With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, we thought we’d pull together a list of our top 10 romantic cities to visit in celebration.
Now, we know what you’re all thinking and yes Valentine’s Day is a ‘Hallmark holiday and if you choose not to celebrate, it doesn’t mean that you love your partner any less. But, if you’re with someone who truly loves the holiday (and let’s face it, most of us do), you’ll look beyond the ‘commercial rubbish,’ give the ‘greedy-corporation talk’ a rest and pull out all the stops to make your partner feel really, really special.
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
On a clear crisp night between September and April, there really is no better place to be in the world than in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Northern Lights Phenomena is simply spectacular, and to witness something so mind-boggling is a truly immortalizing experience, and a memory you will treasure, no doubt, for years. So why not share it with someone you love?
The heated pools, Blue Lagoon and whale watching excursions will also keep you entertained, so you’ll get more for your money regardless.
2. Krakow, Poland
Picture a riverside city bursting with enchanting architecture, an old town with Gothic spires skewering the sky, and a magical castle watching over the entire vicinity. Throw in amazing cuisine, buzzing nightlife and more romance and history than you could ever imagine, and you’ve got one pretty impressive destination. Place yourself in the shoes of past lovers and ride a horse and carriage along the cobbled streets of Old Town Krakow to thoroughly make the most of your experience.
3. Vienna, Italy
Breathtaking scenery, bright blue skies, historical palaces, beautiful botanical gardens and a burgeoning culinary scene makes this city one of the most romantic in all of Europe. The enticing tones of Mozart and Beethoven fuse with the crisp, clean air of this cultural hot-spot, teeming with lauded restaurants, lively pubs, bars and beer houses that will, with no doubt, keep you and your partner entertained.
4. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague – a majestic fusion of Baroque and Bohemia, exemplary architecture, enticing food and enchanting design – is the perfect city break for a couple. With picture-perfect vistas, breathtaking views, a central river, delicious food and tranquil countryside retreats, visits to Prague are fairly cheap, but the experience is anything but.
5. Rome, Italy
Whether you choose to explore the romantic Italian capital’s bountiful culture and art, or merely watch the city pass by as you sip fine wine and dine alfresco, a visit to Rome is an absolute must. With attractions including the Colosseo, Fontana di Trevi, Città del Vaticano, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, Pantheon, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggior and more, the only difficulty you’ll find is in trying fit all of the sights in on one visit.
6. Budapest, Hungary
With warmth that echoes through traffic-free streets and intoxicates all of whom visit, Budapest is a mesmerising city – suitable for every lover. The cuisine is excellent so fine dining will never be a problem, and there’s a variety of activities to keep every guest entertained. Weave in and out of the trees or take a picnic on the well-kept lawns of Margaret Island on the river Danube, or visit Széchenyi Thermal Bath for a soak in one of the oldest thermal baths in the city. Whatever you choose to do, you can’t really put a foot wrong is Budapest.
7. Florence, Italy
As you glide across the River Arno by the Ponte Vecchio (old bridge), stroll past the stores built on the stilts of its edges, wander beneath the grand, historic buildings, and marvel at the intricate Renaissance architecture and design, you’ll understand why Florence is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world. Sample some of the world’s finest art in the Tuscan capital and end a day of gallery-gazing with a delicious candle-lit meal for two at a restaurant near the canal.
8. Venice, Italy
If there’s one place where romance is fully embraced and flaunted – it’s Venice. With rows of gondolas dressed in cobalt blue and the buzz of a baroque concert filling the air, an evening in Venice is ideal for a romantic getaway. This stunning city, named as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man”, is a must-see on every couple’s bucket list.
9. Positano, Italy
Alongside the rugged terrain of the Amalfi Coast, Positano is a beautiful little town cradled between the distant peaks of the Lattari Mountains and the subtle beauty of the Salerno bay. Famous for its picturesque views, winding stairways and towering cliffs, Positano is one of Italy’s most romantic destination spots – favored for its peaceful ambiance, tranquil corners and isolated beauty that over the years has remained completely unscathed by the promotion of tourism in the town and in its neighboring towns and cities across the stretch of the Amalfi Coast.
10. Paris, France
If all else fails, in the words of Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca “We’ll always have Paris…”
Is there a more iconic city? From Oscar Wilde to Audrey Hepburn, history’s most decadent figures have fallen head over heels in love with the fashionable French capital. With its haute couture houses, quirky boutiques, iconic architecture and inspiring exhibitions, I can’t think of a reason why someone wouldn’t fall in love with this enticing city too.