While the winter chills recede to welcome the spring season, February becomes the perfect time to spend some quality time with your special someone. With the month of love fast approaching, how can we not discuss the upcoming Valentine’s Day 2023?
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Wildly famous for being the festival of love, Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on 14 February across several countries and has become a popular date. Also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine or Saint Valentine’s Day, it is considered the day of love and is celebrated across the globe in different ways.
On this day, couples profess their love to each other, exchange gifts and make their partner feel special. The date is so popular that it is the most popular marriage date in the Philippines!
Well, there are many historical records behind the origin of Valentine’s Day, dating back to the 5th century. Roman fertility festival Lupercalia was soon replaced by Saint Valentine’s Day on 14 February in honour of Saint Valentine.
According to legends, Saint Valentine was a priest in the Roman Catholic Church who used to help Roman soldiers secretly meet and marry their partners against the rule of Roman Emperor Claudius II. The emperor made it illegal for Roman soldiers to be married, as he believed it would help them stay entirely focused towards their duty to their country.
When Saint Valentine was jailed for going against the Emperor, he used to write letters to the girl he loved from prison, signing off as ‘From your Valentine’. This is how he became a symbol of love and the 14th of February was declared Saint Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is special for people and families across different cultures. Couples celebrate the day by expressing their love to each other. In Japan and some other Southeast Asian countries, friends give chocolates to their friends and even classmates to make them feel special.
The day also provides the perfect opportunity for people to profess their love and shower their special someone with gifts, chocolates, and flowers. From candlelight dinner to doing their favourite things, couples spend this day cherishing the bond that they share.
One of the most popular things to do on Valentine’s Day is taking a romantic trip abroad. Whether your idea of romance is going for a candlelight dinner, going for a trek, trying out new activities or exploring a new city together, you can make your valentine feel special by planning the perfect Valentine’s Day date surprise for your partner. After all, there is hardly a better excuse for going for a romantic getaway than Valentine’s Day.
To help you select the perfect destination to celebrate love with your partner, we have curated a list of some of the most romantic places to visit on Valentine’s Day 2023:
Let us tell you everything you need to know about travelling to the best places for Valentine's Day across different continents.
The capital city of France and is considered the most romantic city in the world. It is well known for its historical monuments and majestic art and is considered among the best places to go for Valentine’s Day in Europe. The city is also one of the four fashion capitals of the world. However, it is the go-to destination for every couple in love thanks to its gorgeous landscapes, quaint corners, romantic cafes, delicious food and love in the air. With so many romantic things to do in France, you are sure to have a great time in Paris!
To travel to Paris, you would need a valid visa for France. You can apply for a Schengen visa to France as the French Embassy does not offer any separate visa for tourists arriving in France.
Since you will be travelling to Paris to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2023 as a tourist, both of you can apply for Short-stay Uniform Schengen visas.
For getting a France visa, you must buy a travel insurance policy before applying for your Schengen visa. It is a mandatory requirement to buy travel medical insurance for at least 30,000 Euros or else your visa will be rejected.
The basic idea behind going for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day 2023 is to spend some quality time with your partner and make them feel special. Once you have landed in Paris, you can explore some of the best places to visit in France right in the heart of Paris:
No trip to Paris is complete without visiting the Eiffel Tower. You have to take your partner to see the Eiffel Tower, get clicked with the iconic structure in the background and also go to its top to get a panoramic view of the city.
If you are an art lover, you should visit the Louvre Museum to view the greatest art collection in the world.
You can also go for a romantic cruise date on River Seine and watch the sunset on the horizon.
In case the two of you enjoy champagne, you should take a trip to Epernay vineyards and indulge in some French champagne.
If you are in Paris, you must try different types of cheese from the popular Laurent Dubois. You should also try Baguettes and Croissants from Eric Kayser.
Paris and desserts are inseparable and therefore it will be a sin if you don’t indulge in Eclairs, Caramels and chocolates from Patrick Rogers and Jacques Genin.
You can devour lip-smacking food at the best Paris restaurants, including Guy Savoy, L’Astrance, Clamato and Hugo & Co.
