Feeling romantic this Valentine’s Day?

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Feeling romantic this Valentine’s Day?

With Valentine’s Day looming it’s time to surprise the love or your life or rekindle an old flame with a romantic break.

Jet off from Southampton Airport and experience the wonders of Paris, Amsterdam, Glasgow and Belfast – book early and get ready to fall in love with these amazing cities that are just a short flight away.

Paris

This beautiful city on the River Seine needs no introduction! Famous for romance, fashion, food and the arts, the French capital offers so many attractions you’ll want to come back time and time again.

Celebrate your love with a glass of champagne at the top of iconic Eiffel Tower, taking in the amazing views from the top then have dinner in one of the city’s lovely bistros or brasseries.

Or how about a Seine river cruise? You’ll escape the hustle and bustle of the city, see many notable Paris landmarks and enjoy a romantic or lunch and dinner.

Stroll along the Champs-Élysées, the city’s tree-lined boulevard, spend time in the Louvre, the world’s largest art museum and chill out in Marais, a trendy district of Paris that feels more like a village with its cobblestone streets and quirky shops.

If you have time visit the Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Louis XIV’s 18th-century residence – a reminder of an era that revolved around wealth, power and passion.

You can fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle with Flybe in an hour. The airline has added extra flights to the city for its 2019/20 winter schedule which means it’s easier than ever to visit this most romantic of destinations for Valentine’s Day.

Amsterdam

Go Dutch this Valentine’s Day by spending a few days in Amsterdam, one of Europe’s most popular city-break destinations notably famous for its canals, windmills and bicycles.

It’s those tree-lined canals that make Amsterdam a pretty romantic place to be at any time of the year and the best way to see the city is from the picturesque waterways which provide a gorgeous backdrop for romantic dinners, cocktail celebrations and culinary excursions.

You can also buy Hop On – Hop Off boat and bus tickets. The boat will glide past well-known landmarks and museums, while the bus takes you off the beaten track to Amsterdam's restaurants, bars and niche galleries.

Or how about a bicycle made for two? Hire a tandem and explore the city at your own pace, taking in cultural highlights such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh and Stedelijk Museums. Rembrandt House, where the painter worked and lived, provides a fascinating look into his life in 17th-century Amsterdam.
Dam Square is a great meeting place, bustling with locals and tourists alike. It’s also home to the Royal Palace and the 15th-century Nieuwe Kerk church. And no visit to Amsterdam is complete without going to the Anne Frank House at Prinsengracht 263 where the young Anne lived in hiding with her family for more than two years during the Second World War.

There’s also great shopping in Amsterdam and if you venture into the De Negen Straatjes neighbourhood you can explore the cobbled streets connecting the main canals between Leidsegracht and Raadhuisstraat.

Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol with Flybe. Flybe has added extra flights for its 2019/20 winter schedule so what are you waiting for?

Glasgow

Did you know that part of the remains of St Valentine are buried in Glasgow? St Valentine was martyred in 269 AD and his remains were brought to Glasgow by Franciscan monks who were impressed by the faith of the local people.

It’s a city brimming with love and friendly locals – and a perfect destination for a romantic city break.
From its architecture and museums to its great shops, stunning cityscapes and hidden gems, Glasgow certainly has the wow factor and a romantic walk in one of its many parks will get you in the mood for love.
Queen’s Park in the leafy southside is one of the most beautiful and if you climb to its highest point there’s one of the city’s finest viewpoints to reward your efforts.

There’s also Pollok Country Park where you can meet Highland cows and Glasgow Green in the east end, the city’s oldest park where you'll find the spectacular Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world, and the beautiful McLennan Arch.

Over in the city’s west end there are lots of cobbled lanes where you’ll find quirky shops, great bars and tea rooms. You’ll also find the wonderful Botanic Gardens here.

Head back into the city, stopping off at the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which has a diverse and world-class collection of art and artefacts from natural history to arms and armour. It’s arguably the jewel in Glasgow’s crown. But so, too, is Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the pioneering Glaswegian architect and designer whose work is renowned the world over. In Glasgow, you can visit Mackintosh House, a collection of items from his original home, or the stunning House for an Art Lover in its tranquil parkland setting. There’s also Mackintosh at the Willow, Miss Cranston’s original Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street which have been beautifully restored.

Worked up a thirst? The Tennent’s Story experience at Wellpark Brewery traces the history of Scotland’s oldest brewery from the 1500s to the present day.

Flybe will whisk you up to bonny Glasgow from Southampton in just under two hours.

Belfast

From the stunning Giant’s Causeway just 100km north of the city to its lively music scene, Belfast is perfect for a short break.

It’s a cosmopolitan city, very lively and friendly – and full or surprises! In recent years, this former industrial powerhouse has reinvented itself but still holds its history close to its heart.

The Titanic Quarter is steeped in that rich history and tradition of the city’s ship-building heritage. Titanic Belfast is a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition where you’ll uncover the true story of the Titanic.
Then there’s the Cathedral Quarter, where you’ll find bars, restaurants, art and good craic! This bustling area is also home to St Anne’s Cathedral and the Metropolitan Arts Centre, known as The MAC and today one of Europe’s leading art centres.

Belfast is also a city of music and festivals, the impressive Queen’s University Belfast and the Grand Opera House – there’s plenty to explore here!

Love food? St George’s Market in city centre, built in the 1890s, is the only surviving covered Victorian market in Belfast. Its weekend markets are overflowing with local, continental and specialty foods, along with local art and crafts and live music. You’ll also find Belfast City Hall in the city centre.

Meanwhile, the Linen Quarter is the area south of Belfast City Hall. The city was once nicknamed “Linenopolis” and was the world leader in the production of linen in the 19th century. Today you can enjoy the architecture of the old linen mills which house a mix of offices, chic bars and award-winning restaurants.

Queen’s Quarter is the leafy area around Queen’s University and home to a treasure trove of shops, cafes, bars and art galleries. Visit the collections at the Ulster Museum, stroll around the Victorian Palm House in the Botanic Gardens, take in a film at Queen’s Film Theatre or enjoy live music and stand-up comedy at the Empire Music Hall.

Other quarters include the Gaeltacht in the west of the city where there’s a focus on Irish language, music and culture. Many visitors come to see the area’s famous political murals and peace wall but there’s much more to discover.

Fly to Belfast with Flybe in an hour and a half.