Destinations -- Europe
...A romantic evening on Amsterdam's most beautiful canal:
Restaurant De Belhamel
Open daily 6pm-10pm
This restaurant has a beautiful small bar and an excellent reputation. The view down the canal adds to the charm. Moderate Expensive
***A beautiful stroll among the flowers:
Singel between Koningsplein and Muntplein
Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm
Stalls selling cut flowers and bulbs are sold from floating anchored barges on the Singel Canal. It's incredibly fragrant and a great photo opportunity. Don't miss a walk though this beautiful sight. It's the only floating flower market in the world.... read more about Amsterdam >>
5 unequalled venues in Italy for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or wedding destination - Ishcia, Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Oltranto .... read more>>
Italy - Montefeltro region
Five of the most romantic areas of the Montefeltro region....
- The medieval city of San Leo with its fortress. The fortress impressive setting dominates the Marecchia Valley with immense panoramas. The village is a joy to explore.
- The tiny walled medieval city of Frontino with its rolling countryside. So peaceful as a base for walks or other excursions. So rich in history.
- The rolling landscape as seen from Monte Carpegna towards the Due Sassi Nature Reserve..... read more>>
Villa S. Stefano in Chiusi, Tuscany, Italy
Chiusi is situated in a very strategic location, midway between Rome and Florence, both of which can be reached in 60 to 90 minutes driving or by train.
It is surrounded by beautiful towns and villages such as Perugia, Assisi, Arezzo, Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Cortona, Orvieto, Chianti area, Trasimeno lake and many more, all reachable in less than one hour from our Villa....Villa S. Stefano is located in one of the most beautiful hills of Chiusi, with a stunning, 360 degree view over the Tuscany hills, Monte Cetona and the surrounding valleys. At the same time, it's only 5 minutes drive to the train station, supermarkets and the historical part of town......read more about Villa S. Stefano in Chiusi Tuscany Italy >>
Buttes Chaumont, which has all the ingredients of a Brahms symphony that would have appealed to the likes of Lord Byron: a grotto, a dramatic waterfall, a lake with weeping willows, sheer cliffs topped by a Temple de l'Amour-what better place for a lovers' kiss with eastern Paris spread like a carpet at your feet!.... read more>>
The Loire Valley is really deliciously romantic, especially in the château country around the city of Tours. In fact, the story of Sleeping Beauty is set here, at the fairytale château of Ussé....Among the sweetest little places in Burgundy are the villages of the Brionnais district, each with its ancient Romanesque church: one of the prettiest is at Semur-en-Brionnais..... read more>>
Europe - Castles
Rent one of these castles for a wedding celebration....
Amberley Castle, England
Borthwick Castle, Scotland
Hotel Schloss Waldeck, Germany
Hotel Schloss Mônchstein, Austria
Ashford Castle, Ireland
Castello della Castelluccia, Italy...read more>>
Favorite Scottish Romantic Venues
Intimate Smaller Towns in Europe
- Boathouse - Lovely wee seafood place in picturesque South Queensferry near
Edinburgh. Tight ship run by Paul and Alistair with views of the Forth
- Scarista Beach - Sweeping Atlantic beach on Harris in the Outer Hebrides.
Bracing place to embrace a loved one and swear undying love.
- The Witchery - Top class food in the gothic room or lighter atrium then
suites with four posters and all sorts of bricabrac...read more>>
***A quietly romantic favorite is Bellagio, on Lake Como in northern Italy another eminently strollable town, lush with flowers, with tawny-hued houses lining the stepped and cobbled streets no cars in most of the center. We love sitting by the lake just relaxing, or riding the ferry from one village to another. The lake side walk in the neighboring village of Varenna is definitely a local lover's lane.
***A little seaside town in the Puglia region of Italy, Polignano a Mare, is home to the romantically-located Grotta Palazese Hotel. Our room was perched on the cliff side, with the huge sea grotto, into which the hotel summer dining room is built, below. The view out to the iridescent peacock-feather blue ocean, and the sound of the surf at night are two romantic memories. And tiny Polignano a Mare has a fabulous gelateria Super Mago del Gelo loved their caffe-nocciola gelato.
