5 romantic getaways in Europe


Valentine’s day comes and goes, and there’s no better gift to a loved one than the gift of time.

A getaway for two to somewhere special gives you just that. The beauty of a romantic getaway is that it’s yours, so no matter whether you’re into wining and dining, exploring the outdoors, or hibernating inside a quaint cottage, your break is what you make it.

But what are the best romantic getaway destinations? We’ve put together five of our favourites, several of which are a bit further off the beaten track than the usual suspects.

Whether it’s for a birthday, an anniversary, or just a well-earned rest, let us inspire you to pack your suitcase and indulge in some escapism for a long weekend.

Camargue, France

The famous free-roaming white horses in Camargue

When we think of France for a romantic break, we tend to think of Paris. If you’d rather avoid the crowds and cliché, it’s worth looking a little further afield. Camargue in the Provence region is a unique location, perfect for lovers of wine (of course), nature, and art.

The Mediterranean climate and unique landscape of Camargue create the perfect conditions for wildlife to thrive. The national park is a UNESCO biosphere reserve which is home to flamingos and egrets, among many other wading birds; the famous free-roaming white horses; and the little black Camargue bulls.

The main town of Arles is small but beautiful. The sunlit streets are the same ones that inspired Van Gogh, and you can see his works in some of the many art and history museums.

A trip to France wouldn’t be right without incredible food and incredible wine, and there is no shortage of that in Camargue. There are lakeside cabins serving only the freshest seafood, double- Michelin-starred delights, and hearty home-cooking inspired menus where the wine list is unrivalled and often served by the glass.

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Burano, Italy

If you’ve ever been tempted to take a romantic trip to Venice, consider adding a day trip to Burano to your itinerary.

Burano is a small fishing island in the Venetian lagoon, but don’t be fooled by its size. Regularly rated as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, this little piece of land is bursting with colour, life, and needle lace.

Unlike much of Italy, Burano isn’t a huge tourist hotspot which makes means that you (probably) won’t have to deal with huge crowds if you visit, making it perfect for an idyllic day of Italian adventure.

The brightly coloured houses are the first glimpse into the rich history of the island, and the main street, Calle Gallupi, is home to many shops selling authentic Burano lace. If buying lace isn’t on your agenda, consider visiting the lace museum instead, and take a step back in time to see how lacemaking played a big role in the intricate history of the island.

A leisurely stroll around Burano gives you a chance to see the leaning bell-tower and glass museum, hop on a gondola tour, or simply take a break to enjoy the surroundings and sample the fresh seafood and ‘Burano cookies’.

And, for a truly romantic end to your Italian island adventure, Pescarìa Vecia (the old fish market) is considered the best place to relax and watch the sun set over the Venetian lagoon.

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One of the colourful Burano streets

Polperro, England


Looking for a break a little closer to home?

Consider Polperro in Cornwall as your base. This small fishing village is part of the ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ that spans the Cornish coast from Looe to Fowey, and the village itself is home to a labyrinth of little cottages that make for the perfect base to snuggle up and enjoy some quality time with the one you love.

Many would agree that the beaches on the south coast of England are the best in the country, and there are plenty to explore in Polperro and the surrounding areas.

If you don’t mind venturing a little further afield, The Eden Project, and National Trust houses Lanhydrock, Antony House and Cotehele are all within an hour’s drive.

Plus, if you want to wind down and take in the views as you travel, the Looe Valley railway line that runs from Liskeard to Looe is considered one of the most picturesque in the country.

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Polperro fishing port

Ghent, Belgium

Ghent is still something of a hidden gem in Belgium, and is a perfect backdrop to a romantic European city break.

Between the medieval architecture, flower-lined canals, and modern restaurants and bars boasting the best cuisines the world over, there’s lots to fall in love with in Ghent.

You’ll be spoilt for choice of intimate, canal-side places to eat and drink. No matter whether you love sushi, you’re after gourmet dining, or you just want want some plain old frites to share, you’ll find it here.

To eat your way through this Belgian city, you can’t forget about the sweet treats the country is famed for – waffles and chocolate – and there are plenty of places to find both throughout the city.

As beautiful as Ghent is in the day, it truly comes to life at night. Taking a stroll after-dark gives you the chance to follow the illuminated route and revel in the magic of walking through the illuminations hand-in-hand.

Plus, if you want to ensure a real fairy-tale break, the ‘Lovedown’ tool helps you to plan your getaway with love in mind, helping you to curate the perfect romantic itinerary with plenty of suggestions for things to see and do.

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One of the many canals in Ghent at night

East Sussex, England

There is a magic in Sussex that could thaw even the coldest heart. The region is home to stunning views, some of the best British wineries and vineyards, and restaurants and luxury accommodation to match.

Rest and relaxation are the words that come to mind when thinking of a staycation in Sussex, and there are plenty of spas and luxury 4- and 5-star hotels to pick from.

You could enjoy the hustle and bustle of Brighton, but for a place to recharge, reset and reconnect, the medieval towns of Rye and Lewes offer some peace and quiet within their tiny cobblestone streets and historic buildings.

If you do feel like venturing out, Bateman’s – the home of Rudyard Kipling – boasts beautiful scenery and represents an important figure in literary history. Walk the gardens, see the watermill, and maybe even try your hand at writing your own poetry!

The South Downs and Seven Sisters stand strong nearby too, with every acre of their dreamlike natural beauty waiting to be explored – picnic basket in tow, of course.

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The watermill at Bateman’s

We hope our list has inspired you to take a break to spend time with the people you love, and venture somewhere new. For more on travel, visit our blog.

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