Many couples decide to embark on a getaway for Valentine’s Day — whether it’s in search of some winter adventure, to explore a new destination or simply to enjoy some quality time together. So, if you find yourselves in one of the following places around the romantic weekend, where would be the perfect backdrop to a proposal? Angelic Diamonds, retailers of engagement rings, have told us their favourite spots…
Los Bunkers del Carmel, Barcelona
A hidden gem with a beautiful view is Los Bunkers del Carmel in Barcelona. It is now considered as a viewing platform by many, but it was once part of the anti-aircraft battery that was used during the Spanish Civil War.
There is no transport that takes you to the very top. Instead, you can get the metro to Alfons X and walk 30 minutes from here or you could get the bus from the city centre which will take you closer to the top. The outstanding view of the city is best at sunrise however, if you and your partner can’t face getting up that early you can head there for sunset instead. With a panoramic view of the city behind you, pop the question to your other half to make it a moment to remember. See photos from a wedding photographer who captured a beautiful moment here.
There are many other activities that you could do around the city too, despite the cooler temperatures. Take a stroll down to the unmissable Sagrada Familia or enjoy sushi and a cocktail with panoramic views at the W Hotel.
Grotta Lighthouse, Reykjavik
In recent years, Reykjavik has become a popular winter holiday destination for many visitors. It’s an ideal place to visit with your other half and offers the perfect balance between beautiful landscapes and quirky bars and restaurants.
One unforgettable backdrop to a proposal would be the northern lights, visible from Iceland. The best time to see the lights is from October to March when the sky is clearer, so they should be visible on your Valentine’s trip. You don’t have to book an excursion to see the lights and can often be seen at Grotta lighthouse which is situated outside of downtown Reykjavik where light pollution is low. You can walk here but if you have hired a car, due to the cold temperatures, it could be best to drive to the spot. For a romantic proposal, pop the question outdoors with the lights dancing behind you or for a more private setting, ask the question in the warmth of your car.
Celebrate your proposal with a relaxing spa day at the famous Blue Lagoon or take a trip around southwest Iceland by purchasing tickets for the Golden Circle Tour. On this excursion, you’ll see jaw-dropping sights including Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir Geothermal Area.
Petřín Hill, Prague
Often Prague is ignored as a city of romance due to its renowned nightlife and attraction to stag and hen parties. However, there are many sights to see in Prague that don’t involve the local pubs and one of these is Petřín Hill.
The hill is surrounded by gardens and you can take a funicular to the top that departs from Ujezd Street in the Malá Strana. On top of the hill there is an observation tower, designed to be a mini version of the Parisian Eiffel Tower where you must climb 299 steps to reach the top to be rewarded with the 360-degree views. You could pop the question in any of the beautiful landscaped gardens or head to a restaurant in Petřín park such as Nebozizek which overlooks the Old Town, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and Vltava River.
Mont Chèry, Val d’Isère, France
Skiing is an exciting winter holiday for couples, and with an extra-long season from the end of November to the first week of May, Val D’Isère is a popular choice of location. In fact, more Britons choose to take their annual skiing holiday here than anywhere else in the world. Part of their popularity lies in their differing slopes — there are pistes for all abilites and if your other half discovers that skiing is not for them you can head to La Folie Douce (the famous après-ski bar).
There are stunning views aplenty as you head to the top of the slopes and are surrounded by outstanding views of the mountains. But, for a proposal you might want to head somewhere warmer where you can enjoy meal and drinks with your other half. One place to do this is at La Grande Ourse, a restaurant situated on Mont Chèry. They offer an authentic fine dining experience where you can get your own personal chauffeur to take you up the mountain in a Kassböhrer (a specialised snow trailer). Here, you can be met with views from an altitude of 1725m and enjoy a five-course meal in the restaurant — a memorable place to get on one knee.
The Dome, Victoria Square, Belfast
Belfast is well-known for its lively bars, restaurants and shops that sit around the grand Belfast City Hall. For an impressive proposal spot, you should head to the top of Victoria Square in the city centre. Here you will find the Dome. Pop the question here for 360-degree views of Belfast as a backdrop, featuring the Prince Albert Clock and Scrabo tower.
You are not far from more breath-taking scenery either. Take a trip to the northern coast of Ireland where you can cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge with your loved one or retrace the steps of a giant at the causeway. You can visit The Dark Hedges nearby too — a romantic passageway of intertwined trees that were planted in the 18th century and featured on popular TV show, Game of Thrones. Make sure to wrap up though as it’s likely to be chilly here in February!
Will you pop the question at any of these destinations this Valentine’s Day?