Continental Shift! – 11 European Getaway Ideas for Adventurous Valentines

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With Valentine’s day around the corner, plenty of couples will be seeking a romantic getaway. From relaxing spa days in the Wieliczka Salt Mines to the city of lovers, Ljubljana here is a round-up featuring the top romantic destinations for February 2023. 

Also included is a variety of top places to stay, including the eco hotels of Bohnji and luxury skiing lodges in France. 

Poland

Love locks at Tumski Bridge in Wroclaw

Symbolise your unbreakable love at lover’s bridge in Ostrów Tumski, Wroclaw. Adorned with locks of lovers, names and memories Tumski Bridge is a place of enamoured tradition for couples. Sitting over the Oder River in Ostrów Tumski, the oldest and most historic part of the city, this unique area has proven to be a popular destination for those seeking romance. Write your names or precious date on a lock, tether it to the bridge and throw the key into the Odra river to symbolise eternity. Representing love from all over the world, walk hand-in-hand across the bridge reading the names and stories of hundreds of loved ones for the perfect romantic date. 

The Bridge Wroclaw MGallery 

Ostrów Tumski was once an island connected to the right bank of the Oder by a bridge. Today this is the location of The Bridge Wroclaw MGallery Hotel. A 5-star lifestyle hotel that offers a range of luxury and stylish accommodations, including some top of the range suites, overlooking the river, or the cathedral. Don’t miss to visit the hotel’s roof terrace for unforgettable views and unforgettable romance. 

Stay Valentines night from £91.77: https://all.accor.com/hotel/B1Z1/index.en.shtml 

Czech Republic

Visit the romantic poets in Vyšehrad Cemetery 

With its beautiful cobbled streets, gothic architecture and medieval charm, Prague is a picture-perfect romantic destination. Walk hand-in-hand over the Charles de Gaulle Bridge and discover the fascinating history and culture of the city.

Take a stroll through the grounds of Vyšehrad Castle and visit the poet’s buried Vyšehrad Cemetery. Established in 1869, this is the final resting place of many composers, artists, writers, and bohemians of the country. Just like Highgate in London or Père-Lachaise in Paris, the cemetery draws many visitors through its gates, wanting to pay their respects to the various Czech luminaries. Find yourself walking among famous romantic poets such as Jan Neruda and Karel Hynek Mácha, many of the tombstones are engraved with beautiful verses. 

For further information: https://www.visitczechrepublic.com/en-US/Things-to-Do/Places/Landmarks/Castles-and-Ruins/c-prague-vysehrad 

A couple interlinking their hands via their little finger in a romantic gesture and you can see a purplish sky beyond

Romance with the May Kiss in Prague

Celebrate love in the Czech Republic with the tradition of May kissing. Originating from the romantic Czech poem by Karel Hynek Mácha, written in 1836, it is custom to kiss under a flowering tree. A bronze monument of the famous poet stands in Petřín Gardens within Prague, tradition says couples should kiss under the statue and then under a blossoming tree. As Prague explodes into a spectacle of delicate pink and white take a stroll through Petřín Hill and discover rows of blossoming cherry trees. One of the largest parks in the city centre, Petřín Hill, offers breath taking panoramic views. With a beautiful backdrop of Prague’s Mala Strana historic quarter, romance is in the air.  

For further information: https://www.visitczechrepublic.com/en-US/Things-to-Do/Places/Nature/Lookout-Towers-and-Viewpoints/c-prague-petrin 

Aria Hotel

Experience the boutique Aria Hotel Prague for an unforgettable luxury break. Just steps away from the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. The five-star Aria Hotel Prague harmonises a unique musical concept with luxurious accommodation, fine dining at CODA Restaurant, a Rooftop Terrace, and exceptional amenities. Stay in the Dvorak Luxury Suite for romantic garden views and a king sized bed. 

Stay Valentines night from 214 euro: https://www.ariahotel.net/ 

Slovenia

Fall in love with the City of Lovers 

A hidden gem amongst Europe, Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana is a city with rich history, mesmerising architecture, and beautiful natural green surroundings. Better known as the City of Lovers, Ljubljana directly translates as ‘the beloved’ perfect for a romantic break. Couples can walk along the banks of the Ljubljanica River or take a boat ride along its waters for a scenic tour of the city. Ljubljana offers a green oasis with numerous public parks in the heart of the city. A walk through the historic Ljubljana Botanical Gardens, established in 1810 is a must for any nature lover. Be sure to soak up the romantic architecture before relaxing in some of its superb cafes and restaurants.

For further information: https://www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/ 

Hotel Nox 

Hotel Nox is a central boutique hotel located in the Šentvid area of Ljubljana. Choose from 34 completely uniquely designed rooms and enjoy large windows offering stunning city views. Indulge in their romantic package, for a pampered night for two. Find a suit strewn with rose petals, champagne and strawberries with chocolate chips and cream. After a romantic night, start your day with a delicious breakfast which can be ordered in your room. 

Stay Valentines night from 105 euro: https://hotelnox.com/en

Hike the majestic Julian alps 

Experience breathtaking views, beautiful landscapes and charming towns for the perfect romantic get away in the Julian Alps. Discover the best cycling and hiking trails of slovenia including the incredible 290km long Juliana bike route and the Juliana hiking Trail. Both of these trails are located in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Spend quality time with your loved one hiking one of the most beautiful hiking routes in Slovenia, The Soča Trail. Wander along the emerald green river Soča and discover log bridges, scenic canyons and breathtaking nature. The 25-kilometre trail is a part of the Alpe Adria Trail and will take you through the Alpine valley of Trenta along numerous natural and cultural sites. Hike extra early to witness a romantic sunrise among the green Slovenian valleys.  

For further information: https://www.slovenia.info/en/the-julian-alps 

Bohinj ECO Hotel and Sunrose 7

Relax in absolute luxury at sister properties Bohinj ECO Hotel and Sunrose 7. Both are ideally located at the border of Triglav National Park and are recognised as being two of the greenest and most eco-minded hotels the country has to offer. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty that is all around from the comfort of Bohinj ECO Hotel’s top floor pool. Enjoy luxury and nature as a couple for an unforgettable romantic break. Revitalise your body and soul at Sunrose 7’s spa and wellness area.

Stay Valentines night from £115: https://www.bohinj-eco-hotel.si/ 

Stay in February from £143:  https://www.sunrose7.com/ 

Morzine, France 

Romance is the Alps

What speaks romance like being whisked away for a ski break? Spending your days on the slopes, taking in the natural beauty of the mountains, and enjoying the views from Mont Blanc. Take to Morzine’s outdoor ice rink in the town square for a classic date night. At night the town comes alive with pretty white lights and folk outside taking in the resort’s atmosphere. You are able to rent boots and equipment from the hut outside the Tourism Office.

Résidence Les 3 Sophie

Take the festival to the next level with a stay at Les Sophie. Just a six-minute drive from the centre of Morzine, nestled between the forests and mountains, Les Sophie delivers the authentic charm of a French Alpine village. With high-quality luxury facilities, discover apartment complexes capable of sleeping up to twelve people. Relax after an adventurous day surrounded by the best motorcycles in the world with a cosy apartment imbued with mountain spirit.

Stay for a week in February from 860 Euro: https://terresens-msh.com/residences/residence-les-3-sophie-morzine/?lang=en 

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