He, she and the city where the magic lives. When it comes to tiny European cities that flourish away from the great capitals, we can say that they are not only beautiful but also romantic. Life there is slower, they are not so crowded with tourists, and you can visit all the attractions that are there, without undue stress, says TripSavvy.
Here are the most romantic tiny cities in Europe that can be visited together with a loved one:
1. Nafplion, Greece.
Although Nafplion is located on the Peloponnesian Islands on the Aegean Sea, this tiny city is not at all like the Greek cities. This is because for two centuries he was captured and held by the Venetians. Therefore, its architecture and colors resemble the most romantic city in Italy.
Other countries have also added their touches to the unique appeal of this picturesque place. In 1915, after the Greek War of Independence, the Turks seized Nafplion and made it their first capital.
From the embankment, you can see the ancient island castle of Bourzi, which seems to float in the middle of the turquoise sea. Tourists are attracted to street cafes on the main square, where you can relax. As for souvenirs, you will find a large selection of rosaries, flavoured honey and olive oil, as well as excellent textiles. Coarse silk scarves and ties are especially irresistible.
2. Kilkenny, Ireland.
The picturesque bridge over the easy river Nor; historic streets framed by rows of medieval buildings; and the historic castle within walking distance of the city center are key ingredients that make Kilkenny one of the most beautiful and romantic tiny cities in Europe.
If you have Irish ancestors, you can learn more about them in the 17th-century Rothe House complex, which houses a genealogical research center with more than 200,000 parishes in family history and civil documentation. There is also a museum and a garden where a flock of flightless ducks lives.
Extra bonus: Kilkenny is just 136 kilometers southwest of Dublin, and several trains leave for the city every day, passing through the legendary (and truly) emerald landscapes of Ireland.
3. Bruges, Belgium.
The most romantic place in Belgium, Bruges has a reservoir known as the Lake of Love. Although this tiny city attracts many tourists, do not lose the pleasure of seeing this beauty. In September, a crowd of tourists thins, and you can walk through the cobbled streets, ride a boat through narrow channels or even make a trip on horseback.
Bruges dates back to 1245, and the monastery, which was built in those times, is still inhabited by sisters who sing in a tiny chapel. You will see the medieval architecture of the city, which is in good condition.
4. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.
One of the most picturesque tiny European cities of Cesky Krumlov is similar to Prague in miniature with similar red roofs, the historic center with narrow streets paved with cobblestones, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Renaissance castle on top. Like a larger destination, it is even divided by the Vltava River, and you can take a boat, canoe or rent a raft to ride it.
The most romantic views are from the viewing gallery on the tower of the Chateau, which is part of the castle and the castle complex. After this, have a picnic in the garden of the Chateau and leave room for the strudel. And in the Art Gallery you can see the works of Egon Schiele, including the nude series.
5. Pulevé, Scotland.
Located near Loch Ewe, this tiny city was a strategic place during World War II and was used as a gathering point for Allied maritime convoys.
The most romantic place to relax is the family-friendly Pool House, where hospitality turns into an art form. Most likely, you will be met in the living room with books near the fireplace by one of the participants with a delicious delicacy. Each of the six rooms is decorated in different styles, including a bridal suite with a bed, modeled as Napoleon and Josephine slept.
Later visit the classic pool room, which has a bar filled with various Scotch whiskeys.
6. Balestrand, Norway.
Located in the northern part of the Sognefjord, Balestrand is one of the few places on earth where beauty radiates 360 degrees — from the ferry dock to the picturesque English church.
The population of this tiny town is only about 2000 people, but there is a hotel Kviknes. True to say the rooms for the guests are not too special; those who are in the “modern” wing look similar to the 1960 motel. And those who are in the historic wing resemble the great-grandmother’s den.
Nevertheless, this exceptional hotel boasts unusual collections of art and furniture. There is also a huge dining room, which serves a buffet with a huge number of dishes, especially seafood. Despite the fact that the dining room is designed to accommodate groups, romantic tables along the windows provide some privacy, as well as a magnificent view of the fjord.
7. Cambridge, England.
If you think that the mind is sexy, then Cambridge must be on your list. This is one of the most popular places in England, where the famous university is located, which began to train young minds in 1209.
If you visit the school during school holidays and want to know what it is like to sleep in these sacred halls, you will receive accommodation (complete with a double bed). You can eat in the college hall, wander around the garden, visit university museums, even have a drink in the college bar.
8. Positano, Italy.
Considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, the tiny town of Positano on the Italian Amalfi Coast claims to be in the heart of every romance who is fortunate enough to be. It is built on a rock, and the higher you go, the better the view of this magical place that stretches to the beach of the Mediterranean.
Due to its popularity, living in Positano is rarely cheap. Those who have the means lodge in Il San Pietro di Positano or its competitor Le Sirenuse — five-star hotels with breathtaking views. Tip: visit before or after the high season, which lasts from April to October, and you can save on housing.
9. Ardèche, France
Do you smell lavender? The Viking Cruises cruise line will offer you an eight-day voyage “Lyon and the Province”, as well as an excursion to the Lavender Museum and a distillery in Ardèche, where the essential oil is extracted.
The natural beauty and infinite charm of this picturesque region are shaped by the River Ardèche, where couples can go kayaking and canoeing under the Pont d’Arc, a massive natural bridge that spans almost 200 feet. Although this tiny city can be reached by bike, train, and car, the most romantic way to come is to sail to the region by riverboat, and then take a luxury bus that Viking provides.
10. St. Moritz in Switzerland
The tiny town of St. Moritz in the Swiss Alps, twice the host city of the Olympic Games and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracts lovers of winter sports, as well as skiing and cross-country skiing.
In season, this beautiful place is expensive. Its best hotels are world famous and are used to serving celebrities and multimillionaires. If you can afford to go broke, it’s worth spending a few days and nights here. But if you have a limited budget, come for a day and treat yourself to delicious Swiss chocolates.