Top 5 Countries for Your Romantic Motorhome Holiday

Top 5 Countries for Your Romantic Motorhome Holiday

Are you ready for romance?

Heading out into the wilderness or hitting the famous tourist traps is all very well for some road trips but when you’re setting out on a journey with that special someone, a different kind of destination should be on the cards. For the ultimate romantic getaway, you want to discover a somewhere that’s visually beautiful, has fun things to do and ideally isn’t jam-packed with other holidaymakers. For those struggling to come up with spots that tick all those boxes, we’re highlighting some of the most romantic countries on Earth. Each of these nations boast a good handful of destinations which are perfect for romantics of all ages - so dig a little deeper and wow your loved one with a trip that the two of you will reminisce about for years to come.

Italy

A woman looks out over Cinque Terre Point in Italy.

There are so many reasons for couples to make their way to Italy for a motorhome holiday, so we’ll leave the major attractions unmentioned and just bring up a few places which you might otherwise miss out on.

It’s hard to find a more perfectly romantic location than Villa d’Este in Tivoli, with its exquisitely maintained gardens, spectacular fountains and beautiful 17th-century palace. It’s within easy reach for those with a Rome motorhome rental and during the week you’re likely to have the whole place almost entirely to yourselves.

Lombardy’s Lake Como gets all the good press (and not for nothing) but to find somewhere that’s just as gorgeous and much less crowded, head to Lake Iseo instead. Foreigners are only just beginning to realise that this scenic gem exists, so visit soon before its serene seclusion is spoiled. Lake Iseo will introduce you to a wonderfully rustic Italy which has disappeared from most of the country.

The Piedmont region places you right in the heart of Italy’s magnificent alpine country. Jagged mountains dramatically frame picturesque valleys, while vineyards, farms and castles dot the countryside. There are also a few famous spa resorts in the area where couples can indulge in some quality rest and rejuvenation.

Japan

Don’t miss the cherry blossom season in Japan.

Japan may not be the first country you think of when it comes to couples destinations, but this is a place which harbours a low-key romance that many tourists pass over entirely. Don’t be too quick to discount Japan as a place for love to blossom.

Speaking of blossoming, heading to Japan during the cherry blossom season will definitely add a touch of romance to the journey. The season varies a little depending on where in the country you are, but across most of Japan cherry trees will burst into colour in early April. This is also an excellent time to book weatherwise.

To witness the romance of an older time, when shoguns and samurai still walked the land, head to the mountain town of Hida-Takayama. Takayama’s Old Town is one of the best preserved historic districts in the whole country, harking back to Japan’s storied Edo period. This location is also a little bit out of the way, perfect for couples hoping to find a little bit of secluded serenity.

Japan may be most well known for its shining hypermodern cities but this country also has sweeping tracts of natural wilderness and idyllic countryside - and walking through the Kiso Valley is one of the best ways to experience this firsthand. Stroll hand in hand along meandering stone paths, making your way at your own pace between towns which have been preserved to look like they did hundreds of years ago.

Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland are gorgeous at sunset.

Ireland didn’t earn the title “the Emerald Isle” for having mediocre views. Combine the lush rural landscapes with grand old castles and a friendly local culture and you’re well on the way to a romantic getaway.

With a Dublin motorhome rental it will take you less than an hour and a half to get to the dramatic glacial valley of Glendalough in County Wicklow. Surrounded by oak woodland and featuring two lovely lakes, the valley is also home to monastic sites which trace their heritage back to the 6th century. You’ll feel caught up in your own little world here, in the midst of stunning natural beauty.

When it comes to romantic views, you can’t do much better than the Cliffs of Moher at sunset. Honestly, though, no matter which time of day you visit, this is an incredible destination. There’s an 18 km cliff walk which you can dip into and enjoy the views at your own pace. Head there late in the afternoon or just as the sun is rising to avoid most of the crowds!

If you’re really looking to go all out with your romantic getaway, Adare Manor is the place to go. Mostly built in the early 19th century (although its history stretches back much further than that) the manor has been transformed into a lavish five-star hotel. Surrounded by meticulously cared for grounds, this is the perfect spot to indulge yourselves and savour a luxurious lifestyle.

Argentina

A couple looks out over the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina.

It should come as no surprise that the home of the sultry tango made it onto our list of romantic destinations. Of course, there’s more to Argentina than just sizzling latin dancing and great wine.

For the kind of couple who bonds over adventurous experiences, a trip to Ushuaia is a must. Known as The End of the World, this is the world’s southernmost city, putting visitors in reach of all kinds of awe-inspiring natural wonders, from the soaring wonders of Tierra del Fuego National Park to cruises which call in at Antarctica. One thing’s for sure: you’ll make memories here which last a lifetime.

If going to the ends of the earth isn’t really your style, you could pick up a Buenos Aires motorhome rental and take half a day’s trip northwest to discover Mendoza. This is some of the world’s finest wine country, and while we wouldn’t recommend driving yourself around the vineyards without a sober driver, they’re certainly worth discovering on a lazy afternoon. Afterwards you can meander along leafy avenues and stumble across picture perfect plazas.

Of course, there’s also Buenos Aires itself, a romantic city if ever there was one. This is a place brimming with music, dance, wine and delicious food - and the nightlife is next level. You could even take a tango lesson or just sit back and watch the experts at play.

Switzerland

A couple relax high in the mountains in Ticino, Switzerland.

While there are many beautiful places around the world, Switzerland has a particularly otherworldly quality to its beauty - like someone stole a heavenly blueprint and smuggled it to Earth. This country of vertiginous peaks, green valleys and breathtaking waterfalls sets the perfect scene for romance.

Lauterbrunnen Valley combines all that you’d expect from Swiss landscapes and amplifies it. This deep cut valley is flanked on either side by dramatic cliffs, with rugged peaks rising in almost every direction you face - it’s also home to the gorgeous Staubbach Falls, one of Europe’s highest unbroken waterfalls. It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque place to wander with your loved one.

Travel back to a simpler time when you arrive in the lovingly preserved medieval town of Gruyères. Not only is the town set high on a hill amidst utterly enchanting natural surroundings, it also has its own 13th-century castle and even city walls. Don’t leave before sampling the famed local cheeses - after all, the town gave its name to the popular Gruyère variety.

For a more traditional, honeymoon-style experience in Switzerland, the resort town of Montreux is an excellent choice. It has all the luxuries and amenities that come with a world-class resort town, but there are a number of features which make Montreux stand out from the crowd. The Château de Chillon is arguably the country’s most beautiful castle, and taking a lakeside stroll from the town down to admire its antique ramparts is a must. Some of Switzerland’s best wine also originates in the region, which makes for a nice little bonus to your stay.

With all these possibilities at your fingertips, what are you waiting for? Start planning the most romantic motorhome holiday ever today!


Written By: Kristof Haines

It’s funny how motorhome memories stick with you. I can still recall a motorhome vacation my family took when I was five years old and how awesome I thought I was, tucked away in a loft bed above the cab. From revealing unique destinations to providing tips and tricks, it’s my mission to help others build great motorhome memories too.