If you’re planning to pop the question, forget the plane ticket to Paris. Cancel London. And don’t bother with Venice. Instead, head to one of Europe’s more clandestine locations, where you’ll find fascinating culture, historical hotels and all the vistas you’ll ever need to pretty much guarantee the right answer.
Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal
Stay at the Solar Do Castelo. Inês de Castro was maiden of Constance of Castile who married at Sé Cathedral of Lisbon with D. Pedro King of Portugal. Solar Do Castelo is built on the Royal Palace of the Castle of Lisbon where the Royal family lived and where is said that D. Pedro fall in love with D. Inês de Castro and have kissed for the first time. D. Pedro and D. Inês have married secretly and had four children.
Nestled between mountains, at the foot of the Glärnisch ridge, sits Switzerland’s smallest canton capital. Glarus is a true hidden gem, with pristine mountain lakes, rugged scenery and a rich industrial history. Find the perfect combination of hospitality, medieval architecture and refined furnishing at Landvogthaus Nidfurn, one of the best-preserved examples of late medieval mansions in Switzerland. WIth four immaculately furnished guest rooms, you can be assured your stay in Glarus is a highly intimate affair – just what you need to make that special proposal truly unforgettable.
Proposal locations don’t get much more idyllic than the glorious village of Comologno, at the end of the Onsernone Valley in Switzerland. Palazzo Gamboni, a 17th century hotel, sits within its wild, unspoilt countryside; offering five rooms, a whirlpool, sauna, and massage treatments for true serenity and rejuvenation. Take a walk along remote mountain paths to ask the all-important question, or take a refreshing dip together in the crystal-clear waters of the mountain river Isorno.
The Swiss town of Binn may just be one of the most beautiful places you’ve never heard of. It lies in a small, secluded valley at the base of lush green peaks. The quiet village remains void of the kind of tourist-pleasing developments much of Switzerland is rife with. Instead of sprawling ski resorts and busy highways, you’ll find a wild and romantic paradise with goats and hikers journeying on ancient roads. Book at night in the village’s only hotel, the Hotel Ofenhorn, to pop the question, before a magical day of crystal hunting in the mountains.