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It’s fair to say that Valentine’s Day often serves as little more than a reminder of how utterly tepid, flat and pulse-free the gestures which pass for romance are these days.

So if this week has had you rolling your eyes at bland dinner-for-two deals and hideous £2.99 cards, forget all that low-key crap.

1. Argentina

Instead sweep your loved one off to one of these places where they play the love game properly.The three-minute love affair.

The dance of love. It takes two to ... you get the picture. We’re talking about the tango.

Once upon a time, before there was krumping and, um, daggering, the tango was considered the steamiest of dances – described as looking like a couple who are head over heels about each other and having a blazing row at the same time. Passionate, no?

The tango originated in the lower class districts of Buenos Aires and is thought to have started life in the city’s brothels.

It quickly became a more mainstream pursuit, popular for its drama, pace and the fact the dance is done with the dancers’ bodies held very, very close together.

In fact, there’s even a Spanish expression about tango which means: the embrace is more important than the step.

 A trip para dos to the sultry city of Buenos Aires – home of the sexiest dance on the planet – is up there with the world’s most romantic travel destinations.

There are heaps of milongas (dance halls dedicated to tango) across Buenos Aires, where you can order a bottle of cheap and heady Malbec, take a seat and watch some sizzling couples do it properly.

Try Rojo Tango or Piazolla Tango.

But really, if your visit here is going to count as an unmatchable gesture of love, you’re going to need to grab your other half by the hand and get stuck in yourselves.

Take lessons from one of the many tango schools in the city, such as DNI Tango , where beginners are welcome and group lessons cost £3.80 an hour.

You’ll soon be setting the dancefloor on fire.

2. Belgium

In Belgium, chocolate isn’t just an indulgence, it’s a lifestyle.

And given that cocoa is considered something of an aphrodisiac, you’re guaranteed an intensely pleasurable trip to the home of the world’s finest delicacies. 

Try a chocolate-making session in Brussels, where you can learn to shape, fill and decorate your very own Belgian truffles.

Most tours also include free tastings too.

Planete Chocolat run demos from £5.30pp.


Top 5 romantic destinations: Forget a dinner for two, make it a Valentines Day holiday to remember
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