What better way to celebrate love than a dreamy getaway to one of the most romantic places in the world. Soak in the sun on a beautiful Portuguese beach, stroll hand in hand through the Alps or get close in a Spanish city we can’t help but fall in love with.
Santa Maria Island, Portugal
Located in the Azores archipelago, Santa Maria Island is only 2,000 miles east of New England, making it the perfect romantic getaway. It’s known as the sunshine island because it has the driest and warmest climate. The most famous beach on the island is Praia Formosa, or the “beautiful beach.” At the bottom of the bay, Praia Formosa reaches a mile long with clear, light green water and rich golden sand with streaks of black. Spend your day in the sunshine and eat at O Paquete, a restaurant on the beach serving fresh fish and drinks.
The city of Innsbruck is located between the Alps in the state of Tyrol, 93 miles south of Munich. You’ll fall instantly in love with this city’s historic old town and the snow-covered mountains as the backdrop. Make a stop at one of the city’s oldest restaurants Kapeller, which first opened in the 16th century. It features authentic Austrian cuisine, like roasted lamb and risotto and dumpling soap. What’s more romantic than a trip to Swarovski Kristallwelten, home to the one and only crystals. Inside you will find creations by artists from around the world using Swarovski crystals, of course.
Barcelona is easy to fall in love with and even easier to fall in love in. Start your evening snuggled up on a rooftop bar with a jug of sangria at La Isabela at The Hotel 1898 in the heart of La Rambla. Then head to Barcelona Pipa Club, a secret jazz club with a dimly lit lounge where you can listen to live music from your own private nook. Spend your day hand in hand strolling through the lovely Park Guell, originally built as a utopian community. Today it’s most famous for it’s mosaic benches and amazing city views.