Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to squeeze in a short break before you head off on your summer holidays. And with a whole host of destination holidays on offer, you can easily identify the ideal romantic break for you and your other half. Whether you want to laze on the beach and spend some quality downtime with your loved one, or you both prefer a city break where you bond over your shared passion for art and architecture – there’s something on offer for everyone. Check out our top destinations that offer activities to win over even the fussiest couple.
You might not think of the Balearics as a place to head for a little romance but aim for the quieter corners and you’ll get unspoilt golden sands as far as the eye can see. Menorca is a quiet paradise offering traditional Spanish hospitality without the crowds. Take a trip to the historic capital of Mahon for picturesque harbours and quaint shopping streets or to Ciutadella to wonder at the Gothic cathedral. You might think Ibiza is one to avoid but Portinatx boasts endless white sands and solitude or Santa Eulalia is the place for you if you need to be occupied as it is packed with art galleries and eclectic boutiques.
Take a trip back through time in Egypt, home to two of history’s greatest lovers – Anthony and Cleopatra. Most people choose to stay in Cairo close to attractions like the Pyramids and the Sphinx. However, if sightseeing isn’t up your street and you’re a couple of waterbabies then head to Sharm El Sheikh and snorkel in the spectacular surroundings of the Red Sea. If you want a real romantic adventure while you’re there then book a Bedouin dinner under the stars.
One of the top destinations for those wanting to celebrate their relationship, Italy offers rolling hills in remote rural locations, chic beach resorts and city breaks with plenty of culture to soak up while you wander about. Malcesine is all about the views and offers you breathtaking scenery along the edge of Lake Garda – the perfect place to eat a gelato and speak the language of love! If you like the hustle and bustle of a traditional seafront resort then head to Sorrento for sumptuous seafood, beautiful beaches and day trips to Pompeii.
If you’re looking for a romantic destination with great weather and a colourful history – plus plenty of activities to keep you occupied – then Portugal is the place for you. Beach fanatics should head to Madeira for endless golden sands and brilliant blue seas just made for paddling in a pair. If you’re more comfortable on a boat then Vilamoura is famous for its sailing and keep your eyes peeled as dolphins are known to visit Portugal’s scenic shores.
So with all these fantastic options on offer, why not surprise your other half with a short break away – guaranteed to make their Valentine’s Day!