It's a cliché, but when we're listing Europe's most romantic cities, Venice has to be at the top of the list. The sublime architecture of San Marco Cathedral, the chance to drift along atmospheric canals with a gondolier to guide you, and even the opportunity to watch the stars arrive for the annual Film Festival all combine to make Venice an outstanding romantic destination.
Spain's most southern mainland province is full of mystery and has an enticing story to tell, from Roman glory through to Moorish rule and the heyday of the Spanish empire. Granada, Malaga, Cordoba, and Seville are all astonishing cities, with food and attractions to rival anywhere. And the coast is studded with beaches that couples will adore.
Austria's elegant capital is a place to bond over decadent Sacher Torte, cream-filled pastries, and some of the finest coffee you'll find in Europe. If you love to share artistic and cultural experiences, the MuseumsQuartier offers endless appeal, but not as much as the prospect of walking arm in arm along the beautiful blue Danube as it glides through the city.
For a change of pace and some deep relaxation, heading to the Greek island of Santorini makes perfect sense. The steep cliffs, whitewashed houses, and intimate tavernas all combine to delight couples at any time of year. And if you want to snap some Insta-ready shots to show friends back home how close you are, the sunset over Oia should do the trick.
Finally, we simply can't talk about couples holidays in Europe without mentioning Paris. The City of Light is also a city of lovers, from the hordes who leave their "love locks" at the Pont des Arts, to couples who soak up the charm of Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the back streets of Montmartre. It's a city where you can spend all day at museums, pick a world-class bistro for dinner, and sip gorgeous wines at jazz bars till late. In short, a romantic break in Paris should be an intoxicating experience.