You can also head to some of the best Indian restaurants in Paris for a desi meal. These include Kastoori, Saravanaa Bhavan, Coffee Anjapper, Gandhi Ji’s, Krishna Bhavan and Marcel.
When we’re listing the best places to go for Valentine's day in Europe, how can anyone forget Italy? Known as the City of Water, Venice has 100 smaller islands connected by more than 400 bridges. Canals, which call for a romantic gondola ride, connect it and the absence of roads makes it a perfect excuse to explore the city together on foot. With so many things to do in Italy, Venice is a great city to get the most out of your Italian itinerary.
Just like in France, you will have to obtain a valid visa for Italy to visit Venice. An Italy tourist visa will allow both of you to enjoy your romantic getaway to Venice for a maximum duration of 90 days.
For Venice too, you will have to buy travel insurance for Italy before applying for this visa, as it is compulsory for applying for a Schengen visa and Italy visa.
After arriving in Venice for a romantic Valentine's getaway, you can take your partner to explore some of the best places to visit in Italy right here in Venice:
If you are in Venice, you have to take your valentine for the classic gondola ride through the canals of Venice. If you’re on a budget, you can also go for a shared gondola as these can be pretty expensive! You and your partner can also explore every nook and corner of the city on foot.
Don’t forget to enjoy the 360-degree view of the city from the Campanile di San Marco tower.
You can also catch the gorgeous and colourful sunset in the city with the picture-perfect backdrop of the city’s grand architecture.
February is also the time for the Carnivale de Venezia or the Venice Carnival, which you just can’t afford to miss.
During your trip to Venice, make sure to sip a glass of wine with Cicchetti, which is local Venetian finger food or a small plate.
If you and your valentine love pasta, you should try Bigoli in salsa, which is a popular Venetian dish resembling spaghetti.
You can take your valentine for a romantic date at the best restaurants in Venice including Locanda Cipriani, La Zucca, Antiche Carampane, L’Alcova Restaurant, Osteria Alle Testiere and Antico Martini.
If you end up missing Indian food, you can relish it at one of the best Indian restaurants in Venice including Buddha Soul Resto, Maharani Ristorante Indiano, Bombay Spice, Baishakhi and Ganesh Ji.
Marrakech is one of the most popular cities in the Kingdom of Morocco. It is considered a romantic destination for couples thanks to its charm and romantic setting. The city is always brimming with activities making it an ideal getaway for Valentine’s Day 2023.
In case you decide to visit Marrakech for your Valentine’s Day 2023 celebrations, you will have to apply for a valid visa for the Kingdom of Morocco. You and your partner can apply for a Morocco Tourist visa for your Valentine’s Day trip to Marrakech. This visa will allow both of you to stay in Marrakech for up to 90 days.
As Indian citizens, you and your partner can apply for a Morocco visa through Cox & Kings Global Services. Cox & Kings is the official partner of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco for processing visa applications.
During your stay in Marrakech, you can visit the following tourist places in the city:
If you’ve been planning a romantic proposal, why not do it in the air with a hot air balloon ride above the Atlas Mountains?
Both of you can also catch the sunset at the rooftop restaurant at Nomad. You can take a stroll at the beautiful Jardin Majorelle garden to spend some quality time together.
Go for a camel ride together while exploring the sandy trails in the city’s Palmeraie area.
When in Marrakech, you must try the iconic Moroccan dish Tagine. In case you both love meat, you should try Bestilla, which is a traditional savoury meat pie in Morocco.
You can take your partner for a Valentine's Day date at one of the best restaurants in Marrakech such as Le Petit Cornichon, Dar Yacout, Al Fassia, Le Tobsil, Terrasse Des Epices, Bo-Zin, etc.
Some of the best Indian restaurants in Marrakech where you can savour desi food such as Les Jardins de Bala, Bombay Halal, Bombay Marrakech, etc.
Bali and Indians have a great connection. An overwhelming amount of Indian couples opts for Bali as their honeymoon destination thanks to no shortage of things to do in Indonesia. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Known as the Land of the Gods, the city is home to several ancient temples. Besides, it is also a haven for adventure and water sports seekers, especially surfers, and a delight for food lovers.
