Will your Valentine’s Day getaway be a last-minute invitation to toss a few things in a suitcase, followed by a drive to a local hotel? Well, you can do things that way, but if you plan your getaway now you can lock in great values at some premier – and supremely romantic – destinations.

Where should you go? Just about every media outlet, and everyone you ask, has a list of the most romantic places on earth. Here’s one that we borrowed from Forbes.com, which focuses on international destinations that are just a little off the beaten path.  Your travel agents in St. Louis, MO, Travel Leaders can get you there.

madrid-plaza-de-la-villaMadrid, Spain, is full of historic streets, expansive public squares and beautiful parks. Buen Retiro Park, Madrid’s most popular, is perfect for a romantic stroll. Completely surrounded by the city, the leafy park has many beautiful sculptures and monuments, and a serene lake at the center. Plaza Mayor, the city’s central plaza, is a wonderful place to sit at a café table, sip a drink and watch Madrid go by.

Eze, France, is a hilltop village on the French Riviera with an incredible view of the Mediterranean Sea. Just about every square inch of Eze is romantic: if you can tear your eyes away from the view, you can walk hand-in-hand through the medieval village, which is filled with shops, galleries, restaurants and secluded courtyards.

Brussels, Belgium, has been a center of business, culture and politics for hundreds of years. It also has all the ingredients for a romantic getaway, including those famous waffles, fine chocolates and pralines. Must-sees for romantics include the Grand Place, one of Europe’s most beautiful squares; and the triumphal arch in the Parc du Cinquantenaire.

italy romanceCinque Terre, Italy, has five lovely villages that cling to hillsides along the Italian Riviera. Few roads lead to the villages; instead, take a train from the city of La Spezia. The villages are connected by passenger ferry and walking trail, so you can visit them all to admire the water views and colorful buildings, sample local wines and olives, and feast on fish caught that day.

Sydney, Australia, is at the height of summer on Valentine’s Day, and its wonderful beaches – Bondi, Tamarama, Coogee and more – are natural attractions for romantics. You can tour the soaring architecture of the Sydney Opera House; enjoy a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens; and stroll the harbor area via the Circular Quay.

To make reservations for these or other romantic destinations, call us at Travel Leaders, your St. Louis travel agents, at 636.778.1081.

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