Ok, so this year is a leap year and we all know what that means. Yes that’s right, on the 29th of February girls are officially allowed to pop the question and propose to their man (not that you can’t do it any other time of year, it’s just that now you have a good excuse). So where exactly do you take ‘the one’ to convince him to spend the rest of your lives together? Sometimes men just need a little helping hand, so follow our guide to the best city break destinations to propose to your man.
Barcelona, for the sports mad man
Barcelona is one of the most perfect locations for a sports enthusiast, host of the Olympic Games in 1992 and home to one of the greatest football teams in the world. Begin your short break by visiting the site of the Olympic Games, on top of Montjuic, a romantic spot to look out across the city. See the Olympic village and then take a tour of the Olympic Stadium. The next day head up to Camp Nou, home to the Barcelona Football club. Take a tour of the stadium and visit the famous Barça Museum. Culminate your trip, by taking him to watch the team play in a live football match. After a weekend like that, he won’t be able to refuse you.
Palermo, for the man who thinks with his stomach
We all know that sometimes the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so why not take your man on a short break to the capital of Italy’s famous foodie island – Sicily? Italy is renowned for its delicious cuisine, a favourite the world over and the Sicily is no exception. Think sfincione, a thick local pizza made with tomatoes and anchovies; arancine, fried rice balls stuffed with meat and cheese, crocché, potato dumplings with cheese, parsley and eggs; grilled swordfish and cannoli stuffed with creamy ricotta and powdered sugar. Take him on a culinary tour of the city and head out for a spot of wine tasting at the island’s local vineyards. Palermo’s mouth watering array of cuisine will surely seduce him with its flavours and he’ll not be able to resist answering a firm ‘yes’ to your question.
Paris, for the refined man
If your man is all about style and class, than what better place to take him than the glittering city of Paris? Ok so Paris has its grotty parts too, but do your homework, take him to the very best and he’s sure to be impressed. Start by strolling around the 4th Arondissement, an area well known for its chic sites; the magnificent Hotel de Ville, charming street cafes, fashionable speciality shops, fine art and antiques. If he’s into his designer brands and trendy looks then take him for a spot of shopping down the famous Avenue des Champs-Elysées or the elegant department stores of Galleries Lafayette and Printemps. Perhaps take him to see an opera or concert at the famous Palais Garnier, the Paris Opera House or a play at one of the city’s glamorous theatres. And don’t forget to wine and dine him (or let him wine and dine you) at some of the world’s finest restaurants, an excellent location to pop the question.
Berlin, for the arty man
Berlin has reinvented itself as one of the top European arts cities in Europe, home to a plethora of interesting architecture, museums, arts centres and galleries. After spending your time wandering the city’s streets and small galleries, stop to visit the famous Museumsinsel, or Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage arts centre. Head to the Alte Nationalgalerie is well known for its German and French impressionist paintings by artists such as Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Max Lieberman and Adolph von Menzel. And don’t forget to visit the Old Museum, dedicated to antiques from Rome and Greece; the Pergamonmuseumm, housing a beautiful Greek Temple; The Dahlemer Museum, featuring art from Asia and Africa; and the Picture Gallery, featuring work from Picasso, Rembrandt, Klee, Munch and Botticelli. All this will put him in the perfect mood for accepting your proposal.
Athens, for the history buff
What could be a better destination for someone mad about history than a trip to one of the oldest cities in the world – Athens? The Greek capital actually has a history that spans over 3,400 years and there are plenty of interesting sites here that will fascinate anyone, let alone those who are mad about history. Start your weekend by visiting one of the famous sites of them all, the Acropolis and the iconic Parthenon temple, then tour ancient neighbourhoods of Plaka and Anafiotika, some of the picturesque areas of the city. And if he’s into history, he’ll surely be into museums too, and lucky for you, Athens has over 30 of them for you to discover. Don’t forget to visit Kanellopoulos Museum and the brilliant Piraeus Archaeological Museum too. After falling in love with the beautiful sights of Athens, he’ll want to fall in love with you for the rest of his life.
New York, for the music lover
If he’s into music, then there is only one city that sticks out high above all the rest – New York. Here you could cosy up listening to some sweet rhythms in some of the world’s hottest jazz clubs. Try Blue Note, arguably one of the most famous jazz venues in the world or the B.B King Blues Club and Grill. Or if rock is more his style, then you’ll find the city is littered with blasting rock venues, situated around every street corner. Head to Brooklyn for those up and coming clubs with an edge. Swing fans will find their happiness at Swing 46 and if Latin, R’n’B or rap are more your styles then check out the clubs of East Harlem. Mix this with great classical, cabaret and folk music scenes, you’re sure to find something here that he’ll love and by the end of the night he’ll be hoping that you’ll to ask him to marry you.