29 Jan Romantic city breaks in Europe for Valentine’s Day
Forget petrol station flowers or a practical hoover to give your Valentine this year, make it an opportunity to build lifelong memories and whisk them off for a city break in Europe. Let us play cupid and see our top city breaks in Europe to spend the romantic period.
If you’re scratching your head deciding on where to go, you can’t go wrong with Rome – they did invent the holiday after all. Dubbed as one of the most romantic cities in the world and fit to suit every budget, prepare to cross-off a few ‘once in a lifetime’ activities off your bucket list. Roam the Coliseum, the Spanish step or the Trevi Fountain, by day. By night, why not take a romantic stroll in the Villa Doria Pamphili where you can work off your scrumptious three course meal, while taking in breath-taking views of the picturesque city.
Not a fan of romantic clichés? Then London is perfect, where you can spy the London Eye, immerse yourself in a shopaholic’s paradise down Oxford Street and rest your feet while enjoy an all-singing, all-dancing iconic West-End Show.
Taking a bus trip is a must when you visit the city where you can see popular sites like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and watch your childhood nursery rhyme come to life and view London Bridge.
Roses are red, violets are blue but nothing says I love you quite like a romantic getaway in Venice. A popular backdrop for proposals, honeymoons and just good old fashioned declarations of love. This little gem is most popular among romancers for its cruise down the Grand Canal. Because Carnival Time also takes place around the holiday, it can get very busy so it is worth booking all activities in advance of arrival. Not cheap though, and expect the price of your ice-cream to treble if you can see a bridge from your seat.
Even for those who loathe clichés, you can’t deny the romance that flows through this truly captivating and beautiful city. Spot the Mona Lisa at the Louvre (she’s actually the least interesting thing in there but she’s on everyone’s must-see list), walk hand-in-hand across the iconic Pont des Arts padlock bridge that looks onto the Eiffel Tower, wander around high-end fashion outlets and savour a mouth-watering Valentines meal on-board a boat sailing down the Seine.
If you want a romantic city break with a difference and an opportunity to soak up a bit of culture, then look no further than Barcelona. Exchange tender kisses at the Carrer dels Petons or the street of the (final) kiss. Legend says this small street was where men sentenced to the death penalty would meet their wives for their final farewell kiss. Hopefully this won’t be the case for you and your beau/belle. Be sure to pack a pair of comfortable footwear where you can explore some of the city’s most popular architectural sites such as; the Montjuïc castle, Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, the Parc Guell and Parc de Joan Miró.
Before jetting off anywhere these days be sure to check the Department of Foreign Affairs website for travel updates. Here’s what’s current at the moment: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/europe/.
If we have you tempted to book a flight for you and your Valentine be sure to take out Travel Insurance.