Quirky getaways have never been so popular as couples look to visit places that are more for an experience rather than catching a tan.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no greater excuse for a romantic trip away. But often, an unfamiliar location brings the biggest dilemma — what to pack!
Famous for its beautiful landscapes and cosy city vibes, it’s no wonder that Reykjavik has been described as the ultimate romantic getaway.
What’s dreamier than cosying up with your other half while you both watch the incredible northern lights? Or taking a relaxing spa day to another level by visiting the Blue Lagoon. There’s no denying that the climate in the Nordic country is extremely different to our own, so what should you wear?
You can expect temperatures between -2°C and 3°C if you visit the city over Valentine’s Day weekend this year, so making room for a warm coat is essential. If you’re planning on going on any excursions such as the northern lights or Golden Circle tour, you should think about packing some thermals as it can get even colder the further you move away from the city centre.
When it comes to the evening, there are still opportunities to dress up. Reykjavik has a number of fine-dining restaurants and some clubs. Some of the late-night venues have dress codes, so you’ll need a change from your hiking boots and jumpers if you want to make it past the door. There are many students who live in the city and are less phased by the cold, so you’ll fit in fine if you want to wear a dressy skirt and top — just bring a coat for the journey home and leave it in the cloakroom.
Romance in Riga is something that we’re all after, so book those flights and schedule your Valentine’s break — especially if you want to indulge in the art nouveau architecture that this city offers.
There’s nothing that you can’t do in this capital city with your bae. Whether you’re into cars and want to visit the Riga Motormuseum or take a swift stroll through Central Market, you’re really spoilt for choice with this location. But what should you wear?
If you’re visiting over the Valentine’s weekend, temperatures are expected to be at highs of 2°C but lows of -6°C, meaning you need to be prepared for all types of circumstances. For dreamy walks through Old City opt for toasty attire such as woolly jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves! Darker hues will go extremely when it comes to posing in front the bright buildings for the ‘gram.
When it comes to evening wear though, you best pull out one of your most glamourous going out dresses because Riga’s dining scene is world-class. Whether you’re looking for the best local, Italian, Indian or Japanese restaurants — you must look good. Pair your dress with some chunky heels and wear a faux fur panel jacket to stay on trend.
Bulgaria is becoming a more popular destination with young Brits, and there’s plenty to do in Plovdiv. Dubbed as an exclusive city after being built around seven hills, you’ll be thrown deep into the historic culture that comes with visiting this city.
Perfect for couples that love exploring and learning, you could take a trip to see one of the world’s most intact ancient theatres (which is still in use 2,000 years later), or even the aviation museum that’s a hit with tourists!
For Valentine’s weekend, the temperature will stay at around 3°C but could go right down to -8°C. When it comes packing for this destination, you need to pack something that keeps you warm but is super practical for walking — as you’ll do plenty here! Think about thermal waterproof jackets, boots and gloves.
There’s a few quaint restaurants and bars in this city, and you don’t need to dress up to the nines if you don’t want to. Go for something subtle like a roll-neck jumper, jeans and some flat trainers. Take a backpack to keep your belongings in and a jacket for when you get cold walking back to your hotel.
If Krakow isn’t already on your list, it should be now. Flights to this city aren’t too pricey either, so it makes the perfect getaway for the most romantic day of the year while sticking to a budget!
Just like some of our other top picks, this city strikes a balance between historic culture and modern entertainment it an ideal last-minute getaway. From partying in the main square to visiting castles and cathedrals, make sure you have enough time to explore everything.
The weather over Valentine’s weekend is set to have highs of 3°C and lows of -7°C, although it’s set to be quite sunny which is perfect for those day-time adventures. For roaming around central with your loved one, fit in with the locals by wearing bright tones!
The evening is where the party is at, and is your chance to rock what you feel most comfortable in. But for Valentine’s Day date night itself, be the star of the show with a chic dress and matching jacket!
With its cobbled streets, canals and medieval buildings, a trip to Bruges with your bae this Valentine’s Day will be your most romantic getaway yet. But what’s so special about it?
From fantastic restaurants and bars to shopping trips and iconic cultural landmarks, this surprise trip will be extremely hard to top. From visiting the Chocolate Museum to the Brewery, there’s something for all couples to indulge in.
With highs of 6°C and lows of -1°C, this is one of the locations on our list with a warmer climate. When heading for a romantic walk around the city and stopping at cafes, you can keep it casual with a jumper dress or jeans and pumps — again, keep it lively with bright tones!
For evening trips to places like the brewery, you want to dress to impress. Head out formal with heels and a sophisticated dress; for the walk home, you should always take a matching jacket to ensure you always look on point.
When in Rome, there’s so much that you can see and do. Whether you’re a complete foodie or just love the Roman architecture, everything is second to none in this city which makes the perfect excuse to snap every experience and upload countless tourist-styled pics to Instagram with bae.
If you have a bucket list, we’re guessing that a few of Rome’s attractions on there. From visiting the Colosseum to Trevi Fountain, or even indulging in your favourite Italian dishes, this will make a trip of a lifetime and your most romantic one yet.
Over the Valentine’s Day weekend, temperatures are set to be at highs of 12°C (the hottest place on our list!) with lows of 3°C. So, packing for this place won’t be as difficult. Pull off the Italian-chic look with knitted jumpers paired with denim skirts and tights. As you’ll probably be doing a lot of walking, make sure to take some flats!
If you plan on partying in the evening or have booked to dine at a renowned Italian restaurant, pack an evening dress and make sure that your other half is all suited and booted for that sophisticated and timeless look.
Barcelona is arguably one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet, known for its chaotic architecture, quirky locals and incredible tapas. A trip to this city will never disappoint, and you’ll likely find yourself returning on the regular!
Once you’ve touched down, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning your itinerary. From attending football matches at Camp Nou to strolling around Park Guell, this romantic getaway will allow you to indulge in many experiences that all of your friends will be jealous of!
What is the weather looking like? Over the Valentine’s Day weekend, you’ll encounter highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C — but you can’t really complain at this time of year! Remember for your visit, pack a colourful light knit top for the daytime and a long sleeve jumper for the evenings when it gets slightly chillier.
Where will you be heading this Valentine’s Day with your special someone? There’s a lot to choose from — but wherever you go, we’re sure it’ll be super romantic.