21 Most Romantic Cities In The World – Can You Name Them?

Everybody enjoys a relaxing vacation in the turquoise beaches of the Caribbean or the main cultural hubs of Western Europe. However, many of the world’s most touristic landmarks are usually crammed with people. So if you’re hoping to find a romantic getaway to spend some quality time with your couple, then you really should think twice before choosing your holiday destination. Here are some of the most romantic cities in the world that you should look into for your next holiday. Don’t miss #9, #6, and #3.

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#21. Victoria, Canada

Victoria is a scenic city located on the tip of Vancouver Island, in the beautiful province of British Columbia. It boasts stunning Neo-Baroque architecture and a couple of ancient colonial buildings that will make you feel you’re in 17th-century Great Britain.

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Visit the Fairmont Empress Hotel, an impressive ivy-covered palace that dates from 1908. We suggest visiting this site during the afternoon so that you enjoy its fancy traditional afternoon tea with scones, finger sandwiches, and many more delicacies. What’s more, this hotel is surrounded by the famous Butchart Gardens which seem straight out of a fairytale.

#20. Savannah, USA

Most people who visit the United States don’t usually include the state of Georgia in their itinerary. However, little do people know that the coastal city of Savannah is among the most charming and romantic sites in the country. Its ancient buildings and its iconic oak covered in Spanish moss make this a truly captivating place.

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Go for a walk along this scenic street, and then, do the same along the cobble-stoned River Street to enjoy the cool coastal breeze. Also, visit the beautiful city squares, which are full of handcrafted leather shops and ancient apothecaries.

#19. Aix-En-Provence, France

If you and your partner are art lovers, then this is the place to go! The French village of Aix-en-Provence was the birthplace of post-impressionist painter Cezanne. Thus, you can also visit the different places that inspired the artist and brought his paintings to life.

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However, you don’t have to be an art lover to enjoy this quaint little village, for its stunning ancient architecture and its narrow meandering passageways will captivate everyone. If you ask me, I would take a private wine tour through the Aix vineyards and the striking lavender fields, it’ll be romantic as hell!

#18. Santa Barbara, California

Lovebirds, listen closely! If you’ve been longing to visit America and are searching for a romantic getaway, Santa Barbara is the place you wanna go. The weather is perfect year-round, so you can enjoy a good swim in the nearby Butterfly Beach or a good hike to the Ynez Mountains in any season.

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But apart from its beaches and mountains, Santa Barbara features astonishing colonial architecture and rich cultural heritage. Are you up for a day tour? Then visit the 2-century-old Santa Barbara Mission and go for a walk through its majestic rose gardens. Oh! And enjoy the sunset on the Pacific coast and watch out for whales and dolphins! For another Californian getaway, slide to #16!

#17. Charleston, USA

The scenic town of Charleston is South Carolina’s largest city and one of Southern USA’s hidden gems. With a lively arts scene, this town features plenty of interesting galleries and museums, not to mention its unique antebellum architecture. But there’s more to Charleston other than art and history.

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The streets of this scenic town are brimmed with wisteria, palmettos, and ancient magnolia trees. Doesn’t it sound beautiful? If you’re a crafts lover, then head towards King Street where you’ll find many antique shops and boutiques of all kind. Finally, have some brunch at Kitchen 208, which is both fancy and of excellent quality!

#16. San Francisco, USA

Not far from Santa Barbara lies the thriving city of San Francisco, one of the most popular tourist destinations of North America. If you ask me, I would rent one of those charming classic San Francisco Victorian homes on Airbnb, just like the ones shown below. It’s full of them, and they’re not as expensive as you’d think!

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If you’re up for a day trip, then book a tour to Napa or Sonoma and visit some of the finest wineries in the world. At sunset, spend some time at Cupid’s Span on the famous Embarcadero, and have a fancy dinner at the nearby Mission District. Let’s not forget that San Francisco is also a great romantic spot for gay couples, in which case The Castro is the place you wanna stay in.

#15. Lucerne, Switzerland

On the footsteps of the snow-topped Alps and by the banks of Lake Lucerne lies the charming town of Lucerne, Switzerland. Not only is this village surrounded by striking natural beauty, but it also boasts a unique Medieval charm.

