With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get into that romantic spirit with a round up of the most romantic cities in Europe. And if you’re single, no worries! These language trips are as ideal for the solo traveller as they are for a couple, so you can renew your spark with your partner or find a new fling in one of these ultra-romantic locales.
Spanish – Seville
If you’re studying Spanish or want to start, this gem of a city in southern Spain is a great place to do it. Practise speaking the Spanish language tinged with an Andalusian accent in and outside the classroom while you sip red wine and nibble on tapas in tucked-away tascas, stroll through gardens full of trickling fountains and fragrant flora, get lost among the cobbled streets of the Santa Cruz neighbourhood and listen to the Spanish guitar playing flamenco tunes. Romance guaranteed!
Italian – Florence
Italy has an almost larger-than-life reputation as a country where love is always in the air, and Florence is no exception! Breathtaking art and architecture, storybook bridges and hilltop views of the sun setting over the city’s terracotta rooftops are just a few of the romantic backdrops that await you. If you still need more motivation to head to Florence for a language stay, don’t forget about the food!
French – Bordeaux
When you think of romantic cities in Europe, chances are that Paris is the first city in France that pops into your mind, but Bordeaux is totally worthy, too! Not only is it cheaper than Paris, but it also boasts candlelit wine bars, a charming historic centre, a pretty river perfect for a romantic stroll and flower-filled parks. You can even take a language course that combines French lessons in the mornings with afternoon visits to the surrounding wine chateaux – does it get any better than that?
German – Freiburg
If you think Germany isn’t romantic, you haven’t been to Freiburg. Famed to have the warmest, sunniest weather in Germany, this city is the gateway to the beautiful Black Forest. It’s also in the heart of the Baden wine region, so you can work on your German with a crisp glass of Riesling in hand. After brushing up on your German during morning language classes, you can wander through the local food and flower markets, have a picnic in picturesque Seepark, go on a bike ride along the river or head to the hills for a hike. German will start sounding a lot more romantic after spending some time in Freiburg 😉
English – Valletta
Malta makes a great choice for a romantic English language stay. Being an island, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous waterfront views. Valletta, Malta’s capital city, is a great base for a visit with its tangle of side streets full of twinkling lights and brightly-coloured balconies, its iconic port and the lovely Upper Barrakka Gardens. An added benefit is that with Malta’s small size, you can explore the other islands and visit iconic romantic spots like the Blue Lagoon that even just sounds romantic!
So, whether you’re rekindling your existing romance or looking for a new love, you can’t go wrong with any of these romantic cities in Europe!