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Unwind with someone special on these 5 island destinations

Stretch on the sandy beaches, soak in the sun, and treat your taste buds to delectable local cuisine. These island destinations, all within Europe, come highly recommended by couples for a relaxed holiday. Go ahead, check them out and be ready for when your partner suggests a beach getaway.

1. Rhodes, Greece

Hike up the mountains and witness amazing views of the whole island

E Emma-jadb

I went swimming and exploring the mountains. We travelled all over the island for sightseeing but my favourite places were Rhodes Old Town and Apolakkia up in the mountains. Travelling up into the mountains and seeing the amazing views of the whole island [was romantic].   Read more

D Douglas

Rhodes Town is amazing to visit, and there [are] plenty of activities like boat trips, beaches, etc available. De-stressing tips: Beach, swimming, sunbathing [and] eating great food. My romantic experience: Dinner on a taverna rooftop while the sun set in Rhodes town.   Read more

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2. Malta

Take a dip in the blue waters and sample local food favourites

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A Adi

We visited all the islands and saw some stunning scenery like the Blue Lagoon, the Silent City of Mdina, Azure Window and had one of the best pizzas in a local pub in Valetta. De-stressing tips: Just sunbathing, swimming, relaxed dinners in local restaurants and sightseeing. Also, I tried a local specialty called Bragioli... My romantic experience: Dinner at a rooftop restaurant, great local wine, smooth service and a view to remember.   Read more

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3. São Miguel, Portugal

Share a meal with good wine and watch the waves crash on the shore

D David

Dolphin and whale watching was a great day out... Depending on where you stay it can also be very quiet and peaceful... De-stressing tips: Swimming in the natural spas, swimming in the sea [and] eating good food with some good wine. My romantic experience: Really nice meal in Povoacao, looking out over the sea. Very quiet area and unspoilt. The Island of Sao Miguel is reasonably quiet and not full of tourists... Food was good and a lot of seafood available. Wine is pretty cheap and eating out is not expensive.   Read more

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4. Larnaca, Cyprus

Stretch out on the sand, with a beer in hand, and get tanned

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M Marija

Larnaca centre is great with a lot of restaurants and bars, near the beach. De-stressing tips: Tanning on the beach! My romantic experience: Whiskey and cola on the beach at night – most amazing experience ever.   Read more

D Dominic

Jet skis at Nissi beach were great fun! Quad bikes from Protaras were great value! Hired a convertible Mercedes from KEM rentals, made it very enjoyable and explored the whole island! My romantic experience: Watching the sunsets and strolls along the beach.   Read more

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5. Tenerife, Spain

Dine at a beachfront restaurant while watching the sun set

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N Natalie

We loved walking along the beach fronts and exploring the local shops and restaurants, giving us time to simply enjoy each other's company and forget the stresses of daily life back home. We went all over the island to various places but particularly just loved the views from the mountains of the entire place! It was amazing to get up high and watch the beautiful sunsets! The beautiful restaurants on the beach front are perfect to sit and eat good food and drink good wine while watching the sun set with your favourite person.   Read more

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