5 alternative destinations for Valentine's Day

11 February 2020 07:16

Alternative destinations for a romantic getaway

Alternative destinations for a romantic getaway

Looking for a romantic break away from the tourist traps this Valentine's Day? Here are five alternative romantic destinations you may have overlooked...

1. Cologne, Germany

With riverside walks, cobbled streets and towering cathedrals, Cologne is the perfect destination for a long romantic weekend. Take a stroll over the Hohenzollern Bridge to see the wall of 'love locks', or take to the water for a romantic cruise along the Rhine, enjoying views of the quaint Belgian quarter before diving into a romantic speakeasy for a cocktail or two at the end of your night.

2. Budapest, Hungary

If you're on a budget (and don't want the other half to know), Budapest is the ideal destination for your romantic weekend. Cheap drinks, buzzing nightlife and beautiful architecture will have you hooked, and that's before you take a dip in the natural thermal waters of Szechenyi Thermal Baths. Top it all off by watching the sunset from the top of Gellert Hill – now tell us that's not romantic!

3. Reykjavik, Iceland

A treasure trove of history and culture, lose your heart to Reykjavik this Valentine's. Enjoy a tour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to discover the breathtaking beauty of the Kirkjufell mountains, waterfalls and beaches. Then, take a dip in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland's natural thermal paradise, and top the trip off by searching for the Northern Lights – a must for every romantic soul.

4. Lyon, France

Only an hour's flight from Paris, the historic city of Lyon is famed for its rustic cuisine, Roman relics and Renaissance architecture. Couples can lose themselves in Les Traboules, a mysterious network of secret passageways linking buildings across the city, then visit the Roman amphitheatre on Fourvière hill and bask in the city-wide views as the sun goes down.

5. Florence, Italy

In the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, let yourself fall for the unique charm of Florence as you absorb yourself in its many museums and galleries and wonder at its stunning architecture. Take a romantic stroll through the Bardini gardens, stealing a kiss in a hidden square, then spend your evenings gorging on famous Tuscan cuisine. The perfect alternative to Rome this Valentine's.

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