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Romantic Evenings in Cardiff It may not be Paris or Rome but the Welsh capital makes a wonderful setting for a romantic break with your starry-eyed lover. So if you’re planning a weekend of love then avoid Romeo and Juliet’s usual haunts and check out what Cardiff has to offer.

Your first job when planning your lovey-dovey retreat will prbably be to find a deluxe hotel with a big bed, and there are plenty to choose from in this city.

For truly spectacular accommodation with tremendous views why not book a room at St David’s Hotel and Spa [map] in Cardiff Bay, which is dubbed the most luxurious hotel in the city. With its distinctive sail-topped roof, this place is a symbol of extravagance where hotels are concerned. As well as an award-winning restaurant, there is also a gorgeous hydrotherapy spa, beauty parlour, swimming pool and a first class concierge service for an experience of pure luxury.

Another top class hotel worth trying is the famous Angel Hotel [map], which is located opposite the castle and boasts magnificent marble floors, mesmerising crystal chandeliers and a grand staircase. The hotel also has a range of entertainments, including in-room movies and satellite TV, a first-class restaurant serving Welsh and international cuisine, and a pub with live music.

Situated in the fashionable Café Quarter, the Cardiff Marriott [map] is modern hotel within easy access of all the major attractions and the scenic Cardiff Bay. As well as its prime location, the Marriott has an array of luxury rooms and wonderful leisure facilities, including a whirlpool, swimming pool and fitness club. There is also a bar and an elegant cocktail lounge in the hotel along with a wide choice of classy eateries within easy walking distance.

Once the accommodation is sorted you’ll have to decide where to spend your days and nights – other than in the bedroom that is!

For a romantic day of sightseeing why not head to one the many historic castles around Cardiff, like Castell Coch [map], where you’ll almost feel like you’re stepping into a fairytale.

Also worth a visit is the 2000-year-old Cardiff Castle [map] that began life as a Roman fort, the remains of which can still be seen today. A 12th century keep is also visible along with a number of Tudor buildings and later 19th century towers designed by architect William Burges for the third Marquis of Bute, whose family owned the castle from 1766.

For a taste of historic art stroll hand in hand around the National Museum and Art Gallery [map], which occupies the impressive civic building and is guarded by a statue of politician David Lloyd George. Here you can see a magnificent collection of impressionist art by the likes of Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh, as well as work by the first great Welsh artists, including Richard Wilson. There's also the museum, home to one of Britain’s finest collections, which includes displays of Bronze Age gold, early Christian monuments, Celtic treasures, silver coins and medals.

If you want to get right away from the crowds why not take a trip on the Steamer Cruises [map], which offer regular day trips and scenic evening cruises. Leaving several times a week from Penarth Pier, you have a choice of coastal cruises across to Weston-Super-Mare or along the Gower coastline, and river cruises along the Wye and Severn.

As the evening draws in it’s time to get your glad rags on and take the one you love out for a slap up meal, and where better than Cardiff’s five-star Tides Marco Pierre White Restaurant [map]. Situated in the St David Hotel complex in Cardiff Bay, this eatery offers cooking that has been elevated out of the ordinary into something truly spectacular.

If it’s dinner by candlelight that you’re after then get to Benedicto’s [map] on Windsor Place, which offers the perfect setting for a meal for two. The menu has a mainly Italian influence but includes seasonal ingredients from all over the world along with an excellent choice of wines.

Le Cassoulet [map] in the Canton area of the city also offers a quiet atmosphere where you can stare longingly into each other’s eyes. The menu here is distinctly French and there are some great desserts on offer too.

Once the meal is over you may want to continue your romantic evening by heading to a darkened theatre or concert hall.

For traditional romance head to the New Theatre [map], which is home to the Welsh National Opera but also offers plenty of drama productions, musicals and ballet.

St David’s Hall [map] is another great place impress your other half as this modern, 1,900 seater concert hall is known as one of the best entertainment venues in Britain, and is home to the National Orchestra of Wales. The hall also stages the hugely popular Cardiff Singer of the World competition, the Welsh Proms and a diverse range of classical concerts, shows and solo performances.

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