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20 elegant European cities for couples where wine is the star of the show

20 elegant European cities for couples where wine is the star of the show

Are you someone who takes their wine seriously? Have you ever wanted to go to new places just to be able to taste the best wine you can get your hands on? If any of your answers are a yes, you're in luck. Our Lastminute.com users have a few suggestions for the perennial wine lover in you!

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1. Bruges, Belgium "Romantic experience: Sitting in the market square in the evening at one restaurants sharing a bottle of red wine."

Lastminute.com reviewer Jacquelibb shares, "Weather was really warm. Food was great lots of choice. Sightseeing places: River boats, Chocolate Museums, Brewery Tasting. Romantic experience: Sitting in the market square in the evening at one restaurants sharing a bottle of red wine. I liked: Brugge was very pretty and people friendly."

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2. Santorini, Greece "We had a 5 course wine dinner... very romantic as we both got very merry on the wine whilst enjoying the history of the wine from the owner...!"

Lastminute.com reviewer Maxwell says, "Food was good, we ate at a place right outside the hotel called MESOGAIA! This place made our night so special and worth every penny when you go for the Wine Dinner! The owner is very much involved and puts in a lot of effort to make your experience special!... Romantic experience: We had a 5 course wine dinner with the restaurant opposite our hotel called MESOGAIA. This was very romantic as we both got very merry on the wine whilst enjoying the history of the wine from the owner of the restaurant! We also dined on the beach at night and had personal service for the table with wine and food flowing!"

Lastminute.com reviewer shares, "Santorini is a beautiful place to visit, with lots to explore. The wine is the best I've ever tasted. And there are no words for the sunset. De-stressing tips: Lazing around the pool at Maistros village. Walking to Thira every day. Adventurous activities done: Visited the volcano craters, and swam in the hot springs. Going by boat around the caldera is the best way to experience the whole of Santorini. Romantic experience: Sitting in Esperisma restaurant watching the sunset drinking Santorini wine. I liked: Watching the sunset every night. Lazing in my private pool on my balcony."

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3. Amsterdam, Netherlands "[A]n excellent destination to go to unwind and relax with great food and wine bars, highly recommend if you have never been!"

Lastminute.com reviewer Rajbindeb says, "The weather was awesome considering the month, people and crowds were friendly an excellent destination to go to unwind and relax with great food and wine bars, highly recommend if you have never been! De-stressing tips: Wine bars, this place is so bike friendly, all roads have a bike route and is so easy to rent a bike for a few days or more, easy way to get around, most relaxing just to get on and ride where you want to - so piece-full... Romantic experience: The canal rides on the boats late evening as the sun goes down with champagne, so romantic! Self experience: A'Dam lookout, a huge swing which swings you over the buildings were you have most magnificent views. I liked: The people of Amsterdam and we had the weather on our side! So hot?"

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4. Split, Croatia "The [D]iocletion's palace were amazing. Have some wine or beer there and dance to great music with your partner in the square."

Lastminute.com reviewer Cm says, "The street food is amazing in Split. The [D]iocletion's palace were amazing. Have some wine or beer there and dance to great music with your partner in the square. Adventurous activities done: We did a day trip to Trogir, Hvar blue caves, blue lagoon. Completely worth doing if you have a full day. You see so much in the day. Sightseeing places: Diocletion's palace was amazing. The Marjan Hill had an amazing view, great restaurant on the way up there with a great view."

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5. Copenhagen, Denmark "Choose a restaurant, a random one, possibly Danish. Embrace their joy. Find a gig and enjoy their beers, and their love for wine and cuisine."

Lastminute.com reviewer Massimo adds, "Food is delicious. Loved to learn about their hygge culture. Christiania is a marvelous place to discover. Look at their story. De-stressing tips: Just relaxing, enjoying the canals, a drink with the locals, a walk, or try one of the many electric scooters all over. It's joyful... Adventurous activities done: Choose a restaurant, a random one, possibly Danish. Embrace their joy. Find a gig and enjoy their beers, and their love for wine and cuisine. Romantic experience: A dinner at Host. It's not cheap, but it's absolutely worth it for a couple. I liked: Definitely the food and the atmosphere."

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6. Rome, Italy "So much to see and very romantic. Food and wine may be some of the best in the world!"

