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These cities are perfect for whisking away your other half

Good Housekeeping UK logo Good Housekeeping UK 19/06/2019 Roshina Jowaheer
a person sitting at a dock in front of a building © Maksim Ozerov

Solo holidays may be on the rise but romantic city beaks will never go out of fashion and at these magical spots that were made for exploring à deux, you'll love getting to know a new destination while spending quality time together.

Whether strolling hand in hand as you take in charming squares, discovering quiet sides to well-known cities or eating your way around a foodie hotspot, these romantic city breaks are extra special alternatives to hopping on the Eurostar to Paris. Browse our pick of the top cities to visit with your partner for a memorable getaway in 2019...

1. Lyon, France

If you've already ticked Paris off your list or just fancy somewhere different to France's overcrowded capital, Lyon is the perfect alternative. It offers a pretty old town, impressive architecture and is known as the country's gastronomic capital, making it a must-visit for foodies.

a view of a city: Best city breaks for couples: Lyon © SanderStock - Getty Images Best city breaks for couples: Lyon

For a unique visit to the city, combine your trip with other overlooked French cities like Avignon, while taking in the stunning views of the Rhone River and joining Bake Off's Prue Leith on a delightful cruise this summer. BOOK NOW

2. Venice, Italy

Stay with us... We know it's one of the world's most famous cities for a romantic break but there are still ways to see Venice beyond where the crowds go. The islands of Burano and Murano are must-sees for their bright buildings and to see the colourful glass that is made there.

a long bridge over some water: Canal in Chioggia © mammuth - Getty Images Canal in Chioggia

Meanwhile, the fishing port of Chioggia makes for an interesting visit away from all the hordes of Venice, where narrow alleys and deserted canals await. For something truly unique, join a five-day cruise around Venice, where Loose Women's Linda Robson will also join you on board for a drink. BOOK NOW

3. Tromso, Norway

What could be more romantic than watching the Northern Lights together on a unique city break in Norway? In the Arctic city of Tromso, you can visit unusual museums and the world’s northernmost botanical garden combined with incredible activities like husky sledding, whale safaris and kayaking on a winter escape you'll both love.

a large body of water with a mountain in the background: View at night on illuminated Tromso city with cathedral and majestic aurora borealis © RelaxFoto.de View at night on illuminated Tromso city with cathedral and majestic aurora borealis

Want to make sure you see the Northern Lights on your unforgettable trip? Join an Aurora cruise around Norway's Arctic cities and towns, which comes with a Northern Lights promise, meaning if you don't see the natural phenomenon, you'll get another cruise completely free! BOOK NOW

4. Seville, Spain

Barcelona is a fine place for a cultural city break but head further south and you can experience the beauty of Andalucia in sunny Seville. With glorious gardens, royal palaces and passionate flamenco shows, this alternative city is a great way to soak up the Spanish flavours while enjoying the rays.

a group of palm trees with a building in the background: Alcazar gardens © duncan1890 - Getty Images Alcazar gardens

Then there's the incredible cuisine that takes in slow cooking techniques and the use of an array of spices. What's more, a trip to beautiful Seville is often affordable too. British Airways, for example, offers three-night city breaks from £164 per person. BOOK NOW

5. Koblenz, Germany

Offering something for everyone, this charming German city on the northern end of the Rhine Gorge has the likes of castles, winding streets and squares that make for wonderful strolls stroll through.

a large body of water with a city in the background: High Angle View Of River Passing Through City © Sina Ettmer / EyeEm High Angle View Of River Passing Through City

There's a cable car that connects the town to the hilltop Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and it's best explored on a Moselle River cruise, where you'll also stop in Cochem, Mehring and Cologne. BOOK NOW

6. Porto, Portugal

a long bridge over a body of water with a city in the background: Dom Luis I Bridge © Miemo Penttinen - miemo.net Dom Luis I Bridge Leave Lisbon to the crowds as you head to picturesque Porto on the River Douro. From iconic bridges to pretty tiles and famous sweet wine to architectural marvels like the Cathedral and the Church of Sao Francisco, there's so much to see and do over a few days.

You can even get out of the centre and head for the nearby Foz do Douro beaches for a stroll along the sands. British Airways offers three-night city breaks to Porto from £159 per person. BOOK NOW

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