When couples think of a romantic vacation spot, they often look at Paris, Rome or Venice. These small European towns will have you thinking twice about where to take your loved one for a romantic getaway. Sail down the quiet and serene canals, take a walk though ancient towns and have a drink in age-old hidden wineries during your perfect vacation with your other half.
The picturesque village on the western shore of Austria has only 946 inhabitants as of 2001 with the population pretty much staying the same, ever since. The town itself is beautiful with the classic homes reflecting upon the glassy lake as you arrive by ferry. The evenings provide a romantic and private setting with many candlelit restaurants for an intimate evening.
On the clifftop town on the island of Sicily, Taormina provides the perfect setting for gazing onto Mount Etna, admiring the stunning sunsets and blue shorelines of the Ionian Sea. The ancient ruins will keep you inspired and the small cafe’s in the town serving up authentic Italian cuisine will keep you satisfied. The famous Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is situated there, providing the perfect stay for lovers.
When the British poet Lord Byron said that mountaintop Sintra was perhaps the best view in the world, he wasn’t lying. The incredible monument provides incredible views from every angle and might be the perfect backdrop for a proposal. The iconic nature of the site has been recognized worldwide and it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Giethoorn, the Netherlands
The village of Geithoorn in northern Holland has been named the ‘Venice of the North’ for its serene canals. The thatched roofs on the small houses, the wooden bridges and the tree-lined footpaths make it look like something out of a fairytale storybook. The whole place is blissfully quiet with an ancient town feel to it. If you’re looking to get away from the big city for some peace and quiet, look no further. Row down the canals with your loved one taking in the vibrant colors and sounds of nature.
In northeastern France, you can find the Renaissance town of Colmar. Tour the pastel colored, ancient architecture from a small boat on the canal, flanked by bright pink flowers and wooden walkways. The church in the town is a must-visit and day trips to the winery provides couples will an intimate and relaxing drink in the authentic winery, far away from the tourists and cameras.