Sometimes, it seems that it is difficult to come up with new ideas for destinations to go on a short trip, right?
If you are thinking about what to do with your partner for Valentine’s Day or the next long weekend or planning a getaway in Europe, read on; we have prepared a post with 20 getaways for couples in Europe.
In this post, we will take you on an unforgettable journey through the most enchanting romantic getaways in Europe, where every shared moment becomes an unforgettable memory.
Get ready to fall in love all over again, not only with each other but also with the magical places you are about to discover.
Romantic getaways for a long weekend
Here are some ideas for traveling in Europe with your partner. So all you have to do is choose, make reservations and enjoy a great trip.
You can take advantage of the idea for an anniversary, birthday, or just because (which is when it’s coolest).
About costs and flight links and hotels tell you that in the case of the flight, I put the cheapest direct flight round trip for two people or if it has a stopover, it is not crazy long.
The price is from the time of writing the article; it may be different when you look at it. Also, the price can be different depending on the time of departure, the airport, the city, etc.
In the case of hotels, I give you a range because it depends on your preference. I will also leave you with the two best options I have found, although I recommend that you take a good look and see for yourself.
20 Romantic Getaways for Traveling as a Couple
Paris, The City of Love
Paris is known as the city of love, so it is the romantic destination par excellence.
We have visited it many times, we fell in love with it so much, that now we live here… And the truth is that it is a special city to travel with your partner.
Start with a walk at the Trocadero and discover the views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from this point, then continue along the banks of the Seine and stroll along the Ile des Swans to the replica of the Statue of Liberty.
To get to the Eiffel Tower, I recommend you either get off at Trocadero metro station or get on line 6 and go through Bir Hakeim (this station is closed until February 2024, but you can still enjoy the view of the tower).
Climb the Eiffel Tower and then walk along the Champ de Mars, the Invalides and the Champs Elysées, which they call “the most beautiful avenue in the world.” a bit pretentious, isn’t it? But it’s very pretty, I’m not taking that away.
Climb the Arc de Triomphe, stroll through Montmartre and the painters’ quarter, sit on the steps of the Sacre Coeur while street bands play music, and observe the Paris as seen by Van Gogh, Matisse, Touluse-Lautrec or Renoir.
Of course, I will recommend you to visit the Île de la Cité, even if you do not enter the monuments, but it is a nice walk that culminates in Notre Dame.
Beautiful square dominated by the facade of the cathedral that inspired Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, and from there you dine in the Latin Quarter where, despite its name you will find many French restaurants, but very picturesque and pleasant.
If you are traveling in winter, read the post about the Christmas markets in Europe. You will love it!
If you want more details about what to do in Paris, read our post What to see in Paris? Practical Guide to Visit Paris in 5 days.
Romantic getaway costs in Paris
- Cost of flight to Paris (two persons)
- Cost of the hotel in Paris (two nights and two persons): 150-200 €. Here I have also delved a little deeper and found the Hotel Eden Montmartre for 150 € or the Cluny Sorbonne (Latin Quarter) that are well priced.
- Free tour of Paris with an English-speaking guide.
Total romantic getaway to Paris, Flight + hotel for two people: Between 380 and 430 Euros.
Oporto, The City of Bridges in a Weekend
Porto is a beautiful city that is very easily walkable. Whether on the banks of the Douro River, which belongs to the city of Oporto, or Vila Nova de Gaia, you will find many restaurants where you can dine with your partner and enjoy a special evening.
In addition, you will be able to visit the beautiful city center.
You can also take a boat ride on the Douro River, and if you want, very close to Oporto, you have a lot of villages and places to visit, some of them declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
You can visit some of the wine cellars whose name this city gets and which is famous all over the world. You can ride on Porto’s famous streetcars and visit the highest parts of the city.
If you want more details of what you can do in this city, you can visit our post-Porto in 2 days. What to see and do in Porto in a weekend.
Costs of the romantic getaway to Oporto
- Cost of the flight to Oporto (for two people)
- Cost of hotel in Oporto (two nights for two persons): Between 70 and 120 Euros. I have found two that I think you will like, they are Vivacity Oporto (65 €), and Casas do Teatro (95€). Let me know how they do, but they seem like a pretty safe bet.
