It’s not always easy knowing where to go for that special moment of romance. Especially when you are planning for that all-important first romantic getaway.
While randomly sticking a pin on a map has its own charm, it pays to do some solid research into your destination before making any decisions to make sure it will be a holiday to remember for both of you (and for all the right reasons). With this in mind, we have chosen some of the best spots the continent has for European dating. Simply click the arrows below to browse:
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
While the smell of sulphur isn’t normally conducive to romance, an exception can be made for Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. The geothermal pool is filled with six million litres of aqua blue water that stays at a constant temperature of between 37 and 39°C. Floating around in the warm, mineral-rich water is good for the soul (and the skin). The surrounding lunar landscape adds a touch of surrealness to the experience. For a little more intimacy, visit out of season and avoid the summer crowds.
Germany’s undisputed King of the Castle was Ludwig II, who had the spectacular Neuschwanstein built in the 19th century. Situated on a hill jutting above the village of Hohenschwangau, the castle is the embodiment of the Romanesque revival period. For couples with a taste for the fairytale, the building is the ultimate indulgence. Crowds can be an issue, but there are several forest walks nearby in which to continue the Bavarian fantasy uninterrupted.
Jardin de Luxembourg, France
The Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris is a stunning 23-hectare garden commissioned by Marie de' Medici in the 17th century. Designed to resemble an Italian park, the gardens are a calming oasis of formal terraces, verdant lawns, chestnut groves and impressive statuary. The gardens have played host to an impressive roster of courting couples over the centuries, ranging from Napoleon and Josephine to Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
Trevi Fountain, Italy
Despite the prices and people, Rome is still one of the top destinations for a romantic trip away. In particular, the Trevi Fountain is the perfect backdrop for the defining holiday kiss. Designed by Italian architect, Nicola Salvi, the magnificent Fontana di Trevi is the city’s largest baroque fountain and a testament to Italian opulence and beauty.
Charles bridge, Czech Republic
There’s something innately romantic about bridges, and Prague’s Charles Bridge is a particularly atmospheric example. Crossing the Vltava River and providing a connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town, the 14th century stone structure spans 16 arches and is adorned with 30 Baroque statues of religious figures. To experience the bridge at its best, arrive at dawn and watch the sun rise.
Have we got you dreaming of beaches and city breaks? We have teamed up with travel experts Skyscanner to create an infographic showing you the cost of a “date-cation” in 10 of the most romantic European cities.
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