It’s finally February and that can mean only one thing; romance!
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, why not make this year extra special with an amorous adventure for two?
At APH we’ve done some digging and found some really romantic breaks from Birmingham; there are some great deals to be had, so why not ditch the mundane day to day, and head off on a Valentine’s getaway!
It’s hard not to feel romantic while wandering the beautiful city of Edinburgh. From the atmospheric vaults and wynds of Old Town that drip with history, to the Georgian splendour of New Town; you’ll be wowed by this elegant and exciting city.
Start your visit with an early morning trip to Edinburgh Castle and skip the crowds while taking in this iconic symbol. Head on to Holyrood Palace, the queens official home north of the border and check out endless paintings and tapestries, along with the bedroom that once belonged to Mary Queen of Scots.
If you’re feeling energetic, a hike up through Holyrood Park to Arthurs Seat provides panoramic city views. If that sounds like far too much hard work, a trip to the Whisky Experience will reward you with over 300 kinds of Scotch to try and a kitsch little ride that explains how the delicious drop is made.
Edinburgh has a thriving bar and cafe scene, so after some shopping on Princes Street find you way to some faults food and kick back with a few drinks to get the romantic mood flowing.
Flight: 1 hour 15 minutes from Birmingham
Deal: from £327 per person for 3 nights, head to Travel Republic
Medieval Bruges is like a fairytale; so beautiful is this city that it has long been a draw to couples in search of romance. You only have to stroll by the picturesque canals, or wander the cobbled streets littered with cosy cafes and divine chocolate shops to feel the love!
Take a horse drawn carriage ride from Markt, the large medieval square at the heart of Bruges, through the main streets to get your bearings in the most romantic way possible, or climb to the top of the Belfort Belfry to see the city sparkle beneath you.
This is a break for lingering over lunch and enjoying some seriously special local beers, and then walking the side streets hand in hand before taking refuge from the cold in a cute little cafe and indulging in the best hot chocolate you will ever try!
Flight: Nearest airport is Brussels, 1 hour 15 minutes from Birmingham
Deal: Prices start from £312 per person for 3 nights, head to Travel Republic
If you and your beloved crave art and culture from a city break then head to gorgeous and classy Florence. Nestled amongst the picturesque Chianti growing lands of Tuscany in Italy, Florence offers art, history and delicious food, making for a perfect romantic break for culture lovers.
Start as you mean to go on at Santa Maria del Fiore, the spectacular domed cathedral also known as the Duomo. Behind its gothic facade lie countless frescoes, architectural gems and the 414 steps of Giotto’s Bell Tower; a climb that affords spectacular views of the city.
Next head to Uffizi gallery for yet more incredible works of art, or take in the Ponte Vecchio, a tourist hot spot bridge that is lined with little stores and dates back to 1345.
When you’ve had your fill, make your way to one of the many cafes that line the streets and get a caffeine fix that will give you the strength to take it all in. Florence is a lively city with thriving restaurant and bar scene, so whether you’re looking for romantic dinners by candlelight or bustling bars full of local colour, your evening looks all set for romance.
Flight: 2 hours 15 minutes from Birmingham
Deal: Prices start from £349 per person for 3 nights, head to Travel Republic
Feeling adventurous and looking for a more action packed Valentine’s trip? Iceland is not only spectacularly beautiful, it also offers all the excitement you could want from a mini break.
Start off in bustling Reykjavik where brightly coloured houses line the streets and the remains of the Viking civilisation lie beneath your feet. Head to the Settlement Exhibition to see a Viking longhouse recently excavated from the city, or head up the 250 ft Hallgrimskirkja, a medieval church whose tower offers great views of the city.
It’s time to head out of town in search of natural phenomena, so dig out your warmest clothes and be prepared to watch the sky light up as you witness Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Best viewed before March, this spectacular sight will take your breath away.
After a night of star gazing, what could be better than a dip in a geo thermal pool? The mineral rich waters of The Blue Lagoon are a toasty 38 degrees and milky blue in colour; said to do wonders for your skin, sinking into the soothing water with your better half makes for the perfect end to your trip.
Flight: 2 hours 45 minutes from Birmingham
Deal: Prices start from £532 per person for 3 nights, head to Travel Republic
A semi-tropical dot in the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, some 250 miles from Tenerife; Madeira enjoys a year round temperate climate making it a great option if you’re looking to escape the winter blues.
This former volcano is all dramatic peaks and fertile valleys making it a haven for wildlife and home to some spectacular flowers, like tropical orchids and the majestic bird of paradise plant. There are no beaches on the island leaving it blissfully family free – perfect if you’re looking to escape the kids and unwind.
The capital city of Funchal is a pretty, lively seaside town bursting with cafes, bars and restaurants and makes a great base for exploring the island. If you’re looking to escape the crowds then hire yourself a car and find your own little piece of paradise in the hills.
The volcano peaks make for stunning views, drive up Pico do Arieiro the islands third highest vantage point and you will be well rewarded; on a clear day you can spot Porto Santo, Madeira’s nearest island neighbour! From the top you can take a two hour hike to the nearest peak Pico Ruivo, indulging in breathtaking views along the way.
Flight: 3 hours 45 minutes from Birmingham
Deal: Prices start from £282 per person for 3 nights, head to Travel Republic