Romantic Cities for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is next week, and if you’re still looking to book a short romantic break, Plans Change has got you covered! Here we’ve rounded up some of the most romantic cities to visit for Valentine’s Day, your anniversary, your honeymoon, or a much-needed couples weekend away.

Rome, Italy

What better place for romance than Rome? Italy’s capital is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, with plenty for couples to see and do. Wander hand-in-hand around the Colosseum, toss a coin and make a wish in the Trevi Fountain and enjoy people-watching as you sip on a cappuccino in Piazza Navona. With picturesque parks, world-class restaurants and some of the best shopping in Europe, a romantic break in Rome will most certainly impress your valentine.

Venice, Italy

Sticking with Italy, why not take a swoon-worthy trip to the Floating City of Venice? A romantic gondola ride along the canals is one of the best ways to see the city, and although it might seem a bit cheesy, it’s a bucket list experience you’ll never forget.

Other romantic things to do in Venice include watching the sunset at St. Mark’s Square and enjoying a moonlit dinner on the terrace at one of the city’s intimate restaurants. Whether you’re a new couple or have been together for years, Venice will capture your heart and have you falling more and more in love by the minute.

New York, USA

Whisk your other half away for a Valentine’s break in New York - the city that dreams are made of. With world-famous landmarks, outstanding Broadway Shows, exciting nightlife, cool neighbourhoods to explore, unbeatable shopping and romantic strolls in Central Park, New York has something to offer every couple and will have you feeling like you’ve just stepped into your favourite romantic movie.

Reykjavik, Iceland

If you're looking for an idyllic winter escape for Valentine's Day, combining awe-inspiring scenery and adventure, Reykjavik in Iceland is the place to visit. This romantic city is a fantastic base for many couples' activities, including glacier adventures, whale watching and relaxing at the world-famous Blue Lagoon. Enjoy a sizzling soak in the natural hot springs, spend blissful evenings in the city's stylish restaurants and steal a kiss under the Northern Lights. A romantic break in Iceland will be everything you've dreamed of and more!

Krakow, Poland

Now, we know you’re probably thinking - is Krakow a romantic city? While it might not be as famous as some of the romantic destinations on our list, the Polish capital has its own intoxicating allure in the form of its striking architecture, romantic river cruises, charming streets and a castle that looks like it leapt off the page of a fairytale. The city of Krakow is so uniquely beautiful that it’s led many to fall head over heels in love and never want to leave.

6. Bath, England

Are you looking for a romantic break a little closer to home? Book a Valentine's getaway in Bath. Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Somerset, Bath is arguably one of the most romantic cities in the UK, boasting historic charm, stunning architecture and some of the best spas in the country.

The Roman Baths and Grand Pump House are up there as some of the most popular attractions in Bath, along with Sally Lunn's House and the Theatre Royal. However, if you're looking for the perfect proposal spot, let us point you towards Pulteney Bridge. Inspired by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, it's one of the most romantic places in the city to pop the question.

We also recommend booking tickets to Thermae Bath Spa for the ultimate spa experience. Enjoy a moonlit dip in the mineral rooftop pool and take in stunning views of the city's skyline.

7. Barcelona, Spain

Although the people of Barcelona don’t tend to celebrate Valentine’s Day on 14th February, it’s still one of the best cities to visit for a romantic break. Soak up the atmosphere at the lively La Rambla, shop to your heart’s content and enjoy an evening picnic with a view at Bunkers del Carmel. If you want to switch up your romantic city break, you’ve got beaches on your doorstep for lazy afternoon sunbathing.

8. Edinburgh, Scotland

The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is known for its iconic annual comedy festival, vast history and famous landmarks, but did you know that it’s also one of the most romantic cities in the UK? A hotspot for proposals, Arthur’s Seat is well worth the hike, whether you’re ready to pop the question or simply looking for a romantic place to take in the views. We also recommend a relaxing evening under the stars at the Royal Observatory. Look out for shooting stars, and don’t forget to make a wish!

Read our blog, ‘What to know before travelling to Edinburgh,’ for other things to do in Edinburgh and book a cheap hotel with Plans Change.

9. Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast is home to some of the most romantic spa resorts in Northern Ireland, including Galgorm, just a 30-minute drive from the city. Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s experience at the 5-star resort’s Thermal Village and revel in the tranquil surroundings of the great outdoors. With dramatic hillsides, pristine parks and wild woodland close by, there are plenty of places for romantic walks.

Take in spectacular 360° city views from Cave Hill or jump in the lift to the top of the illuminated Victoria Square Dome at night. For a dreamy day date, book a table at the Observatory on the 23rd floor of the Grand Central Hotel and enjoy a sparkling afternoon tea, followed by decadent cocktails. In the evening, head to Berts Jazz Bar and transport yourself back to 1930s New York for a drink, dance and date like no other.

10. Paris, France

Of course, we couldn’t finish our list of romantic cities for Valentine’s Day without mentioning the city of love itself. Paris is one of the most popular destinations for Valentine’s breaks and one of the best places to take someone you love.

Stroll hand-in-hand along the River Seine, tour the amazing art galleries, visit the iconic Eiffel Tower (beautifully illuminated at night) and view the love locks on the Pont Des Arts. Just don’t place your own padlock on the love lock bridge, as these days, it’ll get you in trouble!

If you’re looking for a better way to express your love in Paris, take a peaceful boat trip to the Temple Romantique. This small Rococo-inspired temple sits in the centre of the island in Bois de Vincennes and is a beautiful backdrop for a couple selfie or even asking that all-important question!

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