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.
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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