- Free tour of Oporto with an English-speaking guide.
Total romantic getaway to Oporto, Flight + Hotel for two people: Between 330 and 400 Euros.
What you spend on food is your own business! But eating in Porto is pretty cheap compared with other European cities.
Rome, a getaway to the Eternal City
If I start writing about a romantic getaway and I don’t write about Rome it seems to me that I would leave an incomplete article.
Rome is, for me, the city of eternal surprises; every time I go there I discover new things and new monuments and places.
What this city has to offer in terms of possibilities and places to visit and get to know is absolutely impressive. But you can’t miss the Colosseum and its surroundings, including, of course, the Roman Forum.
At the other end of the forum is Piazza Venezia, and you are already approaching the center where Piazza Navona and the Pantheon of Agrippa are located.
From here, you can walk to the Trevi Fountain, which is finally restored, and end up in Piazza de Spagna and its famous staircase. If you want to go shopping, this is your place.
In the evening, you can walk along the banks of the Tiber from Castel Sant Angelo to the Fiume Tevere (half an hour) and enjoy and observe the beautiful night views of the city to end up in Trastevere, the neighborhood of love in Rome.
You will find many places and restaurants to dine with your partner and enjoy the moment alone and quiet.
Then if you want, you can walk to Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, where the basilica is one of the important monuments of this beautiful neighborhood.
Costs of a romantic getaway to Rome
- Cost of flight to Rome (two persons)
- Cost of hotel in Rome (two nights for two persons): 100-150 €. I have also selected two that I liked Your Rome in Piazza Mancini (90 €) and Vica Pota GuestHouse (100 €), although looking for these dates, there were few rooms available. Let me know.
Total romantic getaway to Rome: flight + hotel for two people: Between 450 and 500 Euros.
Florence, The City of Art
In this post, you will notice that I have some love for Italy; I can’t help it! It seems to me a beautiful country with charming and peculiar people. How could I not recommend Florence for a romantic getaway?
Florence is a special city, and its inhabitants, the Florentine, are by definition friendly and very accustomed to tourists, aware of how important it is for them.
Florence is a city where art is in the street, you don’t need to enter a museum to see real wonders, although if you decide to enter the Uffizi or the Accademia Gallery, you won’t regret it.
Florence is a city to walk around without haste, paying attention to everything because every detail will transport you to another time. It is really easy in this city to imagine how things were in another era, because sometimes it seems that nothing has changed.
If you want to get an idea of what Florence is like, from a general point of view, the best point is Piazza Michelangelo. From there, you can walk to the center because Florence is not very big, really.
You will cross the Ponte Vecchio, which has houses and stores. Take your time in Piazza della Signoria from where you can admire the detail of Palazzo Vecchio and where you can get close and see the replica of Michelangelo’s David in the middle of the street!
In addition to the Perseus with the head of Medusa or the Rape of the Sabine Women, some of them original.
Visit the Piazza della Repubblica on your way to the cathedral of Florence, which, for me, is the most beautiful in Italy. You can if you want to climb the Campanille but be prepared for climb the steps.
If you are there admiring the cathedral’s facade, turn around and look at the door of the Baptistery, it is a real work of art.
You can go for dinner with your partner to any of the countless restaurants in Florence and try the Bistec a la fiorentina, delicious.
If you want more information about Florence you can visit our post What to see in Florence in 3 days.
Costs of the romantic getaway to Florence
- Cost of flight to Florence (two persons)
- Cost of the hotel in Florence (two nights for two people): 80-120 €. I have selected two for you. Affittacamere A.Chiazza (108 €) y Olga’s House (120)
Total romantic getaway to Florence: flight + hotel for two people: Between 550 and 600 Euros
Madrid, stroll and dinner in traditional Madrid
Madrid, besides being the capital of Spain, is a magnificent destination for a romantic getaway, even if you are from Madrid!
