Incredible landscapes, impressive architecture, intense cultural life: there are plenty of places in the world to delight the senses. But there are even more special places to visit for two. They are cities with a unique atmosphere and that give a nod to love, where the streets are the perfect scenery for those who want to experience unforgettable moments with their partner. Discover the 10 Most Romantic Cities in the World.
1. Paris (France)
Paris is, par excellence, the city of love. The capital of France became known as the City of Light because it was the first in the world to have electricity in the streets, but also because it was already a world reference of progress and culture. The city is the right stop for lovers of all the arts: the Louvre, D`Orsay and Rodin museums are not to be missed. It is not often that, walking along great avenues or small alleys, the sound of an accordion appears charming. Old buildings such as the Basilica of Sacré Coeur or modern, such as the Georges Pompidou Arts Center, draw attention to the urban landscape. Classical and magazine theaters, like the Moulin Rouge, also reflect the mix of culture and bohemia that make Paris such a special city.
Allow yourself to wander aimlessly along the banks of the Seine, following the shuttle boats. Lose yourself through the labyrinthine rises and descend Montmartre. Follow the movement of the streets by sitting on the sidewalk in a cafeteria, while sipping a glass of wine or drinking coffee. It is in the day-to-day details about Paris that enamour the lovers who visit it.
2. Bruges (Belgium)
If Belgium doesn’t sound like a romantic destination for you, it’s time to get to know Bruges. To the north of this small European country, this city captivates you from the moment you leave the train station. Bruges has an architecture that goes back to the most magical fairy-tales, with its small houses and the many stone bridges. The well-tended parks and gardens warmly welcome couples seeking a romantic getaway in a destination that is not at all obvious. In addition, for those who find that chocolate combines with romance, a Belgian city is the ideal travel destination.
3. Kyoto (Japan)
Forget the tacky part of Japan that’s full of lights, people and accelerated speed that you see in Tokyo. In Kyoto, life is calmer. One of the best preserved Japanese historical cities – and survived the American bombing in World War II – Kyoto is a (almost) hidden gem. The buildings of the late 19th century give the landscape a special touch and the nature makes for idyllic scenery, whether from the warm autumnal colors or the cherry blossoms in the spring. The temples of Kyoto were declared Patrimony of the Humanity by Unesco.
4. Florence (Italy)
Florence is the cradle of classical European art, for it was the birthplace of the Renaissance movement. Some of the greatest names in art are Florentine, like Leonardo da Vinci, Boticelli and Michelangelo. Capital of Tuscany, Florence is a journey through the history of art, whether in the form of painting, sculpture or architecture. The churches of Florence are also worth a visit, especially the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, which is even more magical with the night lighting. The Galleries Uffizi and L’Accademia are not to be missed for those who like to be surrounded by art.
Tip: book your ticket in advance and avoid wasting time in long lines. Once in Florence, do not miss the chance to see the Ponte Vecchio sunsets (where you will take postcard-like photos) and stroll through the street markets with genuine Tuscan craftsmanship and the best of the cheeses and sausages that Italy has to offer.
5. Granada (Spain)
The Alhambra is the diamond that put Granada on the map of the best travel destinations in Spain. This great castle consists of a series of buildings, gardens and alleyways that will transport you right into the Middle Ages. Built when the Andalusian region was still Arab-dominated, the Alhambra impresses not only with its grandeur but with the richness of detail so characteristic of Middle Eastern architecture and decorative arts. Buy your ticket in advance to avoid frustration, but do not just explore the Alhambra. When you are in Granada, enjoy moments of pure romance at sunset on the San Nicolas lookout and enjoy the beauty of Campo del Príncipe. Look out for Realejo, an old Jewish quarter where white dominates the facades, and make an imaginary journey through Morocco walking the streets of the Albaicin.
6. Amsterdam (Holland)
There are many stereotypes about Amsterdam, and a good number of them, fortunately, are true. The city is rich in culture, tolerance, outdoor spaces and a diverse nightlife. Known as the ‘Venice of the North’ because of its numerous canals, Amsterdam can be toured on foot, by boat or by bicycle – as locals do. The old part of the city is the most charming, with an easily recognizable architecture, small buildings glued to each other and dotted with cute little windows. Modern galleries, antique shops and fine breweries punctuate the neighborhood trade that developed in the 18th century.
7. New York (USA)
New York is a unique place in the world, a city that offers the travel experience you want to have. In the city that never sleeps there is, yes, a lot of space for romanticism. Be it in the clichés that everyone loves, like Central Park (irresistible for a ride for two), or in the more unique attractions such as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, off the city’s obvious route. In New York you can get lost in the bright lights of Times Square, watch the best musicals on Broadway, live your ‘Sex and the City’ moment in the Village if you like Fifth Avenue shopping. Enjoy incredible views of places like the Brooklyn Bridge, have fun on a jazz night (the Blue Note is a classic!) and leave the diet behind and begin tasting delights from around the world.
8. Lisbon (Portugal)
Only the beauty of the sky of Lisbon, at any time of the year, would be enough to make the city a destination for the romantics. But the Portuguese capital offers much more: a typical house with colorful facades of beautiful tiles, narrow streets that lead you to stroll through the past, secular architecture, delicious food, wonderful wine … Go shopping in Chiado, have fun in the night vibe between Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré, be silenced by the views from São Jorge Castle, get lost in the labyrinthine and traditional Alfama. Lisbon is the European capital of the moment and it’s no wonder why. The city is cosy and easy to walk around. Stop by the viewpoints and don’t miss the opportunity to cross the Tagus river and see the sun set on the south bank.
9. Cartagena (Colombia)
Named the Historic, Artistic and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco in 1985, Cartagena de Indias – or just Cartagena – seems to have stopped in time. And in the best possible sense. The colorful, colonial architecture gives a unique beauty to the streets of the city and conquers its visitors. Major monuments, such as the Cartagena Walls and the Palace of the Inquisition, stand out in the urban landscape, which can be explored in super romantic carriage rides. For those who don’t like to give up their modern comforts, Cartagena offers a huge variety of restaurants and luxurious hotels.
10. Prague (Czech Republic)
A bohemian rally for artists seeking out muses that make sense and inspire their works, Prague is the pearl of Eastern Europe. Although its most famous monument is the Astronomical Clock, the beauty of Prague is not limited to that. The Old Town Square is a medieval wonder that mixes buildings of gothic and baroque architecture and open space for gastronomic markets and cultural presentations. Also in Prague you’ll find one of the most romantic sights in the world, the Charles Bridge, which is purely enchanting.
Choose one of these magical cities and enjoy unforgettable and very romantic holidays. For a special honeymoon, choose a destination that stays engraved in your memory. There are plenty of travel destinations around the world. Explore them! Check out the 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in the World here.