Wow Your Valentine with These 4 Romantic Destinations
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and while you don’t need a special day to romance your partner, it’s great to have an excuse to plan a trip away. The view from the Eiffel Tower or a ride on a Venice gondola may be what first springs to mind when you think about enchantment of the heart, but why not opt for something a bit different? Read on to find out our favourite destinations for a romantic getaway that’s guaranteed to wow your Valentine.
While the atmospheric streets of Amsterdam can still be a little chilly in February, this gives you the perfect excuse to cuddle up by an open fire sipping ‘snert’ – a famous Dutch split pea soup. But if you’re feeling more adventurous, bundle up warm and enjoy a crisp walk by the famous canals.
The possibilities are endless in this famous old town - explore quirky boutique shops, get lost in grand museums or simply enjoy a lazy day in the city’s cosy cafés. Amsterdam is compact enough to explore on foot, but for the ultimate romantic gesture, you can rent a bicycle for two and explore the city in tandem - quite literally.
There’s something different about Iceland, and its unique geography and friendly people give it a serious wow factor. The temperatures at this time of year may be very cold, but this magical island is definitely one of the hottest spots for a romantic mini-break. Couples flock to Iceland to witness one of the most remarkable wonders of the world – the Northern Lights. Fireworks are one thing, but a natural light show in the sky is something else entirely!
The romantic options in Iceland don’t end there – the Blue Lagoon is the perfect place to spend some time lazing with your other half. There are few sights quite as remarkable as the steam rising from the blue geothermal spa, which sits atop a simmering lava field. The water here is rich in minerals and its temperature averages 37 degrees Celsius, making it the perfect spot to spend a day unwinding.
If you’re looking for a destination that’s a little more temperate, the Portuguese island of Madeira is an increasingly popular spot for soaking up some sun in the winter months. A haven of natural beauty, this cluster of islands is a largely undiscovered hidden gem of Portugal.
Located in a beautiful spot in the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira boasts views for miles with tropical gardens, beautiful beaches and volcanic rock formations. So, whether it's taking a wine tour by sunset or discovering a botanical garden by sunrise, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere that will banish your winter blues quite so quickly.
If you’re not interested in chasing the sun, why get on a plane at all? There is so much beauty to discover in Ireland that all you have to do is pack the car for a perfect romantic getaway in the country you call home. A popular spot for lovers is Glendalough, Co.Wicklow - a wonderful location for a hike or a Valentine's Day picnic. Carved out of the mountains in the last ice age, the famous lough is without one of the most breath-taking scenic locations in the country.
A short drive away, Powerscourt is another wonderful option for embracing the natural landscape. Home to the highest waterfall in Ireland (and the British Isles) it’s an ideal location for a romantic nature walk. There are also spa hotels nearby that are perfect for relaxing in afterwards.
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