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Romantic Getaways: Top Destinations

Romance in Europe's Most Idyllic Locations

Charming old towns, cobbled passageways, lush rolling hills, panoramic vistas, canal cruises, and picture-perfect coastlines – Europe has every ingredient for the most unforgettable romantic holidays.

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Top Destinations in Europe for Romantic Getaways

From winding canals and spectacular coasts to fascinating historic attractions, Europe never fails to charm those seeking romance and beauty.

  • Paris

    Scale up the iconic 324m Eiffel Tower in the dark to enjoy glittering romantic views of the city. Admire work by art history's greats at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. Evoke romantic nostalgia in the historic, shop-lined covered passageways like Verdeau, Jouffroy, or Panoramas.

  • Algarve

    Picnic on the Atlantic Ocean along the scenic coasts at Lagos, Albufeira, and Portimao. Soak in medieval charms exploring old towns like Silves. Taste wines and tour the many still undiscovered, underrated vineyards all around the Algarve region.

  • Barcelona

    Go up the 262m Turó de la Rovira hill for a panoramic city view. Take a romantic sunset cruise in a classic yacht. Dine on the rooftop at the iconic La Isabela of Hotel 1898, taking in views of dazzling La Rambla and La Isabela. Get lost in the winding streets of the Gothic Quarter, also known as the Barri Gòtic.

  • Venice

    Ride on a cosy gondola, dine in candlelight by the Grand Canal, kiss by the Rialto Bridge, or enjoy a soothing musical at Teatro La Fenice—Venice truly has the perfect recipe for cherished romantic holidays.

  • Prague

    Legend has it that on the 1st of May, kissing in front of the romantic poet Karel Macha’s statue in Petřín Hill Park makes love eternal. If that’s not enough, set out for a romantic tour of the historic Vysehrad castle. Dine under the moonlit sky on a canal cruise or take a dream vintage car ride in wintertime Prague.

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14 Stunning Destinations You Can Still Book for a Valentine’s Day Weekend Away

The Most Beautiful British Destinations for a Romantic Cottage Getaway


Where are the best places to whisk your loved one away for a spontaneous Valentine’s Day getaway? You don’t need to book a trip abroad to sweep them off their feet. What could be more special than curling up by the fire together in a cosy cottage in the beautiful British countryside?

To help you plan the perfect last minute Valentine’s weekend away, HomeToGo researched 14 beautiful British destinations that will take your partner’s breath away, and created a score to determine the ultimate destination for a romantic getaway. All of them are National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and offer plenty of classic holiday cottages - perfect for your romantic weekend away.

As well as price and last minute availability, our score covers everything you need for a romantic rendezvous to remember:

  • The number of top-rated restaurants where you can woo your Valentine over dinner
  • The percentage of holiday rentals featuring fireplaces for flirtatious fireside fun
  • And even the number of classic romance novels set in the area, so you can ensure your trip will be one for the ages!

The Best UK Destinations for a Valentine's Day Getaway

Rank
Location
Price
Avail.
Fireplace
Weather
Food
Novels
Total score
#1
Norfolk
9.46
7.82
3.85
1.67
3.26
1.00
27.06
#2
North Yorkshire
9.58
7.95
3.65
2.22
1.27
2.00
26.67
#3
Kent
6.46
9.43
3.65
4.44
0.00
2.00
25.98
#4
Devon
7.43
9.16
3.65
2.22
1.70
1.00
25.16
#5
Suffolk
10.00
8.25
5.00
0.00
0.63
1.00
24.88
#6
Pembroke- shire
8.63
9.98
2.69
2.78
0.31
0.00
24.39
#7
Cornwall
5.68
6.78
3.46
0.00
3.65
1.00
20.57
#8
Somerset
7.95
2.59
3.46
1.67
0.84
3.00
19.51
#9
Dorset
6.03
1.77
3.65
1.67
0.28
5.00
18.40
#10
North Wales
9.61
6.69
0.00
0.00
1.44
0.00
17.74
#11
Cotswolds
0.00
10.00
0.00
3.89
1.35
0.00
15.24
#12
New Forest
6.31
0.04
4.23
2.78
0.54
0.00
13.90
#13
Lake District
5.65
0.84
0.00
5.00
1.96
0.00
13.45
#14
Peak District
2.22
0.00
0.00
1.11
5.00
0.00
8.33

Find the Perfect Destination for Your Valentine's Day Getaway

  • You'll fall in love with Norfolk this Valentine’s Day: stunning seaside landscapes, classic cottages starting at £26 a night, and plenty of romantic restaurants to choose from
A dramatic cloudy sky over a beach with a pier at sunset
A bridge with old-fashioned houses over a river surrounded by trees
  • Kent is called the ‘Garden of England’ for its beautiful scenery and gets 16 sunny days in February - perfect for a romantic countryside walk followed by a cosy evening in by the fire
  • Dorset gets most love from authors, as the setting of classic romantic novels like Persuasion and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. So beautiful, you might have to bring the smelling salts!
Distant figures walking along a coastal path surrounded by green fields
A hill covered in purple heather with a river in the background
  • Seduce your partner over a candelit dinner in Cornwall or the Peak District, where you’ll find the highest-rated restaurants

Adorable & Affordable Destinations

A row of colourful terraced houses next to a beach
A vew of trees with an old-fashioned Yorkshire town in the distance
A traditional cottage in front of a hill and cloudy sky

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How We Produced This Guide

We chose 14 of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK which either are or contain National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We then gave them scores based on six factors: Price, number of holiday rentals available, percentage of holiday rentals with fireplaces, chance of rain, restaurant ratings, and the number of classic books set in the area.

After collecting data on each of these factors, we assigned each data point a representative numerical value between 0 and 10 (for price and availability) or 0 and 5 (for all other factors). Thus, the hypothetical perfect score would be 40. We used the following equations to calculate scores for each factor:

Score (i) = 5((i-min)/(max-min))

Score (i) = 10((i-min)/(max-min))

Price and availability come from HomeToGo’s own accommodation data and are for a two-person holiday rental in the area on the Valentine’s Day weekend (check in Friday 15th February, check out Sunday 17th February). The fireplace score is based on the percentage of holiday rentals available during this period which have their own fireplaces. The data was collected on the 11th January.

The weather score is based on the average days of rain expected in February and comes from a leading weather forecasting website.

The restaurant score is based on the percentage of restaurants in the area listed on a leading restaurant review website with 5 star ratings.

The literature score is based on the number of books listed in the BBC’s "The 100 Greatest British Novels" which take place wholly or partly in the area.

Please note that this is a forecast and prices and availability may change between now and Valentine’s Day.

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