There are so many places in Europe that are super romantic, but not on travellers' priority lists. Why not change that this Valentine? We collected five fairly unknown but super romantic places in Europe that are worth a visit.
Keswick is an adorable town in Crumbria, 2 hours north from Manchester. You can feel and see the rich history throughout the streets. The church for example, was built in 553 AD. Wonder through the old streets and go to the local market where you can get almost everything, including some typical English dishes. Derwentwater - Keswick's lake - is definitely worth a visit. English writer Beatrix Potter spent numerous summers at the lake and most of the landscapes in her books are based on the area. Cuddle up on a picnic blanket beside the lake and enjoy the scenery.
In the east of Netherlands you will find the Veluwe, a national park in the province of Gelderland. The area features many landscapes; woodland, some lakes and Europe's Largest sand drifts. Wonder through the woods and enjoy the fresh air. Keep your eyes open as it's not uncommon to see a deer or squirrel. Stay for the night in the town of Wageningen, on the edge of the Veluwe. The town is first mentioned in 828 and you can see the history in the architecture. Have a romantic dinner at one of the many small restaurants and bars and enjoy the local cuisine.
Most of us would go to Paris for a romantic getaway, but not many people know that in South France, there is a place that will take romance to the next level. The town of Carcassonne looks like it's straight from a fairy-tale. With impressive ancient walls that are running throughout the city, it will feel like you are right back in medieval times. Go for a romantic boat trip and enjoy the city from a different perspective. You can't leave Carcassonne without enjoying the local specialities. Discover your inner wine connoisseur at one of the many local wineries. The region is known for its Foie Gras, so be sure to order this for your loved one when you're out for dinner.
In upper Austria, there is a little town that will sweep you off your feet. The Hallstatt area has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its salt deposits in the hills above the town. The town is quiet and peaceful but because of the amazing scenery, it's anything but dull. Have lunch at one of the many typical Austrian restaurants, while feeding geese and ducks. Grab each other by the hand and go for an adventure in the salt mine. To get up the hill, you'll have to take a cable car. Once you're up you will be able to enjoy the most stunning views.
If you want to wrap yourself in luxury this Valentine, Sorrento on the Italian coast is the place to go. With houses beautifully build onto the hills - it is a sight that would amaze anyone. Get yourself a gelato at the local shop and stroll through the town. Enjoy a beautiful local made gnocchi and top it off with a limoncello, a local specialty. For those who love the water, rent a boat and spend the day discovering the nearby small island. If that isn't romantic, we don't know what is. Sorrento is a must see!
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