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Unforgettable (and affordable) romantic getaways for Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day is coming up and along with it, a frenzy of what to plan, where to go and how to communicate your love for someone in a way that is memorable. To take the stress out of trying to come up with an unforgettable experience, which doesn’t leave you penniless, we’ve put together a few ideas for you:

Romantic Portugal

If you’ve got the budget to head overseas, but want something a little different from the ordinary – Portugal offers European charm, incredible beaches and affordablilty. With TAG opening up cheap international flights to Lisbon, this European city has suddenly become very popular with South Africans.

Romantic places in Portugal include, but are not limited to Lisbon, Sintra, Porto and Madeira. Lisbon is argued by some archaeologists to be older than Rome. With beautiful old-world buildings, mouthwaterning food and an array of affordable accommodation options, Lisbon is a city worth seeing.

Sintra is not too far from the capital. The archaeological structures of landmark buildings, breathtaking gardens, castles and palaces of Sintra make it a romantic must-see location. It is also one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

When compiling a shortlist of places to see, Porto has to be included. Portugal is named after this port town and is also where the notorious Port wine comes from.

Don’t forget about the Madeira Islands. They are full of magnificent mountains and cliffs, unforgettable sunsets, mountain hiking trips literally above the clouds and their own Madeira wine for refreshment. It’s also worth mentioning that this destination is closer to Africa than it is to Europe!


Beach and/or island retreats like no other in Thailand

One of the requirements for a romantic getaway is that it should be a place that fosters freedom and a love that transcends insight. “Tai” in the Thai language means literally “free”.

Krabi, on southern Thailand’s west coast, is a province that captivates tourists with mangrove forests and more than a hundred offshore islands.

The Phi Phi Islands sit between the large island of Phuket and Krabi It has incredible coral reefs for snorkelling, beautiful beaches and beachside bars and restaurants from which you can watch the sun set every evening.


Mauritius – the ultimate lovers’ paradise

Another retreat that is extremely popular for newlyweds and those wishing to reignite their spark, has to be none other than Mauritius. Time and time again this destination makes it onto South Africa’s top romantic lists because you simply cannot get better value for money.

It allows for an exotic destination where you and your significant other can sip on a coctail, watch the sunset over the horizon, see something new and immerse yourself in pampered, but affordable luxury.

Whether you want to take selfies near colorful castles, dive in ocean reefs or take a lovers’ hike in the wilderness; we hope that you will find something to show your loved one how much you appreciate them.

Don’t wait till it’s too late, book your cheap flights today and make sure your Valentines Day is one to remember!

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