If you are looking for cosy, romantic weekend getaways in lesser known European locations, you’ve come to the right place for inspiration. From beautiful small cities where you can get lost in, to lakes with perfect reflection views on the water – there’s a weekend getaway location for everyone.
Cosy Romantic Weekend Getaways In Lesser Known European Destinations
Here is our top list of romantic weekend getaways in these less touristic locations, from writers and travellers who have personally visited these locations themselves.
Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
If you’re looking for perfect romantic getaways in Europe that isn’t on the typical tourist trail, then you cannot go wrong with visiting the gorgeous Lake Bohinj in Slovenia. Nestled in the Julian Alps in the heart of Triglav National Park, there are a number of things to do in Bohinj that are sure to appeal to all those who visit.
Though often outshined by more well-known Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj is an excellent choice for those who are after a more peaceful and tranquil lakeside getaway. Surrounded by beautiful nature with an incomparable backdrop of the Alps, there is no denying the romance of this place.
If you’re looking for a romantic activity, consider hiring a rowboat, canoe or kayak with your loved one and head out onto the lake. There are no speed boats on Bohinj so you can take in its beauty in silence. If you’re looking for something a bit more active, go for a hike along the gorgeous Mostnica Gorge — you can even continue onto a stunning waterfall if you’re interested in a longer and more challenging hike! You can also opt to visit the popular Savica Waterfall which is located just a few kilometres east of Lake Bohinj for another romantic spot in the vicinity.
All in all, there is enough to keep visitors occupied in and around Lake Bohinj for a weekend or longer should you choose to visit.
Written by Maggie from The World Was Here First
Edinburgh is an easy city to celebrate love in with its cobbled street, Medieval architecture and hip neighbourhoods.
Book a romantic hotel in Edinburgh, such as the House of Gods or The Witchery. Go for a suite for a roll top bath and pure luxury.
Start in the Old Town visiting the Cold Town House terrace for craft beer, pizza and Edinburgh Castle views, then bar hop along the Grassmarket winding up Scotland’s Diagon Alley, Victoria Street. Pause to take a cute couple shot on the Royal Mile before joining the Intimate Lives tour at the 17th century Gladstone’s Land.
Walk up Calton HIll for stunning city views then enjoy wine and nibbles at SPRY at the top of Leith Walk or champagne and oysters at Cafe Royale in the City Centre.
If you’re a couple who likes live music, see what’s on at the Usher Hall and Queen’s Hall for international acts or The Voodoo Rooms, Stramash or Whistlebinkies for local bands. Prefer a laugh? Check out the bill at The Stand or Monkey Barrel Comedy Club.
Brunch in Stockbridge at The Pantry, then pick up a traybake at the Farmers’ Market if visiting on a Sunday. Swing by Circus Lane for a cute pic of ‘that’ mews before walking along the Water of Leith to the historic Dean Village.
Make your way to the West End to tour the Johnnie Walker Experience, play vintage games at NQ64, and grab a sundown drink at Rooftop 51.
Dine on small plates with views over the New Town at Nor’ Loft or splash out in the Leith neighbourhood’s Michelin star restaurants.
Written By Gemma from Everything Edinburgh
For a romantic weekend in the UK, Norwich is a great place to visit. Located North of London in the Norfolk County, it’s easy to get to by car, train and even possible to fly to at Norwich airport.
It’s a great city for the Summer, but winter time brings out the best of the city. During the winter period, the city centre and large shopping mall is lit up with cute Christmas decorations, from themed window stores, hanging decorations and decorations throughout the walkways. There are lights everywhere too, for example, you can find yourself walking in a beautifully lit Tunnel of Light made up of over 50,000 lights. The city also organises a show of projections on the Norwich Castle. So it’s well worth a walk here!
Another beautiful festive event is the local festivities at Norwich Cathedral. Spread over many days, you can shop at the faire and stalls before enjoying the warm food and drinks served. Else you can see some farm animals that will stay here for those who will visit with children. Lastly of course to listen to one of the many Choir sessions that are held here over the Christmas period.
For a walk in any season, head out to the coast for a walk at the dunes or pier. Here its perfect to get a little windswept with some of the fresh sea air – perfect for getting away from the city for an afternoon. There is even a little cafe for a warm drink or piece of cake to warm up with afterwards.
The Island of Gozo is Malta’s second largest inhabited island after Malta itself. Despite being an extraordinarily unique island, it is often overlooked or forgotten about when visitors flock to Malta. Luqa International Airport serves Malta and from here, you can head straight for the ferry terminal in Valletta to jump on board a 45-minute catamaran ferry to the island of Gozo.
Often people describe Gozo as ‘what Malta used to be like’ in reference to it’s calming, relaxing and slow-paced way of life. This makes it the ideal destination for this cozy romantic weekend getaways list.
In order to get the most from your romantic trip, it is important to head to the sea and take a private boat trip to the stunning Blue Lagoon. Sitting on the deck of your chartered boat together will make you feel like you’ve been placed in paradise.
Another fascinating place to visit in Gozo is Mgarr-ix Xini – a secluded bay on the Southern tip of the island that was made famous by the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie film ‘By the Sea’.
To complete your romantic getaway in Gozo, take an evening stroll around the serene Villa Rundle Park before visiting Victoria’s ancient Cittadella. The fortified citadel has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and is one of the best things to do when visiting Victoria (Gozo).
The island of Gozo is a magical destination that is perfect for getting off the beaten track and spending a wonderfully romantic weekend together.
