Snuggle bear deserves the best vacation that money can buy, wouldn’t you agree? Grab your favorite adult beverage and curl up with your special someone, because you’re about to plan a Euro trip that will knock your rom-com loving socks off. Here are our picks for the top 10 European destinations for romance, amour, aimer, and more:
Take a break from gazing at each other for goodness’ sake. You’re going to steam up the café windows and miss out on walking along the River Seine. Kiss your Parisian partner in crime while snapping pictures of Notre Dame—just don’t try to make a beret look sexy during your travels, it’s impossible.
Buongiorno amore mio! The City of the Seven Hills awaits you. And what’s not to love about Rome? You can spend your days exploring famous sites like the Colosseum or Roman Forum, and your nights gorging yourself on the best pizza of your life. Remember to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish to Venus for everlasting love, and maybe for some heartburn relief (you really took down those meatballs quickly).
Take a stroll down the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh, a street built to take you and your love back in time. From Edinburgh Castle to the scenic grounds of Holyrood Palace, sparks should be flying on the historic trail. If seeing these cultured stops doesn’t light a fire under you, pop into a gift shop and buy some matching kilts. Nothing says romance like a Scottish breeze on your nether regions (9 out of 10 Loch Ness monsters agree).
Sangria and the soft sounds of Flamenco guitar set the mood in Spain. After sipping sweet wines, wander down cobblestone streets and sample tapas as you go. Whether you’re visiting La Sagrada Familia or kicking around a fútbol in Park Güell, Barcelona is the perfect place to rekindle an old flame. Just ask the fortune teller on the corner what she thinks about your relationship; she would love to read your palm and divulge the intimate secrets of the universe to you—for a price.
Ireland is the best country in the world, and its inhabitants will be the first to tell you so. Just ask the little leprechaun doing a jig in the corner…wait, maybe you’ve been sampling a wee bit much of the local whiskey. Put down the pint glass to amble through green fields and explore rugged mountains. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral while holding hands, and pick up matching Claddagh rings to bring home a souvenir steeped in tradition.
Coast the Grand Canal together in an iconic gondola, floating under Rialto Bridge while comparing your man with the legendary lover, Casanova (but don’t feel like you need to verbalize your findings to him, some things are better left unsaid). Explore the Baroque buildings of the city on foot, ending the day in St. Mark’s Square as the sun sets. Share a cup of stracciatella gelato, or better yet, wolf one down while your lover’s in the bathroom. Believe me, once you taste it, you’ll want it all to yourself.
Prague, Czech Republic
Ruled by Gothic buildings and the River Vltava, Prague is rich with history, but there’s an exotic nightlife also to be found within this grandiose setting. Color your romance with some after-dark activities by visiting one of the fast-paced nightclubs in Old Town and seeing what the local DJs have in store. Or you can keep the dirty dancing to a minimum and check out the Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral instead.
Crete, Greek Isles
Looking to pair European class with sunny seclusion? That’s the allure of a getaway to Crete, an island bound by the Aegean Sea and the calm Mediterranean. Take a short drive to Balos Beach and cuddle up while gazing across green lagoons. Adventurous couples can find their way to nude beaches for a little sun bathing au naturale. Just make sure you don’t post any pictures of your nudist escapades on social media–your Gram-Gram just friended you on Facebook, remember?
Riding bicycles in the countryside? Check. Marveling at massive fields of lavender? Check. Dining along the French Riviera? Check. Provence is a must for lovebirds, what with the sun, surf, and sexiness that’s associated with the city. Swing past Aix-en-Provence for a strong cup of coffee at an outdoor café, or treat yourself and your honey by soaking in a Roman thermal bath.
Scandinavian love and sweet lingonberries! That’s a mouthful to say aloud, but the Swedish are delivering exactly those two romantic (and delicious) items. Take a night ride to Brasserie Le Rouge for a burlesque experience that rivals Paris’ nightlife. While you’re in town, do your best to keep your Swedish Chef impersonation to yourself; people probably aren’t familiar with Jim Henson’s creation.
Those are our top 10…what about yours? Where is the most romantic spot you’ve ever visited?