Are you planning a romantic getaway for you and your partner this Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps 2023 is an important relationship anniversary for you and your other half, worthy of overseas celebration?
Whatever the reason that you are jetting off abroad with your loved one this year, Europe boasts a host of cities that are perfect for a long weekend escape. For UK travellers, these destinations are just short plane, train, or boat ride away, so you don’t have to devote too much time to the journey. If you are flying, consider travelling to the airport via first-class rail for added indulgence and to save the stress of driving.
Whether you are seeking to relax in the beautiful scenery, be inspired by ancient artwork, or indulge in mouth-watering cuisine, use this guide to plan an incredible European city break for Valentine’s Day.
Italy has no shortage of cities suited to a romantic getaway. Rome, Florence, and Venice all boast their fair share of beauty and an alluring atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else.
However, Verona might be a better choice for couples seeking to escape the crowds. This small city is not as famous as its larger counterparts but has many charms of its own.
Verona has a perfectly proportioned old town boasting a piazza with magnificent medieval architecture, an ancient Roman theatre, and a scenic riverside setting ideal for leisurely strolls.
Another medieval masterpiece but on a grander scale is the capital of the Czech Republic – Prague.
There are endless sights that will take your breath away as you explore the Old Town, primarily the beautiful baroque buildings with their soaring spires and the Astronomical Clock on the side of the Town Hall.
At night, head up to the castle for glittering vistas of the city or enjoy some local fare while listening to live music at the Jazz Club.
England’s capital city is too big to be explored in a single weekend, but that means that you can refine your itinerary and make your trip truly personalised to you and your other half.
History lovers can explore the iconic Westminster Abbey with its longstanding royal connections. Couples who prefer to be in nature can wander the paths of the idyllic Kew Botanical Gardens.
At night, there is every type of cuisine available from countries around the globe and no shortage of world-class shows to see in the glitzy West End district.
No list of romantic European city breaks would be complete without Paris, nicknamed the City of Love.
Wide boulevards, majestic monuments, and a chilled-out café culture await. Breaks from sightseeing can be spent relaxing on the banks of the Seine or in a quaint patisserie.
A sure-fire way to inspire romance is with the amazing artwork on display, including Monet’s Water Lilies series which can be seen at the Musée de l’Orangerie.
Venice is considered almost a synonym for romanticism.
It has been known as “La Dominante”, “La Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City”, and “City of Canals”. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, architecture, and artwork. It remains a very popular tourist destination, a major cultural centre, and has been ranked many times the most beautiful city in the world.
It has been described by The Times as one of Europe’s most romantic cities and by The New York Times as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man”