Written by Ben from Ticket 4 Two Please
Cartagena may be popular for its rich minerals, mines and natural harbours. However, this place is no less when it comes to romantic getaways. Couples love to visit Cartagena, Spain on their weekends for a romantic time. From stunning sunsets in the world, to amazing monuments, there is everything that couples can explore. With the unique cuisine combined with cruise ships, couples can spend quality time and enjoy a lot of romantic things to do in Cartagena.Visiting Cartagena is easy to reach as the travellers can find direct buses from Granada and Valencia. There are a lot of things that couples can enjoy. One of the best ways to start the weekend getaway is by heading to the local Mercado de Santa Florentina. It is a market with a range of fresh products including regional vegetables, fruits, fish, cheese, olives and meats. Couples can pick a few snacks and enjoy coffee and a light breakfast at this place. After that, they can head into the center of the city by taking the main pedestrian street- Calle Mayor. It is a great place for couples and families to take a stroll. One of the must-visit places is the Roman theatre that has a lot of history to explore. The trip can be concluded by visiting Calle Jara for Lunch.
Written by Paulina from Visit Southern Spain
For a gorgeous Polish romantic weekend getaways location, find yourself enjoying a weekend at Kolobrzeg. To get there, Kolobrzeg is easily reachable by direct train from many of the big cities else to arrive by car is easy too. Many hotels already have on site parking and most, if not all, are within walking distance from the beach.
There are many things to do for couples to enjoy, with the gorgeous sandy beach being one of them. So don’t forget your swim costumes, suncream, beach towel and book – as you can relax all day on the beach if you wish. Its also possible to walk all the way along the beach and back, with the coast being very long.
In the city itself, there are plenty of restaurants to romantically dine at, with my top recommendation being a place that sells Pierogi. These delicious dumplings come in all sorts of fillings, with the most popular Ruskie being filled with potatoes and cheese. Else you will find all types of restaurants, selling also Italian, Indian and German dishes.
For some pretty views, walk to the end where the lighthouse is and climb the many stairs to the top. The view of the beach and water from here is gorgeous. Great to combine when the sun is setting for a romantic walk along the beach at night.
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Located in the south of Spain, Nerja is a beautiful town to spend a weekend. This whitewashed town has many things to offer, including romantic activities for two.
Balcon de Europa is Nerja’s most visited place because of its lively atmosphere and incredible views of the crystal clear sea, mountains and other nearby towns.It’s in this area where you will find many restaurants to enjoy a traditional meal and El Salvador church, where many couples say yes every day.
From Balcon de Europa you can access two beautiful beaches: El Salon and Calahonda which tend to be very busy in the summer months.One of the most romantic activities to do in Nerja is watching the sunset from the Balcon de Europa. The views are breathtaking.
For a romantic stay, Hotel Balcon de Europa is perfect for two. Not only will you stay right in the heart of the town, but you can have unique experiences by booking a room with a balcony or having a traditional meal in their restaurant.
For adventurous couples, staying in Nerja or its surroundings is an excellent option as there are many activities such as exploring Nerja’s impressive caves, kayaking and going on hiking trails.
Last but not least, when visiting Nerja, go on a day trip to Frigiliana, a neighbouring village considered one of the most beautiful whitewashed villages in the Costa Del Sol.
Written by Cristina from My Little World Of Travelling
St Gilgen, Austria
St Gilgen is one of the most beautiful villages in the Salzkammergut region, in Austria. Located only 20 kilometers from Salzburg, St Gilgen is very easy to reach by car or by public transport. If you arrive by car, there is plenty of parking around, including a large off-road parking lot which only costs 4,5 euros for the entire day.
St Gilgen couldn’t be a more romantic destination. Nestled on the shore of the Wofgangsee lake, at the foothills of Zwölferhorn mountain, St Gilgen is a perfect destination for both winter and summer. There are plenty of romantic things to do in St Gilgen, starting with the cable car up the mountain, which is brand new and offers spectacular views over the entire lakes region. The cable car climbs to an altitude of 1500 meters, where you can hike on one of the main trails at the top, or have some traditional Austrian food at one of the Alpine hut restaurants with a view. For a different type of experience, you can try a tandem paragliding flight.
Renting a boat and exploring the area from the water is another way of spending some romantic time in St Gilgen. You can either go for an electric boat, which is extremely easy to drive, or opt for a ferry trip to one of the other villages around the lake. The village itself is extremely picturesque, with traditional Austrian houses decorated with paintings and flowers at their balconies.
Written by Joanna from The World In My Pocket
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A quick train ride from Venice lies Treviso, a romantic walled city that offers culture, shopping, dining and a sinful dessert. The historical center is a maze of streets and alleys lined with arcaded walkways. Its Venetian walls are home to historical museum. The architecture for its churches spans multiple eras—late Roman, Gothic, and Venetian Romanesque. Whether you visit for a day or a long weekend, Treviso promises a break from routine.
Begin your Friday night at an osteria or trattoria enjoying seasonal dishes of pasta, risotto, or gnocchi. But don’t forget to order dessert for two. A Treviso chef reportedly invented tiramisu. Then wander aimlessly on the waterfront, admiring the canals at sunset. You’ll see bridges connecting the waterfront row houses but no Venetian gondolas. There is also an X-rated Fontana Delle Tette with a woman squeezing her swollen breasts.
After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, book a walking tour to learn about the city’s history. Next head to the local street market to assemble a romantic picnic lunch, including salami, cheese, bread and grapes. You can sit at a fountain to eat. Or rent bicycles and head for the hills (Asolo or Monte Grappa). Walkers will love the park route along the River Sile to admire the flowers, fauna and street art.
And no visit to Treviso is complete with a visit to Prosecco Hills which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Valdobbiadene must be your Sunday destination to enjoy a tour or two at a family vineyard, complete with a prosecco tasting. The entire Prosecco wine circuit is know as L’Anello Del Prosecco Superiore.
Written by Terri from FemaleSoloTrek
Bamburgh, Northumberland, England
What more romantic place to stay than in an actual castle? The luxury apartments located within historic Bamburgh Castle are the perfect place to base yourself for a cosy romantic weekend getaway. Bamburgh Castle sits high on the cliff above the village of Bamburgh with views over the long stretching beach and out to the Farne Islands.
