From candlelit tables in Verona to jaw-dropping romantic views of Edinburgh and the beautiful promenades of Lisbon, some of the world’s most romantic settings are but a short flight away this Valentine’s…
The Scottish capital's blend of medieval mysticism and wide range of ready-made romantic hotspots make the city a top UK destination for undulated romance.
Edinburgh Castle may appear to be a foreboding structure at first, although the captivating hilltop views from below and the castle ground walks above offer the ideal scene for hand-in-hand walks as a fitting gateway into the nation's fascinating history.
Cultured and fun-filled activities include visits to local whisky bars along the famous Royal Mile, where you can sample varying blends at specialist shops, before purchasing your preferred concoction.
Couples sharing a love of the silver screen can sample an eccentric independent film at either Cameo cinema and the Filmhouse on Lothian Road.
Where else would you be able to saunter along wide tree-lined avenues and pretty canal paths on a bicycle made for two? As well as its famous party-loving side, Amsterdam is a highly romantic destination: a place to kick back and watch the world go by from a café, or hire a salon boat and glide along famous waterways.
As night falls, see fairy lights turn cobbled streets and bridges into a twinkling picture-postcard scene – perfect for ambling arm in arm.
There are not many places left in Europe where it's still possible to be a romantic, but Lisbon probably tops the shortlist.
Lisbon is the perfect romance destination – bright, charismatic, naturally good-looking, fun-loving and ever the dreamer. Romance literally embraces you on every street corner here, be it the way the cobbles shimmer like silver after the rain, or the pure Atlantic light cascading across the facades of houses in a fresco painter's palette of colours.
From Idyllic views, a central river, fantastic wine to incredible art, and grand countryside retreats you'll see why Prague conjours thoughts and memories to rival other destinations.
Walk hand-in-hand from the castle to the monumental Old Town Square through Charles Bridge, and stand together as you hear the chime of a 600-year old astronomical clock. Then it's time to lose yourselves in the beauty and romance of this ancient city, through a sea of spires and cobblestones that make this a lovers' paradise.
Venice is considered one of the most romantic places in the world.
You've seen it in photos and films, but there's no substitute for the reality -- the shimmering Grand Canal, the gondolas slipping down watery alleyways, the elegant palazzos emerging straight from the sea.
Venice at nightturns into another city, quiet, mysterious and empty. It is interesting to see this phenomenon of emptying the streets of Venice after dark, in fact, if the day there are over 100,000 people in the evening is as lot if there are 5000 in the whole city.
Vienna's ability to evoke romance has been undoubted throughout it's culturally attuned history.
The adopted home of Mozart and the Viennese Waltz, Vienna's underlying soundtrack has seen the city develop into an intoxicating haze of imperial architecture and white horses and carriages, sauntering past couples meandering as if time itself stood still.
To prepare you for a romantic visit to Vienna, Richard Linklater's cult romance classic 'Before Sunrise' takes you on a near-real time journey through Vienna's most intimate spots, as a fitting ode to the city running in time to a symphony of love.