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Lucerne features charming ancient city squares and beautiful churches. One of its most beautiful landmarks is the Chapel Bridge, an ancient structure built in the 14th century which is usually decorated with plants and flowers. If you want to make things even more romantic, then book a bed in Villa Honegg, a 1905 mansion converted to a hotel.

#14. Siena, Italy

Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy, but unfortunately, it’s always swarming with tourists. If you were considering Tuscany as your Honeymoon destination, we suggest visiting the medieval town of Siena, since it is way less visited than other nearby villages but equally beautiful.


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Siena is a scenic village famous for its green, red, and white-marble Cathedral, which features famous artworks by nearly 40 iconic painters such as Michelangelo and Donatello. In the center of the city lies a mesmerizing square named Piazza del Campo, where you can enjoy a romantic dinner while gazing at the centuries-old buildings.

#13. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona may be a bustling city which receives hordes of tourists in every single season, but in spite of that, it makes for a perfect romantic getaway. Climb the steps of Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, one of the most surreal buildings in the world, and enjoy a panoramic view of Parc Guell and the rest of the city. If you do this at sunset, the experience will be even more thrilling!

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Are you looking for another sunset plan? Well, visit some of the city’s popular markets, such as La Boqueria or Santa Caterina, and buy your couple a nice gift at one of the dozens of handicraft or jewelry shops out there. If you have the money, then book a room at Hotel Neri, a luxury 18th-century palace, where meals are served in the rooftop overlooking the entire city!

#12. Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City is one of Canada’s main cultural hubs, but it’s also a great honeymoon destination. Wanna know why? This is nothing less than the oldest European settlement in the American continent, and as such, visiting its countless historic buildings is pretty much like traveling back in time.

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Have some tea in Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, a fortress-like palace converted into a hotel which overlooks the entire city. As regards accommodation, stay in one of the many boutique hotels located on the banks of the beautiful St. Lawrence River. Last but not least, enjoy a romantic dinner in one of the many restaurants that specialize in Québécois cuisine.

#11. Carmel-By-The-Sea, USA

Believe it or not, the small Californian town of Carmel-by-the-Sea has been voted as the world’s most romantic city. But what makes this city so special? To begin with, its picturesque cliffs and isolated beaches make it a great getaway, far from San Francisco’s and LA’s hordes of tourists.

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We suggest you rent a car and visit the redwood forests and beautiful vineyards located just a few kilometers away. You can also go for a drive along the rugged coastline, where you’ll find plenty of great bistros, wineries, and boutique hotels. And last but not least, go for a walk on the coast during the afternoon and see for yourself how the sun sets on the Pacific Ocean.

#10. Seville, Spain

The Andalucian city of Seville is a great place for history lovers. The city is full of mesmerizing buildings, such as La Giralda tower and the Cathedral of St. Mary, the second-largest cathedral outside the Vatican City. I personally suggest spending an afternoon at El Alcazar Palace, where you can enjoy its Moorish architecture while walking through its beautiful imperial gardens.

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If this sunset experience at El Alcazar isn’t romantic enough, then go for a walk through the Old Town’s cobblestone streets lined with bright purple jacarandas and scented orange trees. If there are any foodies out there, go to a pastry shop and delight your partner with a warm churro dipped in melted chocolate.

#9. Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is famous both for its unique cultural and natural heritage. On the one hand, it is packed with Baroque-style buildings and medieval castles, not to mention the hilltop fortress of Festung Hohensalzburg. On the other hand, it is surrounded by the towering mountains of the Alps, making it a great hiking and skiing destination.

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Visit Untersberg hill and go on a cable-car ride to enjoy a unique view of the entire city and the nearby Salzach River. You won’t find a more romantic spot for a selfie than this! If both of you are music lovers, then I’ve got some good news for you! You can visit the city’s countless operas, concerts, and musicals and relive thousands of years of musical history. What else can you ask for?

#8. Rome, Italy

Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world, and it’s pretty clear why. Home to 900 churches, 280 fountains, and countless museums, this city has a unique cultural legacy that can be compared to no other city in the world. And we haven’t even mentioned the mesmerizing Colosseum, an oval Roman amphitheater 2000 years old!

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However, Rome also has the best hotels, the best food, and the best ice cream! So after touring through the cities historical sites, go for a romantic dinner at Il Forno Roscioli and try the classic Neapolitan pizza. Then, finish your day by trying some gelato at Prati on the Tiber!