***Picture-postcard Annecy, in the French Alps, with its meandering flower-lined canals is another romantic spot. We love packing a picnic and renting a paddle boat to take out into the middle of Lake Annecy. We lie on the deck, gazing at the dramatic mountains surrounding the lake, watch the paragliders overhead (Kirk tried that ran off a cliff top and flew over the lake quite an experience!), bake in the sun, and jump in the crystal clear water to cool off. It's like our own private island - relaxing and romantic
Romantic Escapes in the Balkans - Southeastern Europe
*** Bled, Slovenia- this resort town is a small alpine village. The town surrounds a beautiful lake with an island in the center and a castle perched on the edge of a mountain plays sentinel to the landscape. The walk around the lake provides gorgeous panorama of the Julian Alps and there are plenty of good restaurants and bed and breakfasts around. This is a particularly good place if you ski or enjoy hiking as well.
*** Korcula, Croatia- this is sometimes referred to as the romantic island. It's about 30 miles long and 5 miles wide and has over 200 coves and beaches. The town itself is lovely but if you're into walking and water sports the possibilities are endless. A popular thing to do is to rent motor boats and to go out on the sea.
*** Dubrovnik- known as the Jewel of the Adriatic this is one of the most beautiful towns that I have ever been to. The old town is set inside a castle and is filled with lovely shops, winding alleyways, and hidden restaurants. A popular thing to do is to take a walk around the castle walls. From atop them, you can see the sea, the islands, and the mountains that lead into Serbia. It's breathtaking.
*** Durmitor National Park in Serbia & Montenegro- The largest canyon in Europe
can be found here. The park is a UNESCO Heritage site and is covered with clear lakes,
forests, and amazing flora and fauna. Serbia and Montenegro tends to be a beautiful
place anyway. .....read more>>
Britain - Scotland - Wales
....my favorite stately home and, in fact, many of Britain's stately homes are registered to officially host civil ceremonies. Blenheim Palace is a magnificent English Baroque style home, where Sir Winston Churchill was born. A wedding ceremony in the Marlborough Rooms would be such a magnificent setting, and the surrounding gardens are incredibly beautiful.
***What about a wedding on the London Eye the couple and their guests board a private capsule decorated with flowers with amazing views across London. During the descent they serve champagne. www.londoneye.com
***In Wales, I just think the whole country is romantic beautiful National Parks with mountainous scenery. But in a country with more then 400 castles, what better romantic wedding venue than a fairytale castle & Castell Coch would be a fabulous wedding venue with civil ceremonies taking place in the magnificent Drawing Room.
***In Scotland, Gretna Green continues to offer a romantic wedding setting. Long known as the wedding destination for eloping young couples, Gretna Green is still a popular venue. www.anvilhall.com
From hotels built in regal palaces to love stories that span the ages Portugal is home to numerous places perfect for igniting (or reigniting) the flames of love.
***One such site is in the cool hills of Sintra, a short trip from Lisbon where the royal court of Portugal went to relax for centuries. The town is framed on a large square flanked by a medieval palace, fountains, cafés, and antiques shops. Rising overhead is a green mountain, crowned by a 10th century castle and the whimsical 19th century royal Pena Palace. While there is no shortage of romantic B&B's, palaces, and noble houses to stay in, the real gem of the area is the 18th century Seteais Palace, about five minutes outside of town, with gorgeous gardens and intimate luxury.
***In the Buçaco forest perched on a mountain above the Spa town of Luso, an ancient Carmelite monastery was converted to a royal palace a century ago, - then converted again into a luxury hotel - The Buçaco Palace Hotel - just years later. The surrounding forests have been protected by law for four centuries.
***On the Azores island of São Miguel, the "Terra Nostra Garden Hotel" boasts countless "caldeiras", geysers, steam vents and springs. Twenty-three different hot springs punctuate the local spa town of Furnas, as well as a modern spa, botanical gardens, and a championship 18 holes golf course designed by famed Scottish architect Philip Mackenzie Ross....read more about Portugal
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