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
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!
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Prague, Czech Republic
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.
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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.
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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.
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…
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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George Town, Malaysia
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.
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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