Bamburgh is located in England’s most northerly county – Northumberland, on her northeast coast and it’s an ideal place for a weekend getaway for couples. From the stunning views from your apartment to wandering around the castle – its staterooms are quite glorious this is a magical place to visit.
The beach below the castle runs for miles and is perfect for romantic walks, or a romantic horse ride too. And you’re also within a short walk of the village pubs of Bamburgh for a candlelit evening meal. Just off the coast are the Farne Islands, where you can take a boat trip and see puffins, seals and hundreds of seabirds.
Or take a day trip to Holy Island – the ancient island of Lindisfarne to see the priory, castle and enjoy some Lindisfarne Mead made to early recipes from the monks of the priory. Then head back to your private cosy home away from home in your own part of the castle for the weekend.
Written by Sarah Carter from Northumberland’s Best
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When you are planning a romantic break in Europe look no further than the Alsace region in France. While people flock to the Alsace in winter for the Christmas markets visiting the Alsace in any season will have you falling in love with more than just the person you are visiting with.
The Alsace region and its fairytale towns are simply stunning. You can wander larger towns like Strasbourg and Colmar through the cobblestone streets glazing at the colours of the timber thatched houses that line them or the gorgeous canals that run through them. In the differing seasons, you will find the streets alive with either markets, blooming flowers, or leaves changing colours.
Finding a restaurant to sit at and whittle away some time is also a pass time for many looking to enjoy a romantic meal. The Alsatian cuisine is world-famous and so are the wines that are paired with it. You will find many of the restaurants in town will have a wine they specialise in serving and a delicious meal that suits it to perfection. If you have time set aside some time to visit a wine cave. They are the best way to find the perfect wine or liqueur for your visit to the Alsace region. Wolfberger has stores in the bigger towns and some in the smaller town and they are bound to have something you love.
Venturing out of the bigger towns into the smaller Alsace villages is where you will be completed rewarded for choosing the Alsace as your romantic European getaway. Small restaurants with delicious homecooked specialties will make you never want to leave. Driving in the Vosges mountains especially during fall is stunning. Tiny streets in towns like Ribeauville, Eguisheim and Kaysersberg are Instagram worthy and will leave you wow-ed at the beauty. Overlook the valleys and villages from the mighty Chateau Haut Koenigsbourg and sample all of the flavours of Gingerbread you can think of at The Palace of Gingerbread – Gertweller.
There is just so much to do in the Alsace region but the most romantic thing you can do is be there in its beauty with the one you love.
Written by Bec from Wyld Family Travel
One of the most romantic weekend getaways destination in Europe which is just perfect, is definitely Rovinj in Croatia! During a vacation, you will be enchanted by a beautiful historic old town, where gorgeous alleys and colorful squares invite you to linger. Croatia connoisseurs even often call Rovinj one of the most charming old towns in Croatia. Also stunningly beautiful is its location directly on a peninsula, where the colourful townhouses line up close together from the sea all the way up to the town hill.
A weekend in Rovinj is just perfect to discover the city center with its many museums and historical attractions. Just lovely are also the small streets and pretty town squares, where you can enjoy the wonderful ambiance best with a coffee or delicious ice cream. In any case don’t miss to visit the Church of St. Euphemia, the landmark of Rovinj.
Another highlight is the countless beautiful bays and beaches in Rovinj, which are just amazing for a swim from May to the end of September. Perfect if you want to combine your romantic weekend trip with sightseeing with sun, beach, and sea.
But also the region around Rovinj is worth seeing! If you have time, visit some attractions in the area, such as Cape Kamenjak or the mountain village of Motovun!
Written by Martina from PlacesofJuma
Frigiliana is a beautiful little town with lots of things to do and see. Located in southern Andalucia this little village is part of the white villages which are known for their stunning beauty. Frigiliana is located just a quick 20 minute drive from the coast so it’s easily accessible. Spending at least two or three days here is highly recommended as Frigiliana is the perfect gateway to the nearby nature reserve.
The village is small but packed with history and stunning architecture. Frigiliana played an important role in the Spanish civil war and still has a lot of historic buildings that you can visit today. Go for a walk through the old town of Frigiliana and keep an eye out for the beautiful murals on the walls that depict Frigiliana’s history. The alleyways here are narrow and the perfect spot for taking photos. Frigiliana is especially beautiful in Spring and early Summer when the weather isn’t too hot yet but the flowers are starting to bloom.
Having lunch or dinner in one of the restaurants in town is an absolute must-do for couples on a romantic trip. There are plenty to choose from serving delicious Spanish wine and seafood. The view is absolutely stunning especially from the old part of town.
After you’ve had enough time to explore Frigiliana you should absolutely take a day trip to see the nature reserve. Driving to the tiny town of Acebuchal is highly recommended. The drive takes just over an hour and you’ll get to see beautiful mountains along the way. Acebuchal only has one restaurant which is popular among hikers. If you’re up for it you can drive further towards the Puerto Collado which is a beautiful lookout point located in the park. There are some beautiful hikes around although it can get quite hot during the summer months so make sure to take plenty of water.
Written by Victoria from Guide Your Travel
Szentendre is such a cute little town in Hungary that is worth adding to this romantic weekend getaways list. Most travellers go on a day trip to Szentendre from Budapest, but the charming, colourful town is definitely worth a couple of days.
Being an art center in Hungary, there are a lot of art galleries to discover, among them the Fereczy Museum, the Kovacs Margit Muzeum, and the Ur Eleonora Batic Art Gallery. But you can also explore the Hungarian Open Air Museum which has a collection of houses and artifacts that take you straight back in time to the different regions in the country.
Walk along the Danube River, hand in hand, and take a boat trip to Szentendre island to visit the small traditional villages that hide there.
However, the most romantic things to do in Szentendre is without a doubt just wandering the cobblestoned streets through colorful houses, peak into souvenir shops, and stopping for a glass of wine at any of the bars and have traditional food. At night, Szentendre lights up and becomes a different world. Perfect to cuddle up together and just take in the cozy atmosphere.
