Whether you’re planning an adventurous honeymoon or a simple vacation with your sweetheart, you’ll find lots to see and do across the continent of Europe. Europe’s rich history of nobility and royalty has left the continent full of castles and humble hideaways that one can only dream of. While there are the more stereotypical destinations like London and Paris, the countries of Europe boast a vast and varying landscape of small romantic destinations that will turn your getaway into fodder for a fairy tale. Stepping off the beaten path will offer you a whole new level of wonder and romance.
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Walled off from the rest of the country and sitting in the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a Mediterranean paradise. This charming city is antiquated in a way that evokes imagery of knights and princesses, which is perhaps why you may recognize it as the shooting location of King’s Landing on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
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During the Middle Ages, Ghent became one of the wealthiest cities in Belgium, and the evidence is still standing today. Drenched in rich history, Ghent possesses a number of breathtaking landmarks within a relatively small space. One of these landmarks, the castle Gravensteen, has stone gray walls and turrets that you’ve likely only seem in a storybook. It’s also worth noting that Belgium is home to some of the finest chocolates in the world, and chocolate is commonly regarded as an aphrodisiac.
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At first glance, it may be hard to conceptualize that Sintra is a real place. The bulk of the city sits high in the mountains, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the city’s historical architecture is painted in vividly alluring candy colors, and looks as though it stepped right out of your imagination.
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Strolling down the cobblestone streets of Bergen hand in hand is not something you’ll be soon to forget. This seaside city faces the fjords, with majestic mountains painting its backdrop. While you’ll certainly feel the city’s small town charm during the day, you’ll better understand it at nighttime, when the city’s lights and colors reflect brightly on its placid waters.
When it comes to verdant landscapes and rolling hills, the first country that pops into your mind is likely Ireland. That’s because you’ve yet to see the Tuscany region of Italy. There’s more to Tuscany than a million shades of plush and luscious green, as it is home to some of the world’s most beloved Renaissance art, such as Michelangelo’s David. With art as breathtaking as its scenery, it’s simple to cultivate romance here.
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If you regard Paris at the epitome of French romance, you’re selling the country short. Strasbourg has plenty of stone bridges and streets, on which you can take a quiet evening stroll through this gorgeous city. Though the city is far from the ocean, it shares a border with the tranquil and winding Rhine River. Strasbourg is full of towering cathedrals and niche museums, so you won’t run out of places to explore during your stay.
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If you want to live in a romance that echoes Cinderella, you won’t find a place better to visit than Segovia. Segovia houses the castle which served as a major inspiration to Walt Disney, when he was designing Disney World’s Cinderella Castle. Whether you know it or not, the charm and romance of this city has been saturated in pop culture. There’s ultimately nothing more romantic than seeing it for yourself.
Tori Myler is a team member at www.bankopening.co.uk – a UK bank branches opening and closing times directory. She is a passionate traveler with a knack for discovering romantic destinations especially over Europe which she fell for 6 years ago during her first visit to Italy.