Romantic City Breaks For Valentines Day

Give your loved one a gift they will never forget this Valentine’s Day with a fantastic city break in one of the most romantic cities in the world. We’ve compiled a list of the most romantic city breaks for Valentine’s Day including strolls along the Seine in Paris, a horse-drawn carriage ride around Central Park and a Masquerade Ball among the winding canals of Venice. Take a look at our favourite romantic hot spots:

Paris

An old favourite with romantics, Paris is one of Europe’s most popular Valentine’s Day retreats. Enjoy a stroll with your loved one along the Seine and through the city’s maze of fascinating sights including the Louvre, Champs-Élysées and the sheer opulence of the Palace of Versailles. For the ultimate display of love, take a trip up the Eifel Tower after dark when the tower twinkles like a star, and take in the heavenly views where countless engagement proposals take place every year. To complete a perfect evening, enjoy some of the finest entertainment in the world at the Moulin Rouge where cabaret dancers perform while you enjoy a splendid meal with champagne. Nothing says “I love you” than a trip to Paris. No wonder it ‘s known as the City of Romance.

Where to stay: Hotel Molitor Paris

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Quebec City

When it comes to winter romance, Quebec City is in a class of its own. Cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages paint the perfect Valentine’s Day picture for a lovely romantic retreat in Canada. UNESCO designated it a world heritage treasure to preserve its centuries old architecture and historic sites. Take a romantic walk around the city and see street entertainers, singers and even open-air art gallery at Rue du Trésor. Dufferin Terrace provides stunning views overlooking the St. Lawrence River that will leave you mesmerised. The magnificent walled city is ideal for couples, with lots of charming cafés, antique shops and a variety French inspired fine dining for a romantic meal for two.

Where to stay: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

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New York

Marvel at the sights and sounds of bustling New York City, a hive of love drunk romantics in mid-February. The iconic Central Park is a must visit for couples where horse-drawn carriages escort you around the legendary park bordered by towering skyscrapers. Few cities in the world can match the romantic appeal of the Big Apple, where Broadway shows offer world class entertainment, yellow taxi cabs weave in and out of traffic and smells of delicious cuisine from all around the world fills the air. No trip to New York would be complete without a fairy tale trip up The Empire State building or a short ferry journey to see the Statue of Liberty. The possibilities and attractions in this enchanting city are endless and is a romantic city break everyone should experience in their lifetime.

Where to stay: The New York Palace Hotel

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San Sebastián

Fall in love at first sight of the shimmering scallop-shaped bay of San Sebastián, complete with crescents of golden sand and turquoise waves. With more Michelin stars per capita than any other city, San Sebastián on the north coast of Spain is the perfect place to find a romantic meal for two. Work up an appetite with a walk along the Playa de la Concha or through the picturesque old town. For a once-in-lifetime meal, try to get a table at legendary restaurant Arzak ranked eighth in the world. Relax and unwind at the Perla Spa set in the heart of Concha Beach, providing guests with health and beauty treatments for the past 100 years. This secret region of Spain is not often travel to by tourists, especially in the winter months, so you and your loved one will be sure to get a full Spanish experience this Valentine’s Day.

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Venice

For true Cassanova’s at heart, Venice proves the perfect option to whisk your loved one away to one of the most romantic cities in Italy. Glistening canals, quaint little bridges and grand old palazzos create an appeal no city on the planet can rival. Snuggle up on a gondola as you are escorted through the picture perfect city along the mazes of canals sharing some delicious gelato ice cream. The Saint Valentine’s Masquerade Ball takes place on February 14th in a prestigious Venetian palace on the Grand Canal for a night of romantic entertainment and renaissance themed fun. There is a lot to do and see in Venice including a stroll around St. Mark’s Square, taking a selfie on the Rialto Bridge and take in the delights at the Palazzo Ducale.

Where to stay: Ca’Sagredo, Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal

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Buenos Aires

In a city that celebrates so much love, passion and public displays of affection, there’s no doubt Buenos Aires is the romantic capital of South America. In a single trip, it’s near impossible to experience everything Buenos Aires has to offer but for a romantic getaway there are plenty of activities to get you in the mood. Spend a day shopping for last minute gifts at the array of boutique fashion stores. For the afternoon, the city is famous for tango-dancing in fancy bars. Alternatively, for a more refined taste, enjoy world class opera with your loved one. A walk through the colourful Caminito will complete your romantic getaway in a truly vibrant and exciting city.

Where to stay: Faena Hotel

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San Francisco

San Francisco is one of America’s most modern and beautiful cities and is perfect for a romantic getaway. The city is surrounded by water on all sides and boasts a Californian climate and skyline that is hard to beat. Spending a romantic Valentine’s Day in San Francisco is easy as even a stroll down the street can often end with romantic, mysterious views. Take a tour around Napa Valley and sample the variety of rich wines grown there, then, for after dark, take a quintessential romantic cruise around the infamous Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco is famous for its fun filled nightlife so be sure to have a good romantic meal to party through the night with your partner.

Where to stay: Clift Hotel

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Kyoto

Striking and full of colour, Kyoto is one of the most romantic destinations in all of Asia. There are hundreds of traditionally design temples surrounded by scenic gardens which make the ideal place for a romantic walk. The Golden Pavilion is a must see in Kyoto, an absolutely breathtaking piece of architecture set in perfectly manicured gardens with bonsai trees. The city is known for its fine dining establishments that spoil their guests with quality food, and live performances from beautiful Geisha’s. If you are a chocolate lover and arriving in Kyoto in February then you are in luck, however they do things a little differently here. Valentine’s Day is the day where girls give chocolate to the boys!

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Chris Hodges

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