European trips for loved-up couples

European trips for loved-up couples

Get the summer break you and your partner deserve with these quick romantic getaways, handpicked by i-escape

Domu Antiga

A stylish new B&B in Sardinia's mellow interior

Tucked away in the tiny village of Gergei, right at the heart of Sardinia, this serene B&B only opened in 2013 so is still relatively unheard of. Beautiful rustic-chic touches - such as embroidered linens, chunky rafters and turquoise shutters - make this 19th-century farmhouse the perfect rural escape though. Wake to bountiful breakfasts served in the garden or in front of the kitchen fire, then head out to explore the island's breath-taking landscapes - a sparsely populated wilderness of olive groves, gorges and megalithic ruins.

Double rooms with breakfast from £65pn. Guests can also learn the secrets behind local cuisine through cookery courses and bread-making classes - available on request and at an extra charge.

What to do: Visit the Old Town of Cagliari (pictured). Just an hour from Gergei, it's the perfect day trip with myriad limestone buildings, seemingly endless beaches and charming bygone streets.

Likya Gardens Hotel, Turkey

An uber-romantic retreat on the Turquoise Coast 

This adults-only hotel on the edge of pretty Kalkan has just seven sumptuous suites, each with a private plunge pool, a sun-bathing deck and a seafront cabana with butler service and an iPod dock. It doesn't get more luxurious than that. You and your spouse can sip cocktails while listening to your favourite playlist, then climb down the ladder for a dip in the azure Mediterranean Sea below.

Private cruises around hidden coves can be arranged on request, and there are plenty of stunning beaches nearby. Come evening, tuck into a delicious Turkish dinner delivered straight to your terrace, or walk into the village for fresh fish and a friendly buzz. Suites are available from £270pn, based on two people sharing (B&B).

What to do: The pillared ruins of Xanthos, the once-grand capital city of the Lycian Federation, make for a great historical visit. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is just on the outskirts of Kalkan, offering panoramic views of the forest-clad Xanthos Valley and surrounded by the towering Taurus Mountains.

Divota Apartment Hotel, Croatia 

Contemporary apartments in historic Split

Spread across converted stone buildings in the charming neighbourhood of Veli Varoš, this collection of rooms and studio apartments achieves a rare melting pot of the authentic and the modern. The interiors are sleek and contemporary, with white furniture and colourful artwork; while some have terraces or balconies, too. Whip up a meal for your partner with the self-catering options, or treat them at one of the bars and cafés along Split's charming waterfront. And if you're feeling lazy, breakfast can even be delivered to your door for an additional charge.

Perfect for couples wanting to let their hair down, doubles are available from £92pn (room only).

What to do: Another UNESCO-recognised icon, Split's beautiful Palace of Diocletian is full to the brim with Roman, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and remains the largest Roman building in the Adriatic. It was built at the end of the 3rd century and is still in near-original condition.

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