Indians need a valid visa for Indonesia. The good part is that you can obtain an Indonesian visa on arrival if you and your partner plan to stay in Bali for less than 30 days. This is because the Government of Indonesia offers Indonesia visas on arrival for Indians for tourists arriving from India.
Once you have arrived for Valentine’s Day 2023 trip to Bali, you can go to visit the following tourist attractions with your bae:
Spend a romantic day with your valentine at Diamond Beach for a perfect tropical getaway. You can also watch the sunrise in the Munduk region.
If the two of you love adventure, you must trek to Tegenungan or Sekumpul waterfall or feel the adrenaline rush at the Bali Swing.
Water babies can also go surfing at Bingin Beach or try stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding at Padang Padang beach. You can also plan a longer vacation and an itinerary for Indonesia including Bali. This is also the best time to visit Indonesia so plan quickly!
If you love seafood, you should try the traditional Sate Lilit Ikan or grilled skewered fish at Warung Merta Sari.
If you two are a foodie couple, you should try the Nasi Campur, which is a local rice-based dish, at Warung Wardani.
You can also try the most delicious food at the best restaurants in Bali including Potato Head Club, Rock Bar, Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen, Finn’s Beach Club, Ku De Ta, Motel Mexicola, etc.
In case the two of you end up craving Indian food, you can dine at the best Indian restaurants in Bali such as Gateway of India, Atithi, Ganesha Ek Sanskriti, Warung Little India, Spice Mantraa, etc
Bueno Aires is considered the most romantic city in Argentina. Often referred to as the Paris of South America, the city is the perfect destination for spending your Valentine’s Day 2023. Whether you and your valentine love wine, food, dance or like to party all night, Buenos Aires is your go-to city for them all.
Before you travel to Bueno Aires for Valentine’s Day 2023, both of you will need a valid visa for Argentina.
Here is a list of some of the top tourist spots in Bueno Aires that you need to visit during your trip:
A visit to Bueno Aires will remain incomplete unless you dance the Tango with your partner. You can take a couple of dance classes to rekindle your love for each other.
You can also swing by Palermo Soho for a fun-filled evening with your partner and fresh beer.
You can also go to watch a polo match or horseracing with your partner. You can also become a gaucho for a day at a ranch outside the city.
If you and your partner are major foodies, then you must try Empanadas at La Cocina during your trip to Buenos Aires.
If you have a sweet tooth, then you must try the Dulce de Leche at Rapa Nui.
You can take your bae for a romantic date night at the best restaurants in Buenos Aires such as Sucre, Osaka, Oviedo, etc.
If you wish to gorge on Indian food, you can visit the best Indian restaurants in Buenos Aires such as Gran Dabbang, Tandoor, Bengal, etc.
Also known as the Mother City, Cape Town is among the best places to visit in South Africa. It is a beautiful amalgamation of gorgeous landscapes, culture and delectable food. The unadulterated beauty of the city is what makes it a haven for couples and a perfect destination if you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2023 not too far from home.
Preparations for your Valentine’s Day trip to Cape Town will begin by obtaining a valid visa for South Africa. You and your partner will have to apply for a South Africa Visit visa to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2023 in Cape Town. Both of you can apply for a South Africa tourist visa at the South African Embassy or Consulates in India.
Cape Town offers some of the best things to do in South Africa. During your stay in Cape Town, you can explore the tourist spots given below:
If you drive for an hour down Boulders Bay, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the endangered African Penguins.
You can also witness the breath-taking view along with rich flora and fauna at Cape Point by driving about 60 km from Cape Town.
If you and your valentine love wine, you can spend the day at the Cape Winelands.
The two of you can also go kayaking if both of you are adventure sports junkies. You can also go surfing at Muizenberg beach in the Cape Town suburbs.
You can also go for a hike or take a cable car up to Table Mountain to get a breath-taking view of the city. You can also hike up to Lion’s head to get a great view of Table Mountain.
You can also go to Bo-Kaap to admire the brightly coloured houses on cobblestone streets.
If you like sandwiches, you should try the Gatsby sandwich at The Golden Fish or Cosy Corner restaurant.
Some of the best restaurants in Cape Town where you can take your valentine for a hearty meal include Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, Kyoto Garden Sushi, The Test Kitchen, La Tete and The Pot Luck Club.
In case you want to eat Indian food, you can visit the best Indian restaurants in Cape Town including Bukhara, Maharajah, Thali, Sundoo and Bombay Chilli.
Kyoto is the cultural capital of the country and is full of temples and shrines. This is the only city in Japan where you can find Geishas in kimonos and wearing white makeup. While the city is as modern as any other city in Japan, it is best explored at a slower pace making it a perfect place for couples looking for a serene and traditional romantic setting.
Travelling to Kyoto will require you to obtain a valid visa for Japan.
You can apply for a Japan visa at VFS Global for Japan, which accepts visa applications on behalf of the Japanese Embassy. Moreover, The Embassy can grant you either a Single Entry Japan visa or a Multiple Entry Japan visa. Don’t forget to buy international travel insurance for Japan before leaving!
When looking for a place to stay in Kyoto, you can either choose a regular hotel or opt for a traditional stay at Ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn).
Japan offers some of the best tourist experiences. Valentine's week will probably see the famous Sakura blossoms, which are simply spectacular. You can also time your trip to attend the Lunar New Year Celebration and Valentine's Day celebrations! Some of the top tourist spots in Kyoto are:
You can visit the Todai-ji temple in Nara City, which is about an hour from Kyoto. You can also go to see the magnificent Himeji Castle in Hyogo.
If you are a filmy couple, then you just can’t miss visiting Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. You can reach the Studios from Kyoto in about an hour by train.
If being amidst nature makes both of you happy, you can take a romantic stroll through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. You can also go hiking as Kyoto is covered by hills on three sides.
Evening time is also great for watching the sunset from the Kinkaku-ji Temple. You and your valentine can go for Geisha watching at the Pontocho Alley in the Gion district during the evenings.
If doing different activities together makes the two of you happy, you can participate in a tea ceremony or take up Japanese food cooking classes during your trip to Kyoto.
You can also enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Kyoto Tower.
Couples who like adventure can go for a hike on Mount Fuji’s peak. You can take a bullet train from Kyoto to the Hakone region, followed by a bus or local train to Mount Fuji.
If you and your partner love noodles, you must try the delicious ramen noodles at the Kyoto Ramen Koji. You can also try the scrumptious Nishin soba noodles at Matsuba Soba.
In case you and your valentine are major sushi fans, then you should try Kyoto-style sushi at Izuju Sushi.
You and your valentine can also make your way to Kichi Kichi restaurant which is famous for its Omurice or Omelette Rice.
You can try the best of the local cuisine at HAFUU, Beer Komachi, Chao Chao Sanjo Kiyamachi, and Sumibi-Torito.
In case you or your valentine has a never-ending love for Indian food, you can eat at the best Indian restaurants in Kyoto such as Priya Indian Cuisine, Ashoka, Dhaba India, Annam, Downtown B’s Indian Kitchen, etc.
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is well known for its ancient architecture and attracts tourists from all over the world. Over the years, the city has evolved into one of the world’s most romantic cities.
To travel to Prague for a romantic trip, you will have to obtain a valid visa for the Czech Republic.
You can apply for the visa through VFS Global Services, as it is the official partner of the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Make sure to buy a travel insurance policy of at least 30,000 Euros for your Prague trip, as it is a compulsory pre-requisite to apply for a Schengen visa or a Czech Republic visa.
Once you have settled in your hotel, you can visit the following tourist spots in Prague:
You can take a romantic stroll across the Charles Bridge holding hands with your valentine or take them out for a Valentine's Day date on the river Vltava Cruise.
The two of you can also enjoy the sunset while sitting at the Riegrovy Sady and chugging the best beer in the city.
In case you and your valentine like to explore historical places, then you should visit the Infant Jesus of Prague at the Mala Strana.
In case puzzles and riddles excite the two of you, a visit to the Mind Maze should be planned. In this challenge, you will be locked in the Alchemist’s Chamber and get 60 minutes to solve riddles to escape.
Prague offers the best beers including Staropramen, Budvar, Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus, etc. If you and your partner love beer, you should opt for the Beer & Tapas Tour in Prague and try them out.
