Having been to over half of the countries within Europe (34 of the 51), I would say I have gotten to know the place fairly well. Add this with the fact that I’m a sucker for beautiful things that pull at the heart strings and you could only guess I have tried to source out the most romantic places this continent has to offer. And don’t think these locations are only destined for the loved up couples, because these places will make you fall in love in a different kind of way. And this love won’t steal all the covers and chew with its mouth open.
15. Positano, Amalfi or Sorrento, Italy
Beautiful towns a top or on stunning cliff lines, with views over the sea, these towns are romantic and beautiful. Positano is the most beautiful town I have ever been to and Amalfi also hosts as much charm but can get on the pricey side to stay. Otherwise, Sorrento is a perfect base to explore the Amalfi coast with so many great day trips available including views of Pompeii over the bay, which can also be another optional day trip. All towns have amazing views, nice dining, unique shopping options and small town feels.
14. Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
A stunning small town centered around the beautiful ‘Old Bridge’ with many opportunities for hikes or water sports. Enjoy the peace and quiet of this small town but make sure to check out Kravice Falls nearby and the beautiful town of Blacaj.
13. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is fast becoming one of the biggest hotspots in Europe, mostly due to the beautiful locations used to film much of the popular TV series, Game of Thrones. Take a cable car up the mountain and dine watching the sun set over the city, hang out at the infamous Buza Bar (a bar on the side of a cliff) or walk around the city walls for picturesque views.
12. Salzburg, Austria
Enjoy this charming town by walking through the gardens that were the backdrop for scenes in The Sound of Music. Visit a real life castle and eat delicious Austrian dishes like schnitzel and struddle. What more could you want?
11. Seville, Spain
The architecture in this vibrant city is enough to make your heart melt. The beautiful Plaza de Espana (pictured) has even been the backdrop for many movies and TV series (Game of Thrones again).
10. Venice, Italy
Riding a gondola through the water streets of Venice, sipping champagne and being serenaded by your gondolier. I don’t think I need to say more.
9. Brugge, Belgium
This beautiful small town in Belgium is filled with cute canals, unique ‘lego-like’ buildings and great shopping. Belgian waffles by morning, Belgian chocolate for the afternoon and Belgian beer by night. Perfect. Make sure to check out the 2be Beer Wall for a unique selection.
8. Paris, France
Cliche, but true, Paris is one of the most romantic places you could find. River cruises, fantastic dining, stunning architecture and of course, the dazzling Eiffel Tower.
7. Ljubljana, Slovenia
If a picture says a thousand words, then this should say a thousand eloquent ones. Here, find colorful buildings, stunning bridges and plant life like no other city I’ve seen. The river is lined with restaurants and Lake Bled is a short trek away (which is voted higher on this list).
6. Kotor, Montenegro
Climb up to the fort for these picturesque views or enjoy the dining and entertainment inside the old town walls. The Bay of Kotor is Europe’s southernmost fjord and the rocky coastline makes for a stunning view at every turn.
5. Hvar, Croatia
Beaches, sunset bars, waterfront restaurants and opportunities to take day trips to the Blue and Green caves and it’s no wonder its one of the up and coming hotspots of Europe.
4. Porto, Portugal
The birthplace of Port wine, there are many cellars offering cheap cellar tours and tastings. This is also a perfect place to try the favored dish of the Portugese, Bacalhau (cod). Enjoy your meal with stunning views as most of the city is situated on a descending slope, down to a large river.
3. Colmar, France
This town seriously looks like it has been plucked from the set of Sleeping Beauty or Snow White. Colmar is influenced by German and Swiss architecture as it is just over the border of both and whilst you won’t find copious amounts of things to do here, you can visit their ‘Little Venice’ and just relax.
2. Santorini, Greece
The most amazing views and perfect summer weather. All of the greek islands are equally as beautiful in their own way, but Santorini tops the list for the most romantic. Go hiking, enjoy the natural hot springs near the center of the volcano or gaze at the beautiful sunsets every night.
1. Lake Bled, Slovenia
Nothing says romance quite like one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, that includes a church on a small island in the middle and a castle upon a cliff watching over it. There are many hikes you can take to get the best view of the lake or head up to the Blejski Grad (Bled Castle). Row a boat out to the island for some ‘Notebook’ worthy love scenes.
Let me know what European towns or cities you would include in this list.