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From Europe With Love: 12 Incredibly Romantic Destinations

Many of the great love stories begin in Europe. With backdrops of medieval castles, enchanting seaside villages, and stunning sunsets amidst hills and ancient ruins, European destinations have been beckoning lovebirds from all over for ages.

If you’re planning a romantic getaway, we have compiled a list of the perfect spots for you to consider. Some of them might be obvious, while others might surprise you.

From atop the Eiffel Tower in the City of Love to strolling through a quaint Bulgarian village, these locations will make anyone’s heart flutter.

1. Venice, Italy

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Is there a more romantic city than Venice, Italy? Having your loved one whisper sweet nothings in your ear while snuggled together on a gondola as you explore the ancient city at twilight or enjoy a charming dinner for two in an intimate trattoria while watching the sunset in a pastel sky is how great love stories begin.

Visitors to this magical city can enjoy countless gelato shops, fresh stoned-baked pizza, or stumble upon a hidden little ristorante, all while exploring its rich history and gothic architecture, such as the Palazzo Ducale.

2. Opatija, Croatia

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Explore the beautiful coastal town of Opatija, Croatia, and fall in love again. With its Mediterranean climate, beautiful parks, long coastal promenades, and warm starlit evenings, Opatija provides the quintessential backdrop for special moments with a loved one.

Also known as the “Queen of the Adriatic,” the quaint seaside resort town has become host to many destination weddings. It’s also rumored that Princess Louise of Belgium fell in love with Croatian aristocrat Geza Mattachich while she was still married to Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg.

3. Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana, Slovenia, is an incredibly romantic European destination filled with beautiful views and inspiring stories. Even the city’s name comes from the word meaning “beloved,” which can’t be just a coincidence.

An ancient castle atop the mountain enhances the picturesque setting of this romantic getaway, overlooking the village below. The carved dragons symbolize a more fairytale-like era in history.

4. Paris, France

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No list of romantic European destinations would be complete without the City of Love mentioned. Paris has been the backdrop for many romantic novels, songs, and films, making it undeniably one of, if not the most romantic city.

Countless people come from all over to propose marriage in front of or on top of the Eiffel Tower, which has become a worldwide symbol of love and romance. A decadent and indulgent city, Paris is the perfect city to indulge in love.

5. Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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Most people probably don’t imagine Bulgaria as a romantic location, but Plovdiv holds the reputation of being one of the most romantic places in Europe. If you’re looking for a city off the beaten path from the usual getaway, you will find it here while exploring the Three Hills.

Couples can take a romantic walk past the beautiful revival houses in the Old Town, transporting them to another time. You can’t go wrong with the ancient Plovdiv Architectural and Historical Reserve as the perfect backdrop for a marriage proposal.

6. The Cinque Terre, Italy

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The Cinque Terre comprises five villages along the Italian coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. The bright and colorful terrace homes dot the landscape and highlight the beauty of the cliffs they’re snuggled against. Cobblestone roads wind throughout the villages, with little shops filled with tantalizing aromas and fresh seafood on either side of the road.

The villages are surrounded by lush, floral-scented hiking trails that lead up to the grape vineyards or down to the crystal-blue oceans surrounded by beautiful beaches, making Cinque Terre one of the most romantic places you will visit.

7. Sintra, Portugal

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Sintra has been called one of the most romantic villages in Portugal. The hidden gem, just a short drive from Lisbon, boasts a fairytale ambiance with Moorish and Gothic influences, resulting in an ethereal romantic aura.

Sintra’s sites can quickly become busy and crowded, and there is little street parking, so it’s recommended that visitors come by train earlier in the day or hire a private driver. Multiple historical sites, such as the Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and Monserrate Palace, can be explored.

8. Biarritz, France

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Biarritz, France, otherwise called the Queen of Beaches and Beaches of Kings,” is a noteworthy romantic getaway located on the Bay of Biscay, bordering Spain. As the sun sets over the ocean, it illuminates the beautiful coastline. There are countless hiking opportunities and excellent French cuisine to enjoy.

This quaint village has been a vacation spot for monarchies throughout history and has a reputation for exquisite elegance. Lovers of fine wine and delicious tea will feel right at home in this charming seaside village.

9. Florence, Italy

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Florence, Italy, is an absolute masterpiece of architecture and art. Its majestic and historical charm has delighted visitors for centuries, making it a perfect romantic getaway. This one-time capital of Italy, Florence, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

Couples can stroll hand in hand and absorb all the city’s natural beauty, from the Roman quadrilateral in the Piazza della Repubblica area to the narrow streets of the medieval town and the splendors of the 16th-century Pitti Palace.

10. Santorini, Greece

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Possibly the most sought-after place for a romantic getaway, Santorini, Greece, is an excellent choice for couples who want to experience a magical vacation with beautiful beaches and crystal-clear water. The Grecian city has become a popular wedding destination, offering picturesque backdrops for the first kiss as a new couple under a stunning sunset.

If you don’t tie the knot there, it’s also a great choice for honeymooners with its beautiful scenery, charming architecture, and excellent dining and wine scene.

11. Bruges, Belgium

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Dubbed the “Venice of the North,” Bruges, Belgium, has cobblestone streets and a network of canals that travel through the city. On either side of the roads, fairytale homes line the streets.

During the day, couples can explore this romantic city and enjoy handmade chocolates in secret shops. However, the night welcomes lovebirds with its softly glowing streetlights and romantic restaurants where they can enjoy a delicious meal.

12. Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague is my favorite city in Europe, from its rich Bohemian culture to its hundreds of spires, grand architecture, fun nightlife, and warm-hearted people. A walk along the Charles Bridge at night is beautiful and offers an enchanting stroll for lovebirds.

May 1st is the Day of Love for the Czech people when couples gather in Petrin Park to sneak kisses under cherry and apple tree blossoms. Where better place to celebrate love than in the heart of Europe itself?

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Julie Royce
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With a passion for travel, great food, and beautiful art, Julie put aside her 15-year career in the tech industry and dove head-first into a more creative sphere. Utilizing her degree in Communications, she is pursuing freelance writing. An avid traveler, Julie has experience writing and documenting the amazing spots she has visited and explored, the delicious food she has tasted, and the incredible art she has admired and purchased! When she’s not writing, she can be spotted around Austin, TX, at various art gallery openings, having a delicious meal with her husband and friends, and playing with her two dogs.