From candlelit tables in Verona and boating lakes in Paris to soaring symphonies in Vienna, some of the world’s most romantic settings are but a short flight away this Valentine’s…
For couples hankering after a city with vitality and adventure, this Portuguese jewel is a must. Walking tours with wine tasting, world-famous pastries, winding ancient backstreets and vertiginous funiculars are all on offer here. Indulge in a pastel de nata (or three)fresh from a traditional pastelaria, and take in the sights from the sky-high Telecabine cable car.
Leisurely spread across seven hilltops, Lisbon is a city that affords you plenty of life-affirming vistas without taking to the heavens. Some of the best can be found in the Alfama district.
The ‘City of Music’ has inspired romantic symphonies throughout the ages, and has seen musical masters such as Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert call it home. To experience the sweet sounds of the city, nab a couple of seats at an opera house and soak up the melodic ambience. For a truly opulent date night, join the glamorous guests at one of the annual balls held in Vienna’s palaces. Put the final stamp of indulgence on your trip by checking into a luxury hotel near the grand Schubertring.
From gazing at the sunset from Arthur’s Seat to wandering lamplit cobbles in search of a cosy table for two, Edinburgh is in no shortage of romantic scenes. For the ultimate in luxurious courting book a linen-clad table and a plush room at the Witchery, the city’s most opulent establishment.
Much of Edinburgh can be wandered on foot, hand-in-hand: see the iconic Royal Mile, the Castle and the wonderfully atmospheric Victorian cemeteries.
Famous for Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, fair Verona is a beguiling city steeped in heritage. Take a picturesque stroll over the ancient arcs of Ponte Scaligero: a bridge over the Adige River that glows alluringly at night. Sample the nightlife with an aperitif on the riverbanks before enjoying a candlelit feast in a traditional osteria. Musical season enchants the city from May to October; mesmerising concerts are held in the Arena or the Roman Theatre.
For pure romance, where better to head than the ‘City of Love’? From sumptuous picnics beneath the iconic Eiffel Tower and the seductive glitz the palace of Versailles, to idyllic boating in the Bois de Boulogne and the artistic delights of the Belleville neighbourhoods, Paris will have you falling in love again and again. For a truly decadent Parisian bolthole, book yourself a hotel room with a view of the Basilique du Sacré Coeur in Montmartre: the perfectly proportioned church sitting atop the hill at the highest point of the city.