I originally wrote this blog post before Valentine’s Day! As this has now passed I would like to say that these cities are still perfect for a cute little get away for the weekend with a loved one. Or even just to see these beautiful cities for yourself! Also bear in mind all the prices are for Valentine’s Day Weekend, so most prices will be different and probably cost less! Please enjoy!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I’ve been doing some research about some city breaks to Europe that would be perfect for spending time with that special someone! I’ve done lots of research about flights, hotels and things to do perfect for a weekend break!
All flights are from Skyscanner and prices are subject to change. Most flights are Ryanair and easyJet flights so luggage isn’t included in these prices. I tried to find the cheapest flights for departing early Friday morning and returning late Sunday evening. London flights are from ANY airport so departure airport could be different from arrival airport.
Some of the hotel prices I found don’t include City Tax.
Also I have been to a couple of these places and I plan on going to the others at some point so it’s also a mini bucketlist for me too!
Let’s get started!
So we’re starting off with a strong contender, Venice! One of the most romantic cities in the world, there is plenty to do here for a couples getaway. You can take a romantic gondola ride down the many canals and waterways or stroll arm-in-arm exploring the many bridges and squares. Or you can sit in the many gorgeous cafes and watch the world go by in this beautiful city!
14th-16th February 2020
MAN – VCE – £230
LON – VCE – £209
Budget – Marea Le Ville Del Lido Resort – £87 for two nights.
Located on Lido Island, just a 15-minute boat ride away from St Mark’s Square.
Splash – Key of Venice Guest House – £206 for two nights.
Only a short walk to tourist sites.
Things To Do
St Mark’s Square – In the heart of Venice, it’s the biggest square in the city. It is free to wander around this square.
St Mark’s Basilica – One of the most popular attractions in Venice and right on St Mark’s Square. Open to the public for free and beautiful to look around.
Ponte Di Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs – Rialto Bridge is a beautiful bridge with seasonal shops open running down the side. The Bridge of Sighs gets its name from prisoners who used to walk across the bridge to their execution and take one last look at the beautiful city and let out a ‘sigh’.
Gondola Tour – What’s more romantic than getting a private gondola tour around the sights of Venice? Tours can range from €30 – €60.
Doge’s Palace – A beautiful place with great art, the Doge’s apartments, government chambers and prison cells inside. Prices are €25.
Another world-renowned romantic city is Amsterdam! You can feel love in the air looking at the picturesque scenery and beautiful canals. There’s plenty of magical things to do in Amsterdam for Valentine’s Day!
14th – 16th February
MAN – AMS – £196
LON – AMS – £152
EMA – AMS – £188
Budget – The Nui Fender – £175 for two nights.
Just a short bus ride away from the centre of Amsterdam.
Splash – Conscious Hotel Vondelpark – £228 for two nights.
An eco-design hotel with 100% organic food and drinks. Situated next to Vondelpark.
Things to do
Vondelpark – The largest city park in Amsterdam and one of the most famous parks in the Netherlands. With many attractions and open to the public, it’s worth a lovely stroll.
Markets – Bloemenmarkt is a floating flower market which is free to wander around. Perfect to buy some roses for Valentine’s Day! There is also Albert Cuypmarkt which is the largest and most popular outdoor market in the Netherlands selling everything you could imagine!
Stroll around the city – Nothing can be better than just wandering around this beautiful city, taking in all the amazing buildings and canals. If you’re lucky you might come across The Begijnhof, a secret courtyard!
Poezenboot – If you’d like to cuddle some furry friends on Valentine’s Day make sure you head over to Poezenboot. This is the one and only cat boat that floats! A refuge for stray and abandoned cats on a cute canal boat. It’s free to go and take a look but please leave a donation if you can – all donations go to the kitties!
Cruise on the canals – I’ve found a great cruise from https://www.lovers.nl for a Valentine’s Day Candlelight Cruise for €42.50pp.
Swing over the city – The A’DAM Lookout is an observation deck with panoramic views of the city. You can drink cocktails and eat in the restuarant but you can also swing out over the city! Prices are €17.50 for entrance and the swing. Why not go at sunset for some romantic views?
