With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we would bring you our top 8 alternative romantic destinations, so you can surprise that special someone with the ultimate romantic gift! These aren’t your cheesy cliché destinations; you won’t find the likes of Venice or Paris in this post… So read on for some incredible, unique and alternative ideas when it comes to romancing your other half.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
A short distance to the south of Naples, near the ruins of Pompeii and only a stone’s throw from the town of Sorrento is the Amalfi Coast – an area of extraordinary natural beauty where you can enjoy the ultimate romantic atmosphere. Colourful towns dot the mountainous coastline, giving a beautiful contrast to the blue of the water and the green of the surrounding slopes. Wander the mountain gardens at the resort of Ravello, check out the town of Positano for exclusive boutiques or head to Amalfi, where you will find unbeatable restaurants and also a gorgeous beach.
Explore historic streets, gaze upon awe-inspiring architecture and see the many historic sites inside this incredibly romantic walled city on the Croatian coast. This amazing destination is quite unmistakable thanks to the limestone buildings and red tile roofs, not to mention the huge walls that once protected the city. The gothic renaissance Sponza Palace can be found in Old Town, along with Onofrio’s Fountain and Stradun, the city’s main street. It’s even more romantic by night, which is the perfect time to enjoy a romantic meal under the stars and by day, boat trips are highly recommended.
The uniquely shaped island of Santorini is the perfect spot for an intimate holiday with the other half, as you’ll find many scenic coastal resorts overlooking the huge bay, which was formed by a volcanic eruption many years ago. This is what created the rocky cliffs where many popular towns and villages are located. From here, you will be able to enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets in Greece, which have become famous around the world. There’s nothing like enjoying a romantic meal together whilst looking at the bright and beautiful colours in the sky as the sun disappears behind the horizon.
Often referred to as Portugal’s fairytale town, Sintra is one of the most romantic places in the world for a Romantic holiday, thanks not only to its stunning architecture but also the overwhelming natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. You’ll find the town at the foot of the Sintra Mountains, which add to the fairytale charm. The pastel coloured buildings line the hills of the town and at its centre is the Quinta da Regaleira, a beautiful estate with stone grey palace. Enjoy romantic walks here and then head over to see the huge Palace of Pina, a colourful palace overlooking the city, which incorporates many styles.
Lake Garda, Italy
Between the cities of Verona and Brescia in the scenic surroundings of the north Italian countryside is where you will find Lake Garda, one of Italy’s most popular and romantic holiday destinations. Choose from a selection of romantic towns and villages along the edge of the water and spend your days enjoying each others company as you explore what each resort has to offer. Enjoy beautiful mountain views from Riva Del Garda at the northern end of the lake, take a ride on the Mount Baldo cable car at Malcesine on the eastern side or check out the history of Desenzano on the southern shore.
If you prefer natural beauty above anything else when planning a Romantic break, then Pamukkale in Turkey is definitely the destination for you. This stunning natural wonder is a natural spring that has deposited natural minerals over many years forming travertine, a limestone, which has the appearance of ice. Many people throughout history have bathed in the springs here, so why not give it a go, as it’s the perfect way to relax and unwind with your other half. Nearby springs also contain some fascinating Roman ruins including ancient pillars.
El Gouna, Egypt
With sandy shores and skies that remain sunny throughout the year, El Gouna is the perfect place for an intimate holiday in the sun. Located on a gorgeous stretch of Red Sea coast, the resort offers many soft beaches with man-made lagoons and hotels overlooking the glistening blue. This unique resort is strictly for guests only and with many restaurants, bars, shops and a selection of activities including diving, wake boarding and camel riding, you will never be short of things to do. If you really want to impress, take your partner on a nighttime trip into the desert and enjoy dinner under the stars.
The Greek island of Mykonos makes a great choice for your romantic getaway, as the island offers the perfect escape with quaint villages and some lively cosmopolitan areas such as Mykonos Town. This where you will find Little Venice, an area famous for its romantic atmosphere, with colourful old houses perched on the waters edge. Enjoy exploring the area together, sit down for a romantic meal or head along the coast to relax on some beautiful beaches. Oh and don’t forget to visit the famous White Windmills overlooking the beautiful blue waters.
Visit one of these unbelievably romantic destinations with the one you love for Valentine’s Day by booking one of our last minute holidays. Call us today on 01274 422341.