Destinations | Romantic city getaways for Valentine’s Day

In just over a month it’ll be that time of year again when shop windows are adorned with heart-shaped trinkets, rose petals can be found in every nook and cranny, and hues of pink and red are around every corner – it is of course Valentine’s Day.

If you think your loved one deserves more than a box of chocolates and a bunch of flowers during this amorous celebration, why not have a look at these stunningly romantic city breaks, available to book through Woods Travel.

London
Share one of the most beautiful views of the city with someone you love this Valentine’s day with a trip up The Shard. Winner of the Mills and Boons Romantic View award 2015, you and your partner will be able to enjoy stunning sunset views with a glass of champagne available from the Sky-High bar. The viewing platform doors will be open until midnight on the weekend of Valentine’s.

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If heights aren’t your thing, why not keep your feet firmly on the ground with an evening in one of London’s many exclusive bars. Experience the glamorous Art Deco setting of the Beaufort Bar, standing on a former cabaret stage, serving a variety of delicious cocktails and providing entertainment in the form of burlesque and retro shows.

Searcys One New Change champagne bar is the perfect mix of style and sophistication, located on the 1st floor of the One New Change Shopping Centre and offering an eclectic mix of champagne cocktails, handpicked wines and premium beers.

You also have the option of dozens of shows, from The Theatre Royal to the Savoy Theatre – the possibilities are endless, and certainly worth looking into. (Visit our day excursions page to find out more about theatre shows available to book through Woods Travel)

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Rome
With its beautiful fountains, grand monuments, cobblestoned streets and endless fine dining options, Rome may be the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day with someone special.

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Roman Valentine’s Day doesn’t start until mid-afternoon, so you have plenty of time to enjoy a stroll through the historical centre, stopping off for some freshly baked pastries and that essential morning cappuccino.

The Tiber River is a favourite for lovers with many bridges offering views towards the dome of St Peters Basilica. If you take a walk north of the city to Ponte Milvio, you’ll come across the famous ‘Love Locks’ bridge, the perfect opportunity for you and your other half to immortalise your romantic trip by attaching a locket etched with your initials and throwing the key into the Tevere as a token of your love!

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Venice
Often considered the most romantic city in Europe, Venice is the perfect destination for any couple looking to create a Valentine’s Day to remember. From the stunning architecture to the unique pastel lighting gently glittering on the canals, there’s no denying that Venice is the perfect backdrop to your romantic tale.

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Explore the city’s picturesque backdrop with a romantic Gondola ride. One of the most popular routes is from Bacino Orseolo, just north of St Mark’s Square, and takes you through some of the smaller, unique waterways leading to the legendary Grand Canal.

If you’re looking to spend some quality time together, why not book yourself a table in one of the city’s many top-quality restaurants. Enjoy delicious Venetian cuisine, made up from dozens of fresh seafood options, washed down with a glass of Veneto’s signature fizz, Prosecco.

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Paris
The City of Love, elegant and graceful,whether your idea of a perfect evening is an intimate meal by candlelight, a stroll along the Seine, or embracing the history and culture through the many grand monuments, Paris is certainly a wonderful romantic destination, for couples young and old.

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If you’re looking for a traditional experience with your other half, then journey up the Eiffel Tower and enjoy stunning panoramic views from 324m – it’s no wonder this incredible monument is witness to so many marriage proposals, and made even more perfect with a glass of pink bubbly from the champagne bar on the top floor.

From the dawn of time Montmartre has been a place of worship, and is now as much a pilgramage for romantics as well as the religious. Climb steep staircases to the Sacré-Cœur for breathtaking, picturesque views.

If you stroll to the square at place des Abbesses in Montmartre, you can visit the ‘I Love You Wall,’ a work of art conceived by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito, on which you can see the word ‘I love you,’ 311 times in 250 languages – a must-see for all couples visiting Paris.

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Where is the most romantic place you’ve been to? We would love to hear your suggestions!

Vienna
This luxurious destination will give any couple the feeling of regality, from the chandelier-lit coffee houses, to the horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping across the cobbled streets, it seems Vienna is a city made for romance.

Lose yourself in art at the MuseumsQuartier Wien, one of the largest art and culture complexes in the world. Between the many courtyards, cafés and historic, you and your loved one can enjoy the charm of the Leopold Museum, home to one of the largest collections of Austrian art, the Kunsthalle Wien, the exhibition hall for contemporary delights and MUMOK, the museum of modern art.

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To truly experience this beautiful city, you will want to take a circular trip on one of the most fascinating and significant structures in the world, the Riesenrad ferris wheel. Visible from great distance and offering a unique sight of the city, this trademark of Austria’s capital city is a definate architectural and cultural must-see, and a wonderful romantic experience.

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Don’t forget, Woods Travel is an ABTA Bonded Travel Agent, meaning we can make any of the above trips a reality for you and your partner! To find out more, or to request a brochure, contact our friendly sales team on 01243 868080.

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