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Top Romantic Destinations for Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

With Valentine’s Day coming up, here is a rundown of the romantic destinations that lovers of all ages may want to consider for the special day.

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Paris is a city so closely associated with romance that it risks becoming a parody of itself. Unscrupulous hoteliers and restaurateurs in the city do their best to help this by raising prices through the roof for a week either side of the 14th February. However, Paris has the reputation it does because it is a very romantic city. Visitors are likely to have a break they will remember for the rest of their lives while the disadvantages will very quickly fade from memory.

Venice is the world’s second city of romance and a hot recommendation for anyone who hasn’t yet been. The city is beautiful during the day but at night is nothing short of breathtaking thanks to the glittering reflections offered by the criss-crossing canals. While no city in the modern age can completely maintain an atmosphere of old world charm, mystique and sophistication, Venice is the one that comes closest.

Sharing a desert island with your lover, secluded, sun-drenched and alone is a dream of many and these days it can be realised much more easily than people imagine. The Seychelles is one of the more popular destinations for this although others in the Indian Ocean and Caribbean have similar themes, costs and benefits. While it is impractical to travel to these long haul destinations for a weekend, if you can afford the time then it will be the best Valentine’s week you are likely to find anywhere.

New York may lack the obvious Valentine’s Day connotations of Paris, but is still one of the best places in the world to explore with your loved one. It’s at its best when explored with an open mind and a willingness to try new things that you wouldn’t ordinarily be interested in. Research before you go and find as many ‘off the wall’ ideas as you can for a different but still very special Valentine’s Day.

Prague may not be renowned for being a city of romance in the same way as Paris or Venice, but it has a similar atmosphere and without the baggage of cliché. The shimmering River Vltava and the ancient, evocative bridges are perfect for a late night stroll in the moonlight while the tangle of streets in Old Town have a selection of great restaurants for you to enjoy together. Perhaps the best asset Prague has when comparing with other destinations is that the locals are generally friendly and seemed pleased that you have come to visit their city. This can make a real difference to a trip and add the special touch of magic that couples want on St Valentine’s Day.

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Venere Travel Blog writer will joce

Will Joce is a recent graduate from the London School of Economics who has a morbid fear of working in an office. As well as travelling and writing he has worked in the UK Parliament and as a press monitor. Refusing to follow advice and get a real job he will soon be beginning a Masters degree at St Petersburg State University

20 responses to “Top Romantic Destinations for Valentine’s Day”

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  1. Raleigh McDonald Hussung says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 18:17

    VENICE!

  2. Giancarlo Fiorenza says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 18:21

    vuole per forza andare a parigi e io no

  3. Raffaella Cuoco says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 18:24

    basta che sia lontano da qui!!!!

  4. Elisa Gotra says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 18:25

    Warsaw…. it isn’t in list, but is there where my husband asked me to marry him!!!!

  5. Abdullah Y says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 18:30

    I’d go to Prague coz itks the one I haven’t been to. Beside I think Venice is over-hyped. I’d rather go to Florence instead.

  6. venere.com says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 18:38

    @Giancarlo tu invece dove vuoi andare?
    @Elisa We <3 Warsaw!

  7. Kevin Wolfhard says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 18:38

    Nothing beats Venice at night. And that’s with me having had wine at Lavena’s at St. Mark’s.

  8. Celeste B Figueiredo says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 18:46

    I haven’t been in Venice yet, and would love to go there one day, but I would definitely go to Prague again!!!!!

  9. Luan M. Esteban says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 19:19

    Venice!!!

  10. Caridad Suarez says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 19:28

    Paris,FRANCIA.

  11. Rainrodrea Libro says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 19:44

    Venezia! ❤

  12. Cristina Rubino says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 20:09

    no doubt..N.Y !

  13. Kim White says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 20:10

    DEFINITELY the desert island!! ;)

  14. Laura Lalin says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 20:18

    VENECIA!!!

  15. Sandra Bandini Marrai says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 20:46

    Venezia!

  16. Claudia Moreschi says via Facebook:
    February 10th, 2011 at 07:59

    A desert island of course!

  17. Anne Arnott says via Facebook:
    February 10th, 2011 at 08:33

    Mine would have to be Paris… not been to the others.. or a desert island :-) I love Paris .

  18. Gayle Wehrli says via Facebook:
    February 10th, 2011 at 16:42

    Venice wins every time

  19. sydneyprincesscruises says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 06:40

    Good, this article displays several places for romantic traveling. For my personal view, Paris is the best place for this journalism

  20. Emma Peters says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 08:07

    Punta Cana definitely!


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