Romance. Europe is by far the home of romance. More specifically, the beautiful old cities, the food, the culture, the architecture – all contribute to the allure and romance. We all know the most popular romantic getaway – Paris.
Paris – Queen of Romance
If you were to tell me that romance was invented in Paris, I wouldn’t doubt you for a second. The city of lights, Paris is by far the number one spot for a romantic getaway. The wine, the beautiful streets, the candle-lit dinner with the Eiffel Tower in the background. It all seems to be perfectly tailored for couples in love. Even though this destination is extremely popular and packed with tourists, it’s definitely worth the long lines and fully-booked restaurants.
However, there are some hidden gems that are just as romantic, if not more. “hidden gems” is a relative term, considering the fact that these cities are also well known and great tourist destinations, they simply don’t receive the recognition that they truly deserve.
So what are these cities of romance, overshadowed by more popular destination?
Florence. Prague. Seville.
Florence, or Firenze, is the capital city of the Tuscany region in north Italy. This is possibly one of the most romantic cities in the world, with breathtaking architecture, amazing food and wine, sophisticated art and culture and an atmosphere that will literally take you back to the middle ages. This wonderful city is considered the birthplace of the renaissance, and many experts even coin Florence “the Athens of the middle age”. Florence is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and rightfully so.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague has steadily become an extremely popular tourist destination, yet the city’s romance is not fully acknowledged. This grand city still has the small town feel of old with unique architecture, the small streets and alleys that are perfect for a sunset stroll, hand-in-hand of course. This romantic wonder, covered in beautiful cobblestone, offers many great museums, an intriguing nightlife and even a really old castle to visit and feel like a king or queen for a day. Honestly, it’s difficult to truly understand how romantic this city is without seeing it first-hand, so wait no more – Prague is waiting….
While Madrid and Barcelona may steal all the attention, many consider Seville to be Spain’s most beautiful city. The capital city of Spain’s Andalusia region, Seville is rich with culture a unique history. This city is greatly influenced by the Moorish era – when Muslims from North Africa called this city home. This influence can be seen throughout the city’s architecture, making a simple stroll through the streets of Seville a breathtaking experience. Here, you can enjoy a matador-bull fight show, wonderful Spanish music and delightful authentic tapas bars.