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Best romantic and sustainable destinations in Europe

Best romantic and sustainable destinations in Europe

Do you want love to last? Treat yourself to a romantic holiday in the best sustainable tourism destinations. The vineyards of Austria, the most beautiful seaside resorts of Latvia, tailor-made events for lovers like "the romantic night" in Nin in Croatia, await you for an unforgettable stay in one of the best romantic and sustainable destinations in Europe.

 

EDEN, the acronym for "European Destinations of Excellence" is the largest European network of destinations rewarded by the European Commission for the quality of their tourist offers and their respect for the environment. EDEN is the promise of real experiences, real discoveries, real encounters.

 


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Nin, the most romantic city in Croatia

Croatia

Maybe you have already enjoyed the best moments of your life in Nin, so why not reliving them again? For those who haven’t, it’s time to experience the magic of the royal town of Nin.

 

On the wall of memories, you can share your most beautiful life moments: photos, drawings, notes… Kiss your loving one on the marked “kiss point” places, dance on the concert of romance and catch a place on the romantickissing bench”. Look for historical figures of Nin’s history in the old town streets and take photos.

 

Buy a rose from the magical fairies, win valuable prizes and do much more. Come to a romantic night – romantic memorable experiences await you here. Explore why Nin is granted official label “European Best Romantic Destination”.

 

Be part of the story of the memorable romantic night in Nin – the first metropolis of the Croats.

 

How to get there: book your flights to Zadar (30 min).

 

Where to stay:  'Zaton Holiday Resort' is perfect for a stay in Nin.

 


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Landlust

Austria

Landlust is the perfect destination for those who love and love nature.

 

Situated in the extensive fruit orchards and vineyards of this diverse cultural landscape, here a true paradise awaits all those who want to spend a restful and enjoyable time-out. From a small Kellerstöckl apartment for two to a large farmhouse containing several holiday units – all houses belonging to the Landlust Group are at least 100 years old and have been revitalised with loving attention to detail, giving consideration to building biology and using traditional techniques.

 

How to get there: book your flights to Graz (40 min) or Vienna (1h45min).

 

Where to stay: the "Pension Thermenland" offers a daily buffet breakfast. 

 


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Kuldiga, the most charming town in West Latvia

Latvia

 

Kuldīga, one of the most charming and magical towns in West Latvia is situated less than two hours drive from Riga the capital. It is a town which has preserved its medieval appearance and charm.

 

You will love the architecture of ancient houses, hills and valleys, the colours red, ocher, green, gray and pastelshades. Whatever the season, the town retains its charm throughout the year. Kuldīga has established and maintains a strong link with culture and art. Kuldīga has the widest naturally formed waterfall in Europe (249 m) and is associated with a number of legends and historic events.

 

How to get there: book your flights to Riga (1h30 by car - 3h by train).

 

Where to stay: the “Boutique Hotel Virkas Muiza” is surrounded by a park.

 


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Jurmala

Latvia

Jurmala is a sustainable tourism destination perfect for a romantic well-being and relaxation stay, for two or with the family.

 

Jūrmala is a place many associate with romantic feelings, a place to recover health in resort centres and where wonderful moments with family and children can been spent, a place for wonderful rest after productive work and business meetings, a place to enjoy wonderful music and gain creative inspiration, a place to dance the first wedding valse and raise a glass of champagne right by the sea.

 

How to get there: book your flights to Riga (30 min by car - 1 hour by public transport).

 

Where to stay:  the “Hotel Jurmala Spa” located only a short walk away from the beach. 

 


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Heart workshop in Radolca

Slovenia

This traditional Slovenian craft is still alive in Radovljica's old town centre. In the cellar of Lectar Inn in Linhart Square you will be charmed by the enticing smells of genuine Lectar hearts made of gingerbread.

 

The decorated pastry is made from honey dough and shaped either with a wooden or a tin mould, or by hand. During the late Middle Ages, lect was popular with the social elite.

