Every destination in the world is a unique experience for each and every person who visits. But, if it’s romantic for one person, I think it has the potential to be just as romantic for others. Some places are simply more romantically inclined (as if the location itself has made a pact with Saint Valentine).
This is the question I asked each traveler: What is the most romantic place you have visited while traveling abroad, and what did you love about it?
And now, I’d like to quickly thank all the travel bloggers who responded to my inquiries, and took the time to provided us with this lovely information (which you are about to become privy to)! <– Sound’s so deliciously hush-hush, doesn’t it? 😀
Scroll down to see what romantic destinations these classy travelers love best!
You’ll notice that the list is in alphabetical order. I pride myself in being organized… Well, most of the time.
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“I think ‘romantic places’ can vary so much because it depends on how you’re feeling at the time and (obviously!) who you’re with. But the most romantic place I’ve ever been was Iceland. This is probably a shocking one because most people wouldn’t associate the harsh and lonely landscapes of Iceland to be romantic.
I visited in October for my birthday (extra romance points right there!) so it was snowy but not too cold. Everything looked snowy and beautiful and we spent a lot of time huddled up by fires and warming up with hot drinks or strong beers. The Blue Lagoon is magical as you swim through the steaming water and admire the volcanic landscape that surrounds. You can do adventurous things like visit waterfalls, hike over glaciers, take a helicopter ride over the incredible scenery and road trip across the country. Or you could just huddle up and keep warm somewhere romantic and cozy.”
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“Kyoto, Japan is one of my favorite cities in the world. With over 2,000 temples and gardens, it would take decades to see every last nook and cranny of this gorgeous city. But why is it romantic? Because there are so many spots to stop, listen, reflect, and fall in love. Afternoon tea is a daily ritual, as are hot baths overlooking beautiful vistas. Little shops dot the streets with handmade pieces to take home with you. Oh, and the Arashiyama bamboo forest is the most amazing place to take a deep breath and live in the moment! Japanese culture tends to be minimalistic and focuses on the singular beautiful detail. Whether it’s an asymmetrical floral arrangement or the imprint of fallen bamboo leaves on a dirt path, Kyoto flows in lovely attributes and quiet spaces.”
“The most romantic place I’ve ever visited would have to be the Maldives. It’s secluded, private, and very luxurious. Those three aspects are a triple threat for romance – if you’re with the right person that is 🙂 Icing on the cake would be the delicious food, spa services and adventure sports. I can’t just sit on a beach all day. My boyfriend and I love to get out and explore. There’s nothing like the Six Senses water bungalows there – they scream romance.”
“Paris is hands down the most romantic place I’ve visited while traveling. The city just oozes romance! The cobblestone streets of the Marais, the smell of fresh food, lovers kissing along the Seine, the charming architecture, and the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. It is impossible not to fall in love with Paris. It will always have my heart and soul.”
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“Paris. It’s where I visited for my honeymoon. I returned the year after, exploring the city more in-depth as a solo traveller. This is my favourite quote about Paris and it captures all the reasons why I adore this place:
Mine was the twilight and the morning. Mine was a world of rooftops and love songs – Roman Payne
Nothing beats sitting on a rooftop terrace bar during the blue hours in Paris! The intense blue in the sky is simply out-of-this-world mesmerising, whether you’re traveling with your plus one or having a date with yourself taking it solo (which I wholehearted recommend).”
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“Santorini is definitely one of the most romantic places I’ve ever been to! Those adorable white-and-blue houses, the colourful sunsets, the delicious seafood dinners… I don’t see how it could get any better than that. February is low-season for the island which means not everywhere will be open but that also means fewer tourists spoiling your photos.
What is there to do? Explore the volcanoes, visit the local vineyard, have a swim overlooking the caldera or – my personal favourite – visit Akrotiri to see how the locals lived before the Theran eruption in 1627 BC. And don’t forget to make time to try the local Vinsanto wine which is pretty much the most delicious drink you will ever try.”
“Seychelles is definitely the most romantic and peaceful place I’ve ever visited. My husband and I were celebrating our second wedding anniversary so this just made it extra special. What I love the most about the Seychelles was the constant feeling of discovery. From the main island we took a ferry to Praslin not knowing what to expect. We also took bikes to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, hopped around different island, discovering La Digue and Curious Island along the way. Always finding beautiful crystal clear beaches,white sand, fresh seafood and total tranquility along the way.”
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“The most romantic place I have ever visited is a resort called Anantara Si Kao in the Krabi region of Thailand. The hotel is situated on a secluded stretch of beach, overlooking limestone cliffs and rock formations, which come with their own love story. I visited with my partner to celebrate my 30th birthday and after taking a boat trip to the resort’s private beach club and then sharing a candlelight dinner designed especially for us, my partner invited me to take a stroll along the beach. As cheesy as it sounds we strolled in the moonlight, coming across a fallen tree that we perched upon before he got down on one knee and proposed with a ring he had been hiding for the whole holiday. Thailand will always be special for us now, so much so we’ve decided to get married there this year!”
“The most romantic place I’ve ever visited while traveling abroad has to be Venice, Italy. My fiance & I went for a couple of nights during the spring and fell in love with the city right away. It was raining when we first arrived, but we enjoyed exploring and browsing the shops. It’s easy to get lost in the city, but that’s what makes it so romantic — you end up discovering a cozy cafe where you can enjoy a delicious pastry with your sweetie. While a gondola ride is kind of cheesy, my favourite thing to do in Venice is to have a candle light dinner and wine, while enjoying a beautiful view of the canal. It’s the perfect setting for romance!”
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“The most romantic place I’ve been to? Zadar in Croatia. This place has it all when it comes to romance: candle-lit tables at the promenade, a charming, homely atmosphere, and a sea organ that plays windy melodies while you and your beloved watches the sunset over the Adriatic Sea. What more can a girl ask for?”
So many stunning places! Let’s do a quick recap:
- Kyoto, Japan
- Paris (twice recommended!)
- Santorini, Greece
- Venice, Italy
- Zadar, Croatia
What do you think of these stunning romantic destination ideas? Are there any you’d like to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!
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