There is no doubt Szentendre is one of the most romantic getaways in Europe, and definitely underrated.
Written by Linn Haglund of Brainy Backpackers
Obidos is one of the most enchanting medieval towns in Portugal. Even though it’s quite small and can be seen in a few hours, a longer getaway will allow you to enjoy it more slowly, especially in the afternoon and evening when the day-trippers return to Lisbon.
The number one thing to do in Obidos is wandering through its charming cobbled streets. With white-washed houses adorned with colorful flowers and pops of yellow and blue, it’s a perfect place to lose yourself in. Other than that, you can admire the town gate (Porta da Vila), visit the beautiful Santa Maria Church, see the aqueduct, and climb and stroll along the medieval walls to get a view of Obidos from above.
As mentioned, the town is small, but you’ll find enough cafes, restaurants, and bars to enjoy on your little getaway. If you’re here with a car and traveling between late spring and early fall, you should also head to one of the nearby beaches, like Praia Baleal and Praia da Foz do Arelho.
Obidos is also home to one of the top must-see landmarks in Portugal, the Castle of Obidos. Dating back to the 8th-century (though heavily remodeled in the 13th-14th century), a part of it was transformed into a hotel, Pousada Castelo de Obidos, and what’s more romantic than staying in a real-life castle?
Last but not least, the town hosts several unique events throughout the year, including a medieval market and an international chocolate festival.
Written by Or from My Path in the World
If you’re looking for a romantic adventure, you have to head up to Tromso in Norway, particularly in winter when you can see the breathtaking Northern Lights.
Few things are more romantic than cuddling up outside whilst staring up in total awe at the Aurora Borealis swirling above your head. Perfect to see in this romantic weekend getaways list!
It’s possible to fly directly into Tromso from many places across Europe, including London, so it’s a fairly easy place to get to for a weekend or short break.
TOP TIP: Get out of the city to see the lights at their finest. Light pollution dulls the colours and you won’t get the same vibrancy as you will out in the countryside.
If you can’t visit in winter, summer is also a wonderfully romantic time to visit this city. The mountains surrounding the fjord are beautiful in summer – if possible, hire a scooter and go motorcycling in Norway so you can enjoy the mountains and views at their best. Even better, you’re above the Arctic circle, so you can enjoy the midnight sun- the light is addictive and there’s something special about sitting up in the middle of the night with so much sunlight.
For a romantic stay, book the Tromso Lodge, where you can enjoy your own romantic cabin. You can also book into one of the seafood restaurants in town- the fish is freshly caught and utterly delicious.
Written by Kat from Biker Girl Life
Chianalea di Scilla, Italy
For any couple on the lookout for romantic getaways in Europe that are also a little off the beaten path, the adorable little beach village of Chianalea in the Calabria region of south of Italy awaits.
With plenty of dining options, cobbled streets and incredible views, you will feel enamoured as you stroll though this well-preserved village that is set in the past. During the day, you can visit the beach and enjoy swimming in the crisp and cooling turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
If history and mythology are something you wish to explore with your partner, you can learn all about the history and the Greek Myth of Odysseus here. In the evening, imagine being seated for a candle-lit dinner at a cliff-side restaurant with views over to Sicily and the Aeolian islands. Chianalea is known by locals as a traditional fishing village, so here you can try the swordfish which is a bit of a specialty in the village.
No matter whether your Calabria itinerary includes another nearby town such as Tropea which is just 30 minutes away, or you are staying at one of the hotels in Chianalea for the whole weekend, you can get around the region by train or car. All in all, any couple wanting to add that extra spark to their relationship must consider Chianalea when looking to spend a romantic getaway in Italy.
Written by Daniel from Urban Abroad
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The Weather Islands, West Sweden
West Sweden is one of the most underrated places in Europe for this romantic weekend getaways list. With rugged natural beauty, tiny fishing villages, and hundreds of uninhabited islands, Sweden’s west coast is romantic and charming. The small village of Smogen, Sweden offers a quaint, seaside experience where you can wander down a boardwalk lined with rows of colorful fishing houses, stay in a cosy bed and breakfast, and dine along the water.
For something even more remote, take a ferry from the town of Fjallbacka to the Weather Islands. The archipelago that lines the coast of western Sweden remains mostly uninhabited. If you’re lucky, you might spot colonies of seals while you take the 30-minute boat ride to one of the islands, where you can explore, escape the crowds, and even stay the night in a small hotel. It is an ideal place for couples looking to relax and enjoy solitude and time alone together.
If you prefer cities to the countryside, Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city. It is clean, walkable, and friendly. Take a stroll through Gothenburg’s oldest neighbourhood of Haga, and stop to enjoy a fika, a Swedish tradition that simply means to take a moment to slow down each afternoon and enjoy a coffee or sweet treat with others.
Written by Melissa from Parenthood and Passports
One of the most romantic weekend getaways destination in Europe is the delightful Galway, Ireland. Located on the west coast of Ireland, Galway is the little sister of Dublin. With a soft breeze coming from the ocean, the weather in Galway is mild throughout the year.
There are plenty of things to do in Galway. Live music can be found on most corners and in restaurants. The music is the key to Galway’s personality, so embrace it as you walk on the cobblestone through the city. Be sure to spend time wandering through the Latin Quarter and Quay Street. You’ll find a lot of shops and pubs in this area, hop into any that catch your eye.
The history of the city is scattered throughout it. The Spanish Arch, Lynch’s Castle, and Galway Cathedral all provide a glimpse into days gone by. Take a stroll down the Long Walk, lined with colourful houses on one side and the water on the other. Sometimes, you can see ducks and swans here.
For traditional romantic jewelry, you can get your own Claddagh ring. The Claddagh museum is located in Galway to learn about the history of this symbol. The classic design is two hands holding a heart topped with a crown. The hands represent friendship, the heart is for love, and the crown is for loyalty.
