Most romantic European city breaks for Valentine’s Day

Thursday, 9 February 2012 4:55 PM

Valentine’s Day is just next week, so it’s time to start planning that perfect short city break to surprise your loved one. We’ve come up with our list of Europe’s most romantic cities to help you decide where to spend that special day for lovers.

Sevilla, Spain - For passionate romance
Sevilla is the stuff that dreams are made from; an iconic city full of Spanish passion, beauty and feisty spirit. Come here at any time of the year and it will feel romantic, so you can hardly go wrong choosing this city as your Valentine’s destination. Take a horse and carriage ride through its sun-drenched streets, eat dinner outdoors by candle light in its many hidden plazas or sit hand in hand by a fountain listening to the sounds of the Spanish guitar, all under the spires of this charming city bathed in golden light.

 

Santorini, Greece - For luxurious romance
The Greek island of Santorini has been synonymous with love for years, being a favourite destination among honeymooners. It’s quaint, charming and extremely photogenic. Spend a weekend break here, sitting together amid blue and white domed rooftops, while you look across the bay at a night sky famed for its stunning sunsets.

Verona, Italy - For traditional romance
If you’re after a traditional Valentine’s Day destination, then head to Verona, the home of those star-crossed lovers in one of the best loved romantic stories of all time - Romeo and Juliet. Verona is known as one of Italy’s most beautiful cities and it certainly lives up to that title, rose and terracotta coloured buildings sit either side of the elegant meandering Adige River with its graceful bridges and wide piazzas make you gasp at every turn at their beauty. Stop to visit Juliet’s balcony for the ultimate romantic scene and engrave your names on the Terrace of Lovers’ or write a love note and post it in the wall.

Budapest, Hungary - For dreamy romance
Many have claimed that Budapest is the most beautiful city in central Europe and walking around its elegant baroque, neo-classical and art-nouveau architecture, you’ll soon understand why. Spanning across the romantic Danube River this attractive city is filled with cultural treasures. Take a romantic ride on a pleasure boat down the river or while the afternoon away relaxing in the Turkish thermal baths – what more could you want from a romantic city break?

Valletta, Malta - For idyllic romance
This cute and idealistic Maltese capital is enough to charm even the most cynical on Valentine’s Day. Even its name conjures images of a bygone era of romance. The pint-sized city streets, gracious Mediterranean architecture of domed cathedrals in tones of copper and sand will captivate the senses. Breathe in the charming beauty of Valletta by walking arm in arm up and down the cobblestone streets, stopping at small cafes and exploring ancient history.
 

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