Top 10 Romantic getaways in Europe 2017
Fancy a little luxury in your life? Need some rest and relaxation with your partner? We've uncovered the top romantic getaways in Europe for this year, and if you book early you can save hundreds on picturesque boltholes and be sinking into infinity pools or a luxe spa in not time! Choose from colourful city breaks to glittering sands and picture-perfect sunkissed beaches and have a year to remember.
If you want to do it all in 24 hours, our top European day trip destinations are all perfect for a quick 24-hour getaway! Who says you never have time to travel...
Great value and better views than Santorini! Head to Fiskardo for your romantic getaways in 2017 and be ahead of the jet set. This stylish town on Kefalonia's north tip is brimming with waterfront restaurants, candy-coloured buildings and designer boutiques, not to mention a glamarous harbour that's fit for the stars. With beautiful hotels to choose from, holidays to Kefalonia are perfect for a romantic week away whatever your budget - especially as Kefalonia can be much cheaper than other Greek islands. There are plenty of gorgeous places to visit in Greece, whether you're want an idyllic island getaway or a buzzing city break. Want spa, sea and serenity? Take a look at our top 7 relaxing holidays for more inspiration.
Fiskardo boasts stunning Venetian buildings and a fine array of bars and restaurants line the harbour where billionaires moor their yachts. Tassia is a family run restaurant on the harbour with an innovative chef-owner and beautiful views. Don't miss hiring a motorboat or catamaran to sail to nearby Ischia.
Perfect for couples holidays, in summer you’ll be rubbing shoulders with a well-heeled Italian crowd.
ITALIAN LAKES, ITALY
Nothing says luxury like the Italian lakes and nothing says romance like an holiday to Italy. Travel to Venice and spend time admiring the idyllic waterways and artistic wonders, including breathtaking Lake Garda - the largest lake in Italy. Lake Como and Lake Maggiore are located just an hour from Milan and make for memorable day trips if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Stroll through the enchanting gardens and vibrant towns that surround the water, or book a boat excursion to visit the 18th Century Villa that starred in James Bond!
Browse our must-see guide to amazing Italy for a round-up of resorts, attractions and sights.
No matter if you can’t bag an invite to George Clooney’s famous Lake Como Villa - resorts including lovely Lake Garda, chic Desenzano and Sirmione with its great choice of spas just ooze old-school Italian glamour.
The Lakes attract a more mature, sophisticated crowd than the average beach resort. Perfect for families and couples looking for a cultured trip.
THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL
Experience Portugal at its most postcard-perfect on the Algarve coastline, with its beautiful hotels and almost endless golden sandy beaches. From majestic clifftop views to quiet fishing ports, you'll be spoilt for choice. Check out Vilamoura’s chic marina, dine in Albufeira's delicious restaurants and bars and shop till you drop in pretty Portimao. Better still, you can grab a deal with our all inclusive last minute holidays to Portugal and start packing for the beach today!
Not only does the Algarve boast some of the best golf courses in Europe, it’s also a fabulous spa destination. Many hotels have fantastic on-site spa facilities, but if you want a deliciously deluxe spa experience, head to the Longevity Wellness Resort near Monchique or the Bella Vista near Portimao. For a romantic dinner head to the pretty fishing village of Alvor where you'll find traditional fish restaurants and open grills jostling for space. The town has a family friendly vibe is pedestrianised - enjoy grilled fish on the town quay.
Sunshine spa breaks are perfect for couples holidays and girly groups.
If you fancy a little ooh-la-la in your life, there’s nowhere better than Paris. The city of love is bound to top any list of romantic getaways. Spend a day ticking off the iconic sights such as the spectacular Notre Dame, Louvre and iconic Eiffel Tower and why not take a romantic river cruise down the Siene, before stopping for a bite to eat with a beautiful view. If you want to explore the lesser known streets and sights, have a look at our handy guide to stepping off the beaten track in Paris.
From the cool boutiques of Le Marais to the decadent designer labels of the Champs-Elysees, nowhere does high-end shopping quite like a Paris holiday. Indulge in an alfresco brunch at a grand café such as Café de la Paix, before hitting the shops with your other half. Then finish a romantic day out with dinner at the iconic 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant, for spectacular food served with the scenery to match.
Paris will always be the city of lovers but it’s also a great weekend break for those who love to shop!