Galway’s walkable cobblestone streets, friendly personality, and charming B&B’s make it a great romantic destination in Europe.
Written by Pamela from The Directionally Challenged Traveler
Jersey, Channel Islands
If you’re looking for romantic weekend getaways inspiration, head to Jersey in the Channel Islands. The island has plenty of history, delicious food, fantastic sandy beaches AND the weather to enjoy them.
Although Jersey is part of the UK, it’s only 12 miles off the French coast and has a very French influence. It’s the largest of the Channel Islands, but is only 9 miles by 5, meaning it’s perfectly possible to see and do a lot of the island in just a few days.
For accommodation, one of the best hotels is the Grand Jersey Hotel and Spa, one of the few 5 star hotels on the island. It enjoys fantastic views over St Aubins Bay and has a 4 AA Rosette restaurant on site, plus a glamorous Champagne Lounge.
Alternatively, bring your own van and enjoy a romantic motorhoming holiday at one of the many seaside campsites.
There are plenty of romantic destinations to enjoy on the island. One of the best is Corbiere, the lighthouse which enjoys wonderful sunset views. Take time to walk to the lighthouse when the tides are right- the views of the island are wonderful.
In summer, you can visit the Jersey lavender farm and also the Jersey vineyard, where they create their own wines and cider. You can even join in a tasting meal to be able to relax and enjoy the full effect.
Written by Kat from Wandering Bird
Cadaqués, Spain, is a delightful seaside town that sits in a tranquil region of the Costa Brava. This Mediterranean mecca has attracted famous European artists like Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miró. It’s most famous for being the second home of surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí. He spent many summers here, breathing in the cool sea breeze and looking at the tranquil waves lap along the pebbly beach.
The beauty of the town is not knowing where you’re going – but getting lost in every curvy turn. Azure blue framed windows and doors contrast the whitewashed walls of the homes. Red and purple bougainvillea and other colourful potted plants adorn walls and entryways on your path. Every corner is photogenic.
For a breathtaking view, visit the Església de Santa Maria, perched on the highest point of the town. It’s a 16th-century church built in Gothic style with one of the most important Baroque altarpieces in Catalonia. From this viewpoint, you get a delightful panorama of the whitewashed homes and the Mediterranean Sea dotted with swaying boats.
For a romantic meal, dine at Compartir Restaurant, a popular Michelin restaurant serving creative Catalan dishes like oysters with steamed vinaigrette or monkfish with candied red peppers. Take a walk along the seafront promenade, and you’ll see a standing sculpture of Salvador Dalí on the Platja Gran. Have a glass of vermouth along one of the seafront terraces to watch the water, and you’ll have an unforgettable memory of beautiful Cadaqués.
Written by Justine from Latitude 41
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
The town of Cesky Krumlov is a beautiful place that some describe as mini Prague. Cesky Krumlov is in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic and most of its town centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a fascinating place to visit and also very romantic, with cobbled side streets to explore and riverside restaurants to enjoy a meal out.
Cesky Krumlov has a castle as its centrepiece and major visitor attraction. This is a lovely place to visit with views all over the medieval town. You can climb the castle’s tower, peruse the museum or take a wander in its beautiful gardens. The town also has an abundance of museums and art galleries for visitors to explore, the most interesting being the regional museum.
For a lovely meal out, there are many pleasant restaurants with riverside terraces. One of the nicest is Tavern of the Two Maries, which has views of the castle, river and serve some delicious local fish dishes. All the eateries serve very nice beer, including those by the local Krumlov Brewery.
Overall, Cesky Krumlov is a very romantic place to visit. The history and beautiful countryside nearby enhances that.
Written by Rich from RJ On Tour
Les Alpilles, France
While many visitors to Provence, France, have the Luberon firmly on their radar, far fewer descend on the equally charming Les Alpilles area next door. Located south of Avignon, the Massif des Alpilles is a low mountain range that showcases some of the region’s most stunning landscapes, history and cultural attractions.
It encompasses some of Provence’s most beautiful villages too, including the tiny but perfectly formed Eygalières, the market town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and one of France’s official ‘most beautiful villages’, Les Baux-de-Provence. It’s an excellent place to stay to experience the real Provence, and it goes without saying that it’s an incredibly romantic destination as well.
Imagine spending your days flitting around the cobblestone streets of an ancient village, visiting the bustling farmer’s markets to fill up a picnic basket full of goodies and heading for a nearby olive grove or wildflower field to throw down your picnic blanket and enjoy your feast while surrounded by the heady scent of wildly growing herbs de Provence.
Take a tour of the region’s fine vineyards, visit the Chateau des Baux de Provence and the immersive Carrières de Lumières next door, go antique shopping at a local brocante, or delve into ancient worlds at Glanum. Les Alpilles will thoroughly delight you with its charisma and authentic appeal.
Written by Nadine from Le Long Weekend
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Riga is not as well-known as other capital cities in Europe, but this makes it a great destination for one of these romantic weekend getaways. It isn’t overwhelmed by tourists and so you can wander with your lover and have a greater sense of ‘getting away together’ than in some more popular, busy places.
Romantic ideas for Riga include:
Wandering the cobbled streets of the medieval old town. Highlights include Rozena iela, a street so narrow you can touch the opposite walls at the same time!
Exploring the whimsical and ornate Art Nouveau architecture. Riga is the Art Nouveau architecture capital of the world because its city centre has the highest concentration of Art Nouveau buildings in the world. The best way to take them in is by taking a free Art Nouveau walking tour of Riga
Strolling in one of the many green parks, such as Canal Park or Esplanade Park, which also contains the stunning gold-domed Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ.
Lastly, taking a wooden boat tour along the Daugava River and Riga City Canal. This takes a circuitous route around the boundaries of the Old Town, gliding past some of the most popular sights in Riga including the Freedom Monument and Riga Castle.
