You meet, you fall in love… and you decide to travel together. Is there anything that creates more lasting bonds than seeing the world with your soulmate? The most romantic places in Europe offer a broad variety of experiences for lovebirds. Do you prefer ancient cities with millennia of history, paradisiac islands of white and blue, or landscapes fresh from a movie? The romantic destinations in Europe listed below have a bit of everything,
Find yourselves surrounded by some of the most magical places on our Earth. You’ll share moments that will bring you closer together, seeing lovely spots and trying incredible food. Flourish and fall even deeper in love!
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2 Romantic Destinations in Europe to Take Your Breath Away
Few regions in the world have the same inherent magic as the Mediterranean coastline. Below, you’ll find my top two picks for most romantic places in Europe by the Mediterranean.
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1. Amalfi Coast, Italy – A Rocky Dream
Famous for its dramatic landscapes, the Amalfi Coast is undoubtedly one of the most romantic places in Europe and all over the world. A road trip across these beautiful landscapes is an unforgettably romantic experience. The sights are truly spectacular!
Positano is the cutest village along the way. Get your love and your camera ready and get lost together in all the narrow alleys. Check in at the incredible hotels, have dinner for two under the stars at a trattoria. Share some time with a view of the sea or along the cliffy beach…
Head to the Santa Caterina Hotel for a romantic weekend, have a pizza under the lemon trees are Amalfi or just walk around Ravello to get swept away!
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2. Santorini, Greece – The Stunning Island of Sunsets
The entire island is beautiful, but for me, the caldera town of Oia might be the most special out of all romantic destinations in Europe. Its whitewashed houses, deep Mediterranean blue, and unforgettable sunsets were so special I proposed to Fredrik here, on a cliff under the stars!
Wake up early and get around to get all the beauty for the two of you. Later in the day, watch the sunset from the castle ruins and then dine at one of the many rooftop restaurants. Some of the most romantic boutique hotels are in Oia. Book a room for two overlooking the sea and find yourself entranced by the beauty and luxury.
Rent a car and drive around the island for more wonder, but Oia is the place for romance!
Besides being one of the most romantic destinations in Europe, Santorini is a personal favourite. Get inspired by my other posts on this magical island, reading my travel and photography guides and my review of local boutique hotels.
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The Oldest and Most Romantic Places in Europe
Often called the Old Continent due to its vast history, Europe hosts some of the oldest cities on Earth. Millennia of stories told in beautiful passages and breathtaking buildings make many of these the most romantic places in Europe.
If you love exploring cities, experiencing cultures and getting lost in beautiful places, you’ll find that the ultimate romantic destinations in Europe are its big cities. The stunning Barcelona architecture, the narrow streets and giant monuments of Lisbon, the romantic canals of Amsterdam, the ancient history of Rome… mix with cosy design hotels and delicious restaurants and you have the best trip for two with tons of breathtaking pics!
3. Lisbon, Portugal – A Nostalgic Darling in Pink
There’s a special softness to Lisbon that makes it, easily, one of the most romantic places in Europe. Its pink hues, the old streets of Alfama and the magical viewpoints or miradouros make for a dreamland. Saudade is a beautiful Portuguese term meaning longing, melancholy or nostalgia, and it’s deeply ingrained in the Lisbon feel.
Take a romantic excursion by booking a private tour with The Best Portugal Tours, topped with wine tastings and seaside visits.
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4. Barcelona, Spain – Colour & Wonder by the Sea
You can’t have a list of romantic destinations in Europe without mentioning dreamy Barcelona! This gorgeous metropolis by the Mediterranean is full of history, and it’s one of the hippest towns in the continent. Hold hands around the Old City, especially in El Born and the Gothic Quarters. Catch a sunset together in the harbour and enjoy the endless restaurants and rooftop bars!
This is the best city to enjoy darling boutique hotels, delicious food, and each other’s company!
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5. Amsterdam, Netherlands – Sail Into Romance
The unique combinations of Amsterdam give it a well-deserved spot among the most romantic destinations in Europe. The canals, the bright tulips everywhere and the rows of people on their bikes.
Have some brunch at any of the lovely cafés in town, like lovely Pluk or popular The Avocado Show. Drink wine all afternoon long and then have dinner at any of the fantastic hip eateries in town. A private tour of the canal is a must for an extra bit of romance!