Venice holidays are perfect for romantic getaways in Europe and are a hit with food lovers around the world! Soak up the sights on a tour of the Venetian masters of art, indulge in great gelatos and head for the finest fashion spot, L’O.Ft. Once you've soaked up the gorgeous surroundings on a Gondola ride, take a day trip to one of the idyllic neighbouring islands of Murano and Burano and pick up some traditional souvenirs.
Indulge in a gondola ride on the canal, passing under the Bridge of Sighs before a leisurely stroll around St Mark’s Square (gelato in hand) at sunset. St Mark’s Basilica and the Doges’ Palace are the top two attractions to tick off, too.
Venice is the ultimate destination for couples who want to soak up the scenery and watch the sun set.
If you’re searching for Spanish sun, sea and smouldering nightlife, Marbella is the Mediterranean jewel you've been looking for. With classy cocktail bars, pool parties and celebs a plenty, you'll get all the romance of a Spanish holiday with a good spread of bars and restaurants to enjoy. Of course you'll want to stay in style while you're here, so search for our 5 star hotels in Marbella and make the most of this marvellous destination.
Plus, if you've ever wondered what's cool about the Costas, we've got everything you need to know.
When dusk falls there’s no shortage of places to dance the night away, so if you’re looking for a lively evening, get the party started at one of Marbella’s beach clubs such as Nikki Beach. Make sure you check out the designer boutiques, billionaire yachts and bling-tastic bars in the harbour of neighbouring Puerto Banus.
This is a place where teeth are white, torsos are tanned and sunglasses are designer! Alongside friends and couples enjoying some Spanish sunshine, you’re sure to spot the odd celeb or two in Marbella!
If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, this Majorcan capital combines beaches, boutiques and beautiful scenery. Relax on the sandy beaches, explore the pretty village of Deia in the Tramuntana Mounains and, most importantly, enjoy a well-earned siesta when you settle into our all inclusive holidays in Majorca!
After you’ve visited the stunning La Seu Cathedral, Bellver Castle and Almudaina Palace, Palma offers ample opportunities to try tapas like you’ve never tasted before dancing the night away. It’s also a designer shopping hotspot.
Palma is perfect for romantic, couples holidays. Hit the beautiful tapas bars of the old town and then relax on the beach on a lounger for two!
For sun lovers looking for a little couples time, Turkey is a great bet. Head straight for the glistening waterfront and admire the glorious sandy beach, beautiful bobbing boats and beachside promenade that's abuzz with activity. Away from the water you'll find fabulous boutiques, colourful markets and the town has a great choice of hotels and accommodation to enjoy on your Turkey holidays.
We've rounded up the top holiday resorts in Turkey so you can sit back, relax and make the most of the Turqouise Coast!
The outdoor nightclub Halikarnas is where the beautiful people head to see and be seen on hot summer nights. Add to that designer boutiques, brilliant beaches and a super-chic bar and restaurant scene and you’ve got all the ingredients for a cool couples getaway.
If you’re a fashion fan than Bodrum is the one to book, Kate Moss travels to this part of Turkey - and where she leads, the cool set follow.
LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS
Great for perking up your partner in those winter months - the Canary Islands offer sunshine all year round. When you’re not sunbathing on the beaches, catch a catamaran to neighbouring islands or wine and dine in Los Jameos del Agua. We have a fantastic range of 5 star hotels in Lanzarote to choose from, whenever you feel like a little luxury!
Resorts like Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise are ideal for an upmarket escape from the UK weather. Unlike other Canary Islands, Lanzarote has escaped building on a mass scale and boasts brilliant volcanic beaches, delicious cuisine, a vibrant art scene and scenery to die for.
Sunworshippers and those who fancy good nightlife and endless beach fun.
For a quick romantic getaway, you can’t beat a European city break and Geneva in Switzerland is an up and coming weekend gem! Adventurous couples can cross the Switzerland-France border and explore the pretty Alpine town of Chamonix, whilst laid back visitors can soak up some luxury at Bains des Paquis Spa, before enjoying an evening in lively Chat Noir.
No one does luxury chocolates and watches better than the Swiss and you’ll find plenty to choose from here. Add to that the stunning Alp-framed Lake Geneva and the world’s tallest fountain, the Jet D’Eau, and you have all you need for a real treat of a break.
Geneva holidays are perfect for romance, but if you’re visiting with family and friends, there’s plenty of places to let your hair down in the bars of the Paquis quarter.