Looking for a romantic weekend getaway that is not tourist-filled like Paris or Bruges? Look no further. Europe has so much to offer, it is beyond one’s expectations. There are plenty of cities that are still only known by locals and remain hidden secrets. So off you go!

—Strasbourg, Alsace, France—


Closest airport: Strasbourg, Basel-Mulhouse, Baden Baden

When is the best to go: Christmas time or summer time

This lovely town, capital of the region, is a place that has long been topping my bucket list. Tucked by the German border it somehow graciously blends the best Germany and France have to offer. Stunning cathedral, mesmerising food and Christmas markets better than in Germany itself! If you visit make sure you pay a visit to the cathedral and take a boat ride!

—Valletta, Malta—

Closest airport: Malta

When is the best to go: All year long

Or rather the entire island. Malta is a great place for road tripping so if you visit, make sure you take advantage of it. I visited it mid winter which meant it was still warm enough to wear short sleeve and quiet enough to not have to push through flocks of tourists. Valletta is a World Heritage site, which means it is rich in history and great architecture. And what follows, lovely cafes and cosy wine bars!

—Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France—

Closest airport: Bordeaux

When is the best to go: April to October

Imagine cobbled narrow streets and strolling among medieval buildings. This UNESCO heritage town is a great weekend getaway. Based just mere 30 miles away from Bordeaux it offers a blend of fine wine, beautiful architecture, great monuments and vicinity of world-famous wineries. If you’re a fan of all of the above and merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon or malbec, book your tickets now.

—Zakopane, Poland—

Zakopane by Adam Brzoza

Closest airport: Kraków, Rzeszów

When is the best to go: May to September, November to February

I might be a bit biased, but I truly believe this town deserves a spot on the list. Ticked among the highest mountains in Poland, it is nothing short of fun meets beauty. Stroll through main street and admire wooden architecture, take a trek to the Morske Oko lake or horse carriage if you don’t feel like walking and be mesmerised by how stunning the nature is. And if you feel adventurous at night, head to Watra bar for some live local music and vodka-infused dinner. All very affordable.

—Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria—

Closest airport: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

When is the best to go: all year long

Now I know what you want to say – Canaries, really? But then, it’s about the only place in Europe that’s warm all year long. And you will be very positively surprised. This charming fishing village known as the Venice of the Canaries is a great place to run away from the busy Maspalomas and be taken aback by the stunning streets and bridges. Stay away on Fridays when the market is on.

—Dresden, Germany—

Closest airport: Dresden

When is the best to go: April to October

This city referred to as Florence on Elbe, based in east Germany was once badly damaged in bombings in 1945. Nowadays however, it is a home to many historical (often renovated) landmarks including Bruehl’s Terrace and Old Town.=

—Scilla, Reggio Calabria, Italy—

Closest airport: Lamezia

When is the best to go: April to October

Reggio Calabria is one of the least exploited by international tourism regions in Italy which makes it a perfect spot for a weekend away. Scilla is a stunningly-located fishing village squeezed into picturesque landscape, with great beach and castle. It’s the definition of a relaxing weekend infused with wine and fine Italian food.

—Hvar Town, Hvar Island, Croatia—

Closest airport: Split

When is the best to go: May, June, Sept, October

Croatia has been everyone’s favourite for the past few years which makes it a far-from-enjoyable experience in high season but if you go in the low season you will enjoy almost as good weather with fraction of the people visiting. Every place I went to was my favourite but I have to admit there is something peculiar about Hvar Town. Whether it’s the outdoor bars overlooking marina, cute streets, stunning sunset or the best truffle gnocchi – I don’t know, but it is definitely worth a visit.

—Bath, England, UK—

Closest airport: Bristol

When is the best to go: All year long but it has pretty sick Christmas markets

This well-known English town quite often gets missed on the European romance map and it’s so daaaaymn romantic. Cosy hotels, family-run restaurants, stunning Old Town, hiking trails around the city and the baths! Try Thermae Bath for ultimate rooftop swimming experience.  

—Murren, Switzerland—

Closest airport: Bern, Lucerne

When is the best to go: summer time

Looking for a winter getaway? This once featured in James Bond movie village has enough charm to be known as one of locals’ favourite destinations. Its 400-year old buildings and modest character along with trains going up and down the mountain offering breathtaking views of valleys and glaciers makes it a great romantic getaway.

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