1. Barcelona, SPAIN
Love is always in the air in the city of Barcelona, with heaps of romantic things to do in one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Spend a lovey-dovey weekend strolling along the streets hand-in-hand and visit Park Güell, a unique architectural garden complex designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, with a rich century-old heritage to boot. Then, sit back and enjoy good ol’ fashioned sangrias and tapas at Mirablau, Barcelona’s famous panoramic bar. For the perfect ending, the Magic Fountains of Montjuic is set to charm with its gorgeous display of colours, music and dancing water sprays – truly a blissful evening to remember!
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2. Cinque Terre, ITALY
Literally translated to mean “five lands”, Cinque Terre is made up of five towns – Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso. While each town oozes its own unique character and flavour, the colourful Vernazza is arguably the most popular and picturesque. Located a few hours northwest of Florence, these Italian gems are easily accessible by train and ferry. Often described as paradise on earth, the towns encapsulate stunning beauty with the sparkling turquoise Mediterranean coastline and stone-carved beaches. There, be charmed by their winding paths, vineyards, ancient towers and castles, churches and secluded beaches. This is one place you’ll be happy to get lost wandering about, only to stumble upon new surprises at every turn.
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3. Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
From its grand Old Town medieval towers to the sleek New Town creations, this capital city of Scotland is a feast for the senses that will delight lovers new and old alike. Having earned a reputation as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Edinburgh exudes a special charm, encased in a thick shroud of culture, history and tradition. The best way to relish Edinburgh is to discover it on foot – where you’ll marvel at stunning architectural creations and beautiful landscapes. There, delight in the many world-class eateries, where you’ll be spoilt for choice with Michelin-starred restaurants!
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4. Nice, FRANCE
Located in the French Riviera, tourists flock to this Mediterranean seaside town for many reasons – from its charming sidewalk bistros to classy restaurants, thriving arts and music scene, bustling morning markets and buzzing nightlife, right down to idyllic spots where you can forget all about the world – the list is endless. And if you want more, rent a car for a scenic drive to the backcountry and experience a thick slice of local life – dine at a small charming restaurant and unwind into the evening with a few glasses of wine as the French do.
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5. Santorini, GREECE
The Greek islands are the birthplace of myths and legends, and there’s something almost magical about Santorini – undoubtedly the most popular romantic destination of all. A world-famous wedding and idyllic honeymoon destination, Santorini is well known for its spectacular cliffs, clear blue skies and postcard-pretty sights of blue-capped whitewashed buildings and amazing views of the Aegean seas. From catching the sunset and enjoying the pretty hues of twilight, to discovering the various museums, wineries and beaches – you’ll enjoy even the simplest things like walking down the sun-kissed streets and alleys. This is one destination for making picture-perfect memories that last a lifetime!
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6. Venice, ITALY
Italy is so romantic it has made this list twice: nothing quite says “amore” like a gondola ride with the one you love through the storybook canals of Venice, and this city on the water is a bucket list destination for just about every couple eyes deep in true love that you will meet. Atmospheric, picturesque and steeped in history, Venice has something for everyone. Spend your day cruising the canals and your nights sipping vino over plates of delectable pasta. Then, return to home base and fall asleep to the sounds of the water gently lapping at the walls of your centuries-old hotel. Can time away from home get any more romantic than this?
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7. Cornwall, ENGLAND
One of the most romantic and heroic figures in European history is definitely King Arthur, lord of the Britons. Though no one can agree if he was real, or where exactly he lived, his legacy is intimately linked with mysterious wind-swept Cornwall, a faerie-haunted land of beautiful seascapes and picture perfect villages. For romantic walks on the beach, quiet fireside dinners in historic pubs, and strolls in the wild countryside, Cornwall can’t be beat. A short distance from London, it’s even got a surf scene for lovers of more extreme activities (though you’ll need a wetsuit a bit thicker than the one you brought to Bali!). Come discover what so many have already learned: Cornwall is for lovers.
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