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?
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.
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.
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 😉