Stunning destinations for Valentine’s Day vacations

Flowers and chocolates may be a classic, but why not try something a little different for your next Valentine’s Day? Turn the romance dial up to 11 with Valentine’s Day vacations in the most romantic places on Earth. 

The most romantic places in Europe for Valentine’s Day

Spending Lover’s Day in some of the most enigmatic and charming cities in Europe is the ultimate Valentine’s treat. Europe is the land of romance, with beautiful ancient cities, wonderful cuisine, and some of the most breathtaking natural sights on Earth. What better place to spend an unforgettable Valentine’s Day vacation?

Romantic Paris for Valentine’s Day

Also known as ‘The City of Love’, it comes as no surprise that Paris tops our list of Best Valentine’s Day Vacation Destinations. It was in the 19th century that Paris became renowned for its romantic, artistic attractions, but the city has always embraced and evoked love. There are scores of romantic things to do in Paris. Strolls along the banks of the Seine and picnics in the city gardens are some of the most popular activities.

The most iconic Paris Valentine’s Day experience has to be a trip up the Eiffel Tower. Scaling the 324m structure for sweepingly glorious views of the city is incredibly romantic, especially if you stop off at the top floor champagne bar for a refreshment after the climb. The Eiffel Tower at night ups the ante. There’s a glittering light show every hour, making the scene even more idyllic. It’s no wonder that this Parisian icon is the setting for many a marriage proposal! Any vacation to Paris would be incomplete without indulging in a bit of the French cuisine. There are plenty of romantic restaurants in Paris to set the Valentine’s Day mood, with cozy, candlelit interiors creating an enchanting ambiance.

A softly lit street in Paris, with a view of the Eiffel Tower and a VW Beetle car

The most romantic places in Italy 

Spend Valentine’s Day in Italy to experience some of the most romantic cities in Europe. The great thing about Valentine’s Day is that it is in the country’s low season. You and your partner can experience romantic Italy without the crowds (or the costs) of summer vacation.

Italy romantic vacations in Rome

Romantic Rome is one of the best places in Italy to spend a cozy couples’ vacation. Some of the top things to do in Rome on Valentine’s Day include exploring the historic city sights such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican and indulging in a romantic Italian dinner. For something extra memorable, head up to Aventine Hill for sunset. One of the 7 hills on which Rome sits, Aventine Hill is the place to go for gorgeous views of the whole city. Take a picnic and cozy up for staggering and unforgettable views as the sun dips below the city skyline. It’s one of the most romantic things to do in Rome.

A golden sunset in Rome

Florence for Valentine’s Day

With an artistic history stretching back centuries, awe-inspiring architecture, and unbeatable food, Florence is one of the greatest destinations for a Valentine’s Day vacation for culture buffs. Every charming cobbled street in the city seems to lead to a new charming church or historical theatre, which are the perfect settings for an Italian opera or classical music performance. One of the most romantic places for a sunset view of the city is Piazzale Michaelangelo. It is a popular spot, so if you want somewhere a little more intimate for your Valentine’s date, continue another 10 minutes or so uphill to the Basilica of San Miniato. The views of the city, surrounded by the rolling Tuscan hills, are just magical, and you’ll have them more or less to yourself.

The Duomo in Florence through a window

Venetian on Valentine’s Day vacations

Venice might be the perfect place to spend a Valentine’s Day vacation. Gondolas sweeping through the canals accompanied by the melodic serenading of gondoliers, time-weathered palaces rising from the water, and the rich sounds of opera drifting down alleyways are just a few hallmarks of romantic Venice. Italy is known for its fabulous food, and Venice is no exception. Fresh seafood is some of the region’s finest produce. Get off the tourist trail to enjoy the most authentic food and drink in Venice. A top tip is to look for places filled with locals. Avoid places near St Mark’s Square, where food is notoriously far more expensive than average.

A gondola ride down the Grand Canal is one of the most iconic romantic things to do in Venice. Expect to pay top dollar for the ride – about 80 euros for 30 minutes (booking in advance can help keep costs down) – but it’s such a traditional part of the Venetian experience that it’s worth budgeting for.

A gondolier on the Grand Canal in Venice

Romantic getaways in Greece

Experience a legendary Valentine’s Day on a romantic vacation in Greece. Immerse yourselves in a world of gods and monsters, ancient temples, and bougainvillea-lined city streets on your own Greek odyssey. Romantic places to stay in Greece are numerous. Whether you choose the historical capital Athens, the vibrant and pretty Mykonos, or the achingly beautiful Santorini, you’ll have a Valentine’s Day trip to remember.

Stunning Santorini for Valentine’s Day delights

Romantic Santorini is Europe’s most famous island destination for loved-up couples. It is quintessentially Greek, with white sugar-cube buildings tumbling across dramatic landscapes to the sparkling Aegean Sea. Of course, the island is famous for its incredible sunsets. The clifftop town of Oia is regarded as the place in Greece to enjoy an unforgettable sunset view. Make sure you arrive early to nab your place on the terraces overlooking the sea. You can make a day of it with one of the fabulous romantic restaurants in Oia. Santorini, like all of Greece, has got some fantastic food to try. Seafood is the island’s specialty, and it doesn’t get fresher than octopus right off the fishing boats. Santorini is also known for its wine. The volcanic soil is perfect for growing grapes, and the island is fruitful with many delightful dry and sweet wines to try.

