With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is a great time to start looking for ways to surprise that special someone. Swap that overpriced bouquet and last-minute box of chocolates for a romantic getaway! Perhaps it’s the first chance you’ve had to go on an adventure with your lockdown partner, or maybe you’ve just missed time away with your long-term travel companion. Either way, check out our top dreamy destinations and make the most of Valentine’s Day this year.
Where better to celebrate eternal love than the Eternal City? From the Colosseum to the Roman Forum and the Sistine Chapel, there’s no shortage of awe-inspiring sights to take in with your loved one. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Aventine Hill for some al-fresco dining. The tranquil Orange Garden boasts seriously stunning views of St. Pete’s Basilica. Don’t forget to throw three coins into the Trevi Fountain, ensuring you’ll return to Rome, find love and get married (if you believe the legends).
Fancy combining a beach break with a cultural city adventure? Give your partner the best of both worlds with a trip to Barcelona. Whether you visit the stunning Sagrada Familia, tuck into some tapas or take a romantic ramble down Las Ramblas, there's no shortage of things to do. If you want to push the boat out, then do exactly that – rent a boat in the famous Ciutadella Park and admire the scenery from the water. You're not full couple goals until you've shared a kiss in front of "the kiss mural," a huge mosaic showcasing moments of freedom.
Enchanting castles, unique bars and views guaranteed to sweep you off your feet, Budapest is certainly a dreamy destination. Turn up the heat with a visit to Széchenyi Baths. One of the largest thermal baths in Europe, it's a perfect spot to relax and soak up the romance. If you're lucky enough to be coupled up with a bookworm, head to the incredible Szabo Ervin Library. The 19th-century mansion turned library is the best place to curl up with a good book.
With boats, gondolas and plenty of picturesque picnic spots, Central Park takes the crown when it comes to romance. Snuggle up with your better half for a romantic horse and carriage ride through the leafy paradise. Whether you stroll across Brooklyn Bridge at sunset, take in a Broadway show or stargaze at Hayden Planetarium, there's no shortage of enchanting experiences in New York. Take your love to new heights (102 floors to be exact), as you travel to the top of the Empire State Building. The views are sure to impress.
If you're looking for romance, it's hard to beat Paris. After all, they don't call it the "city of love" for nothing. Stroll hand-in-hand along the cobbled streets of Montmartre, steal a kiss at the Eiffel Tower or sip champagne at the latest cabaret show. Home to an abundance of Michelin starred restaurants; there's no better place to splurge on a gourmet meal. Sail down the Seine on a sunset cruise; the city lights never fail to impress.
Calling all romantics; Cancun is an amazing choice for a blissful beach escape with a large helping of adventure. Make a splash this Valentine’s Day by diving into crystal-clear cenotes – spectacular natural underground pools. Discover Mayan ruins, zipline through the jungle, and walk along pristine white-sand beaches. Mexico also brings some of the tastiest cuisine to enjoy together with amazing views. What could be more romantic than making unforgettable memories that last a lifetime?
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