Written by Martha from May Cause Wanderlust
Located within the Istrian peninsula and an hour drive from Rovinj, Croatia is the romantic and charming town of Motovun. The medieval town sits high atop a hill in the Croatian countryside. Famous for its abundance of truffles and incredible views, Motovun is a great town to visit on a romantic weekend getaway while in Europe.
Motovun means “a town in the hills” and visitors should be prepared to do a good amount of up and down hill walking to explore the town.
Consider staying at the boutique hotel, Hotel Kastel, which is located in the center of town. Hotel Kastel boasts a spa and on-site restaurant. They frequently advertise offerings including wellness packages or romantic meals!
Motovun offers something for everyone, from exploring the shops within the town to going on a truffle hunting trip in the surrounding forests. Visitors can walk the ancient walls surrounding the town for exceptional views and the church of St. Stephen is open to the public and is worth a visit.
Motovun offers exceptional dining options all serving a range of traditional Croatian dishes to include many featuring the local truffles. The infamous Konoba Mondo, visited by Anthony Bourdain, is definitely worth a visit. Their truffle dishes are outstanding and their famous truffle pasta is worth every bite.
If you’re interested in turning your romantic weekend getaways idea into a longer trip, consider exploring more of the Istrian peninsula.
Written by Sarah from Roadmaps and Restaurants
Nestled into the central coastline of Montenegro in the Balkan region of Europe is the small city of Kotor. The walled old town is listed UNESCO with charming alleyways, a mix of romanesque, gothic, renaissance and Venetian architecture, beautiful scenery and full of romance. It’s a gorgeous location for this romantic weekend getaways list!
The walled city of Kotor is considered to be quite small, but there are a plethora of things to do for a romantic weekend getaway in Europe. Start your weekend off by lounging al fresco at the Old Winery Wine Bar tasting local vintages from the Montenegrin region. Further your night at the Jazz Club Evergreen, one of the best music venues in Kotor.
If a little adventure is in the cards, get up early and hike up to the Kotor Fortress for epic views of the Bay of Kotor and surrounding mountains. Once you are refreshed, book a private boat tour of the Perast islands to visit the stunning Our Lady of the Rocks cathedral and swoon at the plentitude of natural beauty that Kotor offers.
Ask to be dropped off in Perast to spend the remainder of the day lounging at a beach bar and watch the sun go down or head back to Kotor for a walk along the old town walls to witness the spectacular lights. Finish off your evening with a beautiful seafood dinner at one of the many quality seafood restaurants showcasing local cuisine.
Written by Haley of Haley Blackall Travels
If you are looking for a romantic weekend spot in Europe, there’s no better place than Porto, Portugal’s ‘capital of the north’. Porto is such a stunning place for your next romantic weekend getaways location. It offers so many things to do and see and it is small enough to explore during a weekend.
Start your weekend by exploring the local attractions.There’s a variety of historic monuments and beautiful churches decorated with the Portuguese Azulejos (white and blue tiles). You must visit the stunning São Bento Station, Clérgios Tower and various churches and then go look for the best viewpoints in town.
One of the most romantic places in Porto is the Ribeira neighborhood. This river-side neighbourhood was recognised as a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site and it has some of the most beautiful colourful streets.
Another romantic attraction is taking a cruise along the Douro River. You’ll be able to admire Porto from another vantage point and more importantly, see the beautiful hills of the Douro Valley which are dotted with many vineyards. Of course, you must try out the local Port wine, so go wine tasting in Vila Nova de Gaia. Just cross Dom Luis I Bridge and you’ll be rewarded with the most stunning view of Ribeira neighbourhood. There are a few cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia and many restaurants to choose from. For more tips, attractions, food recommendations and viewpoints, check out this Weekend in Porto Guide.
Written by Maya & Sari from Chasing Lenscapes
Located in the South Caucasus region at the cusp of Europe and Asia, Tbilisi, Georgia is one of the most intriguing capitals in the region. It’s an ideal city break destination for well-travelled duos and those interested in exploring quirky cities. Great also for this romantic weekend getaways list!
There are plenty of unique things to do in Tbilisi for couples, starting with the iconic Abanotubani sulfur baths. Similar (but different) to the hammams in Istanbul, rent a private room in the luxe Chreli-Abano or authentic dome-roofed Gulo’s Spa and lounge in your own private hot pool.
Winemaking is an integral part of Georgian culture so participating in a local wine tasting is another must-do. There are a number of bars around the city that offer degustations, including several that specialise in organic wines.
A tasting plate of local cheese is just the thing to accompany – but save room for dinner: Georgian cuisine is the stuff of dreams and you’ll want to fit in as much food as humanly possible. Romantic restaurants in the city include Cafe Littera, Iasamani and Salobie Bia, all of which serve delicious traditional fare. Sharing a plate of Khinkali ‘soup dumplings’ with your loved one will bond you for life; for the best Khinkali in the city, head to Shemomechama.
Tbilisi’s architecture is a quixotic mix of classic, mid-century and Oriental-style buildings, many with ornate wooden balconies, courtyards and painted entryways. Join a guided walking tour for a history lesson about Tbilisi’s Silk Road heritage and beyond. And finally, for an offbeat romantic activity, end the day with a picnic for two on Betlemi Rise, a shady courtyard above the Old Town with stunning city views.
Written by Emily from Wander-Lush
One of the most romantic weekend getaways in Europe is one to Menton. Menton is a lovely town that you can find on the French Riviera. It is close to many other cities in France, such as Nice. Also, it is easy to go to Menton from Monaco. The most famous place in the town is the beach Plage des Sablettes. This is a great place to relax with your partner, but what makes it special in particular is the colorful houses that are next to the beach.
