Looking to celebrate a wedding anniversary in style? Or perhaps you want to show your other half how much they mean to you with a surprise trip? In either case, a romantic city break is sure to do the trick.
Just imagine toasting to another year of happiness at the top of the Eiffel Tower, or cuddling up under the stars on a Venetian gondola. Whatever romantic break you choose, one thing is for sure: Expedia will make sure it’s extra special.
Read on for some of our best romantic getaways in Europe.
Home to spectacular sunsets and rolling hills, it’s easy to see why Florence is often labelled “one of the most romantic cities in the world”.
To make the most of Florence’s breath-taking scenery on your romantic Europe break, head towards the water and hire a private barchetto (a Florentine-style gondola). Sail past the Piazza della Signoria, share stories over an à la carte dinner, and toast to your loved one as the sun melts into the River Arno.
Couples with a penchant for culture should make a bee-line for the Ponte Vecchio. Popular for its boutique shopping as much as it is for its fantastic views across the Arno, Ponte Vecchio is a real catch for old romantics.
Known for its gastronomy and grandiose architecture, Barcelona is a city you’re bound to fall in love with.
To get yourselves acquainted with the city, start your romantic break with a leisurely stroll along Ocata Beach. This gorgeous white-sand beach sits to the north of the city and, while only 30-minutes’ drive away, is largely tourist-free.
Similarly, if the busy streets of La Rambla feel too hectic, you’ll want to head ten minutes north to Vila de Gràcia. Built around a network of trickling streams, this cool neighbourhood boasts laidback boutiques, craft shops and gorgeous al fresco eateries. It’s also home to one of Gaudi’s first buildings: Casa Vicenç. Decked out in pretty checkerboard and gingerbread tones, this is an ideal stop for couples looking to add a dash of culture to their romantic weekend break.
Replete with colourful arboretums and nature reserves, Budapest is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. One of the best things to do here is to visit one of the city’s many thermal baths. The Széchenyi Medicinal Baths are among the most popular - here you will find natural spring waters of up to 38°C, stress-busting whirlpools, champagne waiter service, and couple’s VIP massages.
If you’d rather stick to dry land on your romantic city getaway, grab your cameras and head to the most romantic castle in the country, Vajdahunyad Castle. This fairy-tale fortification, with its show-stopping architecture, glittery natural lakes and iconic artificial island is a must-see for couples looking to fill up their photo book.
From the serenading violins of Piazza di Spagna to the romantic boating lake on Villa Borghese, Rome is the ultimate destination for lovebirds.
If you’re unsure where to go first, follow Cupid’s bow to the foot of the Trevi Fountain. Immortalised by Anita Ekberg, who famously waded through the fountain in La Dolce Vita, this sculptural fountain is a must-see. Eager to show your partner you’re ready to tie the knot? Grab three coins and throw them into the fountain (legend claims it will ensure marriage).
If tourist hotspots such as the Sistine Chapel are too crowded on your romantic break, take yourselves to the peaceful Pincio Gardens. A former vineyard, Pincio is bursting with delightful aromas, lush flora and fauna, and quaint tucked-away alcoves. To perfectly round off your romantic weekend away, head to the westernmost point of the gardens to enjoy panoramic views across St Peter’s and Gianicolo Hill.
Paris – just the mere thought conjures up images of string quartets, Michelin-starred restaurants and quaint riverbank walks.
If you’re eager to holiday like a pair of Hollywood starlets on your couple’s city break, head straight to the bright lights of the Champs-Elysées. Browse the fashion houses for an out-of-this-world anniversary gift, tuck into twin croissants as you wander hand-in-hand down the boulevard, or pose with your beau in front of the Arc de Triomphe for a photo that will last a lifetime.
As night falls, don your best evening wear and make your way to Le Jules Verne, at the top of the Eiffel Tower. A jewel in Paris’s crown, this restaurant is famous not just for its stunning panoramic views across the Seine, but for its exquisite cuisine and superb selection of gourmet wines. If you’re thinking of popping the question on your Paris city break, this is where to do it.
With more than 100 islands to call its neighbour and a network of canals running through the centre, Venice is an ideal destination for couples looking to step into a fairy tale.
And what better way to surprise your partner than with a private gondola ride across the city’s famous waterways? The city’s quieter back canals (the areas of San Polo and Campo San Barnaba) are especially beautiful.
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to steal a kiss, there’s nowhere better than the Bridge of Sighs. This white limestone bridge was made popular in the film, A Little Romance, and has been the spot to bring significant others ever since. As night falls, watch together as the sun melts into the Rio di Palazzo for a dreamy end to your romantic weekend break.