Valentine's Day is almost here: one of the most passionate weekends of the year. If you want to surprise your partner with a special romantic getaway, then pay attention, because we have prepared for you the list of the five most romantic destinations for a perfect Valentine's Day. Plan your romantic road trip in advance by selecting the romantic Valentine's Day getaway that you like best.
The 5 best cities for a Valentine’s Day getaway with your partner
Would you prefer a cultural excursion? Are you looking for a more romantic destination? Here you have options for all tastes:
Madrid and Toledo: a culinary journey
This is one of the best and most economical trips for couples that you can enjoy in Spain. On your getaway, you won’t want to miss opportunities such as visiting Puerta del Sol, strolling along Calle Alcala, touring the Prado Museum, taking a walk along the Gran Via, sampling the fine dining options of La Latina District and relaxing and unwinding in El Retiro, where you will surely want to pay a visit to the Crystal Palace, constructed in 1887 for the Exhibition of the Philippines.
While you're in Madrid, we recommend that you take your rental car on a day trip to Toledo, one of Spain’s most culturally and historically significant cities, where Arab, Jewish and Christian architecture exist in complete harmony in a single city. Visit the cathedral, the Alcazar and Zocodover square. Make sure you sample the Toledan-style rice, the tripe, the calamari sandwiches and the typical Madrid stew.
Milan and a getaway to Venice, Italy’s most romantic destinations
Milan is one of the most stunning, cosmopolitan cities in Italy. It is perfect for couples who want to stage a getaway to Italy to celebrate Valentine's Day. There are many options for couples, such as visiting La Scala Theater, watching the sunset from the terraces of the Duomo and strolling along Naviglio Grande. During your visit you won’t want to miss emblematic places such as the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, the Milan Cathedral and the Pinacoteca di Brera, a paradise for art lovers where you can find works by artists such as Raphael, Caravaggio and Tintoretto. If you love fashion, then you must definitely visit the Fashion District called Quadrilatero della Moda , especially Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga.
From Milan, you can continue only 3 hours in car to Venice for Valentine’s Day. This is one of the most romantic car trips that we can offer you. Travel through northern Italy by car, making stops in Bergamo, Desenzano del Garda, Sirmione and Verona, all on the way to Venice, the “City of Love.” Once there, stroll over its thousands of bridges and marvel at the beauty of St. Mark's Square. Take advantage of the occasion to tour the Grand Canal in a gondola while enjoying a Venetian serenade. This is surely the ideal option for enjoying a Valentine's Day just like in the movies on your road trip.
Porto and an excursion to the Douro, a getaway into natural beauty
Porto is one of the most beautiful European cities you can visit on Valentine's Day. We recommend that you take a walk around the city to enjoy its charm fully. Pay a visit to Porto Cathedral , take a stroll through the Miragaia neighborhoodand its colorful houses, which is an excellent place to stay in the city, and tour Porto’s Baixa, or center city.
Book a tour of one of the wineries in Vilanova de Gaia, where the wine of the same name is produced. Climb the Clérigos Tower to admire its spectacular views and peruse the Lello Bookstore, which inspired the famous J.K. Rolling herself when creating the magic school that figures in her books. If you want to enjoy a romantic backdrop in Porto, take a cruise on the Douro while you watch the sunset set on the city's colorful houses. If you want to follow a car itinerary from Oporto, we recommend you take a road trip through the Douro region and enjoy its scenic vineyards.
From Athens to Meteora, a cultural Valentine's Day
Lovers of ancient civilizations will enjoy a tour Greece to the full, since it is a country rich in monuments and treasures left by ancient civilizations. Touring it by car will allow you to move freely so that you do not miss any of its picturesque spots.
Begin your Valentine's Day journey in the capital of Greece, Athens which features countless places worth visiting. Pay a visit to the Acropolis, located on a hilltop where you will have a spectacular view of the entire city, and visit the Parthenon, the Athenaeum and the Erechtheion.
From there, you can walk around the Plaka district, visit the Acropolis Museum and the Temple of Olympian Zeus or the Ancient Agora, which are essential attractions for culture-lovers and history buffs.
If you want to make use of your car getaway to take a day trip from Athens, we recommend that you visit Meteora, an impressive spot that is well worth the effort. Discover its breathtaking monasteries suspended in the sky.
Madeira and its villages
A car trip to Madeira for Valentine's Day is the option that we recommend most highly for adventurous travelers. This lush island features dense tropical vegetation and a host of volcanic mountains where you can enjoy hiking trails along the irrigation channels, called “levadas.” Clearly a spectacular place to visit as a couple. Take advantage of your car trip to discover the island’s hidden recesses, nestled among natural beauty, and pay a visit to its impressive cliffs by the shore or take the elevator down to the coast to enjoy a sunset by the sea.
Visit Funchal, the capital of Madeira, a city founded during the conquest of America, marked by the strong Catholic influence on its architecture, and take advantage of the opportunity to go on car trips to some of its most beautiful villages, such as Machico, with its beautiful beaches; Santana, full of houses with triangular thatched roofs; Vila Baleira, ideal if you want to relax and unwind; and Ponta de Sol. If you want a road trip packed with adventure, we suggest you follow this car itinerary.
Enjoy a Valentine's Day car trip with your partner and surprise her with a different gift. Book your car and set off for a new place to discover together in your rental car.