If you’re looking for the real Amsterdammer experience, explore the city on a rental bike and then have a romantic picnic at Vondelpark!
Amsterdam is one of the most romantic places in Europe and deserves a loving visit. Use my posts on Amsterdam off the beaten path, Instagrammable cafés, and boutique hotels to guide yourself in the Dutch capital!
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6. Rome, Italy – Endless Love in the Eternal City
No place on Earth packs up as much as this place does: Rome is Rome. This historical masterpiece is one of the most romantic places in Europe because the vibe is so strong. Millions of happy and star-crossed lovers have walked these streets over millennia!
Experience some of the most monuments in the world hand in hand but also enjoy life, Italy style. Drink wine, eat pasta and pizza, and explore areas off the beaten paths like Via Dei Coronari and Trastevere. You’ll feel like you own the Eternal City as you have a romantic walk along the river!
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Romantic Destinations in Europe for the Road Less Travelled
Although less common than their western neighbours, the east has some of the most romantic places in Europe. You may think of the Himalayas or Easter Island for a road-less-travelled trip, but I suggest to enjoy the beauty of the former Soviet Republics. Hip & authentic Tbilisi and small-town Riga will become a perfect scenery for your love story.
Head to the gorgeous gems of the East with your darling and you’ll feel like you’re discovering a brand new world just for the two of you. Plus, you’ll have unique pictures and tales nobody else will have!
For more inspiration on travelling to this beautiful region, check out my list of the Best Eastern European Cities to Visit!
7. Tbilisi, Georgia – A Trendy & Almost Hidden Town
One of my favourite hidden gems in the continent, Tbilisi doesn’t often appear in the lists of most romantic places in Europe. However, everything here is a couples’ dream, with its shabby chic and enchanting feel.
For a couples’ perfect outing, get lost together in the Old Town, specifically around Vera. You’ll be swept away by the gorgeous architecture! Then, take the tram up the mountains and look into the metropolis below. Kiss on the Bridge of Peace and take an unforgettable pic!
Eat and drink: Georgia is like the Italy of the East, with a deep culture of love for wine and great food. Lolita is my fave spot for a meal for two, followed by drinks at the Radisson terrace and a fun night at Arthouse.
Close with a flourish with the best stay for hipster New York City vibes at The Rooms Hotel!
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8. Riga, Latvia – Cosy Vibes in a Pretty City
What makes Riga one of my favourite romantic destinations in Europe is how cute and cosy it is. The perfect weekend getaway!
Walk around the cute streets of the Old Town and fall for the Art Nouveau, then heading to any of the multiple romantic cafés and restaurants. Stay at one of the many adorable boutique hotels for extra oomph. And bring some comfy shoes, as you can easily walk through the whole city over the weekend.
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Most Romantic Places in Europe Islands
Is there anything more bonding for a couple than spending time at a paradisiac island together? Some of the most romantic places in Europe are beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, always awaiting couples.
Sink your toes in the sand and sit quietly with your love while listening to the sounds of the waves. The most romantic destinations in Europe make the best loving experiences!
9. Palma de Mallorca, Spain – A Luxurious Beach Oasis
An enchanting old town, luxurious beach clubs and the vast and blue sea make Palma one of the most romantic places in Europe. Relax by the beach together around Illetas or enjoy fine dining at Puerto Portals, the luxury harbour lined with restaurants. The Balearic lifestyle of tapas, seafood, and cava comprise a beautiful experience for lovebirds. Have the sun and wind on your hair by renting a convertible and driving across gorgeous Mallorca!
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10. Paros, Greece – An Escape for Two
Different from its popular sister islands of Mykonos and Santorini, Paros offers a more down-to-earth experience. What makes this one of my fave romantic destinations in Europe is its authenticity. Experience the real Greek island life together here, walking along the picturesque streets of Paros town and Naoussa. Taste the local and delicious flavours of classic Mediterranean cuisine in any of the local restaurants, bars and cafés.
For a more private experience, rent a home or stay on the other side of the island, around Golden Beach. Celebrate your love through slow living, just enjoying the beauty of nature and each other!
Get inspired to visit one of the loveliest romantic destinations in Europe with my Paros travel guide!
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More from Travel with a Silver Lining
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- Check out my top 3 posts: my Lisbon Instagram Guide, the Best Photography Spots in Madrid, and Magical Breakfast Places in Amsterdam!
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