Jet off this Valentine’s Day

Treat that special someone to an unforgettable trip from London Stansted Airport

Enjoy a change of scenery this Valentine’s Day by whisking away your partner. We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled some of the most romantic, swoon-worthy destinations. So all you need to do is pick whether you fancy a tropical expedition in a forest, adventuring and making memories to last a lifetime with your loved one. Or maybe delight in something a bit more relaxing like sipping on some delicious wine after a rendezvous to the vineyard.

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Raise a Roman toast to love!

There’s nothing like enjoying a glass (or three) of vino with a special someone, and where better than one of the most romantic settings in the world? Widely considered the second city of love after Paris, Rome in Italy is a hotspot for romantic escapades and the ideal place to tantalise your tastebuds.

There are some great spots in the city to try some new wines, with some of the most popular wines including Chianti, Nero d’Avola, and Montepulciano. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the wide range of romantic restaurants in Rome which offer a wide range of wines to taste. These fine Italian wines pair perfectly with the delightful Roman cuisine on offer, and taste even better when enjoyed against a backdrop of breath-taking views.

Embark on a round-trip tour from Rome to Pompeii in comfort by train and bus. Once you arrive in Pompeii, you’ll take a guided tour around the city that was devastated by the eruption of its towering volcano, Mt. Vesuvius. This will conclude with a visit to an award-winning neighbouring vineyard to taste and enjoy the four wines produced on the fertile volcanic soil, paired with a lunch of antipasti and dessert. Savour the rich bouquets and velvety flavours of Italian wines with your loved one, as you embark on a journey of discovery through the vineyards and tasting rooms of this timeless land.

There’s an endless list of things to do in Rome this Valentine's Day.

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Witness a whale watching spectacle in Reykjavik

A bucket-list worthy destination, Reykjavik the capital of Iceland may have a frosty exterior, but it’s the perfect place to be close with someone special. Its most popular attraction by far is the northern lights which can be seen from the city, or a short drive to the Grótta Lighthouse provides another scenic viewpoint. February is a great month to witness the display as the sky tends to be clear and dark, optimal viewing conditions for the once in a lifetime spectacle. You’ll be spoilt for choice for romantic things to do in Reykjavik!

Another must is a whale watching tour - sail out on an adventure along the coastline and learn about the incredible wildlife whilst seeing it first hand. When you’re ready to warm up and indulge in some relaxation, Iceland’s wealth of geothermal heat means there’s plenty of hot springs and geothermal swimming pools to unwind in. Another reason why Reykjavik is such a popular honeymoon destination. And within good reason, with the variety of luxury hotels and apartments available it’ll be a holiday to remember. Don’t worry too much about the location as one of the benefits of the city is its smaller size, making it easy to get around and explore by foot.

For the foodies, you’ll never be too far from a locally owned Icelandic establishment to devour a feast. Lamb and seafood are commonly found in Reykjavik restaurants, and if a restaurant offers a fish of the day you can be sure you won’t be disappointed.

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Experience a Memorable Valentine's in Malta

Looking for a mythical yet fascinating country to explore with that special someone? Hidden coves, mediaeval architecture and eerie underwater caves can all be found in Malta. The country consists of various islands with Malta, Gozo, and Comino being the main three. So if you’re ready to be surrounded by sparkling water and clear blue skies, then be sure to visit these stunning islands at the centre of the Mediterranean.

Start off in Valletta the sun-drenched capital of Malta and explore the ornate buildings full of Baroque art. St. John’s Co-Cathedral is a feast for the eyes - as you look around you’ll witness the ornate and intricate carvings, a real treat for art enthusiasts. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety of places to visit in Malta. As the day progresses into the night, wander through the quaint streets of Valletta and be guided by the sweet sound of live music coming from the jazz bars. Enjoy a drink or two - some establishments even serve up delicious traditional cuisine so you can experience the true essence of Maltese Culture.

As an alternative to the usual hotel, ramp up the romance by staying in a converted rustic farmhouse, some of which are more than 400 years old. These are a popular option with many coming with their own private pool and all your modern comforts, ready for you to relax and unwind with that special someone.

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Indulge in the Tropical Temperatures of Madeira

For all the adventurous romantics out there, the Portuguese island of Madeira is a tropical getaway to enjoy a wealth of breathtaking sunsets, one of a kind scenery and Madeira wine. Starting off with a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Laurissilva Forest is a natural treasure at around 20 million years old. If your love language falls in the form of hiking then you’re in for a treat as it’s a real paradise exploring this rare subtropical forest.

Another one of the best things to do in Madeira is visit the dramatic landscape at the São Vicente Volcanic Centre, where you can enjoy a guided tour through the darkness of the caves in the volcano - what a unique experience! The food on offer on this exotic island will place the cherry on top of the cake. From the tropical fruit to hearty meat dishes, sit down with your loved one to endeavour the various delicacies. The list of romantic things to do in Madeira is endless.

Exploring Madeira by car is a great way to hit all the miradouros (observation decks) - some of the most popular include Balcões, Cabo Girão and Eira do Serrado. Or for an unforgettable ride take one of the several cable cars. The most famous one connects the Old Town of Funchal with the top of the Monte hill, allowing you to get a panoramic view of Funchal bay. With the Atlantic sun warming the island all year round, Madeira would make an unforgettable Valentine’s trip.

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