When you’re young, free and in love you need somewhere to go on holiday that represents those feelings. To create some amazing memories together and fall even deeper in love we’ve put together a few places that we think are the best holiday destinations for young couples. There’s a mixture of culture, exploring, eating and partying so you should be able to find something that suits you.
Unique New York
For a big romantic break, consider hopping across the pond to the Big Apple. Despite it being a little pricier than some of the closer couple breaks, New York has got everything you need – it’s not called the city of possibility for nothing! If you want to have the time of your life but keep things romantic, then there are lots of activities you can fit into your holiday.
For beautiful Instagram shots you might want to visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden where you’ll find an abundance of cherry blossoms, rose gardens and all sorts of other flowers in bloom depending on what time of year you visit. If food and drink is your thing, New York is the place to find all sorts of weird and wonderful bars (The Dead Rabbit is said to be the best bar) and restaurants to suit your every need.
While you’re in New York, you’ve got to go and see The Empire State Building, Ground Zero Memorial Museum, Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art and you really ought to pay a visit to Lady Liberty herself. Make sure you save your pennies before you go, as New York is renowned for its excellent shopping centres. You can buy anything you want in NYC. There’s a lot to do, but you can definitely fit it all into one trip if you’re organised. Just make sure you pack some comfy shoes because there’s lots of walking involved!
A bit of everything in Edinburgh
An upgrade on a staycation, Edinburgh is the perfect destination for a young couple if you’re busy saving for a wedding, home or anything else. There’s plenty to do from visiting Edinburgh Castle and taking in the magnificent views to scaling the gothic Scott Monument to seeing Arthur’s Seat, the infamous extinct Volcano. You can go out for breakfast at Hemma, a Swedish-run breakfast bar that’s got itself a reputation for the best breakfasts in the city.
There’s also a cinema that Quentin Tarrantino is even said to be a big fan of. Cameo Cinema has been under the same name for over 100 years and is a lovely evening out if you fancy a film and a drink at the bar. While we’re on the topic of bars, Edinburgh boasts one of the most famous cocktail bars in the world – Bramble is stashed away in a basement in the centre of the city and serves some of the best cocktails you’ll ever get the pleasure of sipping.
If you aren’t sure where to go for food, then The Kitchin is a safe bet. Michelin starred and run by no other than Tom Kitchin himself you are sure to get a unique and delicious meal that you’ll never forget. So, if you want a balance of the great Scottish countryside, culture but also a little bit of hipster and cosmopolitan action, Edinburgh has it all.
Go big in Barcelona
As a city, Barcelona has got it all, from great beaches to plenty of bars and some incredible sights for the culture vultures. You could start your day off with some sight seeing at any of the amazing sites; from the medieval Barrio Gotico to Antonio Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Then you’ll need some replenishment so treat yourselves to some delicious Spanish food in one of Barcelona’s famous restaurants. Can Sole, for example, is renowned for its outstanding paella.
After a relaxing siesta back at your hotel you can put your best dancing shoes on and head out for more food, lots of booze and some dancing! Along the beach you will find CDLC where you need to dress to impress and be ready to dance to the DJ’s tracks until the early hours of the morning.
However, if you’re not really feeling the dancing then there are plenty of exciting cocktail bars to try out. Monvinic has a reputation as one of the best wine bars in the world, which is a big deal. It’s part bar, part library (we know – very quirky) and has over 3,000 wines for you to choose from via an interactive menu or by asking one of the highly trained waiters for assistance. You’ll also be given the option to take a bottle of what you’re drinking home so you can pop the cork back in the UK and reminisce on the beautiful evening you had strolling through the dimly lit streets of Barcelona.
Get full in Florence
The beautiful Firenze, set amongst beautiful Tuscan countryside, had to be included among our best places for young couples to go on holiday guide. There are mountains of culture for you to lose yourselves in but despite this being a city, Florence really knows how to relax. You’ll find yourself being offered a glass of wine with brunch before 12pm and gelato for breakfast, and you’ll probably say yes even when you’re having to adopt some sort of yoga position to do your jeans up. Everyone gives in to Italy!
You do have the option to walk it all off though. If you go to see the Caravaggios, the Titians and the Botticellis at the Uffizi there’s plenty of steps to climb and gallery to wander while you gaze at the miraculous art. For the best gelato you’ll have tasted in your life, visit the Ponte Vecchio and seek out the hole-in-the-wall gelateria to awaken your senses to what true, passionately frozen milk should taste like.
If you’re into your wine you might want to consider venturing outside of Florence into the countryside of Chianti where you will find plenty of vineyards to visit and authentic Tuscan food to accompany it. Chianti is also home to medieval cities and villages and castles that are worth exploration if you’re feeling energetic. However, Florence is one of those cities that you can visit time and time again and you still won’t have seen it all.