Destinations to Sweep You Away This Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day is two weeks away—which is just enough to time to plan a spontaneous getaway to a place you and your loved one have yet to explore together. We’ve combed through our favorite romantic destinations and narrowed it down to seven escapes that offer the perfect balance of exciting, new adventures and intimate one-on-one time. From the enchanting castles of Germany, to the passionate tango performances of Argentina, any one of these amazing trips is sure to whisk you and your partner away.
Colorful villas and palaces line the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains, painting the perfect backdrop for your real-life fairytale romance. The botanical gardens and romantic architecture of the Monserrate Palace are only moderately well known to tourists, meaning you and your S.O. won’t be too crowded to enjoy the ornate details of this architectural wonder.
Black Forest, Germany
Germany’s mountainous Black Forest is known for its beautiful Bavarian castles, which are even more picturesque after a fresh dusting of snow. Adventurous couples will want to take advantage of the spectacular cross-country skiing and hiking trails that this winter wonderland has to offer. Cozy up by a roaring fire for the perfect ending to an active day with your partner.
While tourists flock to Bled in the summer months, the lakeside town you’ll find in winter is quiet and serene—perfect for a romantic Valentine’s getaway. You’ll find no shortage of wintery fun, including snowshoeing, skating and sledding. Lovebirds may paddle a boat out to Lake Bled Church, where it is said that if the church bells ring three times after a wish is made, it will come true.
You’re sure to fall head-over-heels for the views in Florence, especially as you hold your loved one close while watching the sunset from Ponte Santa Trinita or the steps of Piazzale Michelangelo. And what could be more romantic than finding a quiet corner to steal a kiss on a stroll through the Boboli gardens?
Sitting high in Morocco’s Rif Mountains is Chefchaouen, also known as the “Blue City.” Most of the walls lining the city’s winding cobblestone streets are washed in a gorgeous blue hue, and animal lovers will be pleased to find many adorable cats roaming free through the streets. This calmer alternative to Marrakech will provide couples with an authentic Moroccan experience and a little breathing room to enjoy each other’s company without big-city stress.
Prague, Czech Republic
Superstitious travelers looking to ensure everlasting love will want to fasten a padlock to the Čertovka bridge and throw the key in the river below. Once their fate is sealed, couples are sure to get a kick out of Spa Beerland, the city’s first beer spa. Cinefiles will love cuddling up in front of an old-fashioned film at Lucerna Cinema, a beautiful Art Nouveau cinema that’s been a date-night spot for lovers since it opened in 1909.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes because Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango dancing. Tango bars are popular among local lovers and visitors alike. For the old-school tango experience, check out historical locales such as Los Laureles, which has played host to sultry tango moves since it opened in the early 1900s. Take advantage of the summer weather in the Southern Hemisphere with a boat ride along the charming Tigre Delta, which is an easy day trip from the city center.