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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, 

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Exploring the world together is the best thing to do!

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… 

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Amalfi is definitely one of the most romantic places in Europe and one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen
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Enjoying the Positano view

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!

Read all about our enchanting days in one of the ultimate romantic destinations in Europe: the Amalfi Coast. Check out my road trip guide, best Instagram spots, and favourite boutique hotels!

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Post card perfect Positano!
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Another magical view from Amalfi and Santa Caterina Hotel

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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!

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Santorini should of course be on the list over romantic destinations in Europe, this place is one of a kind
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Walking around at night with beautiful surroundings and romantic lights

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. 

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Watching the sun go down
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Our favorite, watching the sunset together! This one in Fira Town!

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.

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Charming & Romantic Alfama!
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Strolling around town

Look up towards the São Jorge Castle together and enjoy the many beautiful places in town, including fado restaurants. Lisbon also hosts lovely boutique hotels, like the view of H10 and Memmo Alfama

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A romantic setup at our hotel H10 Duque de Loulé

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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A gorgeous Lisbon Spot!

Read more on one of the most romantic places in Europe on my other Lisbon posts. Check out my Instagram guide, favourite hotels, and travel guide!

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An excursion to Pena Palace is a must if you have time in your agenda!

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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!

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Gaudi playfulness at the famous Casa Mila

This is the best city to enjoy darling boutique hotels, delicious food, and each other’s company!

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I can highly recommend The Wittmore Hotel! The perfect romantic & intimate boutique hotel
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The Barcelona Cathedral – A true Masterpiece!

For more inspo on one of the most romantic destinations in Europe, don’t miss my Barna posts. Here are the top Instagrammable spots, hip restaurants, and design hotels!

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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!

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Romantic walks around the canal
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A private boat tour around the canal

If you’re looking for the real Amsterdammer experience, explore the city on a rental bike and then have a romantic picnic at Vondelpark!

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Happy!

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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Hire a bike maybe?
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Amsterdam by night

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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!

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Rome is known for being one of the most romantic places in Europe
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The wonder of the world – the majestic Colosseum!

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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Many romantic dinners in Rome

See more of my love for Rome, once the centre of the world and now among the most romantic destinations in Europe. Here is my Rome travel guide, favourite restaurants, and boutique hotel review.

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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! 

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Tbilisi – A true hidden gem. Couples, this is a place to visit

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. 

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The perfect background for a photo

Close with a flourish with the best stay for hipster New York City vibes at The Rooms Hotel!

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The best way to wake up at my favorite Tbilisi hotel – The Rooms Hotel!

See more of why this is one of the most romantic places in Europe in my other Tbilisi posts: my travel guide, restaurant review, Arthouse Tbilisi and boutique hotel review!

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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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The adorable old town of Riga!

Read about this less popular treasure among romantic destinations in Europe on my travel guide, restaurant review, and fave hotel review!

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Fall vibes in Riga!

 

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Tea time at the cozy Art Café Sienna

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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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Love exploring the streets of the old town in Palma!
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The streets of Mallorca

When it’s time to book a hotel, you can opt for a historical romance stay at San Francesc downtown. To stay by the beach, go for Barceló Illetas Albatros Adults Only.

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Never a dull moment together. I always have the best photographer with me!
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Setting up lunch by the beach

Besides being one of the most romantic places in Europe, Palma is one of my favourite destinations. Read my travel guide and then about my favourite beach clubs and hotels!

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Our suite at Sant Francesc Hotel

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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.

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A gorgeous sunrise at our magical house that we rented in Paros

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!

The picturesque Paros Town!

Get inspired to visit one of the loveliest romantic destinations in Europe with my Paros travel guide!

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