With Valentine’s Day and romance in the air, there’s no better time to start planning your next couples holiday. If you aren’t thinking of anything long haul and would rather somewhere you can escape to for just a few days, then here are four great romantic short breaks that are magical at any time of year.
Venice will almost always spring to mind for a romantic getaway, where you can take leisurely strolls along the canal, indulge in authentic Italian food and learn all about life on the water. Venice has an old world charm that you can explore through its crumbling architecture, different neighbourhoods and historic cultural attractions such as Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Basilica and Piazza San Marco.
Venice also has a strong music history, especially classical music with regular orchestral performances in and around the city. Art lovers will find plenty to discuss as you hop from pop up exhibitions to permanent galleries. What better way to spend a few days together than in one of the most romantic cities in the world?
This city needs little introduction. New York is one of those places that you can enjoy at any time of year, and for a romantic break there’s endless things to enjoy. From shopping along 5th Avenue and strolls through Central Park, to nights out in Soho and sightseeing along the Hudson River, New York for couples ticks several boxes.
Why not see a live sports game or theatre show in Broadway? You might event want to head to Brooklyn Bridge to see unmatched views of the city on one of the oldest bridges in the United States. At 1,595 feet, it’s no short distance to cross but 100% worth the effort.
Small and compact, Amsterdam is an attractive city in the Netherlands famous for its canal ways. Much like Venice, this city oozes romance as you can spend many hours wandering through the neighbourhoods, spacious parks and shopping streets. The café culture here is huge, so morning coffees and pastries are easily found to start off your day of exploring. Likewise, there’s nothing quite like Dutch pancakes for a sweet after dinner treat.
Amsterdam’s arts and culture scene is huge too, so there’s great opportunities to explore Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and much more. The creative buzz of the city means that neighbourhoods like Oost, De Pijp and Noord are great for young people who enjoy arts, fashion, nightlife and food.
If you’re looking for the ultimate relaxing break, Budapest is a winner. A long history dating back to the 1900’s puts this city on the map for spa breaks. You can indulge in Turkish baths, saunas, natural hot springs and much more on a break here. The famous Széchenyi thermal bath is the largest medicinal bath in Europe, set among opulent 20th century architecture.
Elsewhere, Budapest’s museums, gardens and famous sights should be at the top of your list. A Danube River cruise will ensure you see the city’s true size and beauty by night, while a climb up to Fisherman’s Bastion during the day offers breathtaking views over to St. Stephen’s Basilica.