You should also try the traditional Czech fast food - Open-faced sandwiches or Chlebicky at Sisters Bistro.
For a romantic dinner date with your bae, you can visit the best Indian restaurants in Prague including Bibimbap Korea, Field, Eska Restaurant & Bakery, Cafe Savoy and Portfolio.
People who can’t live without our desi food can eat at the best Indian restaurants in Prague such as Indian by Nature, K – The Two Brothers, Indian Jewel, Lal Qila, etc.
Charleston is a small town in South Carolina. It has been repeatedly awarded as the most romantic place in the United States of America. The southern charm of Charleston including cobblestones, carriage rides, mansions and restaurants overlooking the water makes it a perfect romantic getaway destination for couples this Valentine’s Day 2023.
Since you are planning to travel to Charleston to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2023 with your partner, you will have to obtain a valid US visa for the United States of America. You and your partner can apply for a US Tourist visa online for your trip, which is mostly issued for a maximum duration of six months.
Undoubtedly, Charleston is among the best places to visit in the US. While staying in this quaint town in the US, you can visit these top tourist places in Charleston:
If you love Jazz music then you should listen to the Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall.
You can spend the day gazing at the ocean at the various beaches in Charleston such as Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms.
You can also take a stroll downtown along the Battery for a romantic evening with your bae.
Make your valentine's trip even better by watching the sunset together while dining at the Bowens Island Restaurant.
If dancing is your thing, then you can go to jazz dancing at the Commodore.
You can also go for Ghost Tours if you love to give yourself an adrenaline rush.
If you and your valentine enjoy eating barbecued food, you should visit Lewis Barbecue during lunch hours.
Seafood lovers should pay a visit to 167 Raw for the best seafood in Charleston.
In case the two of you want to eat at the best restaurants in Charleston, you can go to FIG, Kwei Fei, The Ordinary, Slightly North of Broad, Husk, Magnolia’s and Charleston Grill.
You can also gorge on Indian food by visiting the best restaurants in Charleston including Taste of India, Nirlep Indian Restaurant and Bombay Bazar & Indian Restaurant.
Bruges is a top romantic destination in the world and among the best places to go for Valentine's Day in Europe. It is also one of the most visited old cities in the world. Also known as the ‘Venice of the North’, Bruges is lined with magnificent canals that make for the perfect backdrop for romantic boat rides with your partner.
If you want to spend this Valentine’s Day 2023 with a romantic trip to Bruges, you will need to obtain a Schengen visa for Belgium
You can apply for a Schengen visa for a Belgium visa through the Embassy or take help from reputed agents. Make sure to buy a travel insurance policy for your Bruges trip as all visa applicants must possess it while applying for a visa for Belgium.
Many ancient buildings in Bruges are major tourist attractions in Bruges. During your stay in the city, you can explore the following tourist spots in Bruges:
You and your partner can go for a romantic boat ride or cruise along the canals of Bruges.
If both of you enjoy listening to music, make sure to attend a free harp concert by the local harpist Luc Vanlaere.
If a long romantic walk is what you prefer, you can visit the Lover’s Bridge and the Lake of Love at the centre of Minnewater Park.
You can also wander through the Old Town Bruges, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. If a fun night out is what you want, you can visit the Bauhaus Hotel for a night of karaoke night, live music and a pub quiz.
If you have a liking for beer, then you should visit the DE Halve Maan or the Half Moon Brewery, which is the oldest brewery in Belgium
Chocolate lovers must indulge in the world-famous Belgium chocolates and waffles during their trip to Bruges
Gorge the most delish food at the best restaurants in Bruges such as The Olive Tree, Park Restaurant, Pomperlut, etc.
In case you end up craving Indian food, you can visit the best Indian restaurants in Bruges such as Shalimar Indisch, Taj Mahal, Mount Gorkha, Indian Tandoori, Curry Palace & Restaurant, etc.
There is no better feeling than spending time with the person you love. This Valentine’s Day 2023, move a notch higher and surprise your partner with a romantic trip abroad. Choose one of the most romantic cities in the world and plan a perfect romantic getaway for the best Valentine’s Day with your bae.