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Whether it’s for a birthday treat, a Valentine’s Day surprise or just to get away from it all, a romantic weekend break can be one of the best ways to spend time with your loved one. A romantic weekend away needs to have the right mix of privacy and sightseeing, of course: after all, we want to spend time with that special someone, but also find things to enjoy outside of the apartment together. We've opted to list some of the classic destinations for romantic weekends away, but also one or two you may not have thought of.
Both Bruges and the New Forest are known as tourist destinations, but they don’t often feature on the top ten lists of where to go. This is why we've given them pride of place: they're both intimate and relaxed places to take a romantic holiday. Whilst everyone knows Venice and Paris, fewer think of these northern European gems. So read on for more information, and plan a break with that special someone today.
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Romantic weekends in Bruges
Bruges has always had a special place in the imagination for romance. Said to be the Venice of the north, it is a city built on canals and these are the best as well as the most romantic way to see the city: take a canal tour and you'll find hidden gardens and picturesque bridges. Once the day trippers have gone on, an evening walking the canals is a wonderfully romantic thing to do before retreating to a quiet bar for a nightcap. No trip to Bruges is complete without climbing the Belfry to see the skyline. During the afternoon, why not take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the cobbled streets? It's a great excuse to snuggle up to each other.
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Romantic weekends in the New Forest
People tend to think of either the Lake District or perhaps the Cotswolds for a Romantic weekend in the UK. A great romantic alternative is Hampshire’s New Forest national park. Dotted through the pristine countryside are beautiful small towns and villages. The area demands a slower pace and it’s good to explore on two feet, a bike or even a romantic horseback ride. At Beaulieu, take a look around the house and gardens (though he may want to go to the National motor museum!). Scenic Lyndhurst is seen as the capital and is well worth a visit. The New forest is easy to access with trains running to towns such as Brockenhurst, the gateway to the area.
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We all think of Venice as a romantic destination. But with the crowds of tourists the summer months bring, there can be a little too much hustle and bustle and not enough time for romantic strolls. Take time out of your trip away from St Mark’s square to get lost in the maze of medieval alleyways and canals, soaking up the atmosphere in the Cannaregio area, or taking a secluded gondola ride. Visit the Rialto market and pick up wonderfully fresh ingredients to cook a meal for your loved one in your apartment. Splashing out on a trip to the opera is worth the price for an enchanting evening.
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Parisian Romantic weekends
Paris: the very name is synonymous with romantic breaks and weekends away. One of the world’s most famous romantic cities still doesn’t disappoint. Made famous in films such as Amelie and Moulin Rouge the Montmartre area is the place to go for romance. Climb the hill to the Sacre Coeur Basilica where you'll enjoy some stunning views. The back streets around here are lovely to stroll through too, though, so why not take a walk along the Canal St Martin before a gourmet dinner, perhaps on the Seine?
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Romantic weekends in New York
America’s most famous city isn’t always seen as a romantic city but look beneath the glossy surface, and you'll find some real gems. Go downtown for smaller neighbourhoods with historic buildings and cobbled streets, or go out to dinner and cocktails in one of the famous hotels such as the Four seasons: it's sure to make for a real New York experience. First thing in the morning, before the crowds, why not walk the highline park along the old freight line, and discover one of NY's real hidden gems?
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A romantic break is a great way to spend time with the one you love, and you should opt for the best accommodation you can: you might not get outside too much! When you do venture outside, however, its good to have a destination with a good mix of romantic activities and beautiful scenery to keep you occupied.
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