The Most Romantic Cities in Europe

The Most Romantic Cities in Europe

Gay and lesbian travelers looking for a romantic escape should look no further than the gorgeous cities of Europe. Traditional romance, mixed with a culture of laid-back acceptance, can be found in all of Europe’s major metropolitan areas. For a truly unforgettable holiday look no further than these five cities.


Modern, cosmopolitan, and full of life, Amsterdam has long been recognized for its friendly and welcoming vibe towards gay and lesbian travelers. It boasts culture, canals, and cafes as well as the famous “coffee shops.” Travelers can spend the day visiting stately museums, paddle-boating on the canals, and biking through the historic center. At night, Amsterdam offers one of the best party scenes in Europe. Or, if you prefer something quieter, try the Candlelight Canal Cruise, with unlimited wine.


Known around the world as The City of Love, Paris is the ideal spot for a couples’ holiday. From strolling hand-in-hand along the Seine to climbing the steps of the Eiffel Tower, Paris offers unforgettable experiences for couples. You can also visit renowned museums and cultural hotspots, partake in the wine and culinary scene, or experience the exciting nightlife. Paris tickets can be easily obtained on the Eurostar train from London.


A bustling port city on the glittering Mediterranean, Barcelona is a modern, cosmopolitan place with sunshine, palm trees, art, culture, and plenty of romance. You can tour the architectural wonders of Parc Guel and la Sagrada Familia (above), visit the Museo Picasso, and stroll along the beach. At night, sample the delicious tapas and then hit the streets and join the nightlife. Though a bit further away than other cities, it’s possible to get there via the train through France.


Where else to experience la dolce vita, but in Italy? Another well-known romantic locale, Milan  (above) offers some of the best style, culture, fashion, and cuisine in Europe. See the treasures of the Renaissance, or pick one of the many sidewalk cafes and watch the world go by. Milan is also known throughout Italy for its many gay-friendly clubs and events, such as PourHomme, Company Club, and GLounge.


A convenient stop in between Paris and Amsterdam, Brussels is a lovely gem of a city in the centre of Belgium (above). Surrounded by history, couples can explore this smaller, less crowded city on foot and experience the pleasant, funky vibe. There are art galleries, museums, excellent shopping and restaurants, and amazing chocolatiers. Good LesBiGay neighborhoods include Saint Jacques quarter, Dansaerstraat, and Sint-Goriksplein.

A Final Note

Even in the most cosmopolitan of locales, you can sometimes encounter an unfriendly vibe. Even though most of Europe is accepting of gay and lesbian travelers, it’s possible to find small patches of closed-mindedness. If you catch a hint of any judgment or rudeness from individual waiters or hotel staff, it’s best to just pack up and leave. This is your holiday, and life is too short for that kind of unpleasantness.

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