Sofia is touted as one of the cheapest European capitals for a holiday, but it is rich with romantic destinations – enjoy lazy ambling strolls at the sprawling Borisova Gradina Park, full of pines, hothouses and fish lakes, or go back in time with trips to the Turkish Sofia Mineral Baths, and the Roman ruins of the third-century Amphitheatre of Serdica.
The past and present continue to overlap in this city and a perfect example is the new five-star Arena Di Serdica hotel that has been erected on the ruins of the ancient amphitheatre. While you discover the stories about the emperors and dynasties that once occupied the relics, make your own love story with the Romantic Weekend package. It includes a room decorated with flowers, candles, home-made chocolate, dinner and complimentary access to the sauna, steam bath and relax zone, and late 3pm check-out.
From Dh275 per night for sharing double room. Call 00359 2810 7788, email email@example.com.