February is known around the world as being the most romantic month of the year. Couples from all over shower each other affection, as well as cards and gifts. But don’t you ever just get bored of the same old stock in the same old shops? The chocolate boxes, the fluffy teddy bears and the flower bouquets that will die within a couple days.
Why not treat your other half, or even just a close friend you appreciate to a weekend get-away to make memories for a lifetime? Here are 5 city destinations that won’t break the bank to book, and activities that won’t wipe out your wallet whilst you’re there.
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam can be such a romantic place for couples, especially in the evening when the sun is just starting to set. With the back drop of pastel-coloured structures, strolling down the riverbanks is nothing less than magical and exciting. The waters will glisten with the twinkling street lights and the reflection of the moon. Weekends in Amsterdam are budget-friendly and have a wide variety of hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, as well as Hostels to accommodate everyone’s budget.
- London, UK
You don’t have to go abroad to enjoy a weekend away in the city. London offers magnificent scenic views from a variety of different heights, a favourite being The Sky Gardens. Free to visit, the Sky Gardens offers a tranquil and natural indoor experience with a 360 degree view of London, why not share a cocktail or two and listen to the smooth Jazz bands? Catch a West End show, tour a museum or find a cosy and quirky pub to snuggle up in. London always has something for you to explore for all budget types.
- Paris, France
Also known as ‘The City of Love’, Paris features iconic architecture such as the world renowned Eiffel Tower that will be the perfect back drop for those cute kissing selfies. Explore the chic and romantic city, treat yourself to a romantic dinner cruise on the Seine, or hop on board the Ferris Wheel on Place de la Concorde for magnificent 360 degree views of Paris. For budget-friendly ideas, pack a picnic and take a stroll down to Cour Carrée du Louvre, the most romantic hot-spot for tourists and watch the sunset with a glass of bubbly or two.
- Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is another city that boasts romantic scenery and breath-taking architecture. For budget-friendly activities, take a stroll around Lyckovo namesti, one of the most beautiful squares in Prague, with the chance to grab a hot cup of tea at Tea Mountain or a glass of local organic wine at Veltlin. Continue the journey through the pedestrian tunnel that connects Karlin and Zizkov for a walk to the top of Vitkov Hill to the National Memorial for one of the best views of the city. Impress your date with your ice-skating skills in the centre of Prague or surround yourself with gorgeous flowers at the Prague Botanical Gardens.
- Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh medieval Old Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings is a hot-spot for romantic day and night activities perfect for couples who have been dating for two weeks to two decades. For a free romantic wander, visiting Calton Hill with a packed picnic will give you some of the best panoramic views of Edinburgh and its skyline. Head over to Mary’s Milk Bar and treat yourself and your loved one to a delicious ice-cream that even you can’t refuse on the coldest of days! And with a gorgeous castle view, you’ll never want to leave.
Written by Casey Sedgwick