If you are from Madrid, my recommendation is a rural cottage in any part of the “Sierra Norte” or Northwest of Madrid to get lost and enjoy a special weekend with your partner and you can also go to dinner at any of the excellent restaurants that you will find in that area, which are numerous.
If you feel like going out for dinner in Madrid, there is so much to choose from that it’s overwhelming. But do not miss a walk through the Madrid de los Austrias, from Cibeles up the Gran Via to Puerta del Sol.
From the Puerta del Sol you can walk along the Calle Mayor to the Plaza Mayor and from there down to the Plaza de Oriente you can enjoy the views of Madrid from the Royal Palace and go back up to the Puerta del Sol by Arenal.
Going up Arenal and very close to the Puerta del Sol is the chocolate shop San Ginés, if it is cold, it will suit you perfectly.
It is not an excessively long walk, but take your time; you will enjoy it.
For dinner, you have very close to the Huertas neighborhood, with plenty of restaurants with a very varied offers.
Recommendations in Madrid:
- What to see in Madrid in 3 days
- Get to know the oldest Madrid
- Free tour of Madrid
- Dinner + Flamenco show in the center of Madrid
Venice, Queen of the Adriatic
Well, I was telling you that my fondness for Italy was going to be noticeable in this post…. Venice is the city par excellence for lovers.
I remember the first time I went to Venice 12 years ago, and I went alone because I was going to meet a friend a little further down in Rome.
I was there for only one night, but I will never forget the fact that I only saw couples, couples everywhere, couples kissing, couples strolling, having dinner, chatting or dancing in Piazza San Marco.
Venice is a city to get to know on foot and without haste. If this time you decide to go to Venice, don’t try to get to know it in depth because it will be impossible. Rather, try to enjoy the city calmly, as if it were not about you.
Of course there are things one must see and do in Venice.
The first thing you’ll think is to take a ride on the Gondola; well, okay, I accept it as a topical cliché, but nothing more.
Venice is a conglomerate of islands in the Adriatic, the only thing that connects this conglomerate of islands with the mainland is an elevated bridge over which runs a railway and a road.
You can stay in Venice itself or you can stay in Venice Mestre which is inland but allows you to reach Venice by train in a matter of 15 minutes.
Already in Venice, it is difficult to recommend you what to see, you have to see it all, but for sure you have to be in Piazza San Marco, which is the nerve center of Venice and where there is also the famous Basilica of San Marco and very close to the Bridge of Sighs.
From there, crossing Per San Marco or following the course of the Grand Canal inland, you will reach the Rialto Bridge, a bridge that deserves a contemplative break.
It was not only a bridge, but it was also one of Venice’s main centers of commerce and an architectural masterpiece by Antonio da Ponte.
Enjoy a couple’s getaway and stroll through this wonderful city. Admire the palaces that flank the great canal or visit the countless churches, galleries, museums, and interesting buildings that inhabit it.
Costs of a romantic getaway to Venice
- Cost of flight to Venice (two persons)
- Hotel cost in Venice (two nights for two persons): 200-250 €. As for the rest, I have selected two that may be of interest Cosmo House, its location is very good (198 €), and Al Ponte Rialto (180€), I have seen this price while I had an offer of 42% less, I do not know if they will keep it when you look at it, if not Locanda Herion (180 €) also looks good for the location and area. They are not super luxury hotels; they are economical for their location.
Total romantic getaway to Venice, Flight + hotel for two people: Between 550 and 600 Euros
Bucharest, the little Paris of Romania
Bucharest, the vibrant capital of Romania, is a hidden treasure in Eastern Europe, rich in history and culture.
Walking through its streets, you will encounter a fascinating mix of architecture, from elegant Belle Époque buildings to imposing examples from the communist era.
One of the most emblematic landmarks is the gigantic Parliament Palace, the second-largest administrative building in the world, which stands out for its grandiose design and intriguing history.
Also, don’t miss the charming Old Town, known as Lipscani, where the cobblestone streets are lined with cafes, bars and stores, offering a lively atmosphere both day and night.
Check out the post about visiting Dracula’s castle (actually Vlad Tepes the Impaler’s).
Here you can find cheap flights. Take a look at the price for your travel dates.
