Some destinations breathe pure romance when just thinking about them. The typical romantic weekend getaways on most people’s lists are probably Venice, Paris and Prague. Some places we’ve visited were for us perfect romantic getaways, although most people would not think so at first glance.
With Valentine’s day coming up, it’s time for a recap of our ultimate romantic getaway destinations which we have visited in the last years.
5 offbeat romantic European getaways
Lucerne is an attractive city on the shore of Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. Historic houses, the lakeside setting and the surrounding snow capped mountains make Lucerne a wonderful and romantic destination. The main attraction of the city is the stunning medieval Chapel bridge in the city centre, which is one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe.
The surrounding area also offers many exciting and relaxing activities. Various cable cars can take you up to the mountains for skiing, or hiking, small towns surrounding the lake are beautiful to visit and even boat cruises on the lake can be done.
Visiting Lucerne will give your getaway an enchanting winter wonderland atmosphere.
Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
Situated in the south western part of Italy, the Amalfi coast makes a good romantic destination in Europe. Sorrento is a lovely city off the Italian coast, surrounded by dozens of lemon orchards. It’s a perfect place to indulge in the local Italian cuisine and to try the delicious limoncello. With public or own transport it’s easy to drive around the Amalfi coast and visit the little and picturesque villages built on the rocky cliffs.
The Amalfi coast is a scenic stretch of coastline situated on the southern banks of the bay of Naples. The most known towns are Amalfi, Positano and Ravello, with their colourful houses, stairways and mazes of narrow streets perched on the steep slopes of the dramatic cliffs. The picturesque area is best seen by driving along the narrow winding roads or by public transport, by which you can soak up the magnificent view even more. Enjoy the scent of the lemon blossoms and the mediterranean vegetation while enjoying the wonderful italian cuisine with a good local wine.
Sorrento makes an excellent base to explore the Amalfi coast. It has a lovely historical centre, lot’s of romantic restaurants and plenty of souvenir shops. Sorrento is also known for its production of “limoncello”. In February, the weather is pretty mild and large amounts of tourists are not present yet.
Also known as the Venice of the north, Bruges is a well preserved medieval city in Belgium with lot’s to offer for romantic souls. Take a boat tour on the canals in the city, indulge in the culinary delights, stroll hand in hand along the tiny picturesque streets and enjoy the views of the beautiful squares. Don’t forget to take a walk to the Minnewater park, with its “Lake of Love”.
Bruges is a great destination for a weekend getaway, sleep in one of the quaint hotels along the canals and taste the local cuisine while soaking up the special atmosphere of the city.
Most people would choose Barcelona over Madrid for a city trip in Spain. Madrid may not be as famous for its buildings as is Barcelona, Paris or Rome, but it nevertheless has a good selection of majestic buildings dissected by wide avenues. The beautiful and charming city centre brings a great contrast when visiting Madrid. Furthermore with 3 major museums (Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Bornemisa) Madrid has a very rich art collection making it any art lover’s heaven.
During recent years, Madrid has become somewhat of a culinary capital. Basically there is a lot for everyone, little bars for eating delicious tapas to some of the finest restaurants in the country.
The parque del buen Retiro is a green lung in the middle of the city centre, being one of the most favourite places to hang out during the weekends. Walking distance from the bustling city, you can find peace and quietness here, take a boat ride on the lake, or visit the beautiful buildings in the park. Once the gardens of the Royal house, it is now open to the public and a favourite place to hang out for a lot of local Madrilenos. Madrid has a lot to offer for everyone, including romantic souls for a weekend getaway.
Amsterdam provides a great setting for a romantic European getaway. The whole city is like an open air museum with countless narrow streets and many canals (grachten) to enhance this feeling. It is a very laid back and pleasant city which does not have the typical busy feeling of some of the other European capitals.
Amsterdam has a very international atmosphere, with lot’s of restaurants from countless different cultures, all to try with your loved one. When staying overnight, the lights along the water give that surreal romantic setting when walking hand in hand over the cobbled streets.
What is your favourite romantic European getaway?