We’ve picked four places for a romantic getaway to give you a guide on how to pack it all in in just two days!
Are you looking for a romantic getaway for you and your loved one? There are a few places that are always top of the list, like Paris and New York. But, cities like Bruges and even the UK’s Lake District offer up plenty of love-soaked activities for lovers too.
But with only 48 hours to explore the sights, how can you be sure you fit it all in? That’s if you even leave your hotel room! So, here’s our guide on how best to spend your 48 hours to get the most out of a romantic getaway for two.
Dubbed the most romantic city in the world Paris has to be the obvious choice if you want to celebrate your love on a romantic getaway.
There are so many famous places to visit and beautiful landmarks that you can be stuck for choice on what to see first.
And the beauty of Paris is it’s only a hop, skip and a jump away. Flights from Charles de Gaulle Airport only taking around an hour. But there is always the train direct from London if you want to go for a more romantic option.
Strolling the streets of the Champs Elysees is a must. With some of the most famous designer shops, such as Louis Vuitton, you can really get into the spirit of the city. A glass of wine outside one of the many cafes that line the street should also be top of the list.
In the afternoon head to the world famous Louvre. Walk hand-in-hand as you get up close to some of the world’s most famous artworks – including the Mona Lisa.
No visit to Paris is ever complete without a trip to the Eiffel Tower, which, incidentally, is one of the world’s most popular places to propose! If you’re not planning to pop the question, why not eat dinner there instead? Le Jules Verne on the second level of the tower offers gourmet dining, as well as splendid views across the city.
Take a walk along the banks of the River Seine and stumble across the Love Lock bridge. Even though the authorities began removing the locks and asked people to refrain from adding anymore, there are still some defiant lovers hanging locks! However, we wouldn’t recommend adding a lock just in case you get into trouble!
Then head to the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens where you can enjoy a romantic picnic lunch, before taking the Metro to the Opera House for a tour. You might even catch a glimpse of the legendary Phantom of the Opera.
An evening champagne cruise down the River Seine will top off your visit.
Flights and hotels start from around £200 per person for two nights. Travelling by Eurostar starts from £49.
It might not be the obvious choice for a romantic getaway but the city that never sleeps really can capture hearts.
You only have to think of all the films and TV shows that have used the iconic city as its backdrop for romantic moments. Who can forget Audrey Hepburn standing outside the window at Tiffany’s in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Or Meg Ryan faking an orgasm in Katz’s Deli in When Harry Met Sally? And then Mr Big and Carrie Bradshaw finally getting hitched at City Hall in Sex and the City?
There’s a film location on practically every corner in Manhattan, so New York is the place if you’re a couple who loves the movies.
Head to Central Park and snuggle up together on a romantic horse and carriage ride. Or skate on the ice-rink. Afterwards take a stroll through the gardens, including Strawberry Fields and the Bethesda Arcade. Plus a ride on the gondola at the Loeb Boathouse is a must.
From the south end of the park cross the road into the Plaza, one of New York’s most iconic hotels and enjoy a cocktail. Then continue down Fifth Avenue to Tiffany’s.
A helicopter tour in the afternoon will give you a special view of the city from the air. And in the evening you could book a dinner cruise on the Hudson River, taking in such sights as The Statue of Liberty.
Head to a diner for breakfast enjoying the authentic atmosphere as you cosy up in a booth and enjoy fresh coffee and eggs or pancakes together.
A visit to the world famous department store Bloomingdale’s is next on the agenda. Followed by Grand Central Station, where the dining concourse offers a choice of aphrodisiac at the Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant.
You could then head over the Brooklyn Bridge to Dumbo (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Underpass) for magnificent views of Manhattan.
As the sun sets top off your visit at the top of the world – by going up the Empire State Building for panoramic views over the whole city. You’ll also be able to watch Manhattan transform as the sun goes down and the lights go on.
Flights and hotels cost from around £800 per person for two nights.
The Lake District
With its breathtaking scenery, lakes, mountains and valleys, the Lake District has to be one of the best places for a romantic getaway.
Think walking hand-in-hand along sandy coastline, standing together at the top of a hill while looking out at the countryside below and exploring little towns and villages. Then cosying up in front of a log fire in the evening.
Then, of course, there are the wealth of hotels, pubs and restaurants to discover together.
Lake Windermere is probably the most famous. On day one why not cycle around some of the beauty spots of the area before visiting the town of Ambleside. Here you can browse the bookshops, gift shops and cafes nestled in the valley between various fells.
The Pig at Windermere could be on the menu for the evening, which specialises in pork sourced locally, but also offers pizza, traditional fish and chips and deep fried halloumi.
You could spend the day walking with a guide, where you can scale the peaks, explore caves, caverns and of course, the many lakes.
Why not book a camping lodge or log cabin for your weekend away, offering cosy comfort at the end of a day outside?
Hotels cost from around £200 for two nights, with cottages from around £400.
The Belgian city of Bruges is often described as a place made for people, but it’s also incredibly scenic and a wonderful place for lovers, making it ideal for a romantic getaway.
Classed as a Unesco World Heritage site, Bruges is steeped in history and with its wealth of beautiful buildings and nooks and crannies to discover it provides a perfect setting for romance.
The beauty of the city is the fact that it’s quite compact so you can easily lose yourselves in each other and the scenery around you as you stroll around the many streets.
Rozenhoedkaai (Quay of the Rosary) has to be top of the list to visit first. It is said to be one of the most photographed sites in Bruges because of its canals and classic buildings. The bridge and wooden docks look as if they are straight off a page from a fairy tale book and all the houses and shops are decorated with classic facades. Make sure you’ve got your cameras ready to capture the moment.
From there you can take a boat trip, a lovely way to see the city, and there are many of these on offer in the area. Alternatively you can progress to Tanners Square, where there are several restaurants and you can eat while gazing at the many artists at work in the area.
Afterwards you can explore the main square Grote Markt, which is only a few minutes’ walk away.
It’s worth returning to the Rosary in the evening too as the night scenery is said to be unforgettable.
You could pay a visit to the Chocolate Museum to learn the history of cocoa and chocolate. Chocolates are made by hand and sampled on the premises. Taking away your own sample will be a perfect end to your visit.
You could then visit the Groene Rei, also said to be one of the most beautiful locations in Bruges, offering old buildings, bridges and a wealth of nature.
Flights and hotels start from around £200 per person for two nights.