For many people around the world, there’s no greater city for romance than Paris. Spending your mornings in chic cafes and afternoons strolling through cobblestone streets, or perhaps visiting the Eiffel Tower and shopping at flagship stores of luxury brands. Whatever your definition of romance is, chances are quite good that you’ll find it while vacationing in Paris.

But the notion that you’ll only find romantic settings in Paris while vacationing in France couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, as you get a bit of distance between you and the hustle of the big city, you’ll find more opportunities to spend quality time with your partner. Here are a few top picks to consider if you want to get away from it all and rekindle the flame with the one you love:

Annecy [Photo Credit: Creative Commons 2.0, Sergio]

Annecy [Photo Credit: Creative Commons 2.0, Sergio]


Located in eastern France, Annecy is a sizable city that’s just beyond popular destination Geneva. Thanks to the canals that run through the city, some refer to this place as “Little Venice.” Centuries-old buildings line the canals, with sweet terraces overlooking all that happens down below. The Palais de l’Isle is a famous castle that was built among the canals in the 1100s. It’s certainly worth a visit while taking a scenic boat ride through this charming city. Naturally, you’ll want to take a stroll over Pont des Amours, or “Lovers Bridge” while exploring the area.

Eguisheim [Photo Credit: GNU Free Documentation]

Eguisheim [Photo Credit: Creative Commons 3.0, Wikipedia user Mschlindwein]


If you’re looking for a picturesque town that feels as if it belongs in a fairytale, be sure to pay a visit to Eguisheim. This colorful town has a unique circular layout that makes exploration by foot fun and unique. It’s part of the famous Alsace Wine Route, which means there is no shortage of wine bars and wine cellars to visit. A word to the wise–expand your tasting horizons beyond the wines you usually drink. Ask the sommelier what recommendations they have and don’t miss your chance to try some unique varietals here that you’re unlikely to find back home.

Rochefort-en-Terre [Photo Credit: Creative Commons 3.0, Selbymay]

Rochefort-en-Terre [Photo Credit: Creative Commons 3.0, Selbymay]


This quaint town is the perfect destination for those who like to wander and take in local life at a leisurely pace. Architecture aficionados will find plenty to admire with ages-old homes and shops lining the streets. Leave your worries and need for speed at home. In Roche-en-Terre you can spend your time browsing antiques, visiting farmers markets, and eating local fare that will warm the soul.

Truth be told, Annecy, Eguisheim, and Rochefort-en-Terre are just 3 of many smaller cities and towns where you can enjoy European charm in a less rushed or crowded setting than you may in Paris. If you’re planning a trip to France with your partner, be sure to do some research and find a special getaway for the two of you, in addition to visiting all the must-see attractions Paris is known for. And, of course, don’t forget to learn some French before you go so that you’ll be able to make the most of your visit. Contact us to inquire about learning opportunities near you and you’ll be speaking the language of love in no time!