So Valentine’s Day is over; a relief to some, a disappointment to others! However you feel about it, for those in relationships, the key to romance should really be a year round mission rather than a mad panic to express your love for someone on the 14th February. Whether it’s a special occasion or not, there should always be time for a weekend getaway with your partner and there’s a few which are particularly romantic. Whether you’re looking for a city with lots to do or a one with an instantly romantic feel, here’s our favorites for a loved up weekend away.
The best loved city and capital of Scotland, there’s cosy romantic pubs, medieval architecture, a picturesque fairytale castle that watches over the city, narrow alleyways and great contemporary restaurants and bars; Edinburgh has everything you could possibly need to keep you entertained on a weekend away. Whether you decide to visit around Christmas for the amazing markets or you go during the summer for the famous festival buzz, the Scottish charm of a weekend away in Edinburgh will entice you into a bubble of romance.
Top Tip – If you like a bit of a hike, then climb up Arthur’s Seat. The beautiful view over the city from here is a brilliant reward and ideal moment for that cheeky kiss!
Although not initially a city which is thought of as romantic, due to the immediate image of the red light district, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The capital of the Netherlands offers up great cultural experiences with loads of world class art galleries and beautiful Dutch architecture. An incredibly picturesque city, you can spend hours wandering along the hundreds of canals and cobbled streets where you’ll find stylish restaurants and bars to stop off in for a drink. This beautiful city is ideal for a romantic getaway!
Top Tip – Hire bicycles and cycle throughout the city with no real destination in mind. Amsterdam is made for cycling so it’s easy and carefree, plus you can stop off at a quaint cafe for a break.
Quintessentially romantic, Paris of course makes it to our list. The charm and beauty of the French capital from the iconic Eiffel Tower to the pretty Parisian street cafes, the city of love has got a romantic reputation for a reason. Stroll along the river Seine or take a boat ride for a different view, ramble through the antique flea markets, enjoy the famous monuments of the Notre-Dame or La Louvre and then spend your evening dining on delicious French cuisine and of course, top quality wine. A city break in Paris has enough romance to last you a lifetime!
Top Tip – Stroll around Montmartre at night and climb up to the top of the hill, there’s a stunning view of Paris at night with the lights shimmering below.
A cosmopolitan and thriving city, with stunning countryside on its doorstep, Dublin is ideal for a city break. Being the compact city it is means that everything is within walking distance so it is stress free to get around and with so many pubs scattered around the city, you’ll never be short of somewhere to cosy up and have a drink. Wander around the cobbled streets of Temple bar checking out the boho shops and traditional Irish pubs.
Top Tip – If the weather is a little bleak then get warm inside Dublin’s only art-house cinema and watch a film.
One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, it would be impossible not to feel loved up in Venice. The city is a fairytale of canals and spectacular Renaissance architecture where you can wander down little lanes, over narrow bridges and into gorgeous cafes. If you’re not in love before you go here, you will be by the time you leave!
Top Tip – Take a Venetian Gondola ride down the river and admire the colourful buildings; truly romantic!