10 ideas for a romantic Valentine’s Day trip

It’s Valentine’s Day and you don’t know where to go? Here’s our special Valentine’s Day selection for a romantic getaway!

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for you to treat your loved one, and for us to give you some ideas for a romantic weekend away. Of course, we’re going to try to be original, because recommending Paris, Venice or Bruges to you is a bit easy and, above all, pointless. From Europe to Lapland to Sarajevo, we’ve explored the 10 most beautiful destinations for you with a single mantra: « Every adventure begins with the word YES ».

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1. Florence

If Florence is a familiar refrain among romantic destinations, it remains a must-see classic for Valentine’s Day. Adorned with an exceptional heritage, the Tuscan capital is sure to turn heads. Flanking the Uffizi Gallery, hanging a padlock on the Ponte Vecchio, strolling through the Boboli Gardens, admiring the Statue of David in the Galleria Dell’Accademia before finishing with a dinner in the Piazza Santa Croce under the scent of Tuscan wine… Florence has no shortage of charm to turn hearts upside down! The secret is to let yourself be carried away.

2. Dubrovnik

It may not be warm and sunny in February, but Dubrovnik is irresistible whatever the weather. This little Croatian gem, nicknamed the « Pearl of the Adriatic », is a subtle blend of Latin and Slavic. The old town, surrounded by ancient ramparts and adorned with pink tiles, is a real postcard in which to lose yourself. Unusual jewelry shops, pretty cafés with flower-filled gardens, palaces and the unmissable « Placa »… Dubrovnik has everything you need to make your Valentine’s Day an unforgettable one.

3. Santorini

Voyage à Santorin pour la Saint-Valentin

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Santorini, a volcanic island paradise in the Cyclades in the middle of the Aegean Sea, is naturally one of the most romantic places on earth. With its whitewashed houses, blue-roofed churches and breathtaking sea views from the top of the Fira Caldera, the pearl of Thira is a coveted destination for a trip for two. Take a donkey ride or jump aboard a boat to observe the surrounding flora and fauna, visit a vineyard or enjoy a moment of relaxation in the hot springs before strolling along the red and white beaches. In the evening, find a small restaurant where you can savour the authenticity of the place…

4. Istanbul

Voyage à Istanbul pour la Saint-Valentin

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Admittedly, Istanbul isn’t the quietest city for a Valentine’s weekend… Exotic, frenetic and utterly unique, Istanbul was nonetheless voted « European Capital of Culture » in 2010. As well as being home to some of the world’s most beautiful mosques and chaotic bazaars, the Turkish city has a whole range of exhibitions, shows and galleries to explore. The hustle and bustle of Istanbul can put off those seeking peace and quiet (which would be a pity – enjoy!), so in order to take a step back and keep things « romantic », it’s possible for you to stay at Heybeliada, one of three Princes’ Islands just a short ferry ride from the center of Istanbul. No traffic on the island! The best way to explore the superb Byzantine monasteries and Greek Orthodox churches is by bicycle or horse-drawn carriage.

5. Saint-Sébastien

With more Michelin stars per capita than any other city, San Sebastián on Spain’s northern coast (close to the French border) is a gourmet’s paradise, and very pleasant this time of year (few tourists and mild climate). Work up an appetite with a stroll along the palm-studded Playa de la Concha, or through the streets of the old town, before feasting on pintxos (Basque tapas) in typical bars where the famous local dishes are cooked like mini works of art. For the occasion, you can choose a very chic restaurant from the wide choice of award-winning establishments.

6. Seville

Where else to go for Valentine’s Day? Seville is another good idea for Valentine’s Day. The Andalusian capital offers the chance to explore its historical and cultural heritage, all under the rays of a generous sun. Why not treat yourself to a good tapas restaurant and a glass of wine, with a flamenco concert – buleria and rumba – in the background? The colorful alleyways, flower-filled patios, fountains and Muslim-era architecture will enhance your romantic weekend.

7. Marrakech

Voyage à Marrakech pour la Saint-Valentin

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Red roses and declarations, sweet nothings and gourmet restaurants on February 14th just aren’t your thing? Why not treat yourself to a memorable day in Marrakech instead? Morocco’s fifth-largest city has plenty to tempt you.

8. Lapland

Voyage en Laponie pour la Saint-Valentin

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Looking for the Northern Lights and living in a snowy, white-washed landscape? Swedish or Finnish Lapland is an excellent destination for Valentine’s Day: sled dog or snowmobile rides in the wilderness, in a wooden chalet where candles are the only source of illumination, watching the Northern Lights! It doesn’t get more romantic than this destination! Land in Kittilä, Rovaniemi and head north of the Arctic Circle to see the northern lights! You can also try your hand at ice fishing, search for a reindeer, and even visit Santa’s famous village!

9. Corsica

A Valentine’s Day getaway on the Isle of Beauty combines magnificent scenery, snow on the heights and the mild sunshine of the Mediterranean climate. Corsica is a romantic destination 365 days a year, and it’s even better to go there for two on February 14th! Corsica boasts a protected natural environment, where you can enjoy the seemingly slow and peaceful island pace of the towns (Calvi, Ajaccio, Sartène, Propriano, Bonifacio). Take a drive to the Calanches de Piana, Ajaccio and down to the cliffs of Bonifacio. Temperatures remain cool, but the sun comes out again in February, guaranteeing you a memorable stay.

10. Sarajevo

Yes, Sarajevo was ravaged by war in the 1990s, but this city may well make you want to return. If Valentine’s Day is less important to you than the need for a change of scenery, then Bosnia-Herzegovina is the place for you. Slalom through the cobbled shopping streets of the Turkish quarter – Bascarsija -, take in the Muslim atmosphere of the mosques, then photograph your other half at the famous Sebilj fountain. Sarajevo is a city where you can party in the bars as well as spend the evening with your loved one in the small local restaurants before returning to your hotel.