Lastminute.com reviewer Jamie adds, "What a beautiful city. So much to see and very romantic. Food and wine may be some of the best in the world! De-stressing tips: Cycling tours. Tasting menus at ad hock. Romantic experience: Staying in the romantic suite sistina for lovers. I liked: Cycling tour to aqueduct and the catacombs. I disliked: Going home."

Lastminute.com reviewer Matthew adds, "Food experience: We ate at Exquisitaly, Doveralu and Zeus and loved every meal. The ice cream was amazing every place we tried (and we tried a lot just to be sure! ) Pasta was always all dente and the pizzas are perfection. The tomatoes are the juciest tastiest tomatoes like they used to taste like in the UK when I was little. And the wine. Oh the wine. Sightseeing places: The Vatican was full of beauty and art. The Colloseum was full of history and information. The Trevi was beautiful but there are 100s of other beautiful fountains all over Rome. Romantic experience: All of the trip was romantic xx."

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7. Dubrovnik, Croatia "We spent the day swimming in the ocean, having a great seafood lunch and drinking some fantastic wine!... the best vacation of my life so far!"

Lastminute.com reviewer Louis Nielen Emile says, "Weather and food was absolutely brilliant, beginning of June is a perfect time to go. We visited the Old Town a couple of times, kayaked around Lokrum Island, took a boat cruise to the Elafiti Islands and day trips to Kotor and Mostar. Without a doubt the best vacation of my life so far!... Romantic experience: The most romantic was probably boat cruise to Elafiti Islands. We spent the day swimming in the ocean, having a great seafood lunch and drinking some fantastic wine! Sightseeing places: Mosta in Bosnia, Kotor in Montenegro, Elafiti Islands, Dubrovnik Old Town, Uvala Lapad. All of them were special in their own way, but highlight probably has to be the view on the top of the fort in Kotor, as well as Kolocep beach in the Elafiti Islands."

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8. Florence, Italy "Loved Vino in Tavola in Borgo San Lorenzo, try wines and focaccia with ham and cheese. Cheap and delicious!"

Lastminute.com reviewer Saubhik adds, "Florence is a beautiful city. People should also visit Tuscany region, including Pisa, Chianti and San gimignano. Wines are awesome. Sightseeing places: Pisa, Chianti, San gimignano, We like San gimignano the most. Romantic experience: We had a beautiful authentic Tuscany lunch with pasta and wine at Chianti. I liked: The scenic beauty and landscape. I disliked: Nothing."

Lastminute.com reviewer Silvia shares, "Weather was good as usual, food was amazing!... Go to Borgo San Lorenzo and stop at Vino In Tavola. It's a delicatessen and wine shop, you will fall in love with the food! De-stressing tips: Food, sunbathing and visiting cities. Food experience: Loved Vino in Tavola in Borgo San Lorenzo, try wines and focaccia with ham and cheese. Cheap and delicious! Went to San gimignano and tried pasta cacio e pepe! Loved it... Romantic experience: The view from San gimignano and brisighella. I liked: Food, medieval cities and weather."

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9. Funchal, Portugal "[T]o be recommended are avocado with Madeira wine, steak on the stone, beef on a spit (espetada), and the local fish such as [B]ream and [E]spada."

Lastminute.com reviewer Richard Allan John adds, "Funchal has some very good value restaurants and to be recommended are avocado with Madeira wine, steak on the stone, beef on a spit (espetada), and the local fish such as bream and espada. Trips are good value but especially the yellow tourist bus for 19euro, valid for two days and includes trips around Funchal, a route to the fascinating village of Camara the Lobos and a bus to the cliff of Cabo Girao."

Lastminute.com reviewer Thi He shares, "Beautiful, lush green island. Friendly and safe town. A lot of things to do. Weather was great too. Food is good and big portion. Fantastic wine. Highly recommended to anyone but there are a lot of hill walking but it is still okay for most elderly people. De-stressing tips: relaxing in the pool and good foods and wine. Adventurous activities done: Toboggan and tuk ride. Sightseeing places: Island tour and toboggan sliding. Romantic experience: We spend time together. I liked: Near the sea, good foods, good wine, friendly people, safe island."

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10. Porto, Portugal "The food is exceptional... The wine and port are on another level and is one of the top reasons to come and visit Porto."

