Every now and then couples may need to add a little spice into their relationship. A romantic holiday may be the answer. Europe is the place to go for an exciting and memorable romantic holiday. You may return with lighter pockets, but will have made wonderful memories for years to come. So check out these 4 places in Europe to spice up your love life.
Champagne country, France
Located east of Paris, this breath-taking region is far from the hustle and bustle of Paris. For a luxurious time, book into the Chateau de Courcelles or the Chateau Les Crayeres, two grandeur hotels that are rich in history and romanticism. The French have been making premier wines in this region for hundreds of years, so every traveler to this region must visit the local vineyards and try some local wines. There is something for every palate. Sample some and you won’t be disappointed. If wine tasting isn’t your thing, then you might want to visit some religious sites or some cool museums. Fancy some cheese? There’s plenty of that to try at the local farmers market where you can pick up some stinky blue or some aged cheddar. Perhaps a punnet of apricots if they’re in season? Oh and did I mention the breads to enjoy whilst on a romantic picnic during sunset? Devine.
Markets and vineyards you must see
Mercier Champagne Cellar is the world’s largest wine casks equivalent to 200,000 bottles of champagne and great tour. Champagnes Pommery offers group tours of the caves and grounds and excellent wine tasting. Hortillonnages have locally grown vegetables sold every Saturday in Saint Leu district by the water.
To experience the romantic old world and live like Romeo and Juliet, the destination to go to is Florence, Italy. You will be transported to a world of architectural history and an abundance of luxury. If you have deep pockets, hotels like the Four seasons or the Grand Hotel Baglioni are a couple of places for you to put your feet up. If you’re on a slightly smaller budget there are plenty of affordable bed & breakfasts to choose from in Florence. You’ll create life long memories walking along the oldest streets in the city with your partner, stopping for yummy tapas or a glass of wine at All’Antico Vinaio. These will not only heighten your experience while in Florence but will be a memory to treasure for a long time.
This next place is one that every romantic heart needs to visit. Santorini, Greece with its well-known blue and white buildings, breath-taking views and majestic sunsets over the ancient caldera will kick your love life into 5th gear. For the indulgent the 5-star Kastelli Luxury resort and the Astarte suites are the places to go. To fully experience the Santorini life, go to the seaside. Swimming on spectacular beaches at sunset with your other half is a must. Santorini will make your heart skip a beat.
The open air cinema in Kamari has 7€, local beer and wine and refreshments. There is a lovely Wine Museum in Koutsoyannopoulos that is a great place to learn the traditional methods about the brilliant aficionados who produce delicious wines. The next stop is White beach in Akrotiri, is a bit misleading with its oakish red sand, nevertheless it’s a Pebble beach surrounded by white cliffs and is gorgeous in the sunshine. Great for spending the day with a cheese plate picnic and a bottle of delicious red wine.
French Riviera, France
With its 550 miles of coastline which is ruled by seaside towns and villages the French Riviera rounds off the list of romantic destinations in Europe. Home of the rich and famous, well, around May anyway during the Cannes international film festival. Artists flocked here in the 1900s to paint and sketch, inspired by the natural beauty of the rugged coast line. The area is also rich in cinematic history thanks to the classic touch of Grace Kelly and the kittenish pouts of Brigitte Bardot.
Today tourists may shop in the many boutiques, lounge on the sand or wile away the hours in the many bars or cafes. With an abundance of hotels on offer such as the Chateau du Domaine St.Martin and the Hotel de Paris Saint-Tropez or smaller places for the budget conscience the French Riviera is a truly romantic destination.