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Not Paris AGAIN!? 5 romantic alternatives for a Valentine’s getaway.

Some say you could never tire of Paris. But when you’ve been whisked away on an all-expenses paid, luxury lovers’ retreat to ‘the world’s most romantic location’ for the umpteenth time, it might be time for a change. Seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, taking a boat trip on the Seine, or being taken up the Eiffel Tower is all very well, of course, but there are other cities to explore that can be squally romantic.

If you’re like the rest of us – and may not have quite got around to organising your partner’s dream weekend away – you might want to consider your brownie point earning alternatives around Europe. So here’s our top 5 ideas for an alternative Valentine’s.

San Sebastian: the city of food

The seaside city in the heart of the Basque Country is a real gem of a place to visit. Lovers can enjoy a romantic ‘paseo’ along La Concha, the city’s main beach, before eating in a Michelin starred restaurant (there are more Michelin stars per head of population that anywhere in the world in San Sebastian) or ducking into a bar in Constitution Square for the world’s best tapas. Finally, head up to the Monte Igueldo Funfair Park for unrivalled views of the city.

BROWNIE POINTS: For foodies: 10

Amsterdam: the city of art

Of course! Holland’s capital will always be high on the list for couples looking for a different kind of getaway. Aside from the beauty of the canals, the luxurious canal houses, coffee shops and eateries, there is a wealth of life and culture to feast on. You can visit the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, meet Einstein at Madame Tussauds or visit the house where Anne Frank spent years in hiding from the Nazis.

BROWNIE POINTS: For somewhere different: 15

Venice: the city of canals

We stick with a water theme for our next romantic destination. It’s only a couple of hours flight time from London and yet it’s a world away. Getting lost in the labes and alleys of Venice is all part of the fun, as is travelling by Gondola around the watery ‘streets’. Eating seafood is high on the list too, along with visiting the Piazza San Marco for a coffee and a healthy dose of people watching. From there you can’t fail to be impressed by the Basilica of St Mark or the Doge’s Palace. Finally, admire the love and passion that went into creating works at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art.

BROWNIE POINTS: For art and culture lovers: 20

Barcelona: the city of architecture

Back to Spain now, for a city at the heart of the Catalan region. Barcelona has got it all: great weather, a fantastic beachfront and world class art museums and modernist architecture. It’s also got spires for epic views, a magical fountain and countless opportunities to get into the Catalan spirit with cookery and flamenco courses on offer around the city. Ole!

BROWNIE POINTS: For fans of Antoni Gaudi: 15

Florence: the city of Michaelangelo

For those who love Italian art, food and culture, there is no more romantic a destination than Florence. Just strolling about, checking the sunset from the Piazza de Michaelangelo in the Oltarno area, walking along the banks of the Arno river, eating home-made food in a side street restaurant or licking ice creams in the Boboll Gardens in the grounds of the Pitti Palace would be enough for most. Like the sound of it? Book now and surprise your partner. BA fly direct from London from just £84 each way in February. Book now!

BROWNIE POINTS: For renaissances of all kinds: 25

And finally...

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