If you and your significant other are tired of the old Paris and Rome overdone type of romantic getaways in February, then this article is for you!
These days everyone is on the hunt for the most romantic cities in Europe and, since the continent is home to some dreamy and jaw-dropping places, it is not so hard to find a European city that is chic and quaint.
That being said, here’s a list of 5 cities we feel that are usually overlooked and that every couple must visit on a romantic break.
Dublin, and It’s Irish Charm
Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, is one of the most romantic cities in Europe that many couples may not even consider visiting on a weekend break. Easily accessible, and with plenty of great pubs and restaurants to chow down in, or souvenir shops to browse for hours, this is perfect for couples that want a relaxing city break. Your romantic day in the Irish Capital of Charm will start with a cup of hot tea or coffee in one of the many great cosy cafes dotted throughout the amazing city.
After that, take the time to explore the city centre! Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Zoo, and The National Gallery of Ireland are just a few of the astonishing places that you should consider visiting.
If you fancy a good brew or your spirits need lifting, visit the Guinness Storehouse at the Jameson Distillery centre. Beer or whiskey lovers: Dublin will be the best romantic city in Europe for you!
Lisbon, Where Dreams Are Made of
The capital of Portugal is one of the most underrated capital cities in Western Europe to date which will woo you and your loved one with its laid-back atmosphere and gentle romanticism. Charm and affordability may not be the first things that pop into your mind when talking about Portugal, but prepare to be dazzled!
While it lacks sites such as the Eiffel Tower or London’s Bridge for those over the top romantic moments, Lisbon has its plenty share of Instagramable places such as the winding lanes of the Alfama neighbourhood echoing with the pensive strains of Fado from its cafes or the view from one of the many Miradouros (lookout points) of rows of red-tile-roofed houses. The pristine whiteness of the Belem Monastery is also a perfect backdrop waiting for the next epic love story pic to happen.
Let Lisbon make your holiday one to remember with every tram ride!
Hamburg, Germany’s Idyllic City for Lovers
When searching for one of the most romantic cities in Europe look no further than Hamburg because it offers that German charm coupled with romantic city vibes.
Picture this: in the perfect Summer day, you start by going hand-in-hand with your lover to the Landungsbrücken piers, where you can watch the cruise ships float by and get some truly delicious fish from the local market. Then you head on to the beautiful inner Alster Lake, which faces the city centre, where you can also enjoy delicious barbecue. An amazing experience, right?
For those bleeding romantics out there, be sure to visit the Planten un Blomen Park, which boasts a rose garden and gorgeous Japanese gardens. This spot is perfect to settle down with a picnic basket and take in the beautiful scenery made by the water and light show that takes place every Summer night at 10pm.
Brasov, the Romanian Real-Life Fairy-tale Village
The heart of Romania’s mountains is literally a fairy tale which is why it is one of the most romantic cities you can find in Europe! Walking the cobblestone streets side by side may seem a cliché, but it is amazing here. Furthermore, you can always take a stroll up into the nearby wooded areas, or if you’re truly looking for an adventure, hike up to the top of Mt. Tampa and get a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous rustic city!
How about a fairy-tale castle? Yep. They have that as well!
Both Bran Castle and Peles are an easy, one-day trip from Brasov which adds to the many reasons why Brasov is one of the most romantic cities in Europe you must visit with your loved one! Also, a huge variety of romantic old-school restaurants are present in town, including the cosy and elegant Bistro Albert, which is in a vintage wine cellar.
Brasov is a wonderful place to go any time of year, but in the winter season the romantic side of the city skyrockets as the snow swirls around you and your loved one.
Barcelona, Spain’s Romantic Jewel
A warm breeze, the sparkling sea, the amazing city experience: Barcelona will be one of the most romantic cities in Europe you will ever visit! The magical city of Spain is the perfect place to wander and get lost in while you eat, drink, relax, admire the stunning views, and be absorbed with the one you love. The modernist fantastical architecture by Gaudi is the perfect backdrop for a romantic vacation.
Just climb the stairs of the Sagrada Familia hand in hand, fantasize about living together in Casa Batlló or catch an amazing show at El Gran Teatre del Liceu!
You’ll get a honeymoon vacation do-over while you shop in the historic La Boqueria Market, cook delicious Catalan food and enjoy a lunch that you’ve made together. After lunch, be sure to head to Gaudi’s Park Güell where you can wander through the grotto and sit arm-in-arm admiring the wonderful views of Barcelona. As the day wanes, head to La Pedrera (Casa Milà) where they play evening jazz on the roof in summer.
The rest is just Barcelona and all its streets crammed with new and lovely experiences to be had!