Unique places to celebrate Valentine’s Day

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Europe is home to some of the world’s most romantic cities, so head to the continent for Valentine’s Day this year!

Once you’ve recovered from the festive period and settled into the new year, the next big date in the diary is Valentine’s Day. Why not celebrate with something other than roses and chocolates, and head to Europe for a Valentine’s Day to remember.

Minnewaterpark

Where: Bruges, Belgium
Drive from Calais: 112km / 1h 20m

Bruges is renowned for its romantic charm, and it’s not hard to see why. Strolling along its pretty streets, crossing gently arching bridges over tranquil canals, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d found yourself in a fairytale. In short, photogenic Bruges is perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway.

 Go for a romantic stroll around Minnewaterpark in Bruges.
Go for a romantic stroll around Minnewaterpark in Bruges.

In the south of the city, you’ll find the beautiful little park of Minnewaterpark, and at its heart Minnewater Lake, or the Lake of Love. There is a legend surrounding this serene body of water, that there was once a girl called Minna who was in love with a warrior from another tribe called Stromberg. Her father forbade her from being with her lover, so Minna ran away into the nearby forest. When Stromberg heard about what had happened, he took off at once to look for her. At length, he eventually found her, but poor heartbroken Minna was so exhausted from running for so long that she died in his arms.

The lake and the surrounding park is named after this tragic heroine, and it is said that any lovers who cross the bridge over Minnewater Lake together are destined to have eternal love in honour of the love between Minna and Stromberg that was cut short.

Champagne region

Where: Reims, France
Drive from Calais: 274km / 2h 30m

If you can’t help but swoon at the thought of classic romance, then a short break to France’s Champagne region will be right up your street. But if you’re thinking that there’s nothing more to do than visit vineyards and quaff a couple of glasses of bubbly, you are sorely mistaken.

 Gaze in wonder at the awe-inspiring Cathédrale Notre Dame in Reims.
Gaze in wonder at the awe-inspiring Cathédrale Notre Dame in Reims.

One of the best places to explore the region from is the charming city of Reims, famous for its breath-taking Gothic cathedral, the Cathédrale Notre Dame. The site of numerous coronations of kings and queens throughout history, the centuries of history, pomp and circumstance are palpable here. There are also two statues of Joan of Arc, one inside and one outside the cathedral.

It’d be a shame to visit the area and not even have one glass of fizz. If you’re staying in Reims and don’t fancy driving out of the city to a vineyard, head to the headquarters of Taittinger. It’s about 1.5km from the city centre, which means you can either walk or get the bus. It’s a draw for history lovers, too, as part of the cellars are actually housed in 4th century Roman stone quarries. If you are looking for a quick day trip from the city, though, the maison of Moët & Chandon is a short 40-minute drive from the centre, where you can join one of the frequent tours of the labyrinthine cellars.

Le Chemin de la Corniche

Where: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Drive from Calais: 411km / 4h 20m

More often than not, our favourite memories of time spent with loved ones are those spent enjoying the simpler things in life. Something as humble as going for a walk, hand in hand, somewhere peaceful where you can just enjoy each other’s company can stay with you forever.

 Enjoy a romantic stroll together in Luxembourg City
Enjoy a romantic stroll together in Luxembourg City.

This is particularly true when you find yourself in settings as beautiful as the Chemin de la Corniche in Luxembourg City. This stunning walkway has been called the ‘most beautiful balcony of Europe’, and runs along the 17th century ramparts of the city. Take a leisurely stroll along this short promenade and enjoy the panoramic views below, which are beautiful at any time of day. You’ll find plenty of pretty photo opportunities to take advantage of to remember your romantic Valentine’s Day for years to come.

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