The Best European Islands for Romantic Vacations

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When couples go for a romantic vacation, going to an island is usually one of the most favoured options. So, in this article, we’ve rounded up some of the best European islands for couples dreaming of a romantic island escape. 

From the sun-soaked shores of the Mediterranean to the rocky beaches of the Balearic Islands, check out this list of the best European islands for romantic vacations.


As the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean and the largest island in Greece, Crete offers several wonderful experiences for couples on a romantic trip, including Crete villas in romantic spots. The island is home to gorgeous lighthouses and stunning Cretan beaches. Heraklion or Chania would be the perfect base for exploring the island. And while here, don’t miss the chance to experience local Cretan cuisines and understand what makes it different from traditional Greek foods. Wash it off with a Cretan wine produced at the island’s local vineyards.


Thanks to its immense beauty and lovely beaches, Hvar is a favourite destination for couples wanting to explore the Croatian coast. One of the must-sees in the island is the historic town, with its old romantic buildings and charming cobblestone streets. Spend your days lazing by the beach and your nights sipping delicious wine over plates of delectable Croatian dishes.


Home to some of the most spectacular landscape sceneries in the UK, the Isle of Skye is certainly one of the most romantic islands in Europe. Here, you can explore serene lochs, marvel at jagged mountains, or swim through cascading waterfalls. But perhaps the most iconic feature in the Skye is the Old Man of Storr, a steep rocky hill overlooking the Sound of Raasay. While you can catch a glimpse of it from the main road, it’s worth taking a hike to see its enormous pinnacles up close. It’s a 4.5 km hike, yet the views from above will make it well worth it!


If your idea of a romantic vacation is to swim at beautiful beaches and explore natural wonders, you should frequent any of the luxurious Mallorca villas dotted around. Located off the Mediterranean Sea, Mallorca is the largest among Spain’s Balearic Islands. You can base yourself in the capital city of Palma and go for day trips to nearby towns and villages. Head to the southeast part of the island, where you will find the most beautiful beaches. On the western part are smaller mountain villages such as Valldemossa and Deia.


Ireland is perfectly suited to romance with its dramatic landscape scenery and vast stretches of beautiful, deserted countryside. There are so many wonderful things to discover in Ireland, but there’s nothing more romantic than cosying up under a blanket at one of the country’s charming cottages. The Irish countryside is dotted with charming old cottages that would make for a perfect holiday home and restful retreat for couples on a romantic break. If you have more time to explore, check out the ancient ruins, and end your day indulging in a delicious beer and fish and chips at a cosy Irish pub.

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