Why not surprise your love this Valentine’s Day by doing something a little different – like sweeping them away on holiday?
While the UK has many opportunities for culture and romance, if you want to go that extra distance for that special person in your life, we’d like to recommend 5 extra-special city breaks that are perfect for the occasion.
Soak in the romance of a classy, classically romantic city and treat yourself to the best Valentine’s Day ever.
It’s hard to think of a more romantic way to spend an evening than cosying up in a candlelit wine bar in Paris followed by a delightful stroll beside the River Seine.
The Eiffel Tower dominates the city’s skyline, and anyone who has witnessed Paris from the tower’s highest point will understand why so many marriage proposals have been accepted there. Then there are the other amorous landmarks of the French capital such as the Montmartre district, Notre-Dame, and the Canal St-Martin, all of which are perfect for a sightseeing stroll with your loved one.
Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Paris: Dinner and show at the Moulin Rouge; Paris ballet, opera or classical concert; or sip delicious bubbly with your lover during a day trip to Champagne.
Venice is known as a seriously romantic hotspot, with its endless canals, shimmering lights, and fabulous seafood restaurants.
One of the most popular spots for a lover’s kiss in Venice is the Bridge of Sighs. It gained its name because, historically, prisoners were taken over the bridge while being escorted from their examination room either to their cells or their execution chamber. They were said to sigh as they looked through the window, knowing that this would be their final view of the beautiful city.
Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Venice: Enjoy a cheek-to-cheek slow dance in St Mark’s Square, or splash out on a Grand Canal Boat Tour if you’re feeling decadent. Perhaps the most iconic romantic experience in Venice is taking a gondola ride to view the city from the gently lapping waters.
One of the more unexpected cities on this achingly romantic list is Prague, which is perhaps just as famous for its stag holidays as it is for couple’s breaks. However, Prague’s architectural beauty easily equals that of Paris, and how many other cities have a day dedicated solely to love?
While May 1st is Prague’s Day of Love, it is no less romantic to visit the city on Valentine’s Day when Prague has escaped the winter chill and the spring flowers are coming into bloom. The charming cobbled streets and exquisite buildings are the perfect backdrop for a holiday teeming with romance.
Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Prague: A romantic dinner on the river cruise, taking in a show in the State Opera Prague, or enjoy a horse and carriage ride in the Old Town Square.
Romance is never far away in New York City, which is the setting for many a romantic film such as When Harry Met Sally and An Affair to Remember. It’s a holiday destination with countless iconic landmarks and views such as Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.
A Valentine’s Day spent visiting the famous sights and soaking in the New York atmosphere is electrifying, and perfect for getting you in the mood for love.
Things to do on Valentine’s Day in New York: Take a ferry to Staten Island for a budget but evocative date, take in the sight of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens’ cherry blossoms, go and see the Diamond District if you are considering popping the question, and if you’re looking for an unbeatable experience, take a scenic helicopter ride and view the city’s legendary skyline from high above.
Rome is a European holiday destination that is almost the definition of a romantic place to visit. From the city’s artistic heritage to its magnificent architecture; from the intoxicating cuisine to the fascinating culture; and from the intimate wine bars to the ancient sculptures telling of Rome’s pivotal role in the west’s contemporary culture, Rome is one of the most inspiring holiday destinations in the world.
Wherever you are in Rome, your surroundings are likely to be elegant and charming.
Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Rome: Take a Tiber River cruise to float past such popular attractions as St Peter’s Basilica, sample a world-famous pizza at Bonci Pizarium and Pizzeria ai Marmi, and soak in a sophisticated opera night at Teatro dell’Opera de Roma.