We’re all for solo travelling, but some places are just better when it’s with someone special. In light of Valentine’s Day, let’s take a look at some of the most romantic cities in the world!
Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives archipelago is guaranteed to take your breath away. Stunning white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters are the norm in this tropical paradise, making it the perfect place for a little rest, relaxation and romance with that special someone. The country is renowned for its surfing and scuba diving, both of which make for awesome couples activities. After a long day of water activities, wind down and pamper your bodies with a Maldivian massage!
2. Bali, Indonesia
Abscond to this sun-soaked island in Southeast Asia with your partner and romantic adventures are bound to ensue. Bali has a little something for everyone, from the dramatic sunsets to the picturesque rice terraces. The island is overflowing with things to do and see, such as Tegenungan Waterfall, Uluwatu Temple and Mount Batur. And of course, no trip to Bali is complete without a few days of lounging by the ocean, with a cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other.
3. Quebec City, Canada
In this French-Canadian city there’s romance around every corner with its cobblestone streets, centuries-old architecture and cosy atmosphere. The city is at its most picturesque in the winter, when the turrets of the iconic Château Frontenac become covered in snow. The more adventurous couples can choose to spend a night in the world-famous Hôtel de Glace, cuddle-up by the fire with a loved one or head out for a dinner you’ll never forget. Quebec City is the perfect place for a winter getaway with the person who warms your heart the most!
4. San Sebastian, Spain
One of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations is also one of its most romantic. San Sebastian is located on the coast of the scenic Bay of Biscay in northern Spain, boasting not one, not two, but three spectacular beaches. The city has no shortage of lavish resorts and mouth-watering eateries. In fact, San Sebastian ranks second to Tokyo when it comes to cities with the most Michelin-starred restaurants! Additionally, the city hosts the San Sebastian International Film Festival every September. So if you and your love enjoy snuggling on a beach or for a good film, then this is the town for you.
5. Santorini, Greece
The result of a massive volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, Santorini has been at the heart of a different kind of explosion in previous years. One that involves tourists instead of lava and ash! This white walled city with its colourful domes and scenic walkways is the closest you’re likely to come in your search for heaven on earth. Grab dinner and drinks and watch the sunset, or find a wine or boat tour to tickle your senses and provide you with a touch of escapism!
6. Cartagena, Columbia
What is it about hot and colourful locations that makes people swoon? The vibrant and sun-soaked Cartagena is the perfect place for couples in search of ceviche and cold bottles of Cerveza Aguila. The city has been slowly trending upwards, and it will soon become one of South America’s hottest tourist destinations. There are activities and attractions for couples of all ages in this coastal city, from party bus tours through the old town, to a visit to the mighty fortress Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Be sure to grab a second serving of delicious seafood before capping the night off with a little salsa dancing!
7. Venice, Italy
It’s so easy to find a dreamy spot to spend time with your significant other in this city of wonder. While Rome, Florence and Tuscany all have their glorious charms, Venice remains the country’s go to travel spot for lovers in search of romance. Cuddle up on a gondola ride through Venice’s iconic canal system, share a kiss beneath the iconic Bridge of Sighs, and hit up Dal Moro’s for some of the best pasta in your entire life. As the Sun begins to set, head to Ponte dell’Accademia to see Venice at its most picturesque. The city’s unrivalled beauty and old-world charm make it ideally suited to the hopeless romantic in all of us.
8. Paris, France
You didn’t think we’d leave out Paris, did you? We can’t talk about romantic cities in the world without bringing up the City of Love. From the Eiffel Tower to the Pont des Arts, this city specialises in swoon-inducing locations and views. The Seine may be the city’s most famous waterway, but for somewhere a little quieter that allows you to share a bottle of wine and peace, why not spend an evening along the Canal Saint-Martin? Or perhaps you’d prefer to spend the day gawking at the master works that line the walls of the Louvre. And nothing beats a twilight stroll through the city’s cobblestone streets. For at its heart, Paris is a city for lovers.