Although international travel is still a way off, there’s nothing stopping us daydreaming about our next holiday destinations! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, and love in the air, I thought I’d share 5 romantic destinations in Europe to visit after lockdown…
I’m starting with a place that holds a special place in my heart, Santorini. It’s breathtaking views and romantic sunsets are two of the reasons why I love this island so much, but it’s also the place where Jack got down on one knee…
A popular proposal, wedding and honeymoon destination, Santorini is one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. It’s iconic whitewashed villages and blue domed churches make it instantly recognisable all around the world. It’s such a magical place, which truly feels like no other.
Romantic things to do in Santorini:
- Watch the sunset in Oia
- Taste fine wines at Santo Wines
- Hike over the volcano
- Swim in the hot springs
Another picturesque island, with an equally romantic feel is Venice. With it’s winding canals, cobblestone paths and beautiful bridges, Venice offers something new and breathtaking around every corner.
Get lost wondering through the little alleys, gaining a real feel for Venice’s unique charm. Check out my Top 5 Things to do in Venice here.
Romantic things to do in Venice:
- A gondola ride for two
- Dinner with a canal view
- Stroll around the Castello district
- Visit the Libreria Acqua Alta
Now this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the “City of Love” itself. In Paris, romance is literally all around you. Iconic symbols of love dominate the city, including the Wall of Love, the Musée de la Vie Romantique and of course, the Eiffel Tower.With its stunning architecture, intimate restaurants and secret garden courtyards, it’s no wonder Paris is seen as the destination to celebrate love.
Romantic things to do in Paris:
Verona is an enchanting place to visit, with its relaxed atmosphere, ancient buildings and charming cobbled streets. Shakespeare himself chose Verona as the home of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Although this play is fictional, there was historically a lot of family rivalry in Verona. Families built fortresses around the city, two of which belonged to the Capulets and the Montagues.
Juliet’s House, which homes both Juliet’s balcony and statue, is open to the public as a museum. When visiting, attach a padlock to the gate, leave a letter in the cracks of the walls and don’t forget to touch Juliet’s statue for luck in love!
Romantic things to do in Verona:
- Stand on Juliet’s balcony
- Attach a love lock at Juliet’s House
- Stroll around the Piazza Erbe
- Watch an opera at Verona Arena
And last but of course not least, Rome. A city where romance is truly in abundance, Rome has no shortage of charming settings. Every experience is magical, whether you’re tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain, admiring the Sistine Chapel or exploring the Colosseum.
Romantic things to do in Rome: