The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Guide

This year for Valentine’s Day, CircleMe has been inspiring the community by adding over 65 articles to the Valentine’s Day guide including content on the 10 best Valentine’s Day bouquets, original and romantic gifts for fashion and tech lovers, the best love puns, gourmet Valentine’s Day recipes and much more. Browse all the list here: CircleMe Valentine’s Guide! S.Valentine's Day Guide CircleMe

If you are short on ideas on how to make the Love of your Life feel loved, then you can also explore content around chocolate, romantic films, love songs and even the perfect dress code for a romantic date.

And there’s more: we have pulled together a list of 200 of the most romantic restaurants across the globe, creating the first online guide about this topic. It includes tips on the décor, food and atmosphere – and it’s for any kind of budget! You can see the complete list of the places here: Romantic Dinner and it’s available also on CircleMe iOS app in ‘Plants’ and then ‘Guides’.

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Lyon, capital of gastronomy

Lyon is a city in France somewhere between the major cities of Paris and Marseille. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its major landmarks and is also known as a gastronomic capital of France.

It is the home of cinematography which was developed there by the Lumiere brothers. The city is also home to the Festival of Lights. For those who like sport there is French Ligue 1 football in the Olympique Lyonnais club.

Some of the best sights in Lyon include the Pont Bonaparte, Pont Lafayette, Place Bellecour, Basilique de Notre Dame de Fourviere, Tour Metal, Saint Francis of Sales, Opera Nouvel, trompe d’oeil, African Museum of Lyon, and the Museum of Resistance and Deportation.

As a capital of gastronomy some important cuisine to the city includes the wine region. The Beaujolais and Cotes Du Rhone are important wines from the region. Charcuterie, saucisson de Lyon, coq au vin, gras double, marrons glaces, coussin de Lyon, and sabodet are some of the most famous dishes.

Some places to try the Lyonnais cuisine include the Archange, le Danton, Le Musee, and Glacier Terre Adelice.


Bournemouth, beach town UK

Bournemouth may just be the most popular beach town in the United Kingdom. The city is on the south coast of England and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The town is old with a lot of Victorian architecture including the St. Peter’s Church spire. Because of its heritage as a tourist centre, Bournemouth is rich in in culture as an entertainment, leisure, and recreation centre.

Among the landmarks are the Biscombe Pier and the Bournemouth Pier; the Bournemouth Eye, and the Pavilion Theatre. Festivals in Bournemouth include the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival, The Arts By the Sea Festival, and The Bourne Free Carnival. Of course as a beach and spa town these things are a must do in Bournemouth. There is also access to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and cinema and sports at the O2 Arena.

As is the case with any seaside city, seafood is important and in England traditional fish and chips tops the list.

Among the best budget restaurants in Bournemouth are Dosa World which serves Indian and South Sri Lankan dishes, Chez Fred which serves French cuisine, and the Goat and Tricycle.


Amalfi, coastal love

The town of Amalfi is high in the mountains on the Italian coast in the province of Salerno. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and used to be a stomping ground for the British upper classes.

Main sights in Amalfi include the cathedral of Sant Andrea, the campanile, the convent of Cappuccini, Chiostro del Paradiso, and the Museum of handmade paper. Amalfi is rich in culture and is famous for its lemon liqueur Limonocello and high quality hand-made paper. Festivals held annual include the feast day of St. Andrew the city’s patron saint the Byzantine New Year’s Eve and the regatta.

Country-style cooking is famous all along the Amalfi coast and some tidbits to try include cornetto which is an Italian Croissant, sfogliiatella, follarelli, pizza, mozzarella di bufala which is mozzarella cheese balls, and insalata caprese or Caprian salad.

Seafood is also a must when eating along the coast. Shellfish with pasta is just spectacular.

Some places to try along the Amalfi coast include Pizzeria Trianon da Ciro, Pasticceria Scaturchio, La TradizioneA’Sciula, and L’Antica Trattoria.


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and is partly a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city is famous for its carnival and music as well as its beaches but it also boasts a current modern world wonder in the statue of Christ the Redeemer high above the city on the Corcovado Mountain. Other sites to visit in Rio include Sugarloaf Mountain, Sambodromo, Botafogo Cave, Maracana Stadium, Paco Imperial, Municipal Theatre, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Barra da Tijuca, and the Museum of Natural History.

There are many historic churches all over the city including the Candeleria Church and Rio de Janeiro Cathedral. Rio is known for the samba and bossa nova music traditions. Famous beaches worth visiting in the city include Ipanema and Copacabana.

Typical food of Rio include feijoada which a black bean stew with pork and pepper and orange peel, chirrasco which is meat roasted over an open ground pit, leao veloso or shrimp head soup.

Some places to try Brazilian cuisine in the city include Cachambeer, Rio Scenarium, and Olympe.


Bordeaux Beauty

Bordeaux is a city on the southwestern coast of France; the city where the wine comes from and is the world’s largest wine industry capital. The city sits near the Garonne River and is capital of the Aquitaine Region.

