Spend Valentines Day in 4 delicious cities on Newstalk FM

This week on Ivan Yates The Hard Shoulder we are suggesting economic ways to make magical memories with a romantic European break. I’ve picked four cities to make your valentines break special with great value from  Click and Go – I’ll give average temperature in February. If you are going to do some sight-seeing then you must purchase a city pass to make savings – but of course it’s even better just to laze around the cafes and enjoy the good life with a little people watching.

Do pack light as you will save time by not checking in your luggage but do pack walking shoes – in these lovely cities you will be tempted to walk more than usual to make the most of your time away.

First up is Barcelona – February temperature 14′ high

weather is cold but not as cold as Ireland and my top romantic spot is to ramble down Las Ramblas and stop off in the cafe L’opera/ art noveau style http://www.cafeoperabcn.com/historia.php?lang=en

Do buy some Churros and hot chocolate – lovely romantic way to s

Take a walk in Parc Guell and see at least one of the seven Unesco Heritage buildings that Gaudi designed.

Two deals below –

4* Barcelona from €239pp

  • 3 nights in the 4 star Onix Liceo Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
  • Double or Twin Standard on a room only basis
  • Direct Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Barcelona


5* Barcelona from €329pp

  • 3 nights in the 5 star Eurostars Grand Marina GL Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
  • Double superior on a room only basis
  • Direct Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Barcelona


Second city today is Lisbon – temperature high 15′

Lisbon is Atlantics Barcelona and often overlooked. Here I recommend taking the train out to Cascais one of the most beautiful seaside town and 

Take a yellow tram to see the wonderful monument to the Discoveries in Belem and don’e leave without eating one of the pastais de belem – a delicious custard filled pastry – http://pasteisdebelem.pt/

5* Lisbon from €349pp

  • 3 nights in the 5 star Real Palacio Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Double standard on a room only basis
  • Direct flights from Dublin to Lisbon

To find all you need to know about Portugal click here on the official website https://www.visitportugal.com/en


Paris is my third pick and the best way to avoid queues in the Eiffel tower is to book a table at 58 tour eiffel – on the first floor – average 5′ temp in Paris so do pack your woolies. see here for more info https://en.parisinfo.com/

Why not enjoy a CHIC PICNIC 12PM – €37

Starter + main course + dessert
Meal served in a picnic-style basket
A soft drink or a glass of wine or a beer

Or kill two birds with one stone and travel on bateau parisienne – travel up the seinne and dine –


A gastronomic voyage along the most beautiful
of Parisian boulevards

FROM €59

4* Paris from €259pp

  • 2 nights in the 4 star Best Western Premier 61 Paris Nation Hotel, Paris, France
  • Double/Twin superior on a room only basis
  • Direct Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Paris

Rome – If The eternal city appeals you can enjoy average temperatures of 9′

and it can indeed get much warmer.

Basically dine anywhere in this city and its wonderful for handbag shopping.

Look out for a genuine trattoria for family run restaurant – For all you need to know about Italy visit http://www.italia.it/en/home.html

5* Rome from €319pp

  • 3 nights in the 5 star Radisson Blu Es Hotel, Rome, Italy
  • Double standard on a room only basis
  • Direct Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Rome


4* Rome from €239pp

  • 3 nights in the 4 Star Delle Province Hotel, Rome, Italy
  • Double standard on a Bed and Breakfast basis
  • Direct Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Rome
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Departs: Friday, 16 February 2018

My last novel is set in Rome and if you haven’t read it yet you can buy it on kindle for only €2.99 herehttps://www.amazon.co.uk/7-Wishes-Rome-Irish-Fiction-ebook/dp/B0104NCSDO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1516214839&sr=8-2&keywords=michelle+jackson


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