For the couples who travel and are looking for a European weekend getaway that won’t break the bank, we’ve got you covered! From notoriously romantic cities, to smaller coastal towns, here’s our destination guide to romantic European weekend on a budget!
This tiny Belgian town is our first suggestion for a romantic European weekend on a budget. The town has designated UNESCO Heritage status, so you know it’s something special. Known as the ‘Venice of the North’ the city’s waterways form it’s heart and are perfectly romantic to stroll alongside. Rent a boat for a romantic ride around the historic canals, or explore the cobbled streets on foot or by bike. Whatever you decide, you’ll be pleased with the romantic atmosphere!
Bruges is a great budget destination because it’s mostly about seeing the preserved buildings and canals. For sightseeing, you can see Burg Square, Markt Square, the Gruuthuse & Museum, and Saint John’s Hospital, dating back to 1188.
If you tire of eating delectable Belgian chocolates, move onto the famous Belgian fries, cheese, and beer.
If this destination interests you, book your room at Bauhaus Hostel – a cosy hostel located in the centre of Bruges. It’s known for its lively bar serving local and international food.
We’ll always have Paris
What’s romance without mentioning Paris? Despite its pricey reputation, it’s actually a great destination for a romantic European weekend on a budget!
Walk along the Seine, admire the Louvre from the outside, or check out one of the city’s flea markets. All of these things are free! Here are more suggestions for romantic and free things to do:
- Have a date at the river side boho park (Square du Vert-Galant)
- Skip stones on the canals is (just like in the movie Amelie)
- Visit the 17th century Jardin du Luxembourg
- Picnic at Jardin des Tuileries
Montmatre is a particularly romantic neighbourhood, and you should check out the Love Wall. It’s covered with declarations of love in several languages. Something for the true romantics! The quirky Saint-Germain neighbourhood also has a romantic side and is full of budget friendly things to do! Check out the riverside bookstalls here.
Book your room in Paris at the stylish canal-side St Christopher’s Canal Hostel in the vibrant 19th district.
If you enjoy the dolce vita then visit beautiful Naples on the Amalfi Coast! Nestled on the Mediterranean sea, with winding streets, colourful buildings, and views of Mount Vesuvius, it’s a great place for a romantic European weekend on a budget. It’s arguably also the best place in Italy! Home to amazing seafood and pizza, Naples is a lively place full of Italian charm and beautiful sites. A Neapolitan take on a ‘Roman Holiday’. We love this unique city!
If you’re flirting with the idea of a trip to Naples then be sure to check out Hostel of the Sun – it’s the friendliest place in town!
Our last suggestion for a romantic budget weekend is the beautiful city of Seville. Walk along the Guadalquivir River for some beautiful views, and enjoy the laid back atmosphere at a street cafe in the pedestrianised centre.
The city is very budget friendly for food and drinks. It’s also home to Flamenco, so don’t miss a passionate live show. And for an extra romantic touch, take a row boat out on the pond at the Plaza de España by the beautiful Parque de María Luisa.
For a central location with a great buzz then stay at Oasis Palace Backpacker’s Hostel – they also have a lovely view from their roof terrace.
We hope this post has inspired you for your romantic European weekend on a budget – check out our blog for more travel tips and inspiration!