Prague, Czech Republic
It is a fairytale city with its gothic architecture and cobblestone streets. During my week in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, I had the opportunity to explore its countless treasures, an experience I have yet to share in a post.
This city, known as the “City of a Hundred Towers,” captivated me with its impressive Gothic and Baroque architecture. Walking across the Charles Bridge at dawn, with its statues guarding the passage of the Vltava River, was a magical moment.
Prague Castle, dominating the skyline, is not only an architectural icon but also a journey through Czech history. The cobblestone streets of the Old City, the medieval astronomical clock and the hidden corners I discovered in the Jewish Quarter each brought their own history and charm.
Prague is a city that seduces with its beauty and rich history, and I promise I will write a post or several soon.
Known for its classical music, imperial palaces and cozy cafes. My brief one-day visit to Vienna barely skimmed the surface of what this majestic city has to offer.
With its rich cultural history, stunning architecture, and vibrant art scene, Vienna left me with a deep desire to explore it further. Strolling through its elegant streets, admiring the splendor of Schoenbrunn Palace, and losing myself in the majesty of the State Opera were unforgettable experiences, but clearly not enough.
Vienna is not just a destination; it is an enriching cultural experience perfect for a couple’s getaway.
Santorini, with its stunning landscape of whitewashed white houses and blue domes contrasting with the intense blue of the Aegean Sea, is the epitome of a romantic getaway.
This Greek gem is perfect for couples, offering magical sunsets that can be enjoyed from cozy terraces or during a leisurely stroll through the winding streets of Oia.
Unique beaches with colorful sands, from red to black, add a touch of adventure, while candlelit dinners in picturesque restaurants overlooking the sea create unforgettable moments.
Santorini not only enchants with its natural beauty but also its intimate and relaxing atmosphere, making it a dream destination for couples seeking a combination of romance, beauty and tranquility.
Visiting Bruges in Belgium is like stepping into a fairy tale, making it the perfect destination for a romantic getaway for two.
This charming town, with its serene and picturesque canals, stone bridges and cobblestone streets, offers an idyllic setting for hand-in-hand strolls.
Whether enjoying a leisurely boat ride on the canals or exploring the markets and cafes hidden in medieval squares, Bruges exudes an atmosphere of tranquility and romance.
The combination of its rich history, stunning architecture, and famous Belgian hospitality makes Bruges the perfect place to create unforgettable memories with that special someone.
Read more: Visiting Bruges in two days
Barcelona, with its unique blend of modernist art, vibrant street life and beautiful beaches, is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.
Strolling hand in hand through the magical Park Güell, with its colorful mosaics and panoramic views of the city, offers a moment of connection and artistic admiration.
The surreal architecture of Antoni Gaudí, especially the impressive Sagrada Familia, adds a touch of fantasy to the experience.
Evenings in Barcelona can be enjoyed with an intimate dinner at one of its many terrace restaurants, followed by a stroll through the lively streets of the Gothic Quarter.
The combination of culture, art, gastronomy, and urban beaches makes Barcelona an ideal destination for couples seeking both adventure and romance.
Read: What to see in Barcelona
Edinburgh, with its magical atmosphere and streets steeped in history, is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.
Walking hand in hand through the narrow lanes of the Royal Mile, exploring the mysterious nooks and crannies of the Old Town, and admiring the panoramic views from Edinburgh Castle creates an idyllic backdrop for love.
The city has a unique charm, blending the ancient with the modern, making it ideal for couples seeking both cultural adventures and intimate moments.
From enjoying a cozy coffee in one of the many quaint establishments to strolling through the tranquil Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh offers a variety of experiences to enjoy as a couple.
Read: What to see in Edinburgh.
Lisbon, with its unique blend of traditional charm and vibrant modernity, is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.
Strolling hand in hand through its steep, cobblestone streets, adorned with colorful tiles, creates an atmosphere of intimacy and adventure. The viewpoints scattered throughout the city offer breathtaking views, ideal for shared moments at sunset.
Enjoying an intimate dinner in one of its many restaurants with fado music in the background immerses couples in the melancholy and passion of Portuguese culture.
