Cheap romantic getawaysAffordable holiday options for couples
Just because the economy isn’t as great as it once was, there's no reason for us to throw in the towel and give up on romance! Yes, love is still in the air and it doesn't cost a fortune to feel it. After all, getting away with your loved one is all about sharing experiences, spending time together, and enjoying some much-need rest and relaxation: activities anyone can enjoy on a shoestring. If you're thinking about planning a romantic holiday for you and your sweetheart, there are a couple of things to bear in mind: book in advance or last-minute, and you'll benefit from cheaper air fares and accommodation, leaving you with some spare cash to enjoy the finer things in life.
Once you've found the cheapest flights and browsed through our affordable, but beautiful accommodation options, you can start planning what you'd like to do when you get there. Here, we've compiled a list of some of our favourite romantic destinations; offering natural beauty and cheap or free activities, they ensure you enjoy intimate time with your partner without having to break the bank.
Ideas for cheap romantic holiday spots
For the couple looking to enjoy plenty of activities, Amsterdam's a perfect destination. Ok, so it may be known as a city popular with students and stag dos, but if you're under the impression Amsterdam doesn't have a romantic side, think again! John Lennon and Yoko Ono not only honeymooned in Amsterdam, but also simultaneously held their infamous ‘bed in’ here! Visiting Amsterdam, you'll have no excuse not to treat your loved one to a gift or two either: you can buy the most beautiful, but reasonably priced flowers at kiosks throughout the city. Now for nighttime, and if you're in mood for some spice, Amsterdam doesn't fail to deliver. Take a trip to the world-famous sex museum located in the midst of the red light district: it's sure to raise some eyebrows, and guarantee a giggle!
If you plan to visit Dubrovnik during the summer then you're in for a real treat. This city holds a 47-day cultural bash complete with opera, dance and theatre performances around the Old Town: for couples seeking evening entertainment, the city will spoil you for choice. Of course, if you fancy a little less culture and a little more clubbing, a trip to the Orlando Klub will do the trick. The most popular thing for visitors to do on arriving in Dubrovnik is take a walk around the city's fortifications: it's great way to start your holiday as it helps you get a grasp on your bearings. Dubrovnik also boasts a famously beautiful beach where you can relax and unwind in the afternoon: just a short distance on foot from the Ploče Gate, Banje offers showers, sun loungers, jet skis, and deckchairs.
As the one Continental capital on the same time zone as the UK, you won't have to adjust your watch when you land in Lisbon. The one thing you will want to adjust, however, is your lifestyle: Lisbon is a laidback yet vibrant destination, and as inexpensive as it proves romantic. You could think about taking the ferry across the Tagus headed to Cachilhas from Cais do Sodré, or for scenic views of the city (and even hints of Brazil) head over to Santuario de Cristo Rei. Wander around along the top of Rua Garrett, and you'll locate the old Café a Brasileira, a majestic old hall of aging dark wood and beautiful young faces reflected in what seems like a million mirrors. You could hang around here for hours soaking up the atmosphere, but quite as easily snag a pastry and some coffee for your afternoon stroll.
Warsaw may not seem like the quintessential setting for a romantic getaway, but you'll be pleasantly surprised when you land here with your loved one. First, cosy up in your private rental with all the amenities you could expect, and rest up before taking a stroll through the city’s spectacular Old Town. If looking for a nice restaurant to visit in the evening, Sekret offers one of the most romantic atmospheres, with its dim lights and tromp l'oeil murals: nestle into a comfortably cushioned bench and cuddle up to your sweetheart, where you can enjoy a traditional and fabulous dish of duck, complemented by local wine. If it is within your budget, why not rent a car and head just two hours down the road to Kazimierz Dolny? You'll find luxurious but inexpensive spas and a great range of shops to peruse.
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Malaga is a great destination for a romantic holiday with your loved one. This coastal gem of Spain has an abundance of parks and gardens, perfect for lovers to stroll through while admiring their surroundings and holding hands. One of the greatest features of a romantic break in Malaga is the way you can view the city: hop a board a horse-drawn carriage for a truly romantic afternoon. There are routes offered in many different areas, including the Plaza de la Aduana, Cathedral and Plaza de la Marina. If interested in a day at the beach, head to La Malagueta, the main shore in the city: it's excellent for viewing the sunrise over the ocean. In the evenings, you'll find bars, cafes and restaurants galore along the main strip, where you can enjoy fine cuisine or simply soak up the inimitable atmosphere.