Let’s face it, Europe is jam-packed with romantic spots. Whether it’s a mesmerising castle, a medieval town square, a beautiful park or a cosy art-deco café in a charming neighbourhood, I believe there’s something for anyone who enjoys a bit of romance. And since I am one of those people…
…here are 5+1 of the most r♥mantic European destinations:
And I use the term “winter” loosely, especially when comparing it to the winters of most other European countries. In fact, before I continue any further let me drop some numbers regarding February’s weather in my home country:
Average number of sunshine hours in Larnaca: 209h (compared to 67h in Copenhagen, 74h in Berlin, 78h in London, 168h in Athens and 186h in Santa Cruz-Tenerife).
Average number of rainy days in Larnaca: 6 (compared to 7 in Santa Cruz-Tenerife, 8 in Athens, 9 in Berlin, 10 in London and 11 in Copenhagen).
Average daytime temperature in Larnaca: 17°C (compared to 3°C in Copenhagen, 5°C in Berlin, 9°C in London, 14°C in Athens and 21°C in Santa Cruz-Tenerife. Ok, Tenerife, you won here).
Need I write more?
Now, if you are heading over to Cyprus for a wee winter getaway (omg how Scottish am I?! → clarification: “wee” in Scottish slang means “small”, not to be confused with the synonym for “pee”) and to escape the frozen horror that was winter 2017/2018, then..
here are 5+1 ways to enjoy the island, even in its “coldest” of days:
Ask anyone to name the 5 most beautiful cities in Europe and rest assured that they will include Prague in that list. The capital and largest city of the Czech Republic is a true gem of culture, history and architecture, so much so that in 1992 the Old Town’s Historic (and gorgeous) Centre Square has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Being literally in the city centre of Europe makes Prague a super accessible destination. In fact, Prague (along with London and Athens) is my most visited holiday city destination – besides the cities / countries I have lived in; I traveled there for a long weekend in the spring of 2011, a week in the summer of 2015, and another long weekend in the winter of 2017, and loved every bit of it.
So without further ado,
here are the 5 things not to miss when visiting Prague:
If you have ever visited visited Edinburgh or even just looked at a single picture of it, you will understand why it is hands down the prettiest city in the whole of the UK (voted Britain’s best city for the past 4 years according to The Telegraph). So imagine how drop dead gorgeous the Scottish capital is when it undergoes a Christmas makeover every winter, which gives its Gothic character a cheerful and sparkly twist.
If you are (lucky enough to be) visiting Edinburgh during these holidays, here are the top 5+1 festive things that you should do to make your trip unforgettable:
Once the capital of Poland and currently the cultural hub of the country, Kraków is the perfect destination for a weekend’s (or even a week’s) getaway. Why? Well, let’s see…
For starters, the city is beautiful; featuring, amongst others, a 13th-century castle, narrow cobblestone streets (major beauty points for any place) and a grand medieval market square (which is the largest square in Europe) in the heart of the Old Town.
Second, there’s loads to do; from sightseeing to learning more about Poland’s historic past to drinking and dancing your way through its many, many bars, pubs and clubs.
And to top it all off, your visit there won’t cost a fortune; although prices are on the rise during the past years, Kraków is still cheaper than other popular European destinations.
So, have I convinced you to visit Krakow? Good!
Here’s how you spend your weekend there:
Besides being my homeland, Cyprus is one of the most beautiful and popular holiday spots in Europe. Now, when hearing the island’s name, most people envision a beach, a pool, and a cocktail, but, trust me when I say that this Mediterranean gem offers a lot more than (gorgeous) beaches, that you don’t want to miss: from vast archaeological sites to beautiful hiking trails, and from charming, cobblestone-street villages to endless vineyards.
And what is the best season to enjoy all of Cyprus?
Shoulder season !!! (April-May & September-October)
Here is why: