11 of the Most Romantic Cities in the World to Inspire Your Wandering Heart

Forget Paris, stop sighing over Venice. These romantic cities will take your breath away!

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We write a lot about the ways that travel is chaotic, uncomfortable and challenging. We’ll let you in on a secret…

Travel can be amazingly romantic.

Wandering cobbled streets, inhaling divine incense or the scent of exotic spices, gazing out on spectacular views, or snuggling beside a toasty fire…

So if you’re a dreamer, a seeker, and a romantic at heart, take a trip through the most romantic cities in the world. And then start planning for next year.

Stop sighing over Venice. Forget Paris. Here are our picks of…

The Most Romantic Cities in the World

Hoi An, Vietnam

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Bring your sweetheart to Hoi An, Vietnam.

With silk lanterns glowing under a starry night sky and candles floating down the river, there’s nothing like Hoi An, Vietnam for romance. Next time I go, I’ll be sure to take Stephen along!

(Don’t miss: Our picks of the best hotels in Hoi An, for any budget)

Prague, Czech Republic

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There’s no fairytale place quite like Prague in winter.

Trams rattle down cobbled streets and cosy cafes await on every corner in Prague. If you’re lucky a blanket of perfect snow will settle on the city while you sleep.

Find the perfect romantic hotel in Prague

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Riga, Latvia

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Riga is even romantic in the rain.

Explore the magnificent architecture, sip coffee in the cool cafes, and relax in the steam baths… you’ll soon see why we think that Riga is one of the world’s most romantic cities.

(Don’t miss: Our walking tour and guide to a Day Trip to Latvia)

Find a cozy hotel to snuggle up in Riga →

Luang Prabang, Laos

Sunset on The Mekong, Luang Prabang.

Arriving in Luang Prabang from a journey through Laos is like stepping into another world. Wall-to-wall colonial charm with French-influenced architecture, waterfalls of greenery on every street, gorgeous mystical wats to explore, and a spectacular view over the majestic Mekong makes Luang Prabang the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

Discover your ideal Laotian hideaway hotel

Salzburg, Austria

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Winter or summer, there is plenty of romance in Salzburg, Austria.

The narrow streets of Salzburg sing “romance” from every twist and turn while the majestic Alps tower protectively above. It helps that Salzburg is the setting for of one of the most romantic movies of all time. The hills are alive…

Get your heart singing at these Salzburg hotels

Vancouver, Canada

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Oceans, mountains, beaches and whales playing in the waves. Grab a bike and ride with your sweetheart around one of the world’s most likeable and most romantic cities.

(Don’t miss: Our detailed guides to our three favourite Vancouver bike routes)

Find the perfect hotel for a romantic break in Vancouver →

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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It’s hard not to think of castles and kings in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

You can’t help but think of kings, queens and medieval intrigue when climbing the steep stone stairways that make up many of Dubrovnik’s city streets. Climb to the top and peek over the city wall for breathtaking views of the surrounding azure sea.

Live your Game of Thrones fantasies at these hotels in Dubrovnik

Torino, Italy

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Think Rome is romantic? Pah! We love Torino for its proximity to the Alps, its historic architecture and its friendly untouristed streets. Share a cone of heavenly gelato at Gelato Fiorio with your sweetie for the ultimate in romance.

*(Don’t miss: We guide you through your day trip to Turin, Italy

Speak the language of love at these Turin hotels

Lisbon, Portugal

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The dreamy streets of Lisbon, Portugal.

We fell in love all over again with Lisbon during our stay there earlier this year. Snuggle up in one of its gorgeous boutique hotels or get lost on the maze of streets of the Alfama then while the evening away in a candle-lit wine bar. Romance at its best.

(Don’t miss: Our recommendations for the best vegan and vegetarian food in Lisbon)

Book yourself into a wonderful Lisbon hotel

Valletta, Malta

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It’s hard to wander the streets of Valletta without picturing white knights pounding through the narrow streets on majestic armoured steeds. If you have a romantic bone in your body, Valletta will get it stirring.

Find out more about Malta from 50 Shades of Age’s Maltese Islands: Myths and Megaliths

Be the royal couple of your own kingdom at one of these Valletta hotels

George Town, Malaysia

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Another of our colonial-era favourites, George Town, Malaysia will get under your skin. Colonial buildings with artfully peeling paint and brightly coloured doors frame the quiet streets. Duck into a world-class coffee shop or a vibrant little gift shop to truly experience one of the most romantic cities in Asia.

Take a Malaysian vacation at one of these George Town hotels

Yes, we are hopeless romantics at heart. What traveller isn’t? Which city do you most want to visit with that special someone? Or where would you most like to fall in love?

  Happy adventures, Stephen & Jane

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Even if you’re spending this Valentine’s Day in your own little corner of the world, take a trip through the most romantic cities in the world. And then start planning for next year.

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4 comments

  1. Comment by Natalia

    Natalia Reply February 8, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Wow! There are so many exciting options for this year traveling and I think you brought out some very good points for us to think about, but I love the most is the Luang Prabang in Laos. Thanks for sharing by the way.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane February 10, 2017 at 4:33 am

      I can’t wait to get back to Luang Prabang. I keep thinking it would be an amazing place to live, at least for a little while!

  2. Comment by Marissa_Travel Greece, Travel Europe

    Marissa_Travel Greece, Travel Europe Reply February 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Nice post! Prague and Dubrovnik — YESSS! I’d add Athens, Greece to the list, but I am biased ;)

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane February 8, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Ahh, Athens! I haven’t been there since 1998 so it’s a little fuzzy in the memory. Time for a return trip soon I think!

      J

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