3 Romantic Weekend Getaways

3 Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways that are Sure to Impress

Seville Plaza España

Romantic architecture in Seville’s Plaza España.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and one of the benefits of living in Spain is how easy it is to plan last minute romantic weekend getaways. Spain itself has countless romantic destinations, but if you are looking to add to the mood by taking your special someone out of the country, romantic European getaways are a dime a dozen!

Here’s what we personally recommend:

Seville, Spain

Seville Alcazar

The beautiful Seville Alcazar.

Located in the south of Spain, Seville is the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway. The winding cobblestone streets are perfect for getting lost with your special someone, and taking breaks is even better. The cafés that line the main river, the Guadalquivir, may be pricier than eating at a more central location, but it’s worth it for the waterfront view and people watching. It seems like Spain’s most eclectically dressed all gather to have their mid afternoon cocktails and pinchos right by the river. Paddle and rowboats are for rent if you would like to enjoy the romantic sunset from the water itself. The Islamic Palace, Alcazar, is a must see on any romantic tour. One can wander through the incredible maze of fountains, orange trees, palms and more for as long as desired. Finish off the evening with tapas at Eslava, where the outdoor tables for two across the street from an old church make for an unforgettably romantic evening.

Lisbon, Portugal

Pastéis de Belém

Delicious Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon.

Only a short flight from Madrid, this romantic city holds much to be discovered, making it one of Europe’s most popular romantic weekend getaways. Lisbon has the romanticism of ancient architecture contrasted against modern clean lines and monuments. Bright white buildings and intricately designed tiles highlight the bright blue waters of the Atlantic coast. Walking along the water a Valentine’s couple might find themselves at the Pastéis de Belém where the traditional bolos are made. The kitchen is windowed so viewing the baking process is possible and the pastries are a perfect holiday sweet. If a long romantic hike is more up your alley, Sintra, located just outside of Lisboa is a day trip in and of itself. The long hike leads to a fairy tale-like castle to be explored. Couples may even begin to feel like royalty!

Brussels, Belgium

Belgian waffles

Woo your sweetheart with a waffle!

Ancient gothic architecture, delicious decadent treats and bubbly brews make Brussels a romantic hotspot for Valentine’s Day. Walking beside such intricately designed buildings simply transports visitors to a more romantic era, where the beauty is in the details. French is spoken all around, but the uptight air of Paris is nowhere to be seen. The people are friendly and welcoming, and they all seem extra excited to share their culture with guests. Belgian waffles with speculoos is a must for breakfast. I recommend the square waffles versus the circular variety, as they are more doughy and soft than crispy and stiff. With bellies full of waffles, the stained glass windows at this 300 year old bar, Au Bon Vieux Temps, provide the perfect romantic lighting for some of the best beers in the world to share, or maybe not…

Other romantic Valentine’s Day getaways:

Guimaraes, Portugal

Santillana del Mar, Spain

Bologna, Italy

Where are you heading for Valentine’s Day this year? And what do you consider to be the most romantic weekend getaways in Europe? Share your secrets please!

Photo Credits: John Picken (Alcazar), xmatt (pastéis de Belém)

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