When you go on the pier next to the beach, you have a beautiful and romantic view of these houses and the beach. Another one of the best things to do in Menton is going to the botanical gardens. There are many botanical gardens in the city with beautiful plants that are perfect for a romantic stroll with your partner. One of these is the Val Rahmeh botanical garden that contains exotic plants.
Also, you can go for a stroll for two at the historic old center of Menton. Here you find lots of picturesque streets, cathedrals, and more. Also, if you and your partner love art, you could go to the Jean Cocteau Museum, which displays art by Jean Cocteau, a French modern art artist.
Written by Dymphe from Dymabroad
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Luxembourg city is among the most preferred places in Europe for weekend getaways. It is especially popular among couples because it is small, cozy, accessible, and feels like home. It is easily reachable from other countries in Europe. Travellers can even go on day trips from Luxembourg.Luxembourg city is beautiful and quaint with amazing things to do for couples and romantic places to stay. Couples can stay at one of the top romantic hotels like Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal. The newlywed couples can take the weekend trip to Luxembourg for a wonderful photoshoot. There are beautiful landscapes with gorgeous architecture, charming buildings, cobblestone streets, and gardens. There are medieval castles that are great for taking pictures. They can enjoy some things to do including visiting the famous castles. Beaufort Castle, Vianden Castle are two popular castles close to Luxembourg city. The couples can enjoy a romantic dinner at delicious restaurants spread throughout the place. Fine Wine paired with gourmet food and scenic views is perfect for the most romantic part of the day. Some must-visit restaurants are Clairefontaine and Le Sud. Apart from the typical romantic activities, couples can even enjoy unique things like cycling trains and bike tours, hiking trails, exploring outdoor markets, cathedrals like Notre Dame and Saint Michael’s, museums, and more. The best time to visit there for couples is June to August.
Written by Paulina from Paulina On The Road
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St Jean de Luz and the Basque coast, France
The lovely French Basque town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz may have a sophisticated soul (at least the Parisians who dash down each weekend must think so), but walk down to the wharf and you’ll find an authentic fishing port, its boats quietly bobbing and mounds of fishing nets piled on the quai. The town is full of charm, from the pedestrian Rue Gambetta across to one of its several beaches, each different, each stunning.
While in town, head to Maison Adam, one of the town’s superb pastry shops, and try a Basque macaron, different from the usual French macaron. What’s so special about it? The recipe dates from 1660 and was created specifically for an important wedding: that of Louis XIV and Maria Theresa of Spain. If you’re a fan, you can drop by the houses in which each stayed before they married but most interesting is the St Jean Baptiste church, where the ceremony took place.
There’s so much romance in France’s Basque country it may take time to see it all… the cliffside walks towering over the Atlantic Ocean, the Basque country interior and its distinctive architecture, the notoriously excellent food (the region is known worldwide for its food), and the Art Deco mansions of Biarritz, a resort made fashionable by Empress Eugenia, wife of Napoleon III. You’ll find out much more in this French Basque itinerary.
Written by Leyla from Offbeat France
Mijas Pueblo, Spain
Overlooking the stunning Costa del Sol in southern Spain, you find the romantic white village, Mijas Pueblo. With a labyrinth of narrow cobblestoned streets winding through whitewashed houses decorated with colorful flowers cascading from pot plants placed in windows or hanging on the walls, this is a picture-perfect little place.
There are a lot of great things to do in Mijas Pueblo like taking a stroll in the park and watching the stunning coastal views or taking a chocolate-making course at the chocolate factory. You can also buy chocolate or have a cup of hot chocolate at one of the two cafes owned by the chocolate factory.
There’s a miniature museum too that is quite cool. Other than that, there are often concerts at the arena or different market stalls around the park. The village is jam-packed with cozy restaurants, cafes, shops, and art galleries.
For active couples, Mijas Pueblo is perfectly situated by a myriad of hiking trails taking you farther up the mountain with even more spectacular views. The shortest walk is up to the Ermita del Calvario, a whitewashed hermitage overlooking the village, and is a nice walk for anyone that only takes about 15 minutes one way.
If you do head up in the mountain, though, make sure you follow the 7 Leave No Trace Principles so that you do your part in keeping this natural space as beautiful as it is.
Written by Linn Haglund of Andalucia Hiking
The idyllic seaside village of Villefranche-sur-Mer is something straight out of a French romance novel. Needless to say, it’s a refreshingly remote and romantic weekend getaways for couples. Nestled along the French Riviera, Villefranche is located just over 10 minutes by train from the capital city of Nice.
Couples will love the intimate vibe of this cozy village, from its charming cafes to its picturesque harbor. It’s the perfect place to wander the quietly charming streets hand-in-hand and get lost in each other’s eyes over a delicious French meal at Les Garcons or La Belle Étoile. History-loving duos will especially enjoy a romantic stroll up to the Citadelle Saint-Elme, an impressive 16th-century military fortress that overlooks the town.
As the sun sets, couples will relish the experience to connect on a private boat ride. Alternatively, twosomes may prefer to enlist the assistance of a skipper to enjoy a more hands-off experience and simply soak in the dramatic coastline views.
Alternatively, active couples will enjoy the peace and solitude found along the scenic hike from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Nice, an invigorating journey of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes on foot. This refreshing walk is a great opportunity to spend quality time together while soaking up some of the best views along the French Riviera. Duos may even consider packing a romantic picnic to take along!
Written by Elena from The Carry-On Chronicles
A wonderful romantic weekend getaways destination in Europe is in Donegal, Ireland where you can stay in a castle, walk along some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and explore little Irish villages.
Lough Eske Castle is a luxury hotel tucked away in a forest. It has been meticulously restored to recreate the style and elegance it once had in the 19th century, together with all the modern amenities expected of a luxury hotel. The rooms are enormous with canopy beds, and marble bathrooms that would be bigger than most studio apartments. It is the perfect place to spoil yourselves and from which to explore the area.
