5 Magical European Cities for Couples
Hi guys, welcome back to the Preparture blog – today we’ve got a post for the love birds out there: 5 magical european cities for couples. Whether you’re still in the honeymoon phase (or on your actual honeymoon) or long-term loves looking for somewhere to reignite the spark in your relationship, any one of these awesome european cities will have you mezmerized as soon as your plane starts lowering its landing gear.
Prague – Czech Republic
Prague is a gothic city full of cobbled streets and classic architecture that’ll have you feeling as though you’ve just stepped back in time. In the best way, that is. This stunning city in the Czech Republic is quaint, charming, and oozing old-school coolness that some of the more showy European cities (think Paris, Rome, and the like) just don’t have.
This city is perfect for a slow burning, moody lover who wants to be wined and dined. Or for couples who crave a little bit of historic adventure. Heaad to Prague Castle for a true historical tour, or sail along the River Vltava and take in the city from another angle.
Heading to Prague during the winter months may leave you red nosed and a bit chilly, but the stunning winter markets promise to cheer you up. Whether you want some hot mulled cider or hot chocolate, a spear of chocolate covered strawberries or a foot long hot dog, you’ll find it all, and have time to find some souvenirs at the market stalls dotted around the Old Town. Finally, head to the square in Old Town to jump aboard a horse-drawn carriage and travel through the city in style cozied under a blanket for the ultimate tour of beautiful Prague.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam has made it’s way onto our list of magical european cities because it oozes confidence without being too showy. And its canal houses are truly spectacular. Whilst many people expect Amsterdam to be droves of bachelor parties roaming the streets, it’s actually an incredibly cultural city with museums dotted on most corners and a history embedded into the waterways. One thing though: even though Amsterdam has a rich history, you won’t find any castles in the vicinity, so do expect a more urban setting if you plan on traveling to the Netherlands.
This is the city to visit if you’re a couple looking to learn about art, history, or culture. Or a couple who wants to bask in each other’s company and wander the twinkling streets after dark looking for a dark corner to sup cocktails and reminisce about the past. Or a couple who want to visit every bakery in town and then roam through the open air market stalls looking for bargains. There’s so much to see and do in this city, it’s impossible to do it all within a weekend.
We wrote about the 10 best things to do in Amsterdam for FREE in one of our more recent blog posts, so head there if you’re looking for any more inspiration, but we think these pictures alone will tell you all you need to know about the Dutch capital city.
Cinque Terre, Italy
We’re heading to warmer climes now, with Cinque Terre, which is that stunning city built on a massive hill with all the pastel colored buildings perched precariously on top. You know the one. It screams romance, and it is just that. Sure, Italy is one of the most romantic countries on earth anyway, with the likes of Rome, Venice and Florence trying to claw their way into the top spot, but we chose Cinque Terre for its quiet beauty.
I don’t know about you but it feels as though it’s easy to get lost in the winding streets of this city as you search for a tiny tavern or luxurious bakery to buy your morning pastries and espressos. Not that we’d mind too much, especially if there were a few gelato stalls on the way where we could satiate our appetite.
This is the city for the Insta influencers who need to get that shot of the colorful buildings of Cinque Terre, or the crystal clear waters that line the shore and are certainly perfect for that mid-afternoon dip. It’s for the lovers who want to feel true freedom as they wander the streets with the sun on their face, and for those who want to feed each other ice cream until the sun sets in the distance. It’s certainly a stunning city.
Dubrovnik gives off severe Cinque Terre vibes, but it’s less colorful and way more steeped in history. Not only do you have the old city walls to wander (day or night by the way), with stunning views into the old city itself and the Mediterranean sea, but heading inside the walls and checking out the old churches and cobbled streets is a must.
For those who want to venture out of the city (it can be quite pricey within the walls), you could head up the hill with the cable car for panormaic views from above, or even over to Lokrum Island, where you’ll be able to swim in the ocean and wander through the stunning nature alongside wild roaming peacocks.
For Game of Thrones fans, you’ll find filming spots dotted around the city, including the Shame steps and even the iron throne itself if you look long enough! That makes it the perfect city for TV buffs who want to recreate scenes from their favorite TV show.
Dubrovnik is one of our magical european cities for anyone who likes plenty of sun and sea, and incredible architecture that has history written within the walls.
Oia, Santorini, Greece
I’m sorry, but does it get more picturesque than the blue and white buildings of Santorini? Quite possibly not. Whether you decide to take in the sunset with a glass of white wine and a plate of tapas on one of Oia’s many many rooftop bars, or sail the Ageon seas to feel the salty air on your skin, you’re going to find this tiny city one of the most romantic places on earth.
Perfect for anyone with a luxurious itch to scratch, you’ll feel like a prince or princess as you wander the worn marble slabs of the streets on Santorini. There’s plenty of history to soak up too if you’re not too busy taking in each other rather than the sights. Make sure you capture as many pictures of the cats of Santorini as possible, and pick up a souvenir or two to remind you of this ultra romantic destination.
Do any of these cities catch your eye? Ready for the most romantic trip of your life? We thought so. Let us know which magical european city you’ll be heading to next in the comments below.