Take three cities

Planning a luxury weekend away this summer? For romance, culture, great hotels and fantastic food, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona tick all the boxes

Best for loved-up couples who are happy to embrace la vie Parisienne with strolls along the Seine, the quaint fromageries and boulangeries, and pretty shops. Stay at Hotel Banke for its elegant rooms and the location. The Opera district is home to one of the most exclusive shopping centres, and is just a short 20-minute stroll from the Louvre. 

Best for cultural couples who love museums showing superlative collections, but who also enjoy la fiesta by night. Stay at Hotel Urban for the original pieces of art in rooms, a rooftop with swimming pool, and its location in the middle of the popular golden triangle of art – home to all the city’s top museums. 

Best for foodie and shopaholic couples who enjoy world-class cuisine, food markets, rooftop bars and beaches. Stay at Hotel Claris for contemporary luxury and eclectic decoration and a central location that’s close to exclusive stores and just a 20-minute walk from the beach. 

Where while you're there

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Lace peasant blouse, monsoon.co.uk 

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