As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching I wanted to give those struggling for ideas a helping hand as I was struggling to find something romantic it also helps me too. I’ve searched the globe for hidden gems to visit this Valentine’s Day, below is a small selection of my recommendations.
Kourion Beach and Amphitheatre
On the idyllic island of Cyprus Kourion Beach sits just outside of Limassol. Hidden away from the main beach is the home to many turtle nests and beautiful sunsets. In the summer months the beach is mainly occupied by the locals but is definitely a must see.
The evening sky is filled with beautiful colours and the sound of waves gently lapping against the shore. Stroll hand in hand along the beach and watch the mesmerizing sunset in all its glory. Perched on top of the hill with nothing but blue sky behind the theatre is also an impressive sight at dusk. In the evening why not stay and watch one of the many live performances in the theatre, it is truly a unique experience in Cyprus.
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular destinations in Italy. Many people who visit the region go to the major resorts of Sorrento, Naples and Salerno and rarely venture off the beaten path. There are some stunning coastal towns and villages along the coast between Sorrento and Salerno such as the aptly named town of Amalfi and Praiano.
If you head up into the mountains not only will you find traditional Italian villages you will also find some of the best Limoncello producers. The lemon flavored liquor is a favorite of the Italians and is the perfect way to end a romantic day exploring the Amalfi Coast.
Sandwiched between Nice and Monaco the small sea front town of Villefranche-sur-Mer is the quaintest location on the French Riviera by far. It has a number of local restaurants serving traditional fresh French cuisine and a small beach next to the marina. The peaceful surroundings feel like a million miles away from the bustling life in the neighboring cities.
If you’re staying or visiting here you need to explore every corner, as there are so many small shops and local bakeries with fresh bread and pastries to offer. This is one little gem that shouldn’t be overlooked when travelling to the south of France.
Florence & Pisa
Florence and Pisa aren’t exactly the most discreet location; however they do have much to offer in the narrow city streets. In Florence there is an almost endless list of traditional pizzerias to choose from between taking in the sights and sounds of this majestic city. One of the main attractions to the city is the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. The structure is the only surviving bridge in Florence from WW2 and still boasts its unique features of shops and homes built hanging over the edge.
In Pisa the main attraction has and always will be the Leaning tower of Pisa and the surrounding buildings. However this romantic city has so much more to offer than what’s in plain sight. Discover for yourself the hidden shops and market stalls in the streets and the aroma of freshly cooked food at every turn.
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