5 Valentine’s Day date ideas

5 Valentine’s Day date ideas
February 12, 2016 Dan Milne


Make this Valentines Day one to remember!

It’s here again – the one day where we have to show we’re capable of great romance, heart wrenching moments and grand gestures, but if you’re struggling with the idea of real romance (which you might well be if you’re reading this) then read on for some genius date ideas that won’t disappoint.

We’ve rounded up five incredible experiences across Europe that are bound to give you a Valentine’s Day to remember – going that extra mile really does pay off!


From a romantic gondola ride down the canals of Venice to hot air ballooning, these original date ideas are guaranteed to unleash your inner romantic.

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We think you’d be hard pressed to find a more romantic location than the Italian city of Venice.

With river ways instead of roads and boats and gondola’s instead of taxi’s it’s easy to see why romance is at the heart of this cultural hub.

If Venice didn’t exist it would still probably come to life in some Hollywood screenplay for the imagined backdrop of a romantic feature. Even so, it would most likely not be the fantasy that it is in reality, a fairytale of canals and breathtaking architecture. What can be more romantic than a gondola ride down a canal, or a walk over narrow bridges, getting lost through narrow lanes, and ending up at monumental squares? If you’re not yet in love, you will be.

Ballon in Barcelona

Hiring a hot air balloon has got to be up there as one of the most romantic dates you can go on – literally!

And if you’re going sky high with your loved one why not do it in Barcelona, Spain where there’s a much better chance of sunshine and a panoramic view to remember.

It doesn’t have to be super expensive either – you can do a one and a half hour flight from Barcelona where you travel above the Catalan countryside and coastline for under £150.

Live in London?

If you’re looking for a romantic evening in London then the first place you should head to is Clos Maggiore.

Voted as the most romantic restaurant in London, Clos Maggiore is bound to give you an evening to remember. Hidden away in the heart of Covent Garden Clos Maggiore has a magical interior where fairy lights, mirrors and woodland greenery surround the tables as you eat.

It’s like having part of an enchanted wood transported to a plush dining room – in terms of intimacy and ambiance it doesn’t get much better than this. With comfortable chairs, soft lighting and a delicious menu this is one place that’s hard to forget.

Perfect for a spot of dinner before a night at the theatre and beyond.

Clos Maggoire, 33 King Street Covent Garden WC2E 8JD

Fairytale castle in Bavaria

No it’s not Disneyland! This is Neuschwanstein Castle in the heart of Bavaria, Germany – and you can see why it’s the perfect destination for a romantic day out.

Built in the Bavarian hills above a small village in south western Germany this fairy tale castle is actually the inspiration behind the iconic Disney palace and is definitely worth a trip – just think of the picture opportunities!

The interior is just as stunning – so little wonder that since being opened to the public in 1886 Neuschwanstein has received over 60 million visitors.

Hike up to the castle from the neighbouring village of Hohenschwangau, visit the castle and take a picnic. Total romance guaranteed.

Neuschwanstein Castle, tickets available from their official website.

Cocktail evening in Paris

Paris is the perfect city for a spot of romantic wining and dining – but before you become a cliché why not try out an experimental cocktail night instead?

Prescription Cocktail club in the sixth arrondissement boasts a quirky thirties decor (think bowler hats as lampshades and deliciously deep sofas) and serves some tongue twisting cocktails.

The venue is intimate yet trendy, so if you want somewhere cool with plenty of dark corners for smooching, then Prescription Cocktail club is just what Dr. Love ordered.

Follow with a romantic stroll along the Seine and let the magic of Paris catch up with you.


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