#7. Honolulu, USA

Located on the island of Oahu, Honolulu is the capital of the American state of Hawaii. Obviously, we all know what Hawaii’s islands are famous for; its turquoise waters, white sands, and towering waves, this state is home to the US’s most amazing beaches. Is this not enough? Well, here are some other reasons why you should choose Honolulu as your next romantic getaway.

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During the past two decades, a massive amount of boutique hotels and restaurants have been built, making it a terrific honeymoon spot. So relax in a beach-front hotel and go for some snorkeling at the reefs just a few kilometers away from Honolulu. And be sure to go for a hike to Diamond Head!

#6. Colonia Del Sacramento, Uruguay

I bet you didn’t expect to see an Uruguayan town in our top 10, right? Well, you should know that Europe is not the only continent that is home to romantic hidden gems. The colonial village of Colonia del Sacramento has a charming vibe that couples of all ages will enjoy.

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Walk through the irregular cobble-stoned streets of this charming village and discover its rich cultural heritage. The Calle de Los Suspiros (which translates to “Street of Sighs”) is paved with wedge stones and features tiny multicolored houses. If you want to make things even more romantic, go for an evening walk along the riverfront and witness how the sun sets on the famous Río de la Plata. It’s also a great spot for LGBT couples!

#5. Florence, Italy

Any history lovers out there? How about art lovers? Fashion lovers? All of the above? Well, no matter the case, Florence is the ideal destination for you! Visit the famous Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze to see Michaelangelo’s David with your own eyes. And it’s needless to say that there are dozens of other art galleries, museums, and exhibitions waiting to be discovered.

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But do you know what the best part is? Not only is the city packed with ancient buildings, palaces, and churches, but the hotels themselves are also architectural wonders! Practically every hotel features marble fireplaces, classical sculptures, and beautiful paintings. If you wanna go with your couple for some shopping, then head towards the modern Mercato Centrale, and have some pasta in a nearby restaurant!

#4. Bruges, Belgium

Only a one-hour drive from Brussels, Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This 13th-century town is widely known for its cobblestone streets, Gothic architecture, quaint funny-shaped houses, and windmills. Go on a romantic boat tour and discover the city’s wonders navigating through its endless canals.

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If you wanna impress your couple with a good breakfast, then take him or her to a local pastry and order a traditional Belgian waffle topped with powdered sugar. If you wanna give yourselves yet another treat, then go for some chocolate shopping in some of Bruges’ 50 chocolate shops. Now, are you ready for our top 3?

#3. Montecarlo

The storybook landscape that you see below is from Monte Carlo, Monaco. This city is famous for its luxury hotels, 5-star restaurants, and deluxe spas. And the best part is, all of these options come with a breathtaking view of the blue waters of the Mediterranean!

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If you’re not on a tight budget, you can go on a helicopter ride to enjoy one of the most memorable views of your life. Last but not least, we suggest to rent a car and drive along the Grand Corniche during sunset, since the sun dropping on those rocky cliffs will be something you’ll never forget.

#2. Paris, France

You weren’t thinking that Paris wasn’t gonna be on this list, right? Every lovebird should visit the Louvre Museum, which happens to be the most visited museum in the world. After that, you can give yourself a rest and picnic on the green lawn that surrounds the Eiffel Tower. If not, you can go to any of Paris’ marvelous patisseries and try some of the local delicacies, such as crepes or baba au rum.

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But did you think that was it? The following day, you can stroll around the cobblestone streets of Montmartre and climb the steps all the way to Sacre Coeur, a beautiful basilica located on a hilltop overlooking the whole city. You can also go for a walk through the Tuileries Garden or go on a bike tour across the historic neighborhood of Le Marais. What else can you ask for?

#1. Venice, Italy

Say hi to Venice, our #1 most romantic city in the world. What’s more romantic than going on a boat or gondola tour through the canals of one of the world’s most ancient cities? So hire a private gondola, relax, grab your partner by the hand and enjoy some of Venice’s most striking landmarks, such as the Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto Bridge and the Cathedral of Saint Mark.

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After your boat ride, go to Cafe Florian and try one of the best hot chocolates in the world. You can also head towards Murano and learn about the history of the city’s iconic glassworks. Last of all, don’t forget to visit all of Venice’s ancient piazzas since they’re all worth it!

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