15 Most Romantic Cities in the World
February 14 has been signified around the world and celebrated as lovers’ day – ‘Be my Valentine’. Gifts, candies and flowers are often exchanged among loved ones as tribute to St. Valentine. Although the history behind where the romantic day derived from and the perplexing existence of St. Valentine is an unfortunate event, it has since become a day of true celebration filled with love and happiness.
While Valentine’s Day has come and gone, let’s explore some of the top romantic cities around the world worth traveling to next year! It doesn't hurt to plan and save up in advance right?!
1. Paris, France
It is not a surprise that Paris tops the list on the most romantic city in the world. This city welcomes people from all walks of life and allows one to experience a laid back carefree lifestyle. There is nothing more satisfying than being pictured with the iconic Eiffel Tower hand in hand with your soul partner. Think of romance and the first city that comes to mind is Paris; the City of Light but often referred to as the City of Love.
2. Amalfi Coast, Italy
Famous for its cliff tops paired with a view of the mesmerizing blue seas, hidden coves and captivating villages, the Amalfi Coast is the definition of a romantic getaway. With endless sea view terraces, sophisticated restaurants, fresh seafood, unforgettable cocktail bars and historic landmarks, the Amalfi Coast will definitely make you fall in love all over again!
3. Bali, Indonesia
Bali, also known as the Land of the Gods is considered one of the most tourist visited destination in Indonesia. Bali is famous for its natural beauty of looming volcanic mountains and rice paddy terraces spanning the glorious pasture. It is also a surfers’ paradise, family and couples alike flocks in from around the world to ride the waves, sneak a tan and enjoy a relaxing vacation with her natural beauty.
4. Santorini, Greece
Santorini; an island located in the Aegean Sea and known as one of the most sought-after spots for honeymooners; not to mention the most breathtaking Greek island. Though the commute to Santorini may be arduous, the destination makes the journey worthwhile. Its remarkable sights of blue doors and whitewashed houses alongside captivating views from neighboring towns of Fira and Oia, safe to say there is no place that can match the beauty of Santorini.
5. Maui, Hawaii, USA
If the sun, sea and sand are calling out to you, Maui is the ideal place to be! Frequently referred to as The Valley Isle, Maui is the second largest island in Hawaii. With three amazing islands to choose from and jaw dropping beaches, you will be left astonished by this remarkable destination.
Some exciting and exhilarating couple’s activities include visiting the Maui Ocean Center, biking down a volcano, going on a snorkeling adventure at Molokini Crater or observing the magnificent humpback whales that migrate from Alaska during the peak season of in the months December through April.
6. Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia
An island paradise renowned for its soft white sandy beaches and clear blue skies, Bora Bora is part of the French Polynesia country. It’s not widely known but Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination. With overwater bungalows and floating villas will surely set the mood for a quintessential hideaway.
The activities available comprise a romantic dinner for two by the lagoon, a seaplane tour over Bora Bora, couples spa, etc. In 2009, the romantic comedy ‘Couple’s Retreat was filmed in the St. Regis Resort on this very island.
7. Bruges, Belgium
Bruges in Belgium boasts of being a city filled with nothing more than romance. This city is known for the intricate lace designs that are one of its’ kind. Be it strolling across Bruges Lake of Love on the Lover’s Bridge located in Minnewater Park or enjoying a laid back picnic in Queen Astrid Park, the ambience is secondary when one is with their companion.
Crystal clear blue waters and white sandy beaches that surround may trick the mind thinking that one is away in Hawaii. For couples who love a good relaxation while still being able to let loose and have fun with a variety of water activities i.e. snorkeling, dolphin watching or going on a cruise tour, the Maldives is the destination to be! Wind down to dinner by the beach to end the epitome of a romantic evening.
9. Kyoto, Japan
Once known as the capital of Japan, Kyoto is an incredible city like no other. To date Kyoto is home to traditional Japanese culture with an array activity. Home to 17 UNESCO Heritage Sites, it is convincing that some experiences can only be observed in Japan i.e. visiting the golden temples, strolling through Zen rock gardens to walking through the swaying bamboo forest. One may visit countless of temples but will not be tired of their uniqueness. Needless to say, Kyoto is best explored at a slow pace with a lot of time to idle away the hours with your better half.
10. Aspen, Colorado
Widely known as the ideal destination when looking for a ski trip, Aspen is one of the top ski resorts in Colorado. From magnificent views of snowcapped mountaintops to cozying up by the fireplace in the cabin, it does not get any more romantic than this. The luxurious resorts available along with the boutiques and restaurants will make one to call it home. Whether you are a season skier or just looking to spend some quality time with your loved one, Aspen offers quality activities for couples who love the chilly weather!
11. Krabi, Thailand
No matter which country or continent one is from, Krabi Island is definitely worth hopping on a plane and surprising your significant other with. With an estimated of 200 islands surrounding the coast of Krabi, island hopping is one of its popular activity. Its breathtaking landscape and calming sights of clear blue water makes for a romantic getaway to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with Mother Nature.
12. Venice, Italy
Venice; the city known for its strategic location built on water offers countless romantic spots. From cruising down the narrow canals on the gondola ride to mingling with the locals and tasting the plethora of mouthwatering Italian food, it will provide an unforgettable experience. More of a theatre fan? Catch an intimate opera show or be blown away by the magnificent view from the San Giorgio Campanile. Needless to say, it is never a dull moment in the city of Venice as there are endless activities for every couple.
13. The Berkshires, New England, USA
Not many people know this but The Berkshires in New England, USA is an exceptional location for a romantic weekend vacation. Situated in the mountains of Western Massachusetts, the best time to visit The Berkshires would be during autumn or early winter. Throughout this time of the year, the leaves on the tree will be showing hues of orange, red, yellow and green. The sight of this will leave you feeling warm and cozy with a good book in hand to while away the day.
14. Reykjavik, Iceland
This Icelandic capital of Reykjavik is home to geological wonders like black sand beaches, hot geysers, lava plains, warm lagoons and waterfalls. Reykjavik is considered one of the most eco-friendly, safest and cleanest cities in the world. Enjoy a relaxing geothermal spa at the Blue Lagoon; book a day trip to tour the iconic and beloved Gulfoss waterfall or visit Thingvellir National Park which is part of the UNESCO Heritage Site. It is without a doubt a fantastic location to travel to escape the reality of life.
15. Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen, a small village situated in the heart of the Swiss Alps is filled with a plethora of activities for couples seeking a thrilling adventure. Some of the exciting things to do include paragliding over Lauterbrunnen, taking the cable car up to the Schilthorn Viewpoint, visiting the traffic-free village of Mürren which sits 850 meters above Lauterbrunnen, catching a train ride to the neighboring village of Wengen and many more.
It is inevitably clear that the options in this tiny town are endless. While the whole of Switzerland is a romantic scene, Lauterbrunnen is evidently an underrated destination that should be appreciated with loved ones.