Seven romantic cities to visit this spring

Surprise your other half with a trip to one of Europe’s most romantic cities this spring. From classic choices to off-the-beaten track locations, find the perfect place to share a few days away…

1.  Beautiful Bordeaux

Famed for some of the finest vvineyards in the world, Bordeaux is a bucket list city for any wine lover and their lover. As well as excellent vintages, you’ll be treated to a whole lot more when you visit. Prepare to be awe-struck by the largest urban Unesco World Heritage site and boundary-pushing modern architecture.

Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux
Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Luxury stay: If your flame is a skincare buff, this retreat will earn you countless brownie points. Les Sources de Caudalie is where one of France’s most famous beauty brand was born. Surrounded by vineyards and boasting the Vinothérapie Spa, the two-Michelin star La Grand’Vigne restaurant and more, this is pampering at its finest.

2. Ravishing Rome

The Eternal City is one of the most spectacular cities on the continent. With a 3,000-year-old heritage, walking the streets feels like being in a living museum. Explore historic buildings and marvel at ancient sites with your one-and-only by your side. Then take a load off to share mouth-watering meals.

Gelato at The Pantheon, Rome
Gelato at The Pantheon, Rome

Cracking weekend: Experience the full splendor of Rome with an Easter trip. Get the best views when you go to the Vatican on Holy Thursday. And make sure to try local seasonal delicacies like colomba pasquale and torta di pasqua. Remember to book your accommodation in advance – it’s one of the most popular times to visit.

3. Bubbly Bilbao

With a well-earned reputation as one of Europe’s coolest cities, Bilbao is an endless treasure trove of cultural gems. A vibrant mix of world-class galleries, distinctive cuisine and natural beauty, Bilbao can captivate any couple. Whether you’re going for a long weekend or a proper getaway, you won’t run out of things to fill your time.

The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao | Photo: @SteveAllenPhoto via Twenty20
The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao | Photo: @SteveAllenPhoto via Twenty20

Challenge: Does your Valentine have a sporty streak? Then head over for the 30th anniversary Bilbao-Bilbao cycle on 11 March. See stunning northern Spanish scenery on an 80km, 115km or 125km route. Perfect for competitive couples who like to mix romance with adventure.

4. Lovable Lyon

One of the most prosperous cities in France, Lyon is known as the country’s culinary capital. Have a serious of delicious dates in this booming gastronomic destination. Think craft beers, experimental ice cream and all the old classics.

Famous view of Lyon from the top of Notre Dame de Fourviere
Famous view of Lyon from the top of Notre Dame de Fourviere

Dine in style: Lyonnais cuisine is changing fast and chef Mathieu Rostaing-Tayard is at the helm of the revolution. Book a table for two at Café Sillon and treat yourself to astounding dishes. The set menu is great value, especially if you secure a lunchtime slot.

5. Luscious Lisbon

It’s got sun, sea, cityscapes and a laidback Mediterranean vibe. What’s not to love? Lisbon is fast becoming the place to be for the hippest people in Europe. Swing by with your sweetheart and find out why.

Rua Augusta Arch
Rua Augusta Arch

Wave hello: If you’re no stranger to surfing off the coast of Ireland, it could be time to look further afield. Take your beach buddy and catch waves together at Caparica Primavera Surf Fest from 22-31 March.

6. Mesmerising Munich

Munich might not be the first place that pops into your head when you think about romantic getaways. Well think again. Take one look at its fairytale architecture and spectacular views and you’ll be in the mood for love in no time.

Marienplatz, Munich
Marienplatz, Munich

Gorgeous gifts: Does your partner deserve a special treat? Indulge in a souvenir to last a lifetime. Perfecting the craft for over 180 years, Renésim has a gorgeous collection of luxury jewels.

7. Picture-perfect Paris

No list of romantic European destinations would be complete without the City of Lights. This spectacular city shines particularly bright in the springtime. From the tree-lined Seine to viewpoints overlooking manicured streets, it’s hard to rival romance in Paris.

The Eiffel Tower at the Troacdero
The Eiffel Tower at the Trocadero

Revved up: Live life in the fast lane with your partner this April. Tour Auto Optic 2000 is setting up shop in the Grand Palais for five days, exhibiting and racing classic cars. Perfect for anyone who’s head is turned by a vintage motor.

Find great value direct flights to these destinations with Aer Lingus.