Wonderful Valentine’s Day Destinations For 2013

When it comes to memorable holidays, Valentine’s Day ranks near the top of the list – as with any other holiday, what initially appears to be months away suddenly creeps up on us like a thief in the night. The good news is that no one can have any excuse to not be prepared, for Valentine’s Day always fall upon February 14th – including 2013! What is interesting about this romantic day is that unlike other festivals steeped in tradition and dogma, Valentine’s Day is truly what we make of it, for better or for worse. Why not transform this year’s day into one which will be remembered (for all the good reasons) for years to come by selecting unique and romantic destinations on the European map?

Paris, France

It goes without saying that France may very well be the romance capital of the world. Many couples choose to partake of the Parisian nightlife which is punctuated by an unforgettable view from atop the Eiffel Tower. Hearts will certainly melt even on the coldest days of winter. Besides Paris, France plays host to a multitude of unique and tranquil settings sure to captivate the senses and bring an added air of love to the atmosphere. Couples may choose to visit the quaint towns in the Alsace region blanketed in snowy mountaintops or perhaps instead journey to the south of France and experience the Mediterranean climate of Montpelier which basks in the sun during most winter days. Additionally, travelling to this prime destination is only a quick flight away from the United Kingdom aided by express trains to London.

Dublin, Ireland

Why not take a quick excursion to where much of the Valentine’s Day lore began? Dublin offers couples the ability to visit the shrine of St. Valentine himself. The relics of this famous figure are placed on display every February 14th and a special mass is held in honour of the saint.

After the mass, many couples decide to take a brief excursion to Killiney Hill with panoramic views of the Irish Sea on one side and nearby towns and Dublin itself.

If we then intermingle city life with the natural beauty and wonder of Killarney with its numerous waterfalls and placid lakes, it is no wonder why Ireland has become one of the most sought after Valentine’s Day destinations.

London, England

It is said that London is the city for lovers and this rings especially true for Valentine’s Day activities. Couples can absorb the visual stimulation of the Cirque de Soleil which plays at Royal Albert Hall while dining afterwards at the Skylon restaurant.

The Royal Observatory also has special treats for those who wish to gaze up at the heavens while in one another’s arms, as they have a Valentine’s Day planetarium show with excellent views of the “lover’s moon”, of course with weather permitting.

These are but a few of the many attractions London offers every year – a walk through the history-laden streets taking in the unique skyline before a romantic meal may be all that’s needed to remember this year’s February 14th as a standout day. These destinations are some of the most popular and breathtaking in all of Europe for Valentine’s Day. In 2013, don’t get caught out – “Surprise! – I forgot!”  Why not plan ahead and make this year’s celebrations some of the most memorable yet? Belgian chocolate is much better sampled in Belgium 😉

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10 Responses to Wonderful Valentine’s Day Destinations For 2013

  1. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista February 6, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Since I’ve never been to Dublin, I will have to wait before proclaiming it romantic. I agree that both London and Paris can be romantic.

    • Sofia February 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      Dublin is certainly not the typical romantic destination that springs to mind, but I think you would be surprised, it’s a lovely city and there are many little romantic hideaways 😉

  2. Jam @icoSnap February 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Paris is definitely a romantic place to visit for valentines day especially if you booked a near by hotel seeing the eiffel tower.

    • Sofia February 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      Yes, as always a view overlooking the Eiffel Tower is much better than the one from the tower itself – a view over Paris is simply not complete without the Eiffel Tower in it! 😉

  3. andiperullo February 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    I’m headed to the Caymans, but would love to celebrate in Paris one year!

    • Sofia February 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Caymans sounds nice and tropical! We will be celebrating in Prague, much colder but still romantic! 🙂

  4. lilach February 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi, do you have any more romantic destinations? would like to surprise my husband with something new…

    • Sofia February 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      There are plenty more romantic destinations! We’re in Prague this year, a very romantic city and so far the weather has been beautiful, which is always a plus ;).

      Another plus is that it’s a very affordable city so you get more romance and luxury for less.

      Other romantic destinations in Europe (if that’s what you’re after?) are in the uk: http://www.aswetravel.com/top-5-romantic-valentines-day-destinations-in-the-uk/.

      Italy is another country full of romance and beauty, Venice is especially popular in February, but there are many more cities – Rome for example.

      Further north, I really liked Belgium, and Bruges is full of medieval romance.

      I can go on and on, but I hope these gave you some nice ideas 🙂

    • Dennis Merril February 11, 2013 at 5:58 am #

      Hi Lilach,

      I would request you to check out the Turks and Caicos. It is a great place for couples. If you want I can suggest you a link too or else you could follow my name link instead. Let me know if you like it. Also let me know if you find out about some other new place.I would love to check it out too.

  5. Dennis February 7, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Well Paris is perfect but I am not really sure about Dublin. By the way have you heard of the Venetian at the Turks and Caicos. It’s in the Caribbean area. I am sure once people visit there they would agree that it could make it to the list of wonderful destinations for Valentine’s.