Is it time to plan a romantic, swoon-worthy trip to Europe? Sounds great. Though we suggest looking a bit further than the traditional lovey-dovey cities like Paris or Rome, and instead dig a little deeper – you might be surprised. So here, check out our list of top underrated romantic towns in Europe!
Set in the central Netherlands, Utrecht might not come to mind as a very romantic city, but that is only because you never had the time to consider it! It is actually a very sensual and cozy part of the country, with beautiful restaurants and city lights. You can also dine near the canal, which creates a lovely atmosphere, or take a boat ride in said waters!
Forget Madrid and Barcelona for a minute. If you are looking for a less-known, fairytale-looking city to spend some time with your loved one, head to Segovia instead. Have a date night surrounded by many picturesque castles and lights that will make you dizzier than the wine. We suggest dining in the evening or at sunset – that is when the city’s true beauty comes to life. Fun fact – the Alcazar castle is so captivating that it is said to have been a huge inspiration for the famous Disney castle!
The city of love songs and scenic surroundings. For many tourists, Positano might be known as the city of fun and partying, but it is actually a very calm and charming place as well. It is a popular choice for honeymooners, as you can spend days soaking up the sun and relaxing at the beach, and in the evenings, you can enjoy a fabulous meal near the coast, accompanied by wine and live music.
Yes, do not forget the Baltics! Contrary to popular belief, countries in this area are not dim and gloomy – they are actually delightful! Take, for example, Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn. There may not be sandy, white beaches with the sun constantly streaming down your face, but you will get to enjoy the ruggedness of an old city, the Old Town, traditional Baltic food, and the blissful quietness of the city, where the two of you will have all the time in the world.
Nisyros Island, Greece
In the heart of Aegean sea lies the beautiful island of Nisyros. Its beauty is in the picturesque surroundings created by the volcano and the untouched greenery. Nisyros is probably the best choice if you want to spend your time unbothered by tourists and noise. It is not very well-known, so you can explore everything hand-in-hand with your lover in complete serenity and relaxation.
Famous for its canals, top-tier restaurants, and medieval architecture, Bruges is a must-see city to visit if you are on a romantic holiday. And there is something else that everyone loves about this city, especially the couples – chocolate, as sweet as sin. Visit chocolatiers and discover new flavors together, and this will be the most precious part of your trip. There is even a Lake of Love. Originally known as Lake Minnemeyer, it was nicknamed after the local folk love story of passionate romance between a town girl named Mina and a warrior named Stromberg. A coin in the lake guarantees a lifetime of happiness!
Ticino is said to be the perfect mix between Switzerland and Italy. That is because the city is located at the border of Italy! This might also be the perfect choice for couples who like to spend their time actively and outdoors. We are talking about a 200 km long hike across the Riviera del Gambarogno, a breathtaking landscape between Lake Maggiore and the mountains. Aside from the greenery and fantastic views of the mountains, you will also come across the Botanical Garden of Gambarogno, where flora and fauna will take your breath away once again. After a tiring and active day, you can settle in one of the cozy yet luxurious hotels and have dinner at the most popular restaurants.
Now you have more choices for your next romantic holiday, rather than the well-known, popular picks that, while beautiful, are probably packed with travelers while beautiful. So, go by our list once again when planning your itinerary. However, keep in mind that no matter where you go and what you see, what matters the most is that you spend time with your loved one! So, have a wonderful, romantic trip!