Lisbon is a city that invites you to fall in love, not only with each other but also with its welcoming atmosphere, rich history and vibrant city life.
Read: What to see in Lisbon
Budapest, with its captivating blend of history, culture and natural beauty, is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway for two.
Walking along its elegant avenues and crossing the iconic Chain Bridge, one cannot help but feel enveloped in a fairytale atmosphere.
The city, divided by the serene Danube, offers breathtaking panoramic views, especially at sunset when the lights illuminate the Buda Castle and the Parliament.
Budapest’s hot springs provide a unique and relaxing experience, perfect for couples.
Whether dining in a cozy riverside bistro, exploring the local markets, or simply strolling through the historic streets, Budapest offers a romantic and charming setting, ideal for creating unforgettable memories together.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam, with its charming intertwined canals, picturesque architecture, and relaxed atmosphere, is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.
For couples, the city offers a unique experience of intimacy and adventure, from boat rides along its serene canals to exploring the narrow streets full of history and culture.
Cozy cafes and restaurants along the water provide idyllic moments to enjoy a meal or a coffee while art and history abound in its famous museums such as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.
Evenings in Amsterdam are equally magical, whether strolling under the lights of its bridges or enjoying the vibrant nightlife. All this makes Amsterdam an ideal destination for couples looking to share memorable experiences in an urban yet romantic setting.
Read: What to see in Amsterdam
Dubrovnik, with its stunning location on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Walking hand in hand along the ancient city walls, with panoramic views of the crystal blue sea, creates unforgettable moments for any couple.
Its cobblestone streets and well-preserved architecture offer an intimate and charming atmosphere, ideal for exploring together.
Candlelit dinners in picturesque restaurants overlooking the sea, sunset strolls along the old harbor and warm evenings on terraces overlooking the illuminated fortresses – everything in Dubrovnik invites you to share unique and romantic experiences.
It is a destination that not only promises natural beauty and historical richness but also special and romantic moments that will be treasured forever.
Copenhagen, with its perfect combination of historic charm and cosmopolitan modernity, is the ideal destination for a romantic getaway for two.
As you walk through the city’s picturesque cobblestone streets, you will encounter colorful facades and tranquil canals that invite hand-in-hand strolls, creating intimate and memorable moments.
A visit to the idyllic Tivoli amusement park, especially at dusk when it is illuminated with thousands of lights, offers a fairy-tale atmosphere. In addition, the city’s cozy cafes and restaurants offer perfect spots to enjoy a romantic dinner or a coffee while watching the hustle and bustle of the city.
The combination of its vibrant cultural life, beautiful cityscapes, and relaxed atmosphere make Copenhagen a magical place to strengthen bonds and create unforgettable memories together.
To visit London as a couple is to immerse yourself in a world where history meets modernity, creating the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.
Strolling hand in hand along the Thames at sunset, overlooking the iconic Big Ben and the London Eye, offers a magical moment of connection.
London, with its cozy pubs, parks like Hyde Park, and West End theaters, offers various cultural and intimate experiences.
Enjoying afternoon tea in an elegant lounge or exploring the historic streets of Covent Garden, where music and street art add a special charm, are activities that enrich the bond and create unforgettable memories.
London, in its diversity and energy, is a destination that enchants couples, offering unique moments and an atmosphere of love and adventure.
One city I would definitely add to the list of romantic cities in Europe is Salzburg, Austria. This charming town, known for being the birthplace of Mozart and the setting of “The Sound of Music,” offers a magical and romantic atmosphere.
Strolling through the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its cobblestone streets and baroque architecture, is like stepping back in time.
The imposing Hohensalzburg Castle, which offers panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountains, is the perfect place for a memorable experience. In addition, the gardens of Mirabell Palace, with their intricate sculptures and fountains, are ideal for enjoying a quiet moment together.
Salzburg is also known for its rich musical tradition, so attending a concert in this city can be a truly romantic experience.
Overall, Salzburg combines history, culture, and natural beauty in a way that captivates visiting couples.
What about you? What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Tell us about it!
Last Updated on 5 December, 2023 by Veronica
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