Both red and white wines are popular to the region with some of the major names being Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit verdot, and Calbec.

The city s also classified as a “City of Art and History” and many parts of Bordeaux are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the sites in Bordeaux include the Bourse Palace, Saint-Andre Cathedral, Bordeaux Tramway, Allees du Tourny, Maison du Vin, and the Meriadeck Commercial Centre.

Also worth viewing are the Tour Pey-Berland, Rue Sainte-Catherine, Musee des Beaux Arts, Musee Aquitaine, and Musee d’Histoire Naturelle.

Where food is concerned there is great variety in Bordeaux. It’s possible to enjoy seafood such as oysters, cassoulet, foie gras, lamb, and charolais beef.

Some places to enjoy great Bordeaux cuisine are the Le Landais, L’Agneau, and Brasserie Bordelaise.


Andalusia, land of Spain

Andalusia is a region in southern Spain and one of the hottest regions in Europe. The capital of the region is Seville and some of the major towns include Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, and Huelva.

The region’s culture is rich with many things which seem synonymous with Spain evolving from the region including flamenco dancing and bullfighting. Culture is very important to the region and some of Spain’s most influential painters including Pablo Picasso and Daniel Vazquez Diaz hail from Andalucia.

The Moors who once inhabited the region had heavy influence on the architecture. One of the main sights of the region is the Alhambra in the city of Cordoba. Also interesting is the Great Mosque of Cordoba. Other sites include the Gran Teatro Falla, the Jaen Cathedral, Cathedral of Malaga, and the centres of Ubeda and Baez which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Festivals in Andalusia include the Malaga Film Festival, Seville Fair, and the Festival of Corpus Christi in Granada.

Food in the region is centred on olives, fish, nuts, and meat. Some dishes include ham, gazpacho. Some places to try Andalusian cuisine include Ofelia’s Restaurant, De Locos Tapas in Ronda, and La Parrala Paella Resto Bar in Granada.


Algarve, warm sunny Portugal

algarveThe Algarve is a region in southern Portugal in which sits the city of Faro. It is the most popular tourist destinations in Portugal.

The region is famous for its pottery and ceramics and it’s possible to buy tiles and other such throughout the region.

Interesting sites in the Algarve include the city of Lagos, the Vila do Bispo, Marinha Beach which is famous for its rock formations, Armacao de Pera, Ria Formosa lagoon, and the spa town of Caldas de Monchique.

The area is famous for religious tourism having once been conquered by the Muslim Moors of Northern Africa.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Piety and Our Lady Mother of Goodness near Sao Marcos da Serra are religious experiences in Algarve.

The Algarve is known for its fish and other seafood as well as fruit, oranges, figs, and almonds. Portuguese seafood stew or cataplana, bacalhao com natas, and creamy cod are specialties.

Places in the Algarve to try these dishes include the A Rampa in the town of Estrada do Foia, Monchique. The menu includes chicken piri-piri; the Adega Vilalisa which is in Mexilhoeira Grande. There the dishes include a broth of cockles, octopus roasted with potatoes, lamb stewed with fresh peas and chickpea soup.


Capri, island in the sun

isle_of_capriThe isle of Capri is an island off the coast of Italy near the city of Naples.

The island has been around as a resort since the days of the Roman Republic and some of its outstanding features include the Marina Piccola, the Belvedere of Tragara, the Faraglioni, the town of Anacapri, the Blue Grotto, and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas.

Other places to visit include the Punta Carena Lighthouse, Capri Philosophical Park, Torre Materita, and La Piazzetta. The island was once a haven for European artists who used its beauty as a backdrop for their artwork.

The island hosts several events annual such as the Capri Film Festival, and the Capri International Film Festival, the Capri Tango Festival, and the Capri Golf Marathon. Capri is a good place to visit for natural flora and fauna of the island.

Pasta and seafood are also an important part of the cuisine of the island and some places to try include the Add’o Riccio which serves seafood and fish, Buca di Bacco da Serafina, Dagemma, and Da Paolina.


Athens, home of histor


Athens is the capital of Greece in southern Europe and is known as the birthplace of modern Europe. It is one of the oldest cities in the world and is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

These are the Acropolis and the Daphni Monastery. Athens is the home of the original Olympians and was the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games in 1896.

Athens is so full of history that there are numerous sites that are worthy of visiting. Some of the more prominent ones include the AcropolisHellenic ParliamentAcropolis Museum, andMonastiraki Square, the Temple of HephaestusTemple of Olympian ZeusAgora, and theNational Archaeological Museum.

Athens has more theatrical stages than any other city in the world and the Athens Festival is staged there annually.

Greek food is very important to the culture of the city and seafood is special to the isles. Among the specialties are the Horiatiki SaladLambYogurtCapari Salata or caper saladOlives, and eggplant salad.

Among the places to try Greek cuisine in Athens are the MakaloMelilotosTo Kati Anno, and Klimatario.