When it comes to Valentine’s Day, nothing shows your significant other you care more than a romantic getaway together. But… while cities like Venice, Paris and New York might be known as some of the most romantic destinations in the world, they can also be rather pricey (and crowded). Finding alternative destinations to spend Valentine’s Day can not only be more sustainable way to travel— but also comes with a much smaller price tag!
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Carmel by the Sea, with its village feel and fairy-tale cottages, has long been the romantic destination of choice for couples looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. But, as prices in the idyllic town rise each year, why not choose to stay in its cheaper and quirkier neighbour: Santa Cruz. Only an hour away from Monterey and Carmel, Santa Cruz offers romantic walks along the beach and boardwalk, as well as the chance to win a fairground prize for your other half- what could be cuter?
The nearest airport to Santa Cruz is San Jose International Airport (SJC), fly there with [Alaska Airlines(https://www.alternativeairlines.com/alaska-airlines), All Nippon Airways, American Eagle, British Airways, California Pacific Airlines, Delta, Delta Connection, Frontier, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and Volaris.
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Okay, so proclaiming your love at the top of the CN tower might not be as iconic as the Empire State Building. But, for couples looking for a big-city break, Toronto has a lot to offer! Enjoy a relaxed dinner by the water at the Harbourfront Centre or visit one of the city's many museums or parks. It also works as the perfect gateway for getting to the uber-romantic Niagara Falls!
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Playa del Carmen in Mexico is a popular choice for honeymoons and Valentine’s Day trips! alike. Unfortunately, regular tourist traffic in the region has also led to a steady increase in prices. Instead, opt for the lesser-known seaside town of Yelapa, which also featured as one of our top destinations for solo travellers. While friendly locals and beach bars make this town great for the lone explorers, its romantic eco hotels, secluded waterfalls and isolated beaches mean it’s also the perfect destination for a couple looking to get away from it all.
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Bali has held its place as a popular Valentine’s and honeymoon destination for many years, but, as tourism has grown in the region, so have the prices. The Banga and Belitung Islands in Sumatra offer a much cheaper and tranquil getaway. Forget Bali and choose to spend your romantic getaway bathing in Sumatra's rock pools.
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With stunning views of the iconic Alhambra as well as cheap and cosy tapas joints, Granada is the perfect location for an affordable romantic getaway. Highlights like the incredible Hamam al Andalus (Arabic thermal baths) make Granada a great choice for a Valentine's trip even during the chilly European winter. Plus, accommodation is a fraction of the price of popular Barcelona!
Visitors generally fly into Malaga International Airport (AGP) and then get a bus or train to Granada. Fly there with Air Europa, Aer Lingus, easyjet, Eurowings, Germania, Laudamotion, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, SmartWings, Transavia, Volotea and Vueling.
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Yes Paris may be the most romantic city in the world, but if you’re paying €10 EUR for a glass of wine you’re more likely to spend your trip complaining about the bill than staring lovingly into each other's eyes. Bruges, on the other hand, offers unique gothic architecture and the opportunity to indulge on Belgian chocolates. What could be more romantic?
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While the idea of spending your Valentine’s Day trip watching the sunset on the London Eye might sound romantic, it's by no means affordable. With tickets costing up to £30 GBP, why not save money by watching the sun go down for free from Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh? Enjoy romantic walks down Edinburgh’s cobbled streets and dine out at some of the best restaurants Scotland has to offer.
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It’s no secret that Venice is struggling to cope with the weight of over-tourism. So much so that hotels will charge an additional tourist tax in order to curb overcrowding. Save your money and head to affordable Porto in Portugal instead. Instead of fighting with tour groups for a place on a gondola, enjoy intimate boat trips down the Douro valley followed by wine tasting in one of the region’s famous caverns.
Want to learn more about affordable destinations to visit in Europe? Visit our guide to the cheapest countries in Europe.
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