Last updated on January 7th, 2018 at 11:24 am
Romantic getaways are not only about candlelit dinners, long walks on starry nights along lonely beaches or patronizing accommodations. In places like the Italian Riviera, Wellington, Brugge, the Greek Isles, and Kyoto there is a quality that cannot be described or named easily – there’s something in the air that titillates the amorous senses. It is these five destinations that are top on our list of five most romantic destinations in the world.
Let’s check them out!
Cinque Terre – Italy
This picturesque waterfront escape on the craggy Italian Riviera offers the perfect romantic setting and is sure to appeal to the fancy of even the most unromantic of visitors. It’s enchanting towns, each with vibrantly colored houses and sunny luxuriant vineyards hugging the steep terraces, are simply picture perfect.
The villages are linked together by the Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail with panoramas that will transport you to another world.
The beach front promenades are ideal for romantic leisurely strolls before heading out to one of the many “trattorias” in the harbor areas of the towns for seafood specialties served with the famous “pesto” sauce, a specialty of the Liguria region.
The Giardini Botanici Hanbury boasts one of the largest gardens in Italy with sweeping vistas of the Riviera.
For some quality nightlife and great beaches, the Riviera di Ponente region to the west is where you’d want to be. However, the more rustic Riviera di Levante to the east is where mind-blowing views of the Ligurgian await you along with the promise of a private and romantic ambiance.
Wellington – New Zealand
Located at the south-western tip of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington is the capital and second largest city of this beautiful country down under. It is one of the best places in the world for romance in an urban setting.
The surrounding hills and the stunning coastline provide the scenic satisfaction which New Zealand is so well known for, while the exciting inner city with its art galleries, boutiques, trendy cafés and restaurants, theaters, and museums provide the perfect setting for romance with that urban feel to it.
A network of walking and biking trails with beautiful wineries and vineyards will beckon you for a romantic excursion with your partner.
Wellington is the hub of New Zealand’s film industry becoming even more famous by serving as the filming and production center for blockbusters like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and its prequel trilogy The Hobbit along with Avatar, Tin Tin and District 9.
Wellington has the distinction of being voted the 4th best city in the world to visit by “Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2011″ calling it the “coolest little capital in the world”.
The Kapiti Island in Wellington boasts the most breathtaking views of the surrounding areas from a 1,700-foot–high vantage point. With all the exotic birds and wildlife in the area, it’s the nature lover’s paradise on earth.
Brugge – Belgium
Famous for its old-world houses, open squares, canals and cobbled streets, Brugge is nothing less than a fairytale setting of a romantic novel.
Some of the activities couples can enjoy in this idyllic town
- Boat rides through picturesque canals
- Climb the Belfort’s 366 winding steps for a bird’s eye view of the city
- Horse-drawn carriage ride to Beguinage, a huge monastery with bridges and ponds full of graceful-looking swans
- Visit the Zeebrugge port, an important center for fishing and European trade
- Check out the ornate, carved ceiling of the 14th-century Stadhuis (City Hall) in Burg Square
- Visit Markt square to see the 13th-century belfry with a 47-bell carillon and 83m tower with panoramic views
Greek Isles (The Cyclades) – Greece
The Cyclades, or the Greek Isles, is an archipelago of some 2200 islands with only 33 of them inhabited by humans.
The vast expanses of the blue-green waters surrounding the Cyclades, bucolic mountains, great cuisine, and the overall ambiance not only make an enchanting romantic rendezvous for honeymooners and lovers but attract other categories of travelers as well.
Santorini Island – Santorini, the best-known island of the Cyclades is truly a romantic getaway with picture-perfect sunsets and sparkling white stone cliffs against the backdrop of clear blue skies.
