7 Places To Melt Your Valentine’s Heart

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is definitely in the air, and with this year’s Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday, what a perfect time to whisk your loved one away on a romantic mini-break or memorable holiday!

Whether you’re looking to spend some quality time alone together, or you want to celebrate a special anniversary. Or even if you plan to pop the question, there are plenty of memorable destinations that ooze romance.

Here’s our round-up of the best romantic places to visit…


A view of the Eiffel Tower and River Seine on a sunny day

The Eiffel Tower and River Seine

It would be impossible to talk about a romantic trip away without including Paris. A trip to the Eiffel Tower is mandatory for couples visiting Paris but you don’t necessarily need to join the crowds at the top of the tower to pop that special question. In fact, what could be more romantic than getting down on one knee in the beautiful park below, asking for your lover’s hand in marriage bathed in the evening glow of the Eiffel Tower.

Whether you want to enjoy a night time stroll down the Champs Elysees, or visit the magnificent Palace of Versailles with its incredible interiors and gorgeous manicured gardens. Or you want to discover Bohemian Paris visiting the famous artists’ quarter and possibly climbing the hill to Sacre-Coeur and even taking in the views from the top, Paris is a joy to discover and the best way to do it really is on foot, allowing you the opportunity for lunch in a Parisian cafe or to grab a famous Parisian crepe, sharing it with your loved one as you take a romantic stroll along the banks of the river Seine.


  • Best Western Premier 61 Paris Nation Hotel, is a 4 star hotel ideally situated s situated in a quiet area in the east of Paris, near to the Place de la Nation and the Gare de Lyon. Room Only prices from £189pp for 2 nights. Includes flights and accommodation. Various departures.



Budapest's Romantic City Park

Budapest - refreshingly relaxing!

Budapest is one of the most romantic cities in the world, a mix of beautiful architecture and the River Danube which cuts right through the heart of the City. Unlike many other popular European capitals, Budapest remains a refreshingly relaxing place, perfect for romantic breaks and getaways. The luscious Margaret Island on the river Danube provides the perfect place to stroll among the trees or enjoy a quiet drink at one of the atmospheric bars. Alternatively, a stroll along the Danube in Pest will allow you the opportunity to take in the sweeping views of Buda Castle on the opposite side, or enjoy some local cuisine in one of the many cafes or restaurants.  Budapest has an abundance of romantic places to visit and stunning views over the river to see so why not do it all in one taking in the views whilst enjoying a romantic dinner cruise down the river!


  • Royal Park Boutique Hotel, Budapest, is a beautiful 4 star hotel. This stylish and contemporary establishment is situated close to Keleti Palyaudvar. Room Only prices from £159pp for 3 nights. Flights and accommodation included.


A gondola on a beautiful Venetian canal

A gondola upon the canal

Another of the most romantic places you could ever visit is the romantic City of Venice.  We’ve all seen the movies and fantasised about being serenaded on a gondola ride, whilst taking in the sights of the lavish baroque buildings, piazzas, and bridges, and of course the famous canal.  No romantic trip to Venice would be complete without a trip to the Do Spade bar on Calle de Spade near the Rialto Bridge where Casanova met his lovers. Another must is a visit to the legendary Bridge of Sighs, where it is said that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset beneath the bridge at sunset!


  • Hotel Delfino, Venice, is a 4 star hotel situated in the heart of Mestre, not far from the city centre. Bed & Breakfast prices from £159pp for 2 nights. Flights and accommodation included. Various departures.



Marrakech, the hidden gem of Africa

Marrakech, the hidden gem of Africa

There is a magic about Morocco that few places can match. Marrakech is undoubtedly one of the great cites of Africa, an exotic beauty filled with bewitching noises, smells and colour, its arresting exoticism continues to capture the imagination of many a traveller from around the world. Marrakech boasts its fair share of fabulous palaces, lush palm groves, colourful bazaars and souks, set amongst a labyrinth of alleyways and a hypnotic atmosphere. What could be more perfect that watching the sun set over the Arabian rooftops with a glass of Champagne or an intimate dinner for two in the privacy of a traditional Berber tent with your own private chef preparing aromatic specialities from North Africa. Or you could spice things up, enjoying the belly dancers and fire dancers at one of the city’s many hot spots.