A couple holding hands looking out over Santorini

Spend a couple’s vacation in romantic Mykonos

Mykonos is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. It has for a long time been popular with a younger crowd, drawn to the parties and beaches that Mykonos Town does so well. It is a fantastic place for nightlife, and beach vacations in Greece. However, there are plenty of romantic places in Mykonos to enjoy a more intimate experience. In the west of Mykonos Town, you’ll find Little Venice. No prizes for guessing which other romantic European destination it gets its name from! The pretty buildings and narrow streets press right up against the water. Some of the most romantic places in Mykonos are the island’s beautiful beaches. Highlights include Agios Stosis, Agios Stefanos and Praga Beach.

Chora harbor in Mykonos

Romantic Caribbean getaways for Valentine’s Day vacations

There aren’t many places more idyllically romantic than the Caribbean. Valentine’s Day vacations here include long walks on perfect white-sand beaches, sipping cocktails under swaying palm trees, and dancing beneath a magical veil of twinkling starlight. It would be impossible to choose the most romantic Caribbean island. The laid-back luxury of Turks and Caicos, the show-stopping beaches of Antigua, and the fun atmosphere of Jamaica are just a few of the region’s highlights. All of the Caribbean basks in perfect weather conditions in February.

Barbados is one of the most popular spots for a romantic Caribbean vacation. Snorkeling, water sports, and joining in with local festivals are just a few of the romantic things to do in Barbados for active couples. Fans of a more relaxed vacation will love the miles of sandy beaches, just begging to be lounged on. 

Another Caribbean hotspot for a romantic holiday is St Lucia. The dramatic, verdant landscape of the island is unique, with the twin peaks of the Pitons framing glorious beaches and lush rainforests.

A sunset view of the Pitons, St Lucia

The most romantic places to visit in the USA

Whatever your style, there’s somewhere perfect for you to spend Valentine’s Day in the USA. Romantic getaways in the USA are easy to come by, with National Parks, incredible cities, and beautiful beachfront destinations.

Magical Monterey Valentine’s Day vacations

Monterey in California is an amazing place for a secluded romantic getaway in the USA. Outdoorsy couples will fall in love with the coastal city for its beautiful beaches, hikes, and scenic drives. One of the best is to follow Highway 1 down to the iconic Big Sur area on a mini road trip. The views of the Pacific Ocean and the Californian coast are unmatched. It’s the perfect way to experience one of the greatest drives in America. Another experience high on the list of romantic things to do in Monterey is to explore the waters around Monterey Bay. A great way to do this is to hop in a sea kayak. You can even get a double-seater if you want to test out your teamwork skills with your significant other!

A view of the Pacific Ocean from Monterey

A Charleston Valentines’ adventure

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the most romantic destinations for a couples’ city break in America. The city has something of an old-time feel, making it an enigmatic and cozy place for a Valentine’s vacation. There is so much to see and do on a romantic getaway in Charleston. Explore the historic Charleston Harbor on the Schooner Pride. This magnificent sailing ship cruises the scenic coastal waters around the city. For an even more loved-up experience, you can take a ride on the ship at sunset or at night time.

There are also several strolls that you can take, including the Morris Island Lighthouse Trail. Sitting on a secluded beach, the views of the crumbling lighthouse are well worth the quarter of a mile walk. A Charleston romantic getaway would be incomplete without a taste of South Carolina’s fantastic food scene. It’s a top destination for fresh seafood. There are some seriously romantic restaurants in Charleston that make the most of the local produce and historical setting.

The main street of the Charleston old town

Visit San Diego for a romantic beach getaway in the USA

Beautiful San Diego is one of the top USA destinations for beach lovers, surf aficionados, and fans of SoCal cool. But it’s often overlooked as being a great couple’s vacation spot. There’s a ton of romantic things to do in San Diego, especially for nature lovers. Wild whales, dolphins, and other beautiful marine creatures inhabit the seas around San Diego. In February, it’s a fantastic time of year to see them. You can kayak with sea lions, snorkel with sharks, and even take an eco-friendly boat trip to spot the magnificent Grey Whale migration.

Romantic getaways in San Diego could also include lacing up your walking boots to enjoy the trails and hikes along California’s beautiful coastline. Alternatively, grab your flip-flops and explore the myriad of stunning beaches in and around the city. For the more cosmopolitan couple, some of the most romantic places in San Diego are in the city itself. Take a stroll through the gardens of Balboa Park, or celebrate European style in Little Italy. Stroll the pedestrianized streets of this beautiful part of the city, and indulge in awesome authentic Italian food at some of the most romantic restaurants in San Diego.

Two men walk hand in hand on San Diego beach

Book your Valentine’s Day vacation home with Top Villas

Book one of our luxury vacation homes for your Valentine’s Day vacations and you’ll be feeling the love throughout your stay. Our beautiful villas and homes are in some of the most stunning and romantic destinations worldwide. We have homes in beautiful places including the Caribbean, Europe, and the USA.  Experience the high life in a seafront villa with a private infinity pool, or relax in refined luxury in a chic city pad. We also offer incredible Travel Extras to make your Valentine’s Day stay even more special. Arrival hampers, private chefs, and spa treatments are just some of the extravagant touches you can book. Speak to our friendly team for more information.