Consider driving 1 1/2 hours from Lough Eske to Malin Beg, a beautiful small village scattered along farm land on cliffs with dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean. You can explore the enormous Silver Strand Beach, including swimming in the Ocean, or go watch a sheep dog trial demonstration where hundreds of sheep are shepherded from one end of a field to another by a couple of brilliant and brilliantly trained sheep dogs. You have to see it to believe what these animals can do with a wordless hand signal from their trainer.
Afterwards, you can drive 30 minutes to Slieve League Cliffs, some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. You can go on a lovely walk along an undulating paved path with dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean or hike up to the peak for even more majestic views. On a beautiful sunny day, the vistas are stunning and you can sit for hours appreciating the scenery.
Written by Nicole from Go Far Grow Close
If you are looking for a romantic location to spend a weekend at in Europe, Italy must be the first country that comes to mind. The mild climate, good food and wine and beautiful scenery make for some wonderful memories for anybody who has been there.
While Venice and Verona are romantic cities without a doubt, they can also get overrun during the season. Nearby Sirmione is smaller and more intimate, located on the south shore of beautiful Lake Garda.
In the summer, purple pink hues of Bougainvillea cover the walls of the old town, a peninsula, which you reach by walking over a drawbridge. The castle of Sirmione is an island. Cozy corners and nooks await between the historic buildings, along the waterline, and in the parks. They even have a spot with a view over the lake along the panoramic footpath, so perfect for a couple’s photograph that they put up a sign saying “kiss… please”
For all those who believe that love goes through the stomach, rest assured the food in Sirmione is mouthwatering. The gelato comes in sizes you as good as have to share with somebody.
Looking over the lake on a clear night, the moon’s reflection, the glistening mountain villages on the other side of the lake and the soft sound of the water create the most romantic mood.
For more destinations around Lake Garda, also check out this complete guide to Torbole, Italy.
Written By Christin of Christin has Fernweh
Ohrid and Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia
The tiny town of Ohrid on the gorgeous lake Ohrid in North Macedonia is one of the most incredible places in Europe.
Picture-perfect Ohrid is a top summer vacation destination in the Balkans and one of the most romantic weekend getaways in Europe. The scenery of the tiny town dotted with ancient churches, and beautiful monasteries on the crystal blue lake with the snowy mountains in the background is simply out-of-this-world. But besides the superb beauty, Ohrid is one of the most unique places in the world. Even UNESCO acknowledged it. Ohrid (the town and the lake) is a unique World Heritage Cultural and Natural site. Only 28 places in the world hold the same title.
Stunning Ohrid is a haven for history buffs and nature lovers, and romance seekers. Ancient Ohrid was called ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’ for 365 churches that once had. But, today’s Ohrid is best known for a charming old quarter, old narrow cobbled streets, amazing lakefront promenade, beautiful lake’s beaches, cozy lakeside cafes, lovely restaurants, medieval Samuel’s Fortress, iconic Ottoman-style Robevi family house, the scenic church of St John at Kaneo on a cliff, ancient Ohrid theatre, and beautiful Ohrid monastery of St. Panteleimon.
Magical Ohrid is a 3-hour drive from Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. But the small Ohrid Airport connects Ohrid with many European cities: like Vienna, Zurich, Malmo …
If you are after one of the most unique romantic gateways in Europe, you need to check out beautiful Ohrid! And if you are a foodie who enjoys sampling foods around the world, don’t forget to try out tasty Ohrid grilled trout, iconic ajvar spread, and iconic Macedonian gravče na tavče dish!
Written by Milijana Gabrić from World Travel Connector
Start Point Lighthouse, Devon, England
Start Point is a rugged headland on the south coast of Devon. It feels like a million miles from reality but is only a short distance from Exeter, Plymouth and the bustling seaside town of Salcombe. It’s a gorgeous location for one of these romantic weekend getaways.
The approach to the lighthouse is down a steep single track road that ends at the lighthouse. Once you are through the main gates you are in your own little romantic bubble. The only people who can enter the compound are the visitors to the cottages or those wanting to scale the lighthouse on an afternoon when it is open. Otherwise, it is just you and the ocean.
The cottages at Start Point are where the lighthouse keepers lived and are cosy and warm. They are decorated to reflect the sea and are light and airy.
At night there is no noise except for the crashing of the water on the rocks below and in case you are worried, ear plugs are provided to block out the fog horn during a storm.
If you are awake early you can watch the sunrise from the cottage or spend an evening watching the stars appear over the ocean.
During the day it is easy to walk along the South West Coast Path in either direction as it passes right above the lighthouse. There are small coves for beachcombing or having a wild swim in a secluded sandy bay.
Written by Suzanne from Meandering Wild
The Amalfi Coast in Italy is so spectacular, it’s become of the most visited places in Italy. And while most visitors stay in nearby Positano or Amalfi, the small town of Ravello offers all the magic without the crowds! Travellers in the know find Ravello to be the perfect place for one of these romantic weekend getaways in Europe.
Situated on the top of the mountain overlooking the town of Atrani, the charm of Ravello is its peaceful and romantic setting. To get here you have to first go to Amalfi then take the bus uphill, or walk up the thousands of steps built into the cliffside.
Ravello is a welcoming and historic town with plenty to explore. The history here dates back centuries, and nowhere is this more evident than at the stunning Villa Cimbrone. Built in the 11th century, the panoramic views at nearly 1200 feet above the sea are breathtaking from the iconic Terrace of Infinity. Pack a lunch of fresh bread, wine, and cheese to take with you!
Even relaxing in a small cafe on the Piazza Vescovada enjoying an espresso or Italian coffee drink is romantic here.
Around town you can stroll the quaint shops lining the narrow streets selling everything from beautiful hand-painted ceramics to leather sandals hand-crafted while you wait.
For the most romantic stay, the Hotel Villa Cimbrone is a favourite of couples and honeymooners. You’ll be pampered like royalty and a night stroll through the surrounding gardens is magical.
Written by Lori from Italy Foodies
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