Lastminute.com reviewer shares, "Porto is an amazing city to visit. It's smaller and hillier than expected but you soon get just to that! There's lots to see and do in the city and its well connected so it's very easy to jump on the train/metro and visit surrounding towns. The food is exceptional but options for vegans/vegetarians can be limited depending on where you go. The wine and port are on another level and is one of the top reasons to come and visit Porto. Distressing tips: Eating and drinking in cafes. Sightseeing places: Tower, Igreja the São Francisco, and visiting the port houses in Gaia. We very much enjoyed visiting the port houses but even just walking along the riverside in Gaia or on the Porto side is very enjoyable."

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11. Birmingham, United Kingdom "Romantic experience: Chilling and wine and food and chat. I liked: Spending time with my hubby in a lovely location."

Lastminute.com reviewer Lisa adds, "The weather was beautiful, we did a few bars in the day time, meal in [L]as [I]guanas. Which was in like a little square with other bars and restaurants. We stayed in Birmingham as we was attending a concert in the o2 academy which was about a 5 minute walk. The bar hotel was open 24 hours and check out is 3pm on a Sunday so a great lay in. De-stressing tips: going for food, having a few wines and going to a concert. Food experience: Las iguanas, food great and service was very friendly. Romantic experience: Chilling and wine and food and chat. I liked: Spending time with my hubby in a lovely location. I disliked: Nothing."

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12. Krakow, Poland "Romantic experience: It was lovely sitting sharing a bottle of wine in the Jewish quarter in the sunshine... Food amazing and very cheap."

Lastminute.com reviewer Sue says, "Although it rained for 99% of our trip, Krakow was a charming city. Sightseeing places: Wewel, Most of the churches, Runes Glowny, Kazimierz, Ethnographic museum, Anthropological museum. Romantic experience: Siting by the city wall drinking wine, sat by a heater under a cosy blanket. I liked: Lots of interesting buildings to look at."

Lastminute.com reviewer Donna adds, "The Weather was red hot. Food amazing and very cheap. Sightseeing places: Salt mines, Wewel castle. Romantic experience: It was lovely sitting sharing a bottle of wine in the Jewish quarter in the sunshine. I liked: Everything."

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13. Tbilisi, Georgia "Good value, fresh and abundant food, lovely wine... Best of all - go to the country areas- they are invariably fabulous, before the world finds out..."

Lastminute.com reviewer Ashley says, "Hotels and the people are very good and appealing - nice friendly and helpful- clean hotels ( Old Mekethi). Good value, fresh and abundant food, lovely wine... Essentially its the people who make it and they are worth talking to. Best of all - go to the country areas- they are invariably fabulous, before the world finds out... Adventurous activities done: 4 Wheel drive up to Jura. And around hill areas and roads to destinations. Sightseeing places: Kasbegi Stefansminster valley - outstanding. Meksheti - Monastery and Cathedral - enthralling, catch the services with choral - 9-11am 4-6pm for authentic music. Upslika caves - amazing, as is drive there and via Gori. Wine region - lovely esp with honey sellers on the hills. Romantic experience: Metsheta cathedral - overwhelmingly beautiful and early, authentic experience."

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14. Tenerife, Spain "Enjoyed eating Canarian food... lovely beer and wine, cheaper than UK!... As pensioners we enjoyed eating out every night with a bottle of wine."

Lastminute.com reviewer Anthony says, "We hired a car from Autoreason (thoroughly recommend this company) so we're able to visit Mt Teide and other tourist sites. Enjoyed eating Canarian food, along with their lovely beer and wine, cheaper than UK! Weather 22-25 degrees, though cooler-light jumper-in the evening. Food experience: Stayed in La Pinta hotel, surrounded by restaurants and bars. Fish was fresh and well presented. Wine was excellent. Sightseeing places: Los Gigantes by boat, includes whale and Dolphins watching. Very enjoyable. Romantic experience: As pensioners we enjoyed eating out every night with a bottle of wine. I liked: The weather and beer/lager at one Euro a pint!"

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15. Barcelona, Spain "Food experience: La [V]inoteca [T]orres the best wine bar, with fantastic service, great food and amazing wines... I liked: Everything."

