For my 21st Birthday I had a short coach trip holiday in the Black Forest region of Germany. The stunning snowy forest was a beautiful backdrop so it’s no wonder why many couples take a festive holiday over to the continent. There are many beautiful places in Europe that would make the ideal backdrop for a stunning Winter proposal. Angelic Diamonds have put together a list of the top spots where couples might want to have that special moment and decide to commit to marriage together. With over 10,000 survey respondents agreeing that Christmas Eve is the perfect day to propose it makes sense that a festive getaway in one of these gorgeous places could really make the start of the engagement even more special.
There is absolutely something magical and special about the festive period. I love December, mainly for all the fantastic festive celebrations and events going on that I love to attend but this year December will see me turn 30. I’m still waiting for that proposal though, perhaps I haven’t dropped enough hints! I do agree that there is something quite magical and beautiful about a festive proposal, especially as it’s a time when love is flowing, family is gathered and let’s be honest there are plenty of places to visit, events to attend and a great reason to get dressed up. I love visiting my local Christmas markets, however, I’d love to head over to Europe to attend a really traditional one during the festive period, or, just a chance to experience the magic of Christmas in another country.
Here are a few beautiful European places you might consider for your festive proposal:
Los Bunkers del Carmel, Barcelona
A stunning hidden gem in Spain with a beautiful view is Los Bunkers del Carmel in Barcelona. It is now considered as a viewing platform by many but it was once part of the anti-aircraft battery that was used during the Spanish Civil War.
No direct transport will take you to the very top but you can take the metro to Alfons X or the bus from the city centre and then walk the rest of the way to the top. Sunrise or Sunset make for beautiful city views and a stunning backdrop for that ultimate engagement photo to cherish forever. For some inspirational photos of the event taking place you can view photos from a wedding photographer who captured a beautiful moment here.
There are many Christmas markets that are around the city too for you to enjoy. For example, the Fira de Santa Llúcia is the market around the Gothic cathedral close to the city centre and there is the Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Familia from where you can see the unfinished Catholic church, designed by Antoni Gaudí.
Grotta Lighthouse, Reykjavik
Reykjavik is a city I would absolutely love to visit and has so much appeal. It has become increasingly popular in recent years as a Winter holiday destination and has a fantastic mix of stunning landscapes and quirky bars and restaurants which offer couples a great amount of choice when it comes to selecting the perfect place to propose. I could just imagine the perfect photo would be set against the stunning northern lights which are usually visible in the colder months with clear skies. A festive trip would be the ultimate time to see this natural phenomena. A great low light pollution area to see the northern lights is the Grotta lighthouse, situated outside of Reykjavic. As it’s pretty cold hiring a car or driving to the area is advised but if you can withstand the low temperature it is walkable.
There are other festive activities to enjoy here too. You could head to Hafnarfjörður which is around a 20-minute bus ride from downtown Reykjavik to see the Christmas village — complete with handicrafts and live music.
Petřín Hill, Prague
Prague is up there on my list of cities to visit for the stunning architecture. 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. There is the opportunity to take a funicular to the top of the hill or you can climb the 299 steps for the stunning 360-degree views. There are many beautiful gardens and restaurants which would make a picture-perfect proposal. Why not head to a restaurant in Petřín park such as Nebozizek which overlooks the Old Town, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and Vltava River.
Mont Chèry, Val d’Isère, France
I love France and have many fond memories of holidays here in the northern region however I’d love a skiing holiday. Skiing is an exciting winter holiday for couples, 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 their popularity lies in their differing slopes — there’s pistes for all abilites and a the end of the day, after a hard day getting active you might want to visit La Folie Douce (the famous après-ski bar). Skiing really does sound like a lot of fun and something I’d love to do with my partner, and perhaps the whole family as the children get older.
There are plenty of jaw-dropping views from the top of the slopes, a stunning backdrop of those snowy mountain peaks. If you are looking for the perfect place to propose you might want to head somewhere a little warmer where you can enjoy a meal and something warm to drink with your other half. One place to do this is at La Grande Ourse, a restaurant situated on Mont Chèry. They offer 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 can be met with views from an altitude of 1725m and enjoy a five-course meal in the restaurant — certainly the type of place that would be a once in a lifetime experience that could be heightened with getting down on one knee.
The Dome, Victoria Square, Belfast
For somewhere a little closer to home but still feels like a trip away you might want to consider Belfast. Belfast is well-known for its vast Christmas markets that sit in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Another perfect proposal backdrop is the top of Victoria Square in the city centre which features 360-degree views of Belfast, featuring the Prince Albert Clock and Scrabo tower.
If you’re looking for more amazing and stunning views you could take a trip to the northern coast of Ireland where you can cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge with your loved one or retrace the steps of a giant at the causeway. Another place to visit is The Dark Hedges which are nearby too — a romantic passageway of intertwined trees that were planted in the 18th century and featured on one of my favourite TV shows Game of Thrones. You might want to wrap up in layers though as it’s likely to be pretty chilly here in December, especially close to the coast.
This is a collaborative post.