Planning a romantic getaway but don’t know where to head? Airbnb has revealed the top destinations where travellers can spice things up this Valentine’s Day. From charming B&Bs to eclectic bungalows that ooze comfort, it sounds like couples will be cosying up in all sorts of accommodation this love-filled season.
According to Airbnb, though the top five destinations include classics like Paris, London, New York, Tokyo and Los Angeles, there are also more unexpected destinations for the more adventurous in locations like Barranquilla (Colombia), Recife (Brazil), Costa de la Luz (Spain), and Salvador (Brazil).
While Paris was always going to be on the list when it comes to romance, here’s the lowdown on the emerging trending destinations on Airbnb:
The bustling seaport of Barranquilla that’s flanked by the Magdalena River is bound to entice lovers on what’s known there as “El día del amor y la Amistad” (day of love and friendship). The city is well known for its famous Carnivals which showcase astonishing elaborate floats, costumed, colourful performers and music.
Salvador and Recife, Brazil
Salvador, with its Portuguese colonial architectural influence and its Afro-Brazilian culture, is along a tropical coastline. Couples can saunter around the Pelourinho neighbourhood with houses beautiful cobblestone alleys that open onto large squares and surrounded by colourful buildings.
Meanwhile, Recife is largely distinguished by its peninsulas, rivers and its emphases on the sea. Recife Antigo, a historic old town dating back to the 16th century is on its own island by the harbour and oozes romance whereas nearby the Boa Viagem Beach is sheltered by reefs; perfect for that romantic sunset stroll.
Costa de la Luz, Spain
A section of the Andalusian coast that faces the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, the Costa de La Luz (the “Coast of Light”) stretches from Tarifa in the south to the mouth of the Guadiana River. If you’re looking for a beach getaway, then this is it. For the couples seeking a thrill, aside from the sunshine, there are ample opportunities and facilities for leisure activities, kitesurfing, golf and other water sports.
Sound tempting? Here are just some of the other places that Airbnb are recommending: