Top 5 destinations for a romantic city break.
Romance is in the air. Here are five great cities to spend time with your loved one.
The capital of Portugal is perhaps one of Europe’s most romantic cities – sophisticatedly understated, historic charm oozes from the candlelit restaurants and vintage cafes. Expect fairy-tale castles, palaces and regal monuments.
Experience the many sights of the capital while you travel like a local aboard Tram 28 – a bright yellow tram that trundles along a sometimes steep and winding route through the many picturesque neighbourhoods of Lisbon. Finish the day at the Santa Justa viewpoint, accessed by a lift or winding spiral staircase. Catch your breath as dusk falls, and watch the city lights begin to twinkle below.
2. New York
New York is a popular choice for a romantic city break, and it’s clear why. From classic sightseeing up the Empire State Building or sailing round the Statue of Liberty, there’s a whirlwind of activities to share with a loved one. Stroll through Central Park in the midst of the city - or, for a trip to remember, indulge in a horse-and-carriage through the city.
In the summer months, see the Scandinavian city on foot with a free walking tour through the city, taking in key sights such as the Danish Royal Palace and Tivoli Gardens. However, if rain is forecast you can head to the Botanical Garden – spread over 10 hectares in the centre of the city, the grand glasshouses boast more than 13,000 species and are the perfect way to brighten up your day.
Make sure to visit colourful maritime area Christianshavn, and enjoy a gentle boat tour along the canals. End your day with a reservation at prestigious restaurant Noma, sampling Michelin-starred delights.
If you’re looking for a little more laid-back romance, Barcelona is the destination for you. With the perfect blend of city and beach, there is an abundance of things to see and do from elegant and intricate architecture to enjoying a picnic on the coast.
To experience the uniqueness of Barcelona, explore the vibrant mosaics of Park Güell or tour La Sagrada Familia – a large Roman Catholic Church of fascinating design that is yet to be completed. For panoramic city views, take the cable car up Tibidabo, the highest mountain in the Collserola mountain range. There’s a theme park for the thrill-seekers, with a roller coaster towering over Barcelona. Or, if the bustle of the city gets too much, head to the coast and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the sands.
You can’t visit Venice without stopping at St Mark’s Square. Arrive in style on a traditional gondola, and sample all the flavours of gelato you can imagine while watching the talented street performers enthral the crowd. For a romantic afternoon, steer away from the bustle and wander the labyrinth of canals and alleyways, before stopping at a café in one of the many squares to people-watch.
If you’re not too tired from a day on your feet, enjoy the opera at the Musica a Palazzo for a memorable evening’s entertainment, with an intimate performance of three singers and a quartet of musicians.
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