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The Top Romantic Getaways Around France Outside of Paris

Romantic France Getaways Outside of Paris

Here’s a guide to three of the best regions outside of Paris to consider for an unforgettable romantic excursion.

The Underrated Masterpiece of Colmar

Only a couple hours by train from either Paris or Zurich, Colmar is an eye-popping collaboration of European traditions that is extremely easy to fall in love with. Thanks to its canal-spanning bridges, vintage houses lining the waterways, and pristinely preserved old town area, you could easily think that you’re in Amsterdam or Bruges, but the picturesque village also has a unique persona of its own. It’s even the centerpiece of the scenic Alsatian wine region, offering plenty of worthwhile day trips scattered throughout the area.
But it all starts in the historic old town, a quaint village center loaded with half-timbered houses that seem transported from a storybook. Whether you mainly get around by water taxi, bike, or by foot, the rows of little shops and cafés give off a classical European vibe and you can easily get happily lost wandering the old town area without any sort of actual plan. As a town that was part of Germany for a stretch in the 19th century as well as during WWII, Colmar showcases a unique hybrid of French and Germanic food and culture, which is perfect for hopping around sipping cocktails or eating local delicacies like cheese croquettes and tarte flambee.
There are also plenty of landmarks to see as well, starting with the Unterlinden Museum. Formerly a medieval convent, the beautiful Unterlinden has a collection of some of the finest modern art in the country and is actually one of the most visited museums in all of France (outside of Paris). The cobbled streets of Colmar will lead you to other architectural standouts like the Maison Pfister building, the Renaissance-influenced House of Heads, and old-fashioned street fountains that add a little extra character. Colmar is also an ideal place for a day trip into wine country, where you can sip the flavors of the renowned Alsace region and visit other visually sumptuous medieval villages like Riquewihr and Eguisheim.

A Wealth of Things to do in Dordogne

Good luck trying to narrow down your list when you get to Dordogne, a breathtaking region in southwest France that seems tailor-made for romantic excursions. An easy starting point is the Chateau de Beynac, an elevated 12th-century fortress that looks down over the Dordogne River and curvy green countryside. Even if perusing centuries-old frescoes, tapestries, and dungeons isn’t your idea of romanticism, the cozy surrounding village of Beynac is filled with classically French restaurants and little shops that will take you to a different era. Beynac’s preserved architectural wonders and timeless vibe has also been captured in several prominent Hollywood films, including Chocolat and the Dustin Hoffman version of The Joan of Arc Story.
Only an hour by car from Beynac, Brantome is another couples favorite complete with quiet canals and stone-arch bridges that have brought comparisons to Venice. A relaxing cruise or kayaking session along the River Donne is one of the best ways to tap the scenery in the area, as you’ll see long stretches of forests that are deep green in the spring and summer and flushed with orange and red in the fall. And for the true romantics, a night’s stay on the banks of the Dronne at the ivy-coated Moulin de L’Abbaye – a converted 16th-century mill – is all you need to capture the mood. Founded by Charlemagne more than a millennium ago, Brantome’s small village feel and gorgeous vantage points make it a must-stop for anyone heading to Dordogne.

The Lavender Fields and Quiet Scenery of the Luberon

Come to the Sénanque Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque) in the middle of summer and you’ll see flowing fields of deep purple lavender to go with one of the most peaceful and scenic lands in the Luberon region in the south of France. Founded in the mid-12th century as a Cistercian abbey, Sénanque has some ancient charm on the interior and is perfect for having a picnic lunch in the serene valley that surrounds the main building. Onsite, monks can be seen tending to honeybees as well as to the lavender fields, which exude a deliciously sweet smell during the peak of the season.
Those who can’t get enough of the great outdoors also might want to try Roussillon, where you can find immaculate hiking and biking trails to explore. The dramatic orange and red cliffs of the Ochre Trail bring visitors from all over the world, making it an excellent opportunity to escape with a loved one for some of the best views in the Luberon. The Parcours de L’Art is another worthy hiking trail to try out and the very small town of Roussillon also has some nice stops on its own, including a couple of beloved art galleries run by local artists.

Other Amazing Sites Worth Considering

Sitting in eerie isolation atop the sprawling mudflats in Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel is a national treasure and one of the most visited places in France. Not only is a visit to the famous abbey worth your time but the area also is an amazing place to simply walk around and enjoy the unique scenery of the northwest coast of France. For romantically inclined travelers who love architecture, a trip to Bordeaux can be a once-in-a-lifetime getaway thanks to its long list of impressive historic landmarks scattered throughout the city. Meanwhile, the scenic vineyards, the beautiful country chateaux, and the group of quaint old villages of the Loire Valley make the area another great spot for romance.
While there’s certainly no reason for a couple to avoid Paris, anyone who gets an opportunity to explore the rest of the country has a nearly endless carousel of opportunities to see why France is considered the pinnacle of romantically-tinged travel.

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Planning a Romantic Getaway to Iceland

Romantic Iceland Getaway

Iceland might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of romance, but the truth is, this amazing country offers many advantages that the romantic traveler should carefully consider when planning for that vacation away. Not for nothing is Iceland called the land of fire and ice—and you can bring that fire to your romantic relationship on an amazing romantic getaway to Iceland.

