Wanting to plan a romantic getaway for two but having trouble finding somewhere new and exotic? Look no further. One of these spectacular destinations is sure to get the romantic fires kindled.
When you think of a postcard-perfect picture of Italy, the coastal village of Portofino fits the bill. Take a stroll among the brightly colored houses that line the harbor, or take a romantic harbor cruise with glass of wine in hand through this charming place.
As long as you're in Portofino, you might as well stay a while and go to Florence, a beautiful romantic Renaissance city. Stroll through the capitol city of Tuscany hand-in-hand down the narrow streets while you view the medieval architecture of the pallazos and churches. Things have remained relatively unchanged in this centuries-old city, and the Florentine food and wine is hard to beat.
Chefchaouen is known as Morocco’s blue city and is nestled in the Rif Mountains. It is a breathtakingly beautiful place with its narrow alleys and ornate doorways adorned in a beautiful shade of blue. Whether taking a dip in a mountain stream or delighting in the fantastic culinary scene, this is one romantic getaway you won’t want to miss.
Although Budapest is one of the largest European cities, the Hungarian capital won’t feel crowded at all. The city is filled with romantic spots, like the Szechenyi Bridge that spans the Danube river. Buda Castle, Parliament, Sandor Palace and St. Stephen’s Basilica are equally gorgeous. After all that walking, visit one of Budapest’s thermal baths—there are over 100 to choose from!
If you and your soulmate are outdoorsy, Madagascar is a dream destination. You can do it all—travel through lush, dense rainforests, climb sandstone canyons, or swim in the sparkling crystal clear sea. Be sure to visit the most romantic place on the island, Avenue of the Baobabs, where you will be in awe of the unique trees that are 800 years old and 100 feet tall.
There’s no better place to have a long, romantic dinner for two. Porto abounds with restaurants and bars that line the cobblestone streets next to the beautiful Douro River. Take in the ambience as you share a bottle of port wine, the signature drink that this city is known for.
Of course, Paris is a popular romantic destination, but Strasbourg, located in the Alsace region of France, sits on the border between France and Germany, and is a spectacular romantic destination in its own right. Not to be missed are the regions rolling hills, the beautiful architecture influenced by both countries, and the food—of course, the food! Visit the Petite France section’s ancient Alsatian taverns called winstubs, or take a romantic stroll by the magnificent Gothic cathedral situated in the center of the city.
With sun-kissed beaches and white-washed houses, Paros is a smaller island near the more known and more crowded Santorini island. Paros is home to the quaint fishing villages of Naoussa and Parakia, and you can enjoy a couple’s outing on one of the isolated beaches-a great place to watch the spectacular sunset.
LOFOTEN ISLANDS, NORWAY
If you prefer a colder climate so you can snuggle with your significant other, consider the Lofoten Islands off the Norwegian Sea. This romantic destination is located far above the Arctic Circle and you’ll see breathtaking landscapes and deep fjords. Stay in one of the charming small villages, and enjoy the Northern Lights and the midnight sun.
The desert town of Mendoza is a great romantic getaway for wine lovers. Tour the region’s vast vineyards on horseback with the Andes mountains in the distance. Mendoza is world-famous as one of the premier high-altitude wine regions; its famous Malbec wines come from the Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, districts in the Andes foothills that are between 2,800 and 5,000 feet elevation..
CORN ISLANDS, NICARAGUA
If your idea of a perfect romantic rendezvous is a pristine beach on a beautiful island, look no further than the Corn Islands off the Carribean coast of Nicaragua. The islands might just be the country’s best kept secret; it has no tourist development—just isolated beaches and beautiful sunsets.
OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Okavango Delta in Botswana is highly regarded as Africa's finest wildlife refuge. This destination is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of wildlife and water. Be sure to paddle down river in the traditional dugout canoe known as a mokoro—it’s an adventure you’ll talk about for the rest of your life.
LAKE DISTRICT, ENGLAND
Skip the hustle and bustle of crowded London and instead travel to the serene rolling hills of England's Lake District, which has inspired artists, poets and writers for centuries. Explore the lakes of Windermere and the trails of Derwent, and finish the day with a romantic pub dinner for two in Buttermere.
The interesting pagodas, temples and shrines of Kyoto, Japan make for an exotic romantic trip. There are more than 1,000 spectacular feats of architecture in the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kyoto has picturesque beauty year-round, whether in spring or summer when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom or in the fall when the spectacular oranges and reds of the fall foliage is at its best.