10 ROMANTIC GETAWAYS
IN EUROPE 2018
Fancy a little luxury in your life? We've uncovered the top romantic getaways in Europe to escape to this year, and if you book early (or late) you can sink into that infinity pool knowing you've saved big. Browse our list of star-studded city breaks for couples or jet to short haul sands instead.
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 views that give Santorini a run for its money, Fiskardo is a gorgeous setting for romantic getaways in 2018. This stylish town on Kefalonia's north tip is brimming with waterfront restaurants, candy-coloured buildings and designer boutiques, not to mention a chic harbour, making it one of the best beach holidays in Europe. 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.
When To Visit Fiskardo?
Visiting Fiskardo in June is perfect for couples holidays, when daytime temperatures are a toasty 27°C. 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 a 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 too, 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.
When To Visit The Italian Lakes?
The best time to visit the lakes are from April to June and from mid-September to October. The Lakes attract a more mature, sophisticated crowd than the average beach resort. Perfect for romantic weekend getaways.
THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL
Experience Portugal at its most postcard-perfect on the Algarve coastline, with beautifully located 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 seafood restaurants, enjoy a round of golf 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.
When to Visit Portugal?
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 Seine, 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.
When To Visit Paris?
The best time to visit Paris is from June to August and from September through October. Paris will always be the city of lovers but it's also a great weekend break for couples 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.
When To Visit Venice?
Any time of the year is good to visit Venice, but September to November is lean tourist period. 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 one of the best destinations for beach holidays in Europe. With classy cocktail bars, pool parties and celebs aplenty, you'll experience all the romance of a Spanish holiday with a vibrant spread of clubs, bars and restaurants thrown in too. 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.
When To Visit Marbella?
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! March to November is a good time to visit.
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 Mountains 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.
When To Visit Palma?
The best time to visit Palma is during the spring season between March and May, when the weather is pleasant during the day and cooler in the evenings - ideal for wandering around the moonlit town squares.
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.
When To Visit Turkey?
The summers are super hot in Turkey, so the best time to travel would be during the Spring (April - May) and Autumn (September - November) months when the weather isn't too overwhelming.
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.
When To visit Lanzarote?
November to April, and July and August are the best months to visit Bodrum. Sunworshippers and those who fancy good nightlife and endless beach fun head here.
Geneva in Switzerland is an up and coming weekend holiday 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.
When To Visit Geneva?
Unfortunately, peak times of June - August are the best for travelling to Geneva when the weather is at its warmest and summer is in full swing.