Forget Paris—These Are the New Destinations That Every Couple Should Visit

Ever since I was a child, I've dreamed of falling in love in Paris. It's cliché, I know, but my 10-year-old self was convinced the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower might as well have been the Disney castle, and that a fairy-tale romance would ensue. Fast-forward to 2012, when I visited Paris for the first time with my boyfriend, and I'll admit that it wasn't what I expected. Braving selfie stick–touting crowds to climb 674 stairs to the top of the city's most iconic building didn't quite match the dreamy postcard image from my youth.

Since that moment, I decided to ditch the major cities and search for Europe's hidden gems: romantic piazzas with live music, quaint and quiet winding canals, wine tasting in France (as listed in this Burgundy travel guide), and whitewashed buildings perched on the shore of the Mediterranean without a tour group in sight. That, to me, is true romance. Whether you're planning a destination date with your S.O. or are looking for a little-known locale to spend some time solo, these off-the-grid European towns should be at the top of your bucket list. Forget the usual list toppers—this is where you should plan your next getaway.