffey is wonderfully romantic and is one of the best to ask those four special words – “Will you marry me”. Fun fact: the tradition of women around the world getting down on one knee on the 29th of February every leap year, is said to have originated in Ireland!
What could be more romantic than exploring the city’s 150 turquoise canals by gondola? Be serenaded as you float past palaces, churches and centuries’ old museums, grab gelato as you wander through the maze of Venetian streets, or sit under the Rialto Bridge; the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant Of Venice’.
Which city do you think is the most romantic? Is there anywhere you think I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below.