Valentines Day 2019 is just around the corner, and since ZUUM is in the business of making your life as easy and time efficient as possible, we’ve put together a list of the most romantic city breaks in Europe.
We’ve chosen each city based on accessibility, interesting things to do and see as well as highlighting any lesser-known facts about each destination. We’ve also given you a mix of popular destinations, as well as those that are likely to be less crowded, so read on to get some inspiration to treat your loved one.
We’re going to start with the most well-known romantic cities of Paris and Venice.
Paris is literally called ‘the city of love’, and as such is very popular with anyone looking for a romantic getaway. It’s very easy to see why – with beautiful architecture, a plethora of monuments and historical sites, delicious pastries, and the lilting sound of the French language, romance is very easy to find.
Below are some things you can do while in Paris:
- Wine tasting at the Le Clos Montmartre, Paris’ only vineyard
- Dinner at one of Paris’ 10 three-star Michelin Restaurants
- Sunset cruise on the Seine
- Picnic in the gardens at the Luxembourg Palace
- Musée de l'Orangerie specially built Water Lily Rooms, one of the best places to see Monet’s art.
- Explore the gardens of the Musée Rodin, don’t miss the famous statues of ‘The Thinker’ and ‘The Kiss’.
You can fly directly into the Paris Le Bourget Airport – listed as one of the best private aviation terminals in Europe!
Venice is also up there with one of the most well known romantic cities in Europe! From gondola rides to exploring the labyrinth of tiny streets and breathtaking architecture, Venice delivers when it comes to romantic weekends.
Taking a gondola ride is one of the most popular things to do in Venice, but to avoid the crowds, find one a few streets away from the main tourist areas and tell the ‘driver’ that you want to stay away from the crowds. Doing this in the evening will add another layer of romance and offers a different perspective of the city.
Booking to go to an Opera at Teatro La Fenice will certainly add to the ambience of your weekend!
Venice has an abundance of boutique hotels, 5-star resorts and Renaissance Era Palazzos with lagoon views:
Try the Gritti Palace, which houses the Club del Doge restaurant - said to have one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city.
If you’re looking for something smaller and more intimate, the Ca Maria Adele, just behind the Salute has only 5 individually decorated, concept rooms and it’s own water entrance.
If you’d like to get away from the crowds in the evenings then consider the Bauer Villa F on Giudecca Island – just a short boat ride away from St Marks. These luxurious apartments are self-catering, which offers the opportunity to explore the host of restaurant options what Venice has to offer.
To get to Venice, you’d fly into the international private jet terminal of the Marco Polo Airport, and then catch a water taxi or the Alilaguna water bus directly to the island.
If you’d prefer a less crowded romantic getaway for Valentines Day, then consider Seville or Lisbon. Both of these cities are further south, which also means that the weather will be warmer than their northern counterparts.
Seville is not only warmer in February, but you will also get to see the last of the season’s bright, plump oranges, decorating the cities iconic trees – adding a pop of colour that will be missing from the colder regions.
This city has been voted one of the most romantic in Europe, and it’s not hard to see why when you consider the list of things you can do in this Spanish city.
Visit one of the many casual tapas restaurants on just about every corner! Great for sharing and ranging from really basic to the more complex and gastronomic, indulging in a few plates of tapas is the perfect start to any evening of romance.
Sunset on a rooftop bar is a great way to spend quality time with someone special, and you get a birds-eye view of this picturesque city at the same time. Try the Hotel Dona Maria’s rooftop terrace for views over Seville’s Cathedral and it’s spectacular bell tower.
Book a couples massage treatment at the Arabic Baths in the Jewish Quarter of the city, after which you can spend a few hours in the dimly lit baths, soaking away any tension and stress.
Seeing a flamenco show is an absolute must! Flamenco is an intense, passionate dance, telling stories of love, lust and strength in a way that will make you want to get out there and try it yourself.
Seville’s airport is a short 20 min ride from the city centre. While there is no dedicated private jet terminal, the airport is easy to navigate.
Portugal’s capital is fast becoming one of Europe’s most popular cities, with its old-worth charm, seaside appeal and geographic location – you will certainly feel the romance in Lisbon. Built across 7 hills, you are never far away from a panoramic view of the city, the river or the ocean.
Catch sunset from Miradouro de Senhora do Monte. You’ll be able to see across to the Tagus River from here, and as the sky darkens, you can watch as the city lights start coming on, offering a totally different feel to what you’d have during the day.
Taking a romantic stroll along the banks of the Tagus River is relaxing and will take you past the Tower of Belém, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The waterfront is also packed with bars and cafes, which are perfect stop-offs for refreshments or to sample some of Portugal’s culinary delights.
Wine tasting at the BA Wine Bar in Bairro Alto, offers around 500 different varieties of wine for you to taste, but also has the most incredible views and the food is great too!
Lisbon’s airport is just 9km from the city centre and offers a dedicated private jet terminal, as well as a variety of luxury transfer services.
Valentines Day doesn’t need to be difficult to organise or plan! Just get in touch with us and we’ll make sure you get there in comfort, without wasting any of your precious time, especially at this time of year.