Ah, Valentine’s Day! Cupid throws his arrow and it hits you on the head. Year after year, it’s the same dilemma. What to do? Where to go? How to celebrate? In order to help you plan a spectacular Valentine’s Day, we have compiled a list of romantic travel destinations tried and tested by the Busbud team! Below are a few places that get our stamp of approval!
1) Girona, Spain
Even though the Spaniards celebrate their romantic holiday in April, here’s a city who has it all and is the ideal romantic destination. Nestled away between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea, Girona’s charm is almost indescribable. A walk along the historic city’s walls will allow you to glimpse into the city’s rich cultural baggage. Also known as one of the main sources of world gastronomical creation, Girona is home to the second best restaurant in the world: El Celler de Can Roca. History, amazing food and Spanish warmth, what more could one ask for? Great music! So be sure to stop by Lola Café and let the sounds of flamenco invade you as they revive your romance and passion.
2) Manual Antonio, Costa Rica
If wild beaches, luscious vegetation and intimacy are on your list this Valentine’s Day, then Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica is definitely the place to go! Offering uniquely breathtaking views, the Manual Antonio National Park is one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world. Surrounded by rainforest, vast white sand beaches and coral reefs, there are plenty of places to be secluded with your Valentine, in total privacy (well, almost, you might find a few monkeys peeking)!
Beach view inside Manuel Antonio Park in Costa Rica
3) Paris, France
Ask any person what cities come to mind in terms of romantic destinations and you’re sure to end up with Paris on this list. And with reason ! No matter where you go in the city of love, you’re constantly reminded of its romance. Gothic architecture, love letters that have survived the ages, charming cafés, vast gardens, city lights and the iconic Eiffel Tower: what more could one ask for? Whether a promenade along the Seine or a walk through the Marais, St. Germain-des-Pres, and the Latin Quarter, you’re sure to succumb to Paris’ charm. After all, the French are masters in the art of seduction! So this Valentine’s Day, get lost in your partner’s eyes at a quaint coffee shop, pick up a sweet surprise at La Durée, and indulge in some of the best cuisine worldwide! While you are at it, why not add a little spice with a later night cabaret show?
Notre-Dame-de-Paris by night. Photo credit: Kim Gradek
4) Quebec City, Canada
Longing for Paris but can’t cross the Atlantic? No worries, Quebec City will take you back in time to the most romantic ages. Opt for a “caleche” (horse carriage) ride through Quebec’s Historic town that dates back to the 18th century. Then leisurely stroll through the Quartier Petit Champlain, where boutiques, cafés, art galleries and adorable restaurants line the winding streets. If the frosty weather is getting to you, head up to the Dufferin Terrace boardwalk for a panoramic view of the St Lawrence river, before stepping into the city’s rococo landmark, the Fairmount Le Château Frontenac, to warm up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate.
Quebec City streets at night, with the historic Chateau Frontenac on the hilltop
5) Napa Valley, California, USA
If the scenery alone isn’t enough to make you fall head over heels in love, the wine and food are sure to awaken your senses. California’s wine country is a treasure trove of romantic spots. And the Napa Valley has a few jewels that shine brighter than the rest. Be warned however, these jewels come don’t come cheap! Perched on Angwin Mountain, Cade winery‘s breathtaking view is second to none in the northern valley. Take advantage of it and sample delicious wines in an intimate interior decor or step outside to admire the splendors the terrace has to offer. Then, head over to Yountville for a visual feast and late afternoon tasting at the casually chic art gallery Ma(i)sonry. Finally, reserve a table at the Restaurant at Meadowood: you’re sure to be in for a treat! Chef Kostow and his brigade will leave your taste buds in awe.
Tasting Room at Cade winery – Angwin, Napa Valley, California. Photo Credit: Kim Gradek
Photos by: LWY (Quebec City) and MarimbaJLamesa (Girona)