With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching on the 14th of February we have put together this fantastic list of the top 25 romantic places to go on Valentine’s Day this year. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for a special getaway to create unforgettable memories with the person you love the most. Fortunately, there is no shortage of beautifully romantic places in the world to unleash your passion.
We have put together this collection of well-known classics with some lesser-known personal favourites of ours to help you plan your next daring romantic getaway. Choose the option that best suits yours and your partner’s tastes and start making plans for your romantic Valentine’s Day holiday.
1. Paris, France
Paris is renowned for being the city of love and easily tops the list of any romantic destinations for Valentine’s Day. Paris is the perfect destination for les amourex who can walk along the beautiful streets of Paris, hand in hand, whilst visiting the Eiffel Tower. Indulge in the glittering lights of the city at night to set a romantic mood whilst taking in the cultural attractions of one of Europe’s cultural capitals.
2. Rome, Italy
Rome is one of the most visited cities in Europe and is a perfect choice for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Explore the amazing relics of Rome like the Colosseum and Roman Forum, alongside the renaissance monuments such as St. Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain. The city is also renowned for its excellent cuisine and offers plenty of romantic eating spots.
3. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a city with a vibrant tradition with Valentine’s Day. Catalunya also celebrates its own version of lover’s day on the 23rd of April when men give out roses to women whilst women give books to men. The entire city celebrates this event and is filled with stalls selling roses and books, creating a charming and beautiful site. Barcelona is also famous for its amazing food and beautiful beaches.
4. Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and is known as the Green Capital thanks to its abundant green spaces. Stroll through the beautiful Tivoli Park or visit the Dragon Bridge before heading to Ljubljana Castle to learn about the history of this city. If you are interested in art and culture, you will find Ljubljana has plenty to offer you as you explore the city’s museums and art galleries.
5. Venice, Italy
When you are creating a list of romantic cities Venice is bound to be one of the first that comes to your mind. There is something extremely magical about the sinking city on the water. Imagine yourself and your loved one floating along the Venetian lagoon, being serenaded by a Gondolier whilst you enjoy delightful wine and food. The best part is the pink glass in the street lights of the Piazza San Marco casts a beautiful rosy hue onto lovers as they walk through the city at night.
6. Bruges, Belgium
The quaint Belgian town of Bruges is famous for its picturesque looks and cosy atmosphere and is the perfect destination for a couple this Valentine’s Day. Explore the Medieval streets and tree-lined canals before heading to the Minnewater Park where, legend has it, that you will find true love if you cross the lake with your partner.
7. Aachen, Germany
This German city is the perfect romantic spa break destination for you and your partner this Valentine’s Day. Located close to the Dutch border, Aachen is a charming city that’s bursting with history for you to explore. It is also famous for its healing waters and thermal springs. In fact, ancient celts, Roman legionaries and the emperor Charlemagne all made use of the springs here and there are several spa resorts for you to enjoy in Aachen.
8. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and is full of romance. Walk around the city’s old town and feel like you are the protagonists of your own love story whilst you take in the sites and live music of the city. Head to the Charles Bridge early before it gets busy and enjoy one of the most romantic spots in Prague.
9. Vienna, Austria
Vienna’s unique atmosphere gives it its place as one of the most romantic cities in Europe. With the perfect balance of old and new Vienna has plenty of narrow cobbled streets to explore, cafes and coffee shops to relax in and plenty of artists to watch and enjoy. We recommend taking your partner on a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride or even having dinner at the top of the world’s oldest Ferris wheel.
10. Santorini, Greece
Santorini is one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations and is the capital of romance. The island in the Aegean Sea is nestled with beautiful beaches and picturesque landscapes for you to enjoy in tranquillity. Santorini is a classic romantic choice for those looking for a peaceful and secluded getaway. February is also the low season which might help you find a great deal.
11. Rovaniemi, Sweden
Rovaniemi is the perfect destination for those looking to snuggle up with their loved one in a winter wonderland. Enjoy the arctic nights in an open igloo whilst you stargaze and wait for the beautiful northern lights or ride a sleigh pulled by reindeer in this region of Swedish Lapland. If you are an active couple try your hand at skiing in one of the most wonderful winter landscapes we have ever seen.
12. Brasov, Romania
Romania might not be the first place that comes to mind when you are thinking about a romantic getaway but the fairytale town of Brasov is a magical place. Brasov is the perfect place to walk hand in hand with your loved one through the snow-covered streets whilst you take in the beautiful surroundings of the Carpathian Mountains. Treat yourself to a candlelight tour of the town to learn about its history and architecture that involves a local legend about a vampire.
