With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, many couples will be looking for a romantic way to spend their time together. For some, travel is their love language, and travel lovers are always looking for an excuse to pack their bags. My husband and I fall under that category—we often hit the road on our anniversary and many other times throughout the year to find a place to reconnect with just the two of us.
Of course, romance is about being with the person you love or want to spend time with, but the scenery can make a difference as well. If you’re trying to decide where to take your date on your next romantic getaway, keep reading to discover the most romantic cities in the world.
1. Paris, France
It’s no coincidence that Paris is nicknamed “the City of Love.” The Eiffel Tower is the backdrop for many marriage proposals, and on the top floor, couples can enjoy drinks at a champagne bar while taking in the views of the city. At night, the tower lights up, making it a magnificent view for lovers to enjoy as they stroll along the Seine River. Visitors to Paris must not leave without visiting the Louvre Museum. Home of the Mona Lisa, the Louvre is the largest art museum in the world.
2. Kyoto, Japan
If you’re visiting on Valentine’s Day, you won’t be able to marvel at Kyoto’s world famous cherry blossoms, which bloom from late March into mid-April. You will, however, be able to visit the Jinshu Shrine, a famous temple dedicated to love. Legend has it that if you can walk from one Love Stone to the other with your eyes closed, your love will be everlasting. Couples can also visit one of Kyoto’s many scenic spots, such as The Sagano Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama, where you can rent a kimono and walk along the forest.
3. Venice, Italy
One of the most romantic things my husband and I did on our honeymoon was take a gondola ride as the sun was setting. To time it just right, you must look online to find out when sunset is, and locate a gondola company alongside the Grand Canal. The city itself is beautiful, and there are many places to dine and enjoy wine with views of the incredible Rialto Bridge. Be sure to head over to St. Mark’s Square and venture inside the wonderful Saint Mark’s Basilica.
If you're looking to enjoy a gondola ride during peak tourist season, you can book it online here to ensure you set sail on your preferred date.
4. Quebec City, Canada
This French city is one of the oldest European cities in North America. Many couples enjoy the Old City by taking a horse-drawn carriage ride at night, or by taking a ferry ride through St. Lawrence River. If you’d rather see the town by foot, you can walk through Quartier Petit Champlain, a shopping district with cobblestone streets. The Chateau Frontenac is a historic hotel that opened in 1893, and it’s sure to add a bit more romance to your journey. If you're interested in a horse-drawn carriage ride, you can book it ahead of time here.
5. New York City, New York
The magnificent Central Park is one of the best places for couples to connect while reveling in the surrounding nature. You can take your date to the observatory floor of the Empire State Building for a bird’s eye view of the city, or dine at the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar. If you’re a fan of city lights, you will have a blast walking through Times Square, and afterwards, you could watch a world famous Broadway play.
6. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a bustling, picturesque city that’s home to Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, a basilica that is still under construction today. Still, it’s a can’t miss part of the city, along with Gaudi’s Casa Milia and Park Guell, which is home to many sculptures from the artist. These unique and marvelous buildings are sure to awe couples who visit Barcelona. Don’t forget to visit the Mercado de La Boqueria, a market with a range of foods.
7. Savannah, Georgia
A city full of history, Savannah doesn’t miss when it comes to views. Visitors to Savannah often stroll through Forsyth Park to catch a glimpse of the ever-present Southern Live Oak Trees and the fountain at its center. River Street is lined with restaurants and antique shops as well as views of the riverside. Adding a bit more flair, the city is said to be haunted, so take a ghost tour that is sure to have your date cuddling up to you.
8. Santorini, Greece
A postcard destination, Santorini is famous for its breathtaking views and stunning sunsets. The island features white-washed buildings and amazing blue seas that are clear with a high visibility for swimmers. If you and your date like to hike, you walk to the top of the Santorini Volcano, and if history is more your style, you can visit the Akrotiri Archaeological Site, a town preserved by a 16th-century volcanic eruption.
9. Bruges, Belgium
The Markt, which is essentially the market square of Bruges, features restaurants and other tourist attractions. The most famous nearby building is the Belfry Tower, which was once home to a treasury and an observation tower. Not only will couples have a great time walking along the square, but they can also check out a nearby chocolate shop. The Dumon Chocolatier features some of the creamiest Belgian chocolates in existence. If that idea catches your mind, you can even partake in a Belgian Chocolate Workshop. You can book one for your ideal date here.
10. Kauai, Hawaii
Also called The Garden Island, Kauai is a great place to go if you want to visit uncrowded beaches. Not only does it feature more beaches than the other Hawaiian Islands, but it also has dramatic scenery such as mountain ranges and waterfalls. A fantastic place to enjoy water sports, Hanalei Bay features nearly 2 miles of beach. This is a great place for you and your date to visit if you’re a fan of fantastic views and swimming.
11. Prague, the Czech Republic
To take a journey into the past, couples can stroll through the Old Town Square, a 10th-century town featuring historical architecture. One of the main sights is the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall Tower. Every hour, the figures on the side of the clock move and create a spectacle that hundreds gather to see. You can also head over to the Love Lock Bridge, where couples from all over the world attach padlocks. The tradition began with lovers who planned to meet at the bridge, but when their unaccepting family found out, the couple was killed.
12. Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Harbour, especially at sunset, is remarkably beautiful, and the most romantic way to see it is by taking a dinner cruise, which you can book here. A cruise will take you by the Opera House, offer live music, and serve traditional Australian cuisine. Of course, many people visit Sydney to lounge on one of their gorgeous beaches, such as Bondi, Manly, or Coogee. Afterwards, take your date on a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens.
13. Aspen, Colorado
If you’re a nature lover, Aspen is sure to be a jaw-dropping location for your next date. It’s common for visitors to take a hot air balloon ride with the Above It All Balloon Company, which soars high above the mountains as the sun rises. Aspen’s natural environment leaves a lot of room for outdoor activity, such as skiing and paragliding. If you’re not that adventurous, you can still enjoy Aspen Mountain by taking a gondola ride and enjoying a meal at a restaurant at the summit.
14. Florence, Italy
I might be biased because of my own experiences, but Italy just HAD to make the list twice. Florence is the home of the renaissance, so it has no shortage of art such as the world famous Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s David. Topping the list of amazing date ideas is taking a hike to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo to watch the sunset over the city. When we were there, we even witnessed a proposal.
The lines for both of the art museums can last hours during peak operation times. I would recommend booking a ticket online. To do this for the Uffizi Gallery, click here and select "skip the line" on the ticket options drop-down box. You can do the same thing for the Accademia Gallery here.
For lovers of romance all over the world, I hope this post gave you some ideas for dates or at least some travel inspiration. These are just a few ideas, but romance can be found all over the world. If you and your loved one have visited any amazing spots, make sure to leave a comment to suggest it to other readers.
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