Secluded Romantic European Destinations: Where to Go in Europe for Ultimate Romance 

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Are you in love and want to treat your other half to the best romantic trip in Europe? Do you want to ignite that fire in your relationship once more? Either way, this article is all you need to surprise your significant other with the most dreamy and exclusive vacations. Keep reading to discover the top romantic European destinations off the beaten path!

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The Most Romantic European Destinations


In no particular order, these are some of the best romantic European destinations that you need to check out with your better half!

Aveiro: A Lesser-Known Venice in Portugal

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Venice might be one of the most romantic places in the world, but it lags in seclusion.

Thankfully, Portugal’s Aveiro is the perfect substitute that combines the charm of water canals with its quiet setting, not to mention its unique and colorful architecture.

When it comes to activities, you are again spoiled with choices. You can start by enjoying a boat ride through Aveiro’s canals in a colorful and traditional Moliceiro boat.

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Next up, go for a relaxing edxperience at spa in the salines, stroll the wooden walkways by the river, or taste the local cuisine.

And for some time in nature, hike the hills of the nearby reserve, or cruise the city onboard the traditional boats named Moliceiros. 

Top Aveiro Experience: Cruise the canals of Aveiro aboard a traditional Moliceiro boat. Explore the city streets on a guided walking tour of the old Beira Mar neighborhood and the Aveiro Fish Market. Check out more details here

Clock here to find accommodation in Aveiro.

Seville: Where the Love Dance was Born

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Plaza de España, Seville.

In neighboring Spain, Seville is one of the best European destinations for young couples.

Not only will you get all the privacy you need, but you’ll enjoy plenty of options for entertainment.

Dining and bar-hopping are big here. And, of course, you have all the attractions, such as the lovely Santa Cruz district with its characteristic balconies full of flowers.

Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the beautiful medieval palace of the Royal Alcázar is another sight you don’t want to miss. Check out the price for entry tickets here.

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Alcazar, Seville.

But if I had to choose one activity you cannot miss as a couple in Seville, that would be attending a traditional flamenco show.

Imagine a passionate couple dancing on a tiny stage of a slightly dimmed small room and hearing the echo of their shoes clapping harmoniously with the floor.

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Oviedo: One of the Most Secluded Romantic Getaways in Europe

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On the other side of Spain, Oviedo is an underrated yet exceptionally captivating destination for couples in Europe.

Especially if you are after relaxing holidays in a pristine environment, you are at a perfect location.

You’ll be surrounded by tall mountains and lush vegetation, making you feel like you are in the countryside.

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Factor in the city’s charming plazas, lush parks, and winding streets, and you understand what makes Oviedo so unique.

And if that is not enough, the city is full of historical wonders and foodie spots that will keep surprising you every night.

…I don’t mean only taste-wise; there is live music in several local restaurants almost daily! Now, that’s a romantic experience worth remembering.

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Champagne: The Name-Giver of Your Marriage’s Favorite Drink

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Whether you’re married or not, chances are you have opened a bottle of sparkling wine for a special occasion.

Now, you can do the same at the place of origin with the real thing! You won’t easily find any better sparkling wine in the world. 

And you know what? Where there is good wine, there is good cheese. Put differently, you’ll get to try one of the most delicious parts of French cuisine in its authentic form.

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Still, Champagne is a lot more than the name implies. Think of a picturesque landscape with tons of greenery and colorful buildings of typical French architecture.

The region cries for a road trip! A romantic road trip, I may add.

Menton: A Quieter Version of Cosmopolitan Nice

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If you want to visit the French Riviera and avoid the crowds in Nice, the nearby coastal town of Menton is the perfect alternative.

The city has some of the most romantic hotels in Europe, with spacious balconies overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the scenic neighborhoods of Menton.

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Strolling along the beachfront and enjoying the spectacular city views will make you think you are in the most romantic city in the world. For a better experience, join a guided walking tour like this one to explore the city with a local!

And once you try the upscale restaurants and region’s cuisine, you’ll have all the confirmation you need.

Finally, to remember your trip here, reserve some time for shopping in the local designer shops- Menton is renowned for its artwork.

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Ginosa: Romantic Heaven Hidden in the Mountains 

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I know when it comes to Italy, romance is equivalent to Verona and Venice.

But you won’t get much privacy in those destinations, so do yourself a favor and visit the relatively unknown yet dramatically romantic settlement of Ginosa in southern Italy.

