Top 10 alternative romantic destinations for Valentine’s Day
When someone mentions Valentine’s Day city breaks there are certain places that automatically come to mind. Paris. Rome. Venice. However, there’s a whole wide world out there, so here are a few stunning locations which may not have crossed your mind.
Head to the Icelandic capital for one of the wonders of the natural world. Stay awake until midnight and keep your fingers crossed or take a night-time guided tour to hunt for the spectacular and elusive Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). If you spot this amazing natural phenomenon, you won’t help but feel romantic as you cuddle together for warmth viewing this magical spectacle in the sky.
Named ‘The Prettiest Village in England’, Castle Combe is nestled in the Cotswolds. Walk through quaint streets, explore the surrounding rolling hills and serene streams of this picture-postcard village. There’s a wide range of dining experiences, whether you are looking for a cosy pub or a Michelin Star restaurant.
You’ll find this village in the Italian Lakes, the perfect alternative to the busier towns of Como and Lecca. Stroll along the beaches, explore the gardens and villas, or simply relax with a romantic meal by the shoreside, admiring the mountains. Simply Bellissimo…!
Looking for an alternative to the Amalfi Coast? Relax in this stunning Croatian sea-side town and drink coffee like the locals with a Bijela kava as you watch the world go by. Go on a private walking tour with a local expert guide to discover why it’s called the Pearl of the Adriatic.
Known as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires has it all. Fantastic food, an energetic nightlife, and top end hotels. Why not get a feel of the Argentinian culture, while sharing some quality time with your partner with a tango lesson? If you prefer to leave it to the professionals, there’s always a tango show instead.
Nestled in the Julian Alps in Slovenia, this town is a romantic jewel. There’s loads to explore here, walk around the lake, book a horseback tour, or explore the town and castle to experience the history and culture. The natural beauty of the area is astounding with Lake Bled as the perfect backdrop for photos of the precious memories you make in this beautiful part of the world.
For a trip further afield head to the Golden City. Known for its stunning architecture and diverse neighbourhoods, you must see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. For a more romantic twist opt for a sunset picnic at the Battery East Vista, for perfect golden hour views of the bridge against the ocean.
France is not the only place you can speak the language of love, with this city located in Canada’s mostly French speaking Québec Province. Wander the Petit Champlain district’s cobblestone streets for cosy bistros and boutiques, ideal for finding the ultimate Valentine’s gift.
Head to Bosnia and Herzegovina for this quiet little town, perched over the river Neretva. This romantic town is filled with maze-like cobbled streets to lose yourself down, and surrounded by amazing natural beauty. Be sure to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site bridge that connects both sides of the town for the perfect photo together.
What could be more romantic than cosying up with your partner as you sail down breath-taking fjords on a cruise. Book a boat trip to take in the sights of the magnificent mountains and cliffs as you pass through idyllic waters. Visit the iconic Bryggen Wharf (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and enjoy a coffee at one of the many restaurants, bars, cafes within the colourful wooden houses. Perfect for a romantic date.
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