Experience a Valentine’s Day like no other

Surprise your partner with a romantic getaway from East Midlands Airport

It’s that time of year again where love is in the air…and you could be soon too! Why not go the extra mile this year and book a romantic escape for that special someone in your life. There’s nothing like exploring a new city or trying new cuisines with the person that means the most. We’ve already done the hard work for you and come up with some superb suggestions for things to do whilst you’re away. Let’s take a look at the destinations that should be at the top of your list.

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Brighten your day with the Northern Lights in Reykjavik

A bucket-list worthy destination, Reykjavik the capital of Iceland may have a frosty exterior, but it’s the perfect place to be close with someone special. Its most popular attraction by far is the northern lights which can be seen from the city, or a short drive to the Grótta Lighthouse provides another scenic viewpoint. February is a great month to witness the display as the sky tends to be clear and dark, optimal viewing conditions for the once in a lifetime spectacle. You’ll be spoilt for choice for romantic things to do in Reykjavik!

Another must is a whale watching tour - sail out on an adventure along the coastline and learn about the incredible wildlife whilst seeing it first hand. When you’re ready to warm up and indulge in some relaxation, Iceland’s wealth of geothermal heat means there’s plenty of hot springs and geothermal swimming pools to unwind in. Another reason why Reykjavik is such a popular honeymoon destination. And within good reason, with the variety of luxury hotels and apartments available it’ll be a holiday to remember. Don’t worry too much about the location as one of the benefits of the city is its smaller size, making it easy to get around and explore by foot.

For the foodies, you’ll never be too far from a locally owned Icelandic establishment to devour a feast. Lamb and seafood are commonly found in Reykjavik restaurants, and if a restaurant offers a fish of the day you can be sure you won’t be disappointed.

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Bathe at a beer spa in Prague

As one of the most photogenic cities in Europe, Prague’s fairytale-like nature sets the scene for some old world romance. Take a stroll through Old Town Square admiring the exquisite floral squares situated in between the cobbled lanes. This is where you’ll find the main shopping district, an opportunity to hand-pick that special Valentine's gift for your partner. If you’re looking to splash out, you’ll find most jewellers showcase garnet encrusted jewellery as the city is famous for this semi-precious stone.

Eventually, you’ll stumble across the iconic Charles Bridge, which you can cross hand-in-hand with your loved one whilst taking in the incredible views of the Vltava River. Another fantastic view is from the Lookout Tower at the summit of Petřín Park - this tower is actually based on the romantic icon of the Eiffel Tower.

The Czech Republic consumes more beer per capita than any other country, so naturally we had to include at least one related activity. As well as enjoying a beer or two, not only can you drink it, but you can bathe in it at a beer spa - one of the most unique things to do in Prague! It’s said that this offers a variety of health and relaxation benefits. After having a tipple you may be looking for a more accommodating way to travel back through the city, and what’s more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride. Snuggle up under a blanket and let your very own private driver whisk you away through the enchanting city.

Explore both the Old Town and further districts to uncover the best restaurants in Prague. This will take you on a culinary journey from the more classic Czech foods like goulash, to a more dynamic scene with dishes like aromatic pho that reflect the country’s historic connection with Vietnam.

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Dance to the sound of Fado…in Faro

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life in Faro, the capital of the Algarve. From historic wonders waiting to be explored to a remarkable coastline, it’s the perfect place to unwind with that special someone in an authentic Portuguese setting.

If music is your love language then you’re in the right place. Visiting a Fado house is one of the most romantic things to do in Faro. Listen to the sweet sound of traditional Portuguese music, a genre that often uses stunning picturesque landscapes to narrate stories of love. You can even request a personal Fado to be written for yourself by a local musician.

Carrying on this enchanting charm, the city boasts a variety of waterside spots - one of these is a truly special place not to be missed. The Ria Formosa Natural Park is a coastal lagoon full of flourishing wildlife. A great way to witness the spectacle is on a boat tour whilst enjoying a glass of fizz as the sun slowly sets in the distance.

Or if you’re looking for more of a private paradise enjoy a picnic beside the Pego do Inferno Waterfall. You’ll be amazed by the beautifully preserved architecture and ancient stone buildings within the mediaeval walls that surround Faro Old Town. Live your regal romance at the majestic Palácio de Estói, or immerse yourself within the old charm of São Francisco Church, a sanctuary of peaceful bliss.

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