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Valentine's Day Ideas
Daunted by the prospect of Paris? Been to Barcelona? Struggling with the funds for Stockholm? There’s nothing like Valentine’s Day to leave the traveling couple bereft of ideas – and out of pocket, too!
But you don’t have to hit the big-name cities or book a bunk bed in a backpackers’ hostel! Variety and spontaneity are the spices of a traveling life, after all, and there’s a host of quaint little towns and slightly more out-of-the-way spots for those prepared to hunt around.
Hotel Flats Leopold, Bruges, Belgium
An intriguing tangle of narrow streets, elegant squares and jaw-droppingly beautiful canals, few places are as tailor-made for a romantic break as Bruges! Toss in a whole host of fine restaurants, a couple of excellent markets and some fabulous chocolate, and you’ve hit the Valentine’s jackpot!
For traveling couples and weekend breakers alike, a little bit of luxury in the intimate setting of Hotel Flats Leopold has got to look pretty tempting. With February generally being pretty quiet, it’s just the thing for exploring the fabulous Old Town with someone special.
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La Seguiriya, Alhama de Granada, Spain
Unfathomably gorgeous all year round, the small, rugged town of Alhama de Granada makes for a perfect off-the-beaten-track Valentine’s Day destination. Everything about the town is wonderfully romantic, from its dilapidated old Moorish quarter to its dramatic gorge.
Cut into the very rocks of the gorge, La Seguiriya affords memorable views out across the dramatic landscape surrounding the town. A cozy, family-run guesthouse, few things could be more romantic than snuggling up next to its log fire after a day spent exploring the wilds of the Sierra de Tejeda.
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Ferntree Rainforest Lodge, Cape Tribulation, Australia
Australia can be pretty remote at the best of times, but head down the tricky road to Cape Tribulation and you’re really in the wilderness. And what a romantic wilderness it is, too! White sand, clear waters and a sunrise to rival them all – there’s an almost otherworldly beauty to Cape Tribulation’s beauty.
It’s also mercifully cheap. Rooms in the lushly furnished Ferntree Rainforest Lodge start from only 12 euros, and are surrounded by magnificent gardens and wildlife. And since it’s just a few minutes from the beach, there’s no excuse for missing that near-transcendental sunrise.
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Riad Lalla Mogador, Essaouira, Morocco
Morocco: the very thought of the place is laced with romance. Out on the coast and licked by the waves of the Atlantic, Essaouira is absolutely no exception. Its exotic combination of blinding white buildings and brashly colorful souks rarely fails to bring strangers close and lovers even closer.
Right in the heart of the city, the Riad Lalla Mogador embodies all that’s great about traveling in Morocco. From this homely hostel’s roof terrace you can see the souks in one direction and the ocean in the other, a refuge just waiting for a pair of star-crossed travelers.
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Abian Biu, Bali, Indonesia
Ok, so maybe Bali is a fairly obvious romance destination, but we just couldn’t resist! With idyllic beaches, beautiful, smoldering sunsets, and an unmatchable sense of tranquility, it’s the archetypical tropical dreamland – and it’s cheap, too!
The lavish boutique accommodation of Abian Biu in Denpasar is tailor-made for the traveling couple looking for inexpensive splendor. The rooms here are private, plush, and shimmer with candlelight once the evening arrives.
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Going anywhere special this Valentine’s Day? Let us know and we’ll pass the information on next year!