Even though travelling’s out at the moment, there’s nothing stopping you from still enjoying Valentine’s Day. To help you conjure up the perfect dose of intimacy and get the passion flowing, at Volotea we have some irresistible ideas that will transport you to the most romantic locations… without even leaving the house! Here’s how to celebrate a truly special Valentine’s Day.
Step 1: sugar and spice and all things aphrodisiac? Cook up a feast!
A gourmet meal, whether sweet, spicy or sophisticated, is sure to spark desire. Some dishes – seafood, chilli, pepper and chocolate (preferably dark!) – are even reputed to be aphrodisiacs. So what are you waiting for? Rustle up a selection of specialities to transport your other half to the Med’s most beautiful sun-kissed destinations.
Jet off together to Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, by sampling an antipasti platter and toasting yourselves with a glass of Vermentino. For the perfect menu, open with oysters, followed by a main course of ricotta-filled ravioli and finish off with seadas for dessert, all washed down with a local dry white wine such as Moscato or Malvasia.
If Greece is more your thing, at Volotea we recommend a sojourn in Rhodes, with a glass of ouzo and some mezedes as an amuse-bouche ahead of the famous tomato, olive and feta Greek salad as your starter. And the main course simply has to be Greek salmon kebabs. For dessert, treat yourself to some loukoumades: honey doughnut balls.
Step 2: cosy up under the covers with a film
What better to get the digestive juices flowing after a great meal than a cinema experience? Make yourself comfortable and travel the world through the silver screen with this selection of romcoms.
Letters to Juliet
Letters to Juliet is set in fair Verona. The protagonist, Sophie, puts herself in the shoes of star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet and helps a team of volunteers respond to people seeking relationship advice. When she replies to a letter from 1957, she embarks on a journey that will bring two soulmates together. The film stars none other than actress, model and singer Amanda Seyfried. And as the setting of famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Verona is the epitome of romance.
Una Hora Más en Canarias
Una Hora Más en Canarias introduces us to Tenerife. This complicated tale of a woman, her husband, her lover and her lover’s girlfriend lands our heroes in a flurry of hilarious, mischievous situations. Una Hora Más en Canarias (2010) stars a magnificent Quim Gutiérrez, who won the 2006 Goya Award for Best New Actor. Under the dazzling sun, in a paradise location ranging from white-sand beaches to the volcanic slopes of Mount Teide, things really start to hot up.
L’Amour aux Trousses
L’Amour aux Trousses takes place in Marseille. The scene is set instantly: two friends and work colleagues (played by Jean Dujardin and Pascal Elbé) both love the same woman, and the situation soon turns explosive when the truth comes to light. In the scorching heat of central Marseille, passions run high. Wild, quirky locations showcase the beauty of the Mediterranean coast.
Step 3: choose where to go for your next romantic city break!
Just because you can’t immediately hop on a plane, that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a romantic getaway. Choose a beautiful destination and buy your other half a plane ticket as a Valentine’s gift! Get ready to jet off for a romantic weekend or even longer as soon as lockdown is over.
Love Italy? Why not take in Milan, Verona, Venice, Bologna, Genoa and Florence? Explore the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, dine al fresco to the sounds of city piazzas, and spend the night together in a Tuscan villa.
Prefer Spain? Bilbao is the perfect city for walking along hand in hand. Visit the Casco Viejo medieval quarter, sample some pinchos in a pavement café, and finish the day watching the sun set over the city from the vantage point of the Artxanda funicular.
If you want to pair passion with adventure, catch a flight to Malta. Surrounded by turquoise seas, the island is home to seaside resorts and wild landscapes, which grow drier the further north you head. Plan a walk in the island’s centre among its pine forests or in the famous Buskett Gardens, before cooling off in a small, sheltered cove or visiting the Blue Lagoon. Or you might want to book a day trip to the neighbouring island of Gozo for a romantic picnic on a beach perfumed with the intoxicating scent of the surrounding lemon trees.
Already been to these destinations? Need other recommendations? No problem, we were expecting that! That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best destinations for a romantic break in Europe. It’s just how we roll at Volotea!
Step 4: the naughty moment arrives… let’s go on a music trip for a torrid night of love!
Picking the right music to soundtrack your Valentine’s Day evening is essential. And yet again, Volotea has come up trumps!
Based on recommendations from our passengers and Instagram followers, we’ve pulled together a playlist of romantic tunes from all over Europe. Lose yourself to the sounds of soothing Spanish ballads and mellow Italian melodies, and awaken your sensuality with the language of love thanks to the hottest French songs!
It’s the perfect backdrop for spicing things up between the sheets.
As you wait for the day when you can once again travel to the most sizzling locations, check out these tips for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. We guarantee a total change of scene. And if you find yourself all alone on Valentine’s, never fear! You can still do steps 1, 2 and 3 as a treat to yourself! For step 4, shove the furniture out of the way, crank up the volume, and discover all of our other fantastic playlists to dance along to as you dream up your next road trip, either alone or with that special someone! 😉
Happy Valentine’s Day!