 

The Lectar inn is also home to the Lectar Workshop and Museum; there you can watch the hearts being made and decorated and view the traditional baking implements. There is also a collection of decades-old honeybread hearts and other similar items.  In addition,chocolatiers from all over Slovenia, as well as from neighbouring countries, come together every April to present their chocolate, products and dishes. 

 

How to get there: book your flights to Ljubljana (20 min by car – 1h by public transport).

 

Where to stay: the “Linhart Hotel” where guests love the friendly staff and the great breakfast.

 


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A romantic stay by the water

Rochefort Océan - France

With a 25km coastline, Rochefort Océan is your dream destination for seaside holidays! Fouras-les-Bains is the ultimate family-friendly peninsula with five beaches and lots to do.

 

On the other side of the estuary, the oyster farming Port-des-Barques is ideal for a walk to Ile Madame, the smallest of the four Charente Maritime islands; it is the perfect spot for nature lovers who want to breathe the fresh ocean air for a few hours. Another island getaway awaits... Aix Island is a real change of scene! It is the only real island of the Charente Maritime, you can only go by boat!

 

How to get there: book your flights to Rochefort or Bordeaux (1h40 by car).

 

Where to stay:  "L’Esprit du 8" offers very comfortable beds and an outdoor pool. 

 


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A romantic stay in the smallest city of the world

Durbuy - Belgium

 The smallest town in the world is also one of the most romantic. The whole city seems to have been created to make you live a romantic weekend. Durbuy is perfect as it combines gastronomy and well-being.

 

Beautiful walks await you in the woods or you can also simply stroll through the historic center and taste the culinary creations of local artisans.

 

How to get there: book your flights to Brussels-Charleroi (1h) or Brussels-Zaventem (1h20).

 

Where to stay: the "Hotel Saint Amour" offers a gourmet restaurant, an outdoor terrace and elegant rooms.

 


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Slovenske Konjice

Slovenia

To open the door to Slovenske Konjice is to enter a town with a thousand-year history captured between the mysterious Konjiška Gora mountain and the sunny golden hills of the wine-growing Škalce in north-eastern Slovenia which welcomes visitors in its “embrace of noble stories”.

 

The numerous surrounding villages complete the image of this pleasant medieval town of nearly 6,000 inhabitants by the Dravinja River, which was first mentioned in written records in 1146 under the name of Counowitz.

 

How to get there: book your flights to Ljubljana (1h20 by car).

 

Where to stay: the "Wine Grower’s Mansin Zlati Gric” next to the Gric Restaurant serves gourmet cuisine and a wide range of wines.  

 


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Visit one of the most romantic castles

Trakoscan - Croatia

 

The forest around the lake and the landscaped area of the park are protected and preserved parts of the once large estate of the Counts Drašković which forms a historical and natural whole.

 

The park-forest is rich in diverse flora and fauna: the abundant vegetation together with the lake forms a harmonious horticultural environment. In the second half of the 19th century, the immediate surroundings of the Castle were landscaped and a romantic park created to mimics nature and give an appearance of spontaneity in the organization of the environment.

 

How to get there: book your flights to Zagreb and drive 1h to Trakoscan.

 

Where to stay: the "Hotel Trakoscan” is set in a picturesque vicinty of the medieval castle.

 


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Wild Taiga

Finland

What could be more romantic than a stay combining cocooning and observation of the flora and fauna? After beautiful walks to discover wild bears or an afternoon of birdwatching, slip in a warm duvet in your room and watch the snow fall outside.

 

Wild Taiga is an ideal destination for a romantic getaway in the heart of the wilderness.  

 

How to get there: book your flights to Kaajani (direct flights or via Helsinki + 1h). 

 

Where to stay: “Hotel Kalevala”. This hotel offers 4 saunas, 2 hot tubs and various massage facilities. 

 


 

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