Lastminute.com reviewer Sharon says, "The weather was okay though rained and most days cloudy but this didn't distract from the amazing hotel, great food and excellent service. Wonderful city. Food experience: La vinoteca torres the best wine bar, with fantastic service, great food and amazing wines. Romantic experience: Walk to the gardens followed by food and drinks in mikellar bar and garage bar company. I liked: Everything. The hotel was amazing, the friendly excellent service, the great food wines and craft beer. The lovely chilled out city and exiample area."

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16. London, United Kingdom "We a[t]e out at Oninos which was beautiful!... We both love steak and wine!"

Lastminute.com reviewer Samanthb shares, "We a[t]e out at Oninos which was beautiful! We went out drinking in the alchemist which is fun to watch the cocktails being made. We also relaxed in the spa. De-stressing tips: We used the spa which was included with the hotel. We also ate some good food and drank some good wine. Food experience: We are steak and Ominos which was an amazing restaurant. The customer service was also brilliant. Romantic experience: Eating out at Ominos. We both love steak and wine! I liked: The access to the spa and also the steak restaurant."

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17. Crete, Greece "I liked: Wild flowers and scenery and food and wine... Wine also very cheap and delicious."

Lastminute.com reviewer Graham adds, "Wild flowers in April and May fabulous. Knossos and Heraklion archeological museum are a must. Crete is very beautiful with marvellous views everywhere. We ate traditional food such as lamb or pork usually with fried potatoes or fresh greens which are delicious. You usually get free sweet and glass of raki afterwards as well. Wine also very cheap and delicious. Weather was around 20C most days but can be windy. Sightseeing places: Area around Elounda for wild flowers. Also Knossos and Heraklion. Romantic experience: Having meze lunch near Elounda after seeing wild flowers. I liked: Wild flowers and scenery and food and wine."

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18. Toulouse, France "Toulouse was fantastic! We also did a day trip to Carcassonne which was a delight! Lovely places to eat and drink, reasonably priced food and wine..."

Lastminute.com reviewer Phoebe says, "Toulouse was fantastic! We also did a day trip to Carcassonne which was a delight! Lovely places to eat and drink, reasonably priced food and wine though beer was a little expensive. Lots of nice buildings to see and lovely walks along bridges. Sightseeing places: We went to the cathedral in Toulouse as well as Carcassonne. Carcassonne was a well worth it trip and the cathedral was pretty. We also took walks along some bridges which offered great photo opportunities. Romantic experience: The walk along the walls at Carcassonne was very romantic - good views and just a nice, medieval vibe. I liked: Good food and wine. Nice buildings."

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19. Paris, France "My favourite part... going to L'Etiquette for wine then sitting by the river in [Île Saint] Louis as the sun sets... not too packed with tourists."

Lastminute.com reviewer Georgina adds, "Great city with lots of different districts to explore, each offering something unique. Food and wine is amazing in Paris. Sightseeing and museums were brilliant. Sightseeing places: Tour Montparnasse, Louvre Museum, Delacroix Museum, Sacre Coeur, ruins of Notre Dame Cathedral. Romantic experience: Dinner at an amazing restaurant in Montmartre, with fabulous French wine. I liked: The electric scooters!"

Lastminute.com reviewer Emily adds, "Villa Alessandra is lovely, clean, and close to 2 metro stations. About 30-40 minutes walk to the centre. Would definitely recommend! My favourite part of the trip was going to L'Etiquette for wine then sitting by the river in [Île Saint] Louis as the sun sets. The views are lovely and it's not too packed with tourists. Sightseeing places: [Île Saint] Louis, Tuileries Gardens, Canal Saint Martin. Romantic experience: [Île Saint] Louis with wine sitting by the river. I liked: The coffee, the streets and architecture."

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20. Zurich Airport, Switzerland ""[W]e tried their traditional cheese fondue and their amazing wine, we were so impressed and returned to the same place the second night."

Lastminute.com reviewer Mariyana adds, "Zurich was amazing, perfect summer weather. For walks, sunbathing, swimming in the lake and doing some of the wide range of watersports they offer, lots of fun activities, beautiful places to see, very delicious food. Everyone needs to try the traditional cheese fondue... Food experience: We had a really nice breakfast at the hotel with amazing variety of food. The restaurant we choose for a dinner the first night was Swiss chuchi, we tried their traditional cheese fondue and their amazing wine, we were so impressed and returned to the same place the second night. Sightseeing places: I'm I love with the whole city, it's amazingly beautiful. Romantic experience: The whole city is a beautiful romantic place."

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