Summer is a popular time of year for couples wishing to spend some quality time with each other on holiday – whether it’s to go exploring, experience different cultures, or simply soak up the sun together. So if you find yourselves in one of these beautiful European destinations this summer, which location would be perfect for a proposal? Angelic Diamonds, retailer of halo engagement rings, have brought us this guide to the five best spots.
Northern lights: Grotta Lighthouse, Reykjavik
Reykjavik is an ideal place to visit with your other half and offers the perfect balance between beautiful landscapes and quirky bars and restaurants. In recent years, it has become an exceptionally popular holiday destination.
One unforgettable backdrop to a proposal would be the northern lights, visible from Iceland. The best time to see the lights is from October to March when the sky is clearer. You don’t have to book an excursion to see the lights and the phenomenon can often be seen at Grotta Lighthouse which is situated outside of downtown Reykjavic where light pollution is low. You can walk here but if you have hired a car, due to the cold temperatures, it could be best to drive to the spot. For a romantic proposal, pop the question outdoors with the lights dancing behind you or for a more private setting, ask the question in the warmth of your car.
There are other activities to enjoy here, too. You could head to Hafnarfjörður which is around a 20-minute bus ride from downtown Reykjavik which is complete with handicrafts and live music.
Beautiful views: Los Bunkers del Carmel, Barcelona
A hidden gem with a beautiful view is Los Bunkers del Carmel in Barcelona. Now considered a viewing platform by many, it was once part of the anti-aircraft battery that was used during the Spanish Civil War.
With a panoramic view of the city behind you, pop the question to your other half to make it a perfect moment to remember. See photos from a wedding photographer who captured a beautiful moment here.
There is no transport that takes you to the very top. Instead, you can get the metro to Alfons X and walk 30 minutes from here or you could get the bus from the city centre which takes you closer to the top where you will have to walk around 10 minutes. The outstanding view of the city is best at sunrise. However, if you and your partner can’t face getting up that early, you can head there for sunset instead.
Secret Gardens: Petřín Hill, Prague
Petřín Hill is surrounded by gardens and you can take a funicular to the top that departs from Ujezd Street in the Malá Strana. On top of the hill, there is an observation tower designed to be a mini version of the Eiffel Tower where you must climb 299 steps to reach the top to be rewarded with 360-degree views. You could pop the question in any of the beautiful landscaped gardens or head to a restaurant in Petřín Park, such as Nebozizek which overlooks the Old Town, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and Vltava River.
Often Prague is ignored as a city of romance due to its renowned nightlife and attraction to stag and hen parties. However, there are many sights to see in Prague that don’t involve the local pubs and one of these is Petřín Hill.
Walks in the countryside: The Lake District, UK
The Lake District is the most popular national park in the UK and it’s easy to see why. With an array of scenic walks, the chance to go for gondola rides on the lakes and great literary connections, this popular destination is sure to inspire your romantic side and is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. For a moderately easy hike, Cat Bells mountain near Keswick offers breath-taking views over Derwentwate. With the recent surge in popularity of scenic country house weddings, you could also start planning a return trip one day. The Lake District is one of the most popular destinations to get married in the UK.
Adventure packed: Mont Chèry, Val d’Isère, France
Skiing is an exciting holiday for couples whatever the season, and with an extra-long season from the end of November to the first week of May, Val D’Isère is a popular choice of location. In fact, more Britons choose to take their annual skiing holiday here than anywhere else in the world. Part of its popularity lies in its differing slopes, where there are pistes for all abilities and if your other half discovers that skiing is not for them, you can always head to La Folie Douce (the famous après-ski bar).
There are jaw-dropping views aplenty as you head to the top of the slopes where you’re surrounded by outstanding views of the mountains. But for a proposal, you might want to head somewhere warmer where you can enjoy a meal and drinks with your other half. One place to do this is at La Grande Ourse, a restaurant situated on Mont Chèry. It offers an authentic fine-dining experience where you can get your own personal chauffeur to take you up the mountain in a Kassböhrer (a specialised snow trailer). Here, you will be met with some perfect views from an altitude of 1,725m and enjoy a five-course meal in the restaurant – a memorable place to get on one knee.