As Valentines Day approaches, why not take your loved one away to a romantic destination for an unforgettable experience? While chocolates and roses are a popular gift at this time of year, a romantic stroll across a golden sandy beach watching an exotic sunset is sure to be the favoured surprise!
Our list of 5 romantic places for a Valentines getaway promise to have sun in the sky and love in the air…
1. Sintra, Portugal
Sintra, in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains, boasts stunning mountains, exotic gardens and shimmering palaces for couples to explore. Its Palace of Sintra (also called Town Palace), is a beautiful present-day historic house merging architectural styles with gothic and manueline elements and a must see. Between the mountains and the sea, Sintra oozes historical heritage and known as the ‘capital of Romanticism’ – is an obvious choice for a Valentines retreat.
2. Paris, France
France’s capital, ‘the city of love’, is renowned for oozing romance. Its infamous ‘love-locking’ bridges give couples a chance to lock a token of their affection, a favourite pastime in the city, while standing close to the sparkling Eiffel Tower at night is a must.
But why not venture elsewhere, such as the Island of the Temple of Love (Temple Romantique). The 19th century temple offers beautiful picnic spots to watch the sunset and even a dreamy rowboat ride! Elsewhere, couples can flock to The Wall of Love (le mur des je t’aime); a love-themed 40 square metres wall in the Jehan Rictus garden square.
3. Madrid, Spain
Spain’s charming capital city is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Couples can stroll hand-in-hand through the Temple of Debod, an ancient Egyptian temple in the city, or relax on the grass in Capricho Park, close to beautiful sculptures and water features. Music-lovers can also venture to Teatro Real for an opera or concert or enjoy some of the world’s finest collections of European art in the Museo Nacional Del Prado.
4. Venice, Italy
Venice is undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in Europe. It’s difficult to escape the romance on a slow gondola ride down the waterways with the one you love! Lake Como offers a truly tranquil experience, with afternoon strolls through its quaint villages, while the wooden Accademia Bridge, over the Grand Canal, offers incredible views over Venice with a romantic atmosphere.
5. Santorini, Greece
As the gem of the Aegean, the Greek island of Santorini is a hugely popular destination for a romantic getaway. The complex is actually still an active volcano, and boasts beautifully crystal clear waters. Couples can enjoy a movie date together at an open air cinema, or have a romantic dinner overlooking the Caldera; catching a typically stunning Santorini sunset.