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10 Valentine’s breaks in Europe

Make a grand gesture to this Valentine’s Day and treat that special someone to a romantic weekend away in Europe.

A dozen red roses just won’t do. Make a grand gesture to that special someone in your life this Valentine’s Day and treat them to a romantic weekend away in Europe. Here are 10 suggestions.

1. Paris, France

It’s not the most original choice for a romantic break, but it’ll definitely be well received if you spring a surprise trip to Paris on your lover. Share a French kiss atop the Eiffel Tower, stroll arm-in-arm through the Jardin des Tuileries or recreate scenes from Amelie in magical Montmartre. Find cheap flights to Paris

2. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Do some window shopping in the Red Light District to get in the mood. Er, hang on a minute. Get lost in love in the Dam’s charming cobweb of canals, get cosy over a beer in an atmospheric old ‘brown café’ in the Jordaan and perhaps even shop for a special ring in the ‘City of Diamonds’. Find cheap flights to Amsterdam

3. Venice, Italy

It’s either the City of Love, or the City of Canals, depending on your point of view, but even the hardest heart would concede that Venice is one of Europe’s most romantic cities. It’s cheesy, but an ‘O Sole Mio’-singing gondolier could pave the way to a proposal. Or don your DJ and take in some Vivaldi, as performed by the Venice Baroque Orchestra. Find cheap flights to Venice

4. Ljubljana, Slovenia

The name of the pretty Slovenian capital sounds very similar to the word for ‘beloved’ in Slovene. It’s easy to be smitten with Ljubljana, especially with a wander around the Botanical Gardens, a hot chocolate at lovely café Slaščičarna Pri Vodnjaku and a few suggestively-named cocktails at louche Salon. Find flights to Ljubljana

5. London, England

Splash out £313 to get a capsule on the London Eye just for two. Enjoy champagne and truffles as you admire the London skyline from a unique perspective. Unique that is if you don’t work in Canary Wharf, and get to see pretty much the same thing every day for free. Find cheap flights to London


6. Rome, Italy

A romantic break in the Eternal City is sure to guarantee everlasting love. Share a snog under the city lights on the Ponte Milvio, recreate Roman Holiday with a gelato at Giolitti and toast your amore with prosecco and pizza at Lo Zozzone (although picking a restaurant called ‘dirty one’ may send out the wrong message). Find flights to Rome

7. Porto, Portugal

A break in the elegant city of Porto would be romantic enough but really lay the lurrve on thick by booking a suite with a rotating bed at the rather smart Yeatman Hotel. Your head will be spinning faster than your pillow as you drink in the view over the city. Find flights to Porto

8. Gstaad, Switzerland

If your passion for your partner is hot, hot, hot, choose a very, very cool place to get romantic. The Iglu Dorf Hotel is carved entirely out of snow and kept constantly at zero degrees. Steamy saunas, a private whirlpool bath, mulled wine and thermal mattresses ensure that the romance doesn’t cool down too much though. Find flights to Geneva

9. Paphos, Cyprus

Pay homage to Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, where she met the man of her dreams. Hopefully your relationship won’t be as torrid and tragic (it’s a long story) if you visit the Adonis baths near Paphos. Go swimming under a waterfall, stroll on the beach and end your day with fine food and cocktails at Zaffron. Find flights to Paphos

10. Inverness, Scotland

Romance isn’t all about oysters, champagne and four-poster beds. What could be more romantic than sleeping under the stars, just the two of you, miles from anywhere in a gorgeous glen in the Scottish Highlands? Ok, maybe not in February. So how about a walk in the country and itting by a roaring fire with a whisky in hand at a luxurious country house hotel? Find cheap flights to Inverness