You’ll be surprised by how much this cute little town offers.

Historical monuments of unparalleled beauty, natural landscapes that leave you breathless, and cave houses that still stand today are only some of the area’s highlights.

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Your beloved and you will love every moment of being here, especially when it comes to food and its authentic Italian flavors.

Plus, the local wine will be a great companion for a romantic evening!

Click here to find accommodation in Marina di Ginosa.

Tromsø: the Paris of the North

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Since Paris is too crowded for a quiet romantic getaway in Europe, why not try the Paris of the North: Tromsø?

Well, North, in this case, is to the colder lands of Norway. Don’t worry about the low temperatures; you’ll have each other to warm yourselves. That’s romantic enough, right?

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It is, but Tromsø is way too cool to ignore for memorable activities with your better half.

If it’s summer, enjoy the endless sunshine with a fjord cruise or a romantic hike in the surrounding cliffs; the views and background will make for the perfect couple selfie!

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And if it’s winter, whale watching and sled driving are only some of the best things you can do in Tromsø with your dearest one.

Český Krumlov: Where a Castle Will Make you Feel Like Royalty

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Český Krumlov.

Located in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, this is one of the best weekend getaways for couples in Europe. Although Český Krumlov may have a tricky name, it’s worth every effort to explore.

The World War II bombings unexpectedly did not pass through here, so the city shines with a flavor of historical aura and dramatic medieval beauty.

Exploring the alleys with a private walking tour like this one is perfect for a deeper insight of the buildings and the history of the area.

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Český Krumlov, the castle.

Above all, the imposing 13th-century castle dominates the scenery and travels you back to another era, where you two could be queen and king!

Well, at least you can dream of it while exploring the site.

And once you are done walking and discovering, don’t forget to treat yourself with a beer bath- a characteristic of the region you can’t miss!

Click here to find accommodation in Český Krumlov.

Wroclaw: a City of Colors and Affection 

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A few kilometers east of the Polish capital, Wroclaw is one of the most romantic cities in the world while still untouched by mass tourism.

Atmospheric cafes and lively restaurants make the perfect settings for romantic dates.

But if there is one place you need to visit as a couple in Wroclaw, that would be the famous Tumski Bridge, where you can seal your love with a lock and throw the key into the river.

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Wroclaw – Tumski Bridge.

Then, to celebrate your eternal bond, climb the steps in the nearby church of St Mary and kiss your partner at the 45-meter tower.

If you time it right, you can even witness the sunset from here! The spot is so mesmerizing that more and more marriage proposals happen here. I’m not suggesting anything, or am I?

Check out this Old Town walking tour that includes a visit to the marketplace, the Gothic Old Town Hall, the incredible Wroclaw Cathedral and walk along the edge of the River Oder.

Click here to find accommodation in Wroclaw.

Thassos: a Greek Island for Couples Away from the Tourist Crowds

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Marble Beach, Thassos.

Santorini may have all the spotlight of the world as the ultimate romantic destination in Greece, but you know the drill; way too touristy.

So, an excellent alternative? The idyllic island of Thassos in the North. Every year, more and more couples spend their holidays on this green island with its gorgeous beaches and mountains.

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Limenas, Thassos.

Think of sunset boat trips in the Aegean, long, quiet sandy beaches, romantic taverns with delicious food, cute little alleys in traditional villages, and endless strolling by the beachfront.

Not to mention spectacular hikes and a natural lagoon unique to the world.

In short, it is one of the most romantic places in Europe for a honeymoon during spring or summer.

Spend time in any place on this list, and you will have some of the best European vacations for couples!

Although the list could be endless, these are some of Europe’s top romantic destinations. It now all boils down to you and your loved one: are you ready to make unforgettable memories together?

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Written by Dimitrios Tsevremes
Passionate about travel, spirituality, and sports, Dimi divides his time between Chania (Crete) and other countries. Writing is a way for him to express himself and his creativity. You can find out more about him and his work here.

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Gabi Ancarola

I have lived in Chania, Crete, since 2016. As a local, I have an intimate knowledge of the island. I host culinary and concierge tours and experiences in Crete and write about the island for several travel media. During the last five years, I have helped many travelers plan the perfect holiday in Crete. I co-authored DK Eyewitness Top 10 Crete and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

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