If you’re visiting the European hub of futuristic art and cutting-edge design, take a romantic break from the thrill of the bright lights at one of these cosier destinations just a stone’s throw away. Rotterdam is home to Europe’s biggest port, making it the perfect base for a starry-eyed long weekend in South Holland. And with excellent connections to some of some of the most quixotic locations in the Netherlands, you’re just a ferry ride away from an unforgettably idyllic adventure. All of these suggestions are under and hour away from the city by train or car – making them ideal locations for a day trip, or even a long weekend if your schedule is more flexible. The only question is, where first?
There’s no better way to rediscover your favourite destination, or to try somewhere completely new, than with a good book as your tour guide. In fact, some of the greatest locations are hidden within the very pages of a well-thumbed story. Stroll the streets of these stunning cities and you’ll soon see why they inspired some of the world’s most beautiful novels.
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Holland might not technically be a city, but since Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam equate to the same area size as greater London, you could easily argue that this region of Holland is just as compact as one – but as varied as a continent too.
With Valentine’s Day only a month away, loved up couples across the world are busy planning their ideal getaways. Well-travelled romantic cities like Rome, Venice or Paris have become a bit clichéd, but there are plenty of charming cities in Europe that offer a unique Valentine’s Day retreat. Fall in love with these alternative destinations and impress your partner by choosing an exciting escape that’s a little more out of the ordinary.