The 10 most romantic cities in the world
Especially for our readers we have compiled a rating of the most romantic cities in the world. Take it to heart if you’re planning a stunning date on Valentine’s Day!
All of the cities on our list boast both their beauty and their openness to tourists. But the most important thing is the romantic atmosphere that embraces all guests from the first second of their stay in these cities.
The entire top ten romantic cities have exceptional historical charm, the beauty of ancient sights and a huge range of things to do for tourists both day and night.
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10. Aspen, USA
Aspen, one of the most famous ski resorts in the world, is located in Colorado. The city is known as a celebrity vacation spot: Kate Hudson, Orlando Bloom and Jessica Alba visit it, and some celebrities even have homes there. Snow-capped views of the Rocky Mountains and breathtaking descents are sure to light a spark in a relationship, and respectable hotels like the Victorian-style Jerome Boarding House provide a luxury getaway.
9. Quebec, Canada
Quebec is a kind of Europe in America: cobblestone streets, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century houses, fortress walls… The surrounding nature is also impressive: romantic views from Montmorency Falls and the St. Lawrence River area. You can stay with your other half at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, styled as a medieval French castle.
8. Rome, Italy
The first thing that attracts lovers to Rome is, of course, the ancient architecture and relaxed atmosphere as well as the many local rituals. If you are going to visit the Italian capital, don’t forget to walk the Spanish Steps, enjoy some gelato and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain to return to the city at least one more time. For a romantic vacation in the spirit of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier’s honeymoon, a room at the Hassler Roma Hotel is ideal.
7. Charleston, USA
Charleston is a charming city in South Carolina that’s a pleasure to walk around, featuring cute pastel-colored homes and antebellum buildings that are typical of the southern regions of the United States. And if you’re in Charleston in the warmer months, you’ll be blown away by the scents of wisteria and magnolias. By the way, don’t forget to check out Felix Cocktails et Cuisine, one of the best French restaurants in town.
6. Carmel, USA
Carmel, or Carmel-by-the-sea, is an incredibly picturesque California coastal town. The first settlers, artists, designed it as “a village in the woods with views of a white sandy beach,” and it has, in fact, remained that way to this day. A cozy bohemian town with small houses with stoves, gorgeous views and a creative atmosphere is a great place to be alone.
5. San Sebastian, Spain
When Napoleon built a summer palace in Biarritz, Spanish rulers followed suit and turned a sleepy coastal village into their residence. Thus came San Sebastian, a city dotted with villas, palaces and hotels.
Now it is also known as a cultural and gastronomic center: the city has such a concentration of restaurants from the Michelin Red Guide, that it would take at least a week to walk around them all. The best place to start is Arzak, a family-run place that offers a new perspective on Basque cuisine.
4. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
The city with the long name San Miguel de Allende is located in central Mexico and attracts couples in love with its colonial architecture and historical sites that are under UNESCO protection. Look out for ancient cathedrals painted in colorful shades of red, pink and yellow!
The city is also considered a center for the arts. Be sure to check out several local galleries located in Fábrica La Aurora, a former factory turned art cluster.
3. Florence, Italy
Another Italian city, Florence, opens the winning top three. It was the epicenter of the Renaissance, so it is literally full of architectural (and not only) masterpieces, which, of course, is more pleasant to admire with the other half.
Among the many attractions are Piazza Michelangelo, which offers a beautiful view of the terracotta roofs and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. A great place for sensual kisses.
2. Venice, Italy
And how could this list be without Venice? (Italy seems to be the most romantic country, according to travelers.) Canals and gondolas are classic Venetian romance, but couples who want privacy are better off avoiding the popular routes between the Rialto Bridge and San Marco Square. Choose the more remote streets-all of which will sooner or later lead you to some stunning views.
1. Paris, France
Who would have doubted that the first place in the ranking goes to the city of love – Paris. There are plenty of options for romantic dates in the French capital: you can stroll through the streets of Montmartre and the Tuileries gardens, visit the Louvre, sit in one of the casual cafes or take a bottle of wine, fresh baguette and cheese and have a picnic on the banks of the Seine… The choice is yours – the atmosphere will always be appropriate.