Paris, Rome and Venice may be the world’s most well known cities of love, but they can also be expensive, busy and quite frankly, a touch overrated. Skyscanner introduces 10 cities where love is still in the air (as opposed to overpriced hotels, rip off restaurants and commercialised romance).
Edinburgh (UK) – if you’re after a good value break, but still want somewhere very beautiful, Scotland’s capital is the place to whisk your loved one away to. Wrap up warm (a scarf and woolly hat are essential in February) and take to the cobbled streets of this romantic city.
If the weather permits, take a wander up round Arthur’s seat for a bird’s eye view of the city, or stroll along the Water of Leith in Stockbridge, before stopping off in one of the cosy basement pubs that are characteristic of the city. Find cheap flights to Edinburgh
Ljubljana (Slovenia) – perhaps one of the most underrated cities of romance, Slovenia’s pretty little capital is ideal for lovers. Ride the glass cable car up to the medieval Ljubljana castle, which offers panoramic views of the city, then stroll along the banks of the blue-green Ljubljanica River and dine in one of the chic, yet unpretentious cafes and restaurants that line the banks. Find cheap flights to Ljubljana
Amsterdam (Netherlands) – it may be better known for being a city of sin, but the Dutch capital is also a city of love. Take a romantic boat tour along one of its 165 canals to get a better look at some of its 1281 beautiful bridges, and the tall thin houses that line the waterways. Dine in a candle-lit pannekoekenhuis (pancake house), before relaxing at one of the cities chilled Jazz bars. If you’re feeling frisky – there’s always the sex museum too. Find cheap flights to Amsterdam
Helsinki (Finland) – a cool capital both in culture and temperature, this Finnish city will inspire you to snuggle up together inside a cosy bar, after a stroll through the snow-laden streets. Surrounded by the sea and its own exotic archipelago, Helsinki’s combines cosmopolitan chic with natural beauty to produce romantic trip, a little off the beaten path of love. Find cheap flights to Helsinki
Bath (UK) – the South West’s poster girl, Bath is an architecturally elegant city which is listed as a World Heritage site. Though named after the roman bath houses for which it was famous, these days you can only visit the ancient Roman Bath house for historic reasons. However, couples can still get into hot water in the Thermae Bath Spa, which offers immersion in Britain’s only naturally heated waters, a range of massage treatments and the chance to look out over the city from the open air balcony pool. Find cheap flights to Bristol
Bergen (Norway) – gateway to Norway’s fjord land, this coastal city is ideal for a romantic getaway. A small, friendly city which was crowned European City of Culture in 2000, couples will find romantic charm in its colourful higgledy-piggledy houses, cobbled streets and parks, plus there’s mountains and fjords nearby for the outdoor inclined. Find cheap flights to Bergen
Bruges (Belgium) – architecturally beautiful, no couple could fail to fall under Bruges’ romantic spell. A medieval maze of cobbled streets, canals and squares has earned it the nickname, “The Venice of the North”. This pretty and perfectly preserved example of medieval settlement is also a haven for choc-o-holics – visit the Choco-Story museum which tells the tale of chocolate and enjoy the free samples along the way. Find cheap flights to Brussels (about 1.5 hours from Bruges).
Galway (Ireland) – situated on Ireland’s rugged west coast, Galway is nicked named Ireland’s cultural heart, and renowned for its vibrant lifestyle, numerous festivals and art galleries. A great city for lively couples, live music abounds in the traditional cosy pubs – perfect for dancing a romantic Irish jig. Find cheap flights to Galway
Vienna (Austria) – a city of sophistication, lovers here can stare into each other’s eyes over a cup of dark coffe at one of the city’s frequented coffee houses, catch some culture at The Vienna State Opera ( http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/Content.Node2/home/eninfo/2172.php) and indulge on the obligatory Wiener Schnitzel. Snow bunnies can even take to the hills and enjoy some city skiing at Hohe Wand Wiese. Find cheap flights to Vienna
Istanbul (Turkey) – perhaps not the first city that comes to the minds of amorous couples, nether the less, Turkey’s intoxicating capital has a very romantic side too. An astonishingly beautiful city, spread over seven hills and surrounded by water, take a tour across the mighty Bosphorus, the straits that separate Europe and Asia, then sample a delicious meze platter for two. Find cheap flights to Istanbul