Planning a romantic weekend away? Looking for a place to propose? There are some amazing places perfect for Brits looking to wine and dine, pop the question or snuggle up in their hotel room not too far away. Here are 10 of our best.
Paris had to top the romantic charts really, didn’t it? Whether you are walking along the Champ Elysees or taking in the beauty of the River Seine, Paris has romantic spots a-plenty. Holding hands climbing the Eiffel Tower or simply strolling around the pretty streets is what Paris is all about.
With its stunning architecture and mysterious passageways, Venice is the perfect hideaway for lovers. Glide down one of its many canals in a gondola, dine by candlelight on northern Italian dishes, and take a moonlit stroll through Piazza San Marco. Romance is guaranteed.
With its cosmopolitan Riviera air, fabulously fashionable stores and restaurants and azure Mediterranean backdrop, Nice is the perfect location for love. Cours Saleya flower market and the inspiring Matisse Museum add colour to romantic rambles round the city, and the plethora of marinas, galleries and Roman ruins add further interest.
Buda and Pest, the two distinct halves of the Hungarian capital, cling tightly together on either side of the river Danube. The atmospheric, narrow streets of the Paris of the East are perfect for strolling, and Margaret Island, the heart of the Danube, makes for a charming, romantic excursion. Best is to visit the old bath houses and relax floating in the water.
Attracting visitors from all parts of the world, Majorca is a dreamy island destination in the Mediterranean Sea, just off the south-east coast of Spain. There’s something for every taste – beaches and coves, a spectacular mountain range, romantic fishing villages and a rustic countryside dotted with almond and olive groves.
Start a love affair with the most popular Ionian island. Basking off the Albanian coast, captivating Corfu is a beguiling place for romance. The passionate island is dotted with villages of whitewashed houses, Byzantine churches and Venetian fortresses. Corfu town offers exciting nightlife in its charming, cobbled streets.
Enjoy a truly romantic views and breathtaking sunsets on the island of Santorini. Wander through cobblestoned streets or relax at a friendly local restaurant hanging off the side of the island.
Mykonos teems with tourists in the summer, but travel in the spring or fall to this most popular Greek island in the Aegean Sea and find your romantic paradise. Watch the sunsets from under the windmills on the hill, or have an intimate dinner at a fine restaurant tucked away in a backstreet.
You might feel like Hollywood royalty as you promenade along La Croisette, but mind the media frenzy that engulfs Cannes in May during the famous film festival. Many of the world-class hotels in this delightful Mediterranean town on the French Riviera offer romantic holiday packages that combine glamour with seclusion.
It doesn’t get much more romantic than the magical isle of Capri. While the surreal Blue Lagoon is the main attraction, other delightfully romantic spots to dawdle in include the Arco Naturale, used as a water shrine by the Romans, the lush Augustus Gardens and the remains of Villa Jovis.