Summer has left us in Australia, but is just around the corner in other parts of the world, and you and your better half deserve a romantic getaway to a warmer climate. Here are 7 beautiful places that you two can go explore.

Though summer just left Australia, it's knocking on the door in other parts of the world! It’s the season of absolute leisure, everlasting sunsets, beautiful beaches, and outdoor BBQ parties. 

So why not make the most of the heat with your significant other while it’s still hanging around from last season? Let's pack your bag and travel!

While there are many ways to surprise your beautiful partner, it’s hard to deny the power of a summer getaway.

Even if you don’t consider yourself the traditional romantic type and dread the idea of a candlelight dinner by the beach, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a wonderful, romantic time with your loved one.

Being romantic after all is not only about chocolates and roses. It can be anything you want: be it skydiving or a trip to the desert.  

As summer is quickly approaching in different parts across the globe, here are 7 perfect summer getaway ideas for every type of couple who wants to spice up their romance.

1. Sintra, Portugal

Though Spain and Portugal share many similarities, including beautiful beaches, sunny weather, good food, and nice people, Spain often takes all the credits. There are many reasons why you should visit Portugal instead of Spain.

Just half an hour ride from Lisbon, the picturesque Portuguese town, Sintra is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Sintra is the home of historic monuments, exquisite palaces, exotic gardens and an incredible mountain range. To give you a few ideas, check out Pena Palace, Sintra Mountains, Castle of the Moors, Monserrate Palace, Palace of Sintra, and Quinta da Regaleira. 

The town feels like it came out of a fairy tale, a romantic fiction that one does not want to end. It’s a perfect place to bring back the old memories and celebrate your relationship.

2. Essaouira, Morocco

Known as the “Windy City," this Moroccan coastal town doesn’t embody the chaos that characterizes other cities like Marrakesh or Fez.

People come to Essaouira to unwind and to enjoy the whitewash water, beach waves, charming riads, and one of the finest medinas in Morocco.

For adventurous couples, there are plenty of water activities including surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, and jet skiing.

Everything is low key while maintaining the distinctive Moroccan’s daily life: local boatmen by fish stalls, sweet mint tea served in cafes, people praying in mosques, and dim passages in the old medina.

3. Sri Lanka

Many people think they should avoid the summer months in Sri Lanka. The truth is that some of the best weather on the Sri Lankan east coast is from April to September.

Formerly called Ceylon, Sri Lanka is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, making it one of the best honeymoon destinations in Asia. If you’re into the wildlife, this is your place.

You can spend all day riding the waves, drinking tea, watching wildlife, or eating exotic, tasty fruits. Your summer getaway can’t get any better than this.

4. Cappadocia, Turkey

Due to the current security situation in Turkey, travellers are recommended to visit only a certain part of the country.

That said, no words can really describe the surreal landscape of Cappadocia. There are hardly many places in the world that would make you feel extremely at awe. You might even have to question your own eyes. 

Filled with incredible rock formations, honeycombed hills, distinctive chimneys, and caves, Cappadocia brings you back to the ancient time, when Anatolian life once took place.

Take your lover on a hot air balloon ride and she’ll never forget it.

5. The Maharajas’ Express, India

The Maharajas' Express' is nothing like the three estranged brothers’ train trip across India portrayed in Wes Anderson’s film, “The Darjeeling Limited”.

The Maharaja’s Express is one of a few luxury trains that takes you from Delhi to Mumbai. Along the way you’ll get to see the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, Ranthambore, the “Pink City” Jaipur, Bikaner, the “Blue City” Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Vadodara.

It’s a seven-day trip that guarantees to give you the best experiences. There’s a lot of entertainment on board for two. All suites consist of big windows, comfortable beds, TVs and DVD players.

India is the land of diversity and “extremes", of colours and flavours. This train ride will make sure you get to taste everything that India has to offer. 

6. Prague, Czech Republic

You might think that the ideal capital in Europe for your romantic summer getaway will obviously be Paris. How about visiting somewhere different this time?

Considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Prague really lives up to its reputation.

Prague is in the top 15 largest cities in the European Union. Located right in the heart of Europe, this UNESCO World Heritage city with centuries-old architecture is where the Bohemian wave started.

Everywhere you turn in the Czech Republic’s capital, there’s a view worth capturing. Taking the idyllic river as the backdrop, couples can stroll across the gothic Charles Bridge, around beautiful castles and churches, and up the hills for a panoramic view of the city.

7. Mykonos, Greece

When people think of the Greek islands, they tend to picture the head-turner Santorini. However, another equally romantic and beautiful island worth visiting is Mykonos.

This charming Greek island is commonly known as a party place. However, Mykonos can offer much more than just nightclubs and cocktail bars.

For couples who associate summer with beaches, Mykonos will certainly satisfy you. There are gorgeous beaches everywhere, including Agios Sostis, Lia Beach, and Agios Stefanos.

Go west and you’ll find Little Venice, which offers tasty cuisine, extravagant shops, and friendly people. Simply take a stroll with your loved one on the beach or around town, and you’ll never know what you might discover along the way. 

A Final Look at Romantic Summer Getaways 

There are many reasons why you should go on a romantic getaway with your beautiful partner. You might be in a long distance relationship. You might want to save the relationship. You might recently get married or simply want to fuel the love flame.

Whatever the reason is that has brought you to this point, we hope you’ve felt inspired by these summer getaway ideas.

If you need help with finding the perfect gift ideas to surprise and please your loving partner, contact us today.

I would love to hear your comments or answer any questions you might have about this post.

Yours sincerely,   

Dr. Carissa Coulston, Clinical Psychologist

BSc(Hons), MPsychol(Clinical), PhD, MAPS