Valentine's retreat in romantic South Estonia

Source: Mart Vares, Visit Estonia

Valentine's retreat in romantic South Estonia

What could be more romantic than discovering a new place with your loved one? Find yourself surrounded by charm and scenery in South Estonia.

Tallinn may be considered one of Europe's most romantic cities, but South Estonia is a top destination for some real intimacy. Rent a car and watch the green forests and rolling hills go by as you reach the perfect region for a kick sledge expedition. Then head to Tartu where you can walk hand in hand through the narrow streets to a cosy cafe, enjoy decadent desserts, and finally snuggle up at a secluded spa hotel.

Lighting the fire

Rediscover your adventurous side with your partner during a trek into the snowy South Estonian nature. The striking Taevaskoda stone outcrop known as 'Heaven's Halls' is one of Estonia's many mystical sites, said to be home to creatures like mermaids. Take a guided kick sledge trip along the Ahja river valley to hear all about this enchanting place. Animal lovers will also enjoy a dog sledge hike through the Emajõe-Suursoo swamp, just east of Tartu. A campfire and Russian style sauna will warm your spirit up after the brisk trip. For a taste of the more traditional communities of Estonia, don't miss out on the Samovar tea ceremony with the Old Believers.

Sweet time for two

February is a great time to visit Tartu, the second-largest city in Estonia. As a hotbed for creative and scientific culture, there is always something going on in Tartu. Although the winter of 2021/2 has been quieter than regular winters here, the season offers a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Tartu's cafe culture. The most romantic atmosphere and mouthwatering sweets can be found at Pierre Café & Chocolaterie or Cafe Armastus (Cafe Love), while the dining experiences in Restaurant Antonius and Restaurant Joyce can be flawlessly incorporated into a perfect date night. Both Hotel Antonius and V Spa & Conference Centre have special packages available for love birds this season.

Secluded spas

After a day full of new things, take some time to unwind in the company of your special someone at a luxurious spa hotel. V Spa in Tartu is inspired by 'vitality', and its 11 different pools and hot tubs will are sure to revitalise you. Pühajärve Spa and Holiday Resort near Otepää is tucked into a forest surrounded by lakes, the perfect setting for relaxation and romance. Try a health session with reiki or acupuncture, administered by skilled professionals, to melt away chronic stress and tension. You and your partner might never want to leave this holiday haven.