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If you’ve already enjoyed a glass of wine with a view of the Eiffel tower and shared a slice at a pizzeria in Rome, then it’s time to discover some different romantic destinations to spend this Valentine’s Day. Our list for the modern romantic includes up-and-coming spots that offer something a little bit unique.
Traditionally, Barcelona and Madrid have enjoyed most of the tourist attention. But this year we’re looking towards the quietly beautiful Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city. In contrast to the historic architectural wonders to be admired elsewhere in the country, Valencia excels and stands out with its modernity.
A series of futuristic buildings punctuate the skyline, giving the city an innovative and exciting vibe. Of course, there’s always the Old Town for those craving a more traditional feel.
There are plenty of romantic things to do in Valencia – from the verdant Monforte Gardens to the central Plaza de la Vírgin, whose medieval architecture makes it the perfect place to watch the world go by with a glass of vino (or perhaps sangria).
Paris isn’t the only French destination offering a seriously loved-up experience. Burgundy was the setting for Chocolat, the irresistible 2000 film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. The movie was filmed in the quaint village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, which captures the whimsical magic of the region perfectly.
During your time in Burgundy, make a visit to the capital of Dijon (you guessed it, home to the famous mustard), with its smattering of architecturally diverse buildings ranging from gothic to art deco. And of course, no trip to the Burgundy region is complete with experiencing its vineyards. They represent France's rich wine-making history and were recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After all, what could be more romantic than sampling a glass of wine as the sun goes down over the rolling hills?
Hit HBO show Game of Thrones gave the winding streets of Croatia’s capital a huge tourism boost, and it’s fast becoming one of our favourite city break destinations. Perched on the edge of the glittering Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik has an otherworldly feel that enchants no matter how many times you’ve visited before.
The distinctive limestone buildings and terracotta rooves of the Old Town cast the city with an ethereal golden light, while the formidable city walls provide a reminder of its rich history.
During your romantic break in Dubrovnik, don’t miss the Buza bar – it’s set into the side of the cliff, offering unbeatable views out over the ocean. You may not be able to resist that sparkling, azure water – explore in a sea kayak, or just relax on the beach.
Now for one of the most Instagram-worthy destinations on this list – the Greek island of Mykonos. There’s just something about the fresh, white-washed buildings and blue rooves of Mykonos that make it so alluring to look at (and photograph). Cobbled streets wind up steep hills to the famous windmills, pink bougainvillaea spills out of window boxes, and small tavernas line the peaceful beachfront. And those sunsets? Unbeatable.
Enjoy a Valentine's break in Mykonos by heading down to Little Venice – where the town meets the sea, and the balconies perch over the water – for a relaxed dinner. Or, take a sunset cruise and admire the glittering lights of the island from the vantage point of the water.
Ever since 2012’s Bond film, Skyfall, we've been obsessed with the moody and atmospheric Scottish Highlands. Rugged, wild, and mountainous, the northern part of Scotland has an allure that's timeless – and, yes, undeniably romantic. Its characterised by historical whisky distilleries, wide open skies and undulating landscapes with a haunting feel.
During your time in the Highlands, make sure to pay a visit to Loch Ness – even if you don't spot its famous monster, you can enjoy a hike around the freshwater loch. Orkney is another highlight, an archipelago of islands on Scotland's north-eastern coast. Explore the area’s ancient roots by visiting Skara Brae, an original Neolithic settlement – shrouded in mist and sea spray, it’s about as eerily romantic as you can get.
Discover a range of modern Valentine’s destinations on our Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises.
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