The Capital City

In Reykjavik, Iceland, you’ll find just 200,000 people—a small city by many standards. This city, however, nevertheless has all the amenities you could ask for: an amazing nightlife, with parties that start at midnight and last until five in the morning; Hallgrímskirkja church, with its incredible tower that can be seen from anywhere in the city; Höfði House, which is one of the most beautiful buildings in Reykjavik; and plenty of other attractions to visit with your sweetheart.

Incredible Views

Throughout Iceland, you’ll find incredible views that are the very heart of romance. Since the country is relatively small, you’ll be able to see a large percentage of it on your stay—or, conversely, take the time to really explore a specific area with the one you love. There are some amazing, sweeping views and beautiful locations in nature throughout Iceland that the two of you will be delighted to explore together.
Seljalandsfoss is a stunning waterfall that you and your beloved can easily walk behind together as you explore the incredible landscape. This waterfall looks like something out of a fantasy novel: a beautiful, romantic location for a picnic or simply for sitting and taking in the view together—especially if the view includes the person closest to your heart.
Thingvellir National Park includes more than just the stunning landscapes you can expect to see as you travel throughout Iceland. At Thingvellir National Park, you can go snorkeling over the Silfra fissure with your loved one. This five-hour tour will take you through crystal clear waters to view a stunning underwater adventure. This trip is limited to six participants per guide, so you’ll get a wonderful small, romantic trip that you and your beloved will be talking about for years to come.
The Great Geysir will be sure to evoke feelings of awe as you and your beloved stand a safe distance away, watching as it shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. It’s a stunning display that is amazing to capture on camera, but even more incredible to capture in your minds for future reminiscing together.
Gullfoss is another gorgeous waterfall with an amazing story to tell. Explore the area with your beloved, taking in stunning scenery as you hold hands and wander around together. The beauty of untouched nature will leave you awed—and that awe will translate to one another.

Choosing Your Home Base in Iceland

While you’re staying in Iceland, you want to stay at the best hotels: the ones that will allow you to focus on your sweetheart and keep the romance alive. Luckily, there are plenty of great options to choose from.
Silica Hotel, which is located at the famous Blue Lagoon, is a fantastic romantic getaway for travelers through Iceland. This gorgeous hotel is just minutes away from the main Blue Lagoon resort and has its own private bathing lagoon just for hotel guests—a definite plus for checking out with your sweetheart. The amazing, serene atmosphere is perfect for focusing on the one you love during a relaxing stay.
Hotel Borg, located in the heart of Reykjavik, offers nice, large rooms where you and your sweetheart can cozy up for an evening in together. Large, deep bathtubs offer plenty of space for one or both of you, while heated marble floors in the bathroom will keep you warm. The understated decor leaves you free to focus on the one you love during your stay in this luxurious hotel.
CenterHotel Thingholt was designed with romance in mind. This gorgeous hotel includes all the amenities you could ask for from a romantic retreat with your sweetheart. The lighting and design are inspired by the beauty found throughout Iceland, from lava flows to waterfalls. In the attached spa, you’ll find rainfall showers, soaking tubs where you can receive a shoulder massage together, and more.

The Most Romantic Meals in Iceland

Of course, a romantic trip with your sweetheart wouldn’t be complete without a few romantic dinners along the way. As you sample the local cuisine, these stunning restaurants will help keep the romance flowing and make your adventure even more memorable. Note that in Iceland, if you want to get a table in high season or on the weekend at many of these amazing restaurants, you should make your reservations at least two weeks in advance to be sure you’ll get the table you want to share with your beloved.
Lækjarbrekka provides amazing Scandinavian cuisine in an incredibly romantic environment that will have both you and your sweetheart smiling. Sample their amazing lobster dishes or try the lamb together. Many guests opt to check out the three-course menu, which provides everything from the wine to the dessert.
At Fiskfelagid, or Fish Company, you’ll find a decadent menu that’s perfect for sharing with your beloved. The restaurant provides amazing service coupled with a dim atmosphere where you can enjoy some quiet conversation with the one you love before heading back to your hotel or off on another romantic adventure together.
MATUR OG DRYKKUR provides a cozy, intimate feel that you and your beloved will be sure to enjoy together. The amazing menu is one of the highlights of your trip together.
Planning a romantic getaway to Iceland is a great way to rekindle the fire with your loved one. There are some incredible sights to see, foods to try, and hotels and spas where you can experience incredible luxury together. It’s time to book your getaway to Iceland today and discover just how much this incredible vacation can benefit your relationship.

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Wonderful Romantic Getaways in Finland

Romantic Finland Getaways

Whether you want to sit back and take in the breathtaking views or stay at a place where you get pampered all day long, Finland has the perfect spot for you. Now, you can immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of Finland while indulging in the perfect escape with someone special.

Finnish Wineries

One of the first things you will want to do on your romantic trip to Finland is to visit a winery. At Pihamaa Estate & Winery, you and your loved one can enjoy the quaint atmosphere of this small wine shop. Located in the village of Kalkkinen, 28 km from Vääksy, Asikkala, the estate has been operated by the same family for a number of years. In addition to an amazing selection of wines, you won’t want to miss the range of vegetables, berries, cheeses, and flowers. Hold hands as you take in the tastes and scents of the wonderful and locally produced goods. Open daily from June through August, this is the perfect way to enjoy a summer day in Finland. Don’t forget dessert at this unique winery! Pihamaa Estate & Winery is known for some of the best cheesecake that you will ever taste. On your way out, browse the downstairs shop for home goods that you can cherish well after your trip is over. It is undeniable that this is truly a hidden gem in Finland.
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