Dubrovnik is one of the most popular destinations for romantic holidays and short breaks in Europe. The city’s timeless beauty, scenic views and stunning beaches have made it a hotspot for honeymooners, while the mild Mediterranean climate and captivating historic cityscape entice tourists all year round. February, however, is not high season, which means that couples celebrating St. Valentine’s Day in the city can explore its streets and sights without the press of the summer crowds.
For those looking for a trip filled with romance, Dubrovnik offers plenty of opportunities. Romantic dinners at local restaurants that offer the finest local cuisine and wines, long promenades along the beach, and boat trips to the nearby islands are only a few of the things that offer a true escape from the daily routine. Dubrovnik’s narrow streets offer plenty opportunities to get lost, while the ancient walls are ideal for long walks with stunning views of the Adriatic and the city’s many historic landmarks.
The centre of the Old Town is full of charming little cafes and unique jewellery and gift stores, making the city both a romantic and glamorous destination for a romantic getaway. Even though it is not as crowded during the winter as it is during the warmer season, Dubrovnik is anything but uneventful. The Festival of St. Blaise, which takes place from February 1 to 9, hosts a series of concerts, theatre performances and other events dedicated to the patron saint of the city, and the Dubrovnik Carnival, which runs from February 5 to 9, brings the spirit of laughter, joy and satire to the city streets. On St. Valentine’s Day, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will treat the city to a special concert at Marin Držić Theatre in the Old Town.
Dubrovnik city breaks
Couples looking for a romantic break on the Dubrovnik riviera can book their stay at Villas Mlini, a complex of holiday apartments not far from Dubrovnik. The package includes a welcoming fruit basket and bottle of wine, and a romantic dinner for two on the seaside terrace of a local restaurant.
Valentine’s spa breaks
For couples looking to recharge after a long day of sightseeing and indulge in some pampering, the Hotel Astarea has a special wellness package to ensure that their stay is a relaxing one. Located in the village of Mlini next to Dubrovnik, the hotel is the perfect destination for all those looking for a holiday in an idyllic Mediterranean location to properly unwind and enjoy the excellent local cuisine in good company.
The wellness package includes accommodation in rooms with balconies overlooking the sea, buffet breakfast, an anti-stress massage for two, and use of swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre. The hotel is also offering a special discount for guests staying for three nights.
In addition to being an excellent getaway spot for a romantic holiday, Hotel Astarea also makes a wonderful venue for a wedding celebration. The wedding ballrooms at the hotel provide a warm, elegant setting for a wedding reception, while the dedicated staff and fine cuisine guarantee a very special day for newlyweds. If the lucky couple can be pulled away from the romantic Mediterranean atmosphere, they can enjoy a complimentary romantic weekend at the Panorama Zagreb HotelValentine’s Day 2016 in Dubrovnik in the Croatian capital as part of the package.
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