  • Aqua Fun Club Hotel, Marrakech, is a 5 star hotel in a prime location a short distance from the vibrant centre of Marrakech. All Inclusive prices from £269pp for 4 nights. Flights and accommodation included.


Botanical Garden in Funchal, Maderia

The Floating Garden of the Atlantic

The subtropical climate of Madeira enjoys some breathtaking vistas where ragged mountain landscapes combine with lush green valleys and crystal clear waters to from the perfect romantic getaway for couples looking for a little romance. With year-round sunshine, Madeira offers all the ingredients for a relaxing holiday though out the year. Discover the capital Funchal’s rich heritage visiting the numerous churches dating back as far as the 15th Century, or go beyond the city to discover Madeira’s lush and colourful landscape, known as the ‘Floating Garden of the Atlantic’, it has an abundance of colourful flora spectacularly carpeting the hills.

Couples enjoying Madeira in February can enjoy the Island’s festival of fruit which is now established in the Island’s calendar where you can expect to see live music, street entertainers, markets and events throughout the north coast, celebrating the native Anona fruit or Cherimoya.


  • Vidamar Resorts, Madeira, is a 5 star luxury hotel in an exclusive ocean location with a large sea platform and direct access to the sea. Half Board prices from £369pp for 5 nights. Flights and accommodation included.


Barcelona has helped Catalonia top the regional chartsk

Barcelona - the perfect choice for couples

Barcelona is the perfect choice for couples wanting much more from a city break.  With a cosmopolitan atmosphere, Barcelona’s busy bars, clubs and restaurants are always full. As a destination, Barcelona combines style and culture, with some of the most impressive and sometimes unusual architecture in the world.  Both modern and traditional buildings dominate the skyline and the range of shopping choices is just as diverse. From quaint, traditional eateries to world class restaurants to enjoy a special occasion or romantic meal, Barcelona has something for everyone!


  • Vincci Bit Hotel, Barcelona, is a modern and stylish 4 star hotel just a 10 minute walk from Mar Bella beach. Room Only prices from £169pp for 3 nights. Flights and accommodation included.


New York

View of New York's mid-town at dusk.

Dusk over New York's midtown

With so many things to see and do, it’s no wonder that New York City is one of the most popular places for couples to visit for Valentine’s Day. Iconic attractions such as Times Square, Central Park, Broadway, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Stations all help make New York a romantic must place to visit. Take in the romantic views of the city at the top of Empire State Building or why not enjoy a romantic horse and carriage ride enjoying the spectacular views of Central Park? If shopping is your thing, then why not meander along 5th Avenue and visit Bloomingdales, or if you really want to make a romantic gesture, take your loved one to Tiffany’s – you may only have the budget to window shop Tiffany & Co. but what better place to find the perfect Valentine’s gift?

New York really does offer the perfect opportunity for couples to explore with romantic places to see, do, eat and stay. It doesn’t matter how long you visit – it simply won’t be long enough!


  • Milford Plaza at Times Square, New York, is a 4 star hotel set in the heart of the theatre district, making it an ideal base for exploring Midtown attractions. Room Only prices from £589pp for 3 nights. Flights and accommodation included.

There are some fantastic late deals available for those looking to get away to all of these fantastic destinations, and many more! So why not take advantage of one of our special offers and make Valentines 2014 a Valentine’s Day to remember forever!







Bradley Moon

Bradley Moon

Bradley is a social media & travel writer for Directline Holidays with a strong passion for photography and exploring new locations. Bradley has travelled extensively across Europe and Asian, while planning on trekking through Australia and New Zealand.

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