Throughout the centuries, a plethora of love songs, poems, novels and movies were inspired by famous romantic cities in Europe, such as Paris, Venice and Prague. Therefore, it’s not surprising that millions of tourists flock to these cities of love every year. Most with the intention of keeping the romance alive in their relationships, or perhaps falling in love with a stranger!
However, that’s not the case for 1 in 5 Europeans. Auto Europe’s latest study suggests that over 18% European tourists ‘never get intimate’ on holiday. Additionally, 13% of the participants revealed having just ‘one intimate moment’ during a two-week period. So why not shake things up? We have a few suggestions to help you reignite the love spark. Check out these hidden little gems, our list of unusual romantic escapades in Europe!
Porquerolles is a beautiful crescent-shaped French island, one of the hidden gems in the Hyeres gulf. Its dazzling beaches with fine white sand on the northern side of the island are the perfect choice for couples seeking romance. There you can rent a bike, go snorkeling or sailing and romantic sunset above the sea. Don’t forget to visit the historic landmarks of Moulin du Bonheur and Fort Saint Agathe for some Instagram-worthy pictures.
The small Italian island of Salina, located on the north of Sicily, boasts a landscape enriched with two extinct volcanoes, vines and wild flowers, unlike any other island in the archipelago. Nature there is still raw and unspoiled – the perfect place for a peaceful and intimate stay with your lover. Be sure to go snorkeling or scuba diving, as the wildlife is guaranteed to surprise you. We also recommend you to save some time for the mouth-watering wine tours available on the island, accompanied by delicious canapés prepared with locally grown produce.
Forty minutes away from Malta lies Marsaxlokk, a small fishing village overlooked by most tourists. Brightly coloured houses, charming restaurants, sunny days and idyllic beaches make this enchanted place the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. Take your partner to the natural swimming pool of St. Peter’s, and, for more adventurous times, jump off the white cliffs into the beautiful crystal clear sea water. Let this incredible place seduce you!
Late summer nights in the island of Hvar, Croatia, are filled with the scent of lavender and rosemary. This magnificent place boasts everlasting sunny days and secluded beaches and coves. You and your loved one can stroll down the marble streets, visit the old Gothic church, breath the fresh air at Lucisca beach and treat each other to a romantic candle-light dinner at one of local restaurants. For an unforgettable experience, go on a boat hopping tour to the island of Biševo and visit the Blue Cave. It’s a natural phenomenon that never ceases to bewitch tourists with its silver blue waters and narrow entrance.
Undoubtedly, one of Europe’s best kept secret hidden gems is Andorra. This principality is located on the boarder of France and Spain, with over 90% of its land covered in forests still fairly untouched by tourist crowds. Adventurous couples can go hiking in the summer and skiing when the snow hits the slopes – not to mention shopping at the tax-free shops! Take your loved one for a stroll at Parc Central, where you can feed the ducks and enjoy one of many of the open air attractions held there.
The breathtakingly stunning Slovenian city of Bled is distinguished by magnificent mountains and a Grecian blue lake. Here, couples can visit the 11th century castle, the local museum, a beautiful chapel and printing press. Treat your partner to a SPA weekend at one of the hotels and relax in the natural thermal springs for a romantic holiday.
Suggesting romantic hidden gems in Europe is not an easy task, as there are so many other dream-like places worthy of our mention! So now it’s your turn. Leave a comment below and let us know which charming places we might have missed!