Spoil yourself and your loved one with a trip to one of the most romantic holiday spots in the world
Enjoy our second offering of romantic holiday destinations. Five more beautiful locations!
Cyprus – The birthplace of love
Cyprus is where legend says the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite rose from the waves so this beautiful island is definitely an ideal place for those in love to spend some quality time together. To the north of Paphos is the small village of Ayios Georgios. Here there is a little chapel known as the ‘Church of Lovers’. Light a candle in the chapel, point it downwards and say the name of your loved one three times. If the candle still burns then, so the folk tale goes, your love is true. Between Paphos and Nicosia lie the Troodos mountains. The forests provide a respite from the heat of the day with their deep pine fragrance and the wildflowers are in abundance in the springtime. Head up to the Kaledonia Falls if you want to stretch your legs. It is a fair walk over some bumpy terrain but very peaceful with just the sound of the rushing stream. Those who dare can take a dip in the pretty waterfall! After your walk enjoy a fish supper at the taverna while watching the sun set over the trees.
Scotland - From city to Skye
For some people a romantic holiday is best spent away from crowds. If you want isolation then the far north of Scotland is the ideal location for you. Fly into Inverness airport and pick up your hire car there. Linger in Inverness to visit the magnificent castle right in the heart of the city before heading on your way. It is just over two hours by car to the Isle of Skye but a slight detour and you can include Loch Ness – a place of mystery and fairy tales. Skye is accessible via the Skye bridge from the mainland. The island is 50 miles long so a car can still be useful if you want to get from one end to the other but there are also plenty of opportunities to leave the car behind. You can walk for miles and see only a handful of people, particularly if you avoid the busier summer season. Stop for a picnic and watch the amazing display of coastal wildlife including seals, dolphins, otters and, if you are lucky, the sea eagle.
Spain – Discover the virtues of Valencia
Think of Spanish cities and most will think of Madrid and Barcelona. Hidden behind them is Valencia, like an undiscovered jewel. Ideal in the early months of the year as the temperatures have not reached their peak, Valencia is a vibrant city oozing culture both old and new and it is the original home of delicious paella. The Museo de Belles Artes exhibits works of art by some of the most famous Spanish artists while the City of Arts and Sciences, one of the 12 Treasures of Spain, is an example of superb modern architecture. Here you will find not only Europe’s biggest aquarium but also a fascinating science museum. Away from the city, 40 minutes by hire car from Valencia, and you can reach Olocau on the edge of the Parc Natural de la Serra Calderona. Take a wander through the park and delight in all this wonderful area has to offer. For Spain’s very own ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story, pay a visit to Teruel, an hour and a half to the north west of Valencia. Here two lovers from wealthy families are said to have died tragically and they are buried together in the Tombs of the Lovers.
Germany and Austria – A fairytale journey
Many people associate Munich with the Oktoberfest which takes place every autumn but this Bavarian city is worth seeing at any time of year. The Englischer Garten is stunning in spring. You might stroll past artists at work or hear musicians play. There is the pretty Kleinhesseloher See at the park’s centre. When you need a break, sit and enjoy one of the local brews at the Seehaus beer garden. On a clear day it is possible to see the mountains from Munich – particularly if you head to the top of the Olympia Tower- but you can get even closer. Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle, is less than two hours away and so is Salzburg in Austria. This is a very quaint city with horse and trap rides, street musical performances and, of course, the bridge over the river Salzach which is festooned with lovelocks. These padlocks are said to symbolise a love that will last forever. If you intend to take your car over a border then make sure you have notified your car hire company. With Clarify Car Hire you can filter your search results to allow for cross-border hire.
Greece – Captivating Kefalonia
When it comes to Greek islands, Kefalonia is up there with the best. Used as the setting in the novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, this island benefits from some incredibly romantic scenery. A hire car gives you the greatest amount of flexibility to explore the whole island as well as the chance to be spontaneous. There are numerous sensational walks all over the island and one of the prettiest is to Saint Theodoroi lighthouse. This attractive Doric building is the perfect backdrop for photographs. Fancy white sands and deep blue sea? Petanoi beach is stunning and a great location for scuba diving together. Hold hands underwater while watching the fish darting along the seabed. Prefer being on land? Try horseback riding through the olive groves in Sami or a bike ride around Lassi. Finish off your day at one of the little tavernas in a harbour village such as Fiscardo or Assos while watching the sun sink behind the waves.
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