13. Edinburgh, Scotland
Scotland is the perfect romantic destination for those who aren’t looking to travel far this Valentine’s Day. With its Rolling hills, striking lochs and local tales of love and heartbreak Scotland is full of romance. The capital city of Edinburgh is the perfect destination for a romantic city break this Valentine’s Day. Explore the cobbled streets and admire the medieval architecture before trying some delicious whisky.
14. Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade is the perfect romantic holiday destination for couples looking to get off the beaten track. The Serbian capital boasts elegant boulevards, beautiful monuments and amazing restaurants for you to explore. We recommend visiting Skadarlija, a cobblestone street so beautiful that it is often compared to Montmartre in Paris.
15. Florence, Italy
Italy is full of beautiful and romantic cities that are perfect for a Valentine’s Day getaway but Florence is easily one of the best options. The city encapsulates renaissance art and architecture and boasts a wide range of beautiful attractions to explore. Visit the Florence Cathedral, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio and the Palazzo Vecchio before enjoying some delicious Italian food and wine with your loved one. In short, Florence is defined by romance, art and amazing cuisine.
16. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is often referred to as the Paris of the East and it is easy to see why. The Hungarian capital is an incredibly romantic city with beautiful monuments and a majestic aura. Spend your day exploring the city’s rich historic heritage before trying one of the world-famous thermal baths. The outdoor pools are especially romantic in winter as you sit in the thermal pool whilst taking in the beautiful snow-covered landscape before indulging in a relaxing massage.
17. Granada, Spain
Granada is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and really showcases Andalusian culture at its best. Explore and enjoy the Moorish architecture that defines the region and get lost in the amazing Alhambra. Try the Arab baths or relax in one of the city’s tearooms before watching a beautiful sunset from the Mirador de San Nicolas.
18. Buenos Aires, Argentina
For those couples who don’t mind travelling further afield this Valentine’s Day, Buenos Aires is the perfect romantic destination. Celebrate your love to the rhythm of tango in the beautiful capital of Argentina. Try your hand at dancing with the locals in this Latin paradise as you fall in love with the city almost as much as you are with each other.
19. Verona, Italy
Few places in the world can be as romantic as the setting for the famous story of Romeo and Juliet. Verona is located close to Venice and is a beautiful medieval town beautifully positioned on the Adige River. If you are interested in the history of the Shakespearian story, visit Juliet’s famous balcony or, if you are interested in creating your own romantic tale, take your loved one to the hidden grounds of Gardino Giusti and roam its maze before heading to Castiel Saint Pietra to watch the sunset.
20. Seville, Spain
Seville is another beautiful Andalusian city located in the south of Spain that is perfect for those looking for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy the sun and warm weather as you walk hand in hand by the Torre del Oro or as you explore the City’s Jewish quarter. Give in to the corny feeling as you kiss your love on the beautiful Triana Bridge before trying some local tapas with a rebujitos (a local cocktail).
21. Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Dutch capital might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of romantic destinations, instead conjuring images of the city’s famous red-light district, but Amsterdam is actually a wonderful destination for couples. Stroll through the beautiful canals before enjoying a romantic dinner onboard a cruise. We also suggest enjoying a kiss with your loved one on the Magere Brug bridge, which local legends say is supposed to guarantee eternal love.
22. Kyoto, Japan
The perfect Valentine’s Day destination for those who would go to the end of the world for their partner. Kyoto is a magical city and is Japan’s cultural capital. The city is full of history and tradition for you to explore. Don’t forget to visit the amazing bamboo forest of Sagano. This unique natural space is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day.
23. The Maldives
The Maldives are considered to be a literal paradise and are the perfect place to relax with your loved one this Valentine’s Day. This romantic archipelago boasts amazing beaches, resorts, villas and restaurants for you to enjoy. Relax in the sun on the white sandy beaches before swimming in the turquoise sea.
24. Sintra, Portugal
Sintra is a beautiful resort town in Portugal located between the sea and the mountains. The city is famous for its 19th-century Romanticist architecture, which includes royal palaces, castles and historic estates. Sintra was also a favourite of Bohemian writers and artists of the 18th and 19th centuries and is the perfect place to escape the cosmopolitan culture and lose yourself in the relaxed atmosphere.
25. Marrakech, Morocco
Travel to the magical city of Marrakech this Valentine’s Day and explore all this beautiful city has to offer. Explore the beautiful architecture and try the amazing food of this Morrocan city with your partner. Visit the Medina with its beautiful souk or let yourself be carried away by the scents of the Djema el Fna square. We recommend visiting a Hammam, or luxury spa, to relax as a couple.
Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with the person you love the most, but why not spend it exploring a beautiful romantic city together? Here at Panoramic Villas, we hope this list has inspired you to take your partner on a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway this year.