Cinema date – The Pathe Tuschinski Cinema in Amsterdam is considered one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world! Prices start at €12.50 for the stalls but if you’re feeling romantic, ask for a ‘Love Seat.’
Although not your usual choice Dubrovnik has the makings to be quite romantic. From the city walls tours to the beautiful views of the city, don’t underestimate this beautiful Croatian city!
14th – 17th Feb
LON – DBV – £138
Budget – Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik – £158 for three nights
15-minute bus ride to the Old Town
Splash – Royal Blue Hotel – £283 for three nights
20-minute bus ride to Old Town. Beach front with an indoor pool, sauna and spa.
Things to do
Walk around the Old Town – There are plenty of free tours of the city of Dubrovnik (tips are welcomed) but it is easy enough to wander around yourselves.
Drink Croatian wine – Make sure you visit Wine Bar D-Vino to taste some local Croatian wine.
Take a tour of the city walls – No visit to Dubrovnik would be complete without a walk around the city walls. There are also so many places along the wall that you can recognise from Game of Thrones!
Go on a cable car – Take a trip up Srd Hill to get amazing views of Dubrovnik, the clear blue sea and many islands. Only £20 for a return trip!
Rainy weather – If the weather is not so great you can take a break in the Love Stories Museum! You can learn about amazing local historical and mythical love stories. Or enjoy the real world love stories collected from around the world! And only £6! What better way to spend a few hours! Or you could head to the Dubrovnik Beer Company and take a tour of their brewery! £28 for a tour!
Madrid might be a party town but it has the potential to be a very romantic city! Stroll through the streets, admire the great architecture and get some shopping in! It also had some of the cheapest flights I found out of all the cities!
14th – 16th February
LON – MAD – £140
MAN – MAD – £180
Budget – Alvaro Residencia – £110 for two nights.
Situated right in the city centre!
Splash – Casual Madrid Del Teatro – £202 for two nights.
Walking distance to the city centre!
Things to do
Stroll around a park – Visit Retiro Park, a green oasis in the centre of the city. A great escape from the city. There is also Parque El Capricho, one of the most beautiful parks in Madrid. Designed in a romantic Spanish style it’s perfect for a Valentine’s Day walk.
Wander around the city – Visit the Plaza Mayor, a major public space in the heart of Madrid. There’s a variety of old shops and restaurants around the edges and it’s where they host many festivals and markets. You can also visit Gran Vía, the bustling part of Madrid’s city centre. It is the entertainment, shopping and cultural centre of Madrid, where you can sit in bars, eat some amazing food, go shopping and even go to the cinema.
Visit historical buildings – The first is the Museo Nacional del Prado, one of the most popular art museums in the world! Located in central Madrid and only €15 to enter, go and see the beautiful works of art. Also one to visit is the Royal Palace. Although it isn’t the royal family’s home anymore, it’s still their official residence. It’s considered to be one of the finest palaces in Europe so worth a look!
Berlin is a great city and regardless of its rough nature, it can be seen as romantic. I’ve managed to find a few things to do around Berlin that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day! And it’s not very romantic but, if you get the chance, try to see the wall and the beautiful memorial if you can!
14th – 16th February
MAN – TXL – £181
LON – TXL – £161
Budget – Hotel Pension Funk – £128 for two nights
Close to the city centre and main attractions.
Splash – Provocateur Berlin – £194 for two nights.
The perfect romantic hotel for a great weekend!
Things to do
Reichstag Building – Make sure you book in advance for the free tours and climb up to the dome at the top for amazing views!
Viktoriapark – A beautiful park with a vineyard, cafe and even a waterfall! Yes it’s artificial but it does have stones from the Kreuzberg hill in Kreuzberg. Great for a lovely walk!
Körnerpark – One of the most beautiful green space in Berlin, it also has the Galerie im Körnerpark, a gallery for nationally and internationally renowned contemporary artists. Stroll around the wonderful gardens and take a break in the cafe.
Museum Island – A UNESCO World Heritage site home to 5 different museums! It houses the beautiful bust of Nefertiti, a must-see! Only €18 for access to all 5 museums!
Berlin Cathedral – The dome of the Berlin Cathedral is one of the main landmarks of Berlin’s cityscape! As impressive as the outside is, the church interior is definitely a must-see! Only €5 for entry.
One of the fashion capitals of the world and the third-largest city in Italy, Milan can also be one of the most romantic. Milan is filled with beautiful architecture, historic sites and stunning art.
13th – 16th February
MAN – MXP – £153
14th – 16th February
LON – MXP – £114
Budget – Hotel Mercurio – £115 for two nights, £166.75 for three nights.
Close to public transport.
Splash – Radisson Blu Hotel – £181.86 for two nights, £264 for three nights.
Also close to public transport.
Things to do
Wander around the city – Walk through the Brera District of Milan, the artistic heart of the city. Definitely one of the most romantic areas of Milan! It’s not only Venice that has beautiful canals, Milan has the Navigli district which is defined by waterways and full of bars, restaurants and vintage shops.
Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan. Lots of luxurious shops but it’s very interesting to see and worth a look!
Piazza del Duomo – The main piazza in Milan, which is named after the Milan Cathedral (the Duomo). Wander around the square and then take in the magnificent Duomo and head up to the roof for amazing views. Tickets are from €8.
If you don’t fancy taking a plane to somewhere in Europe then check out Edinburgh. Edinburgh is beautiful any time of year and there are plenty of things to do without the expensive price of plane tickets!
14th – 16th February
Manchester – Edinburgh Waverly – £73.10
London – Edinburgh Waverly – £123.50
Nottingham – Edinburgh Waverly – £131
Birmingham – Edinburgh Waverly – £97
I would also highly suggest getting a railcard to make this trip even cheaper!
Budget – Clarin Guest House – £103 for two nights.
Short walk to main attractions.
Splash – Castle View Guest House – £198 for two nights.
Close to the centre of Edinburgh and some rooms will have a view of the castle.
What to do
Royal Mile – The royal mile has everything you need in one street! It connects Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace. It has everything from souvenirs, cafes, pubs to a lot of Scottish shops. Take a walk down some of the narrow alleys, you never know what you might find!
Visit a museum – If the weather takes a turn for the worst head into The National Museum of Scotland. Explore all things from the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history all in one! Admission is free but for some of the major exhibits you’ll have to buy tickets.
Harry Potter Inspo – If you’re into all things Harry Potter there are actually loads of walking tours you can take to see some places that maybe inspired the books. JK Rowling wrote a lot of the later books in a cafe called Elephant House. There’s no admission fee but you do need to buy either a drink or food. Apparently the coffee is pretty good! There’s also Greyfriars Kirkyard where a lot of gravestones have names of the famous characters, McGonagall and even Thomas Riddle. And lastly is Victoria Street which is allegedly the inspiration for Diagon Alley. With its mish-mash of vibrant shops, it’s no surprise JK Rowling took inspiration from this street!
Calton Hill – The hill has amazing city views and would make a nice romantic stroll. There are two amazing observatories on the hill too so check them out!
Palace of Holyroodhouse – Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland and best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots. You can explore 14 State Apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Abbey and royal gardens! Tickets are £16.50.
Edinburgh Castle – One of the oldest fortified places in Europe with a long history as a royal residence, prison and fortress. As you climb Castle Hill you will walk in the footsteps of soldiers, royals and the odd pirate! The castle is the most besieged place in Britain! Tickets are £17.50 for the day!
Need some action – If you need something to tingle your senses then visit Camera Obscura & World of Illusions. Explore 5 floors of over 100 illusions and the best rooftop views of Edinburgh! Tickets are £16.50. Or if you’re feeling a bit spooky, head to the Edinburgh Dungeons to learn all about the gory parts of Scottish history! Tickets start at £15. There are also many, many ghost tours in Edinburgh, exploring the spooky tales and legends of the city! Check out The Ghost Bus Tour for £17.50!
Wow – if you’ve managed to get all the way down here then I salute you! I’ve been working on this blog post for a long time and I’m proud of the way it’s come out. I hand-picked all the flights, hotels and things to do out of so many to create some great itineraries for you guys! Even if you don’t visit on Valentine’s Day, still check out these incredible European cities!
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post; it means the world! Don’t forget to leave me a comment of anymore romantic things to do or places to see. Also let me know if you agree with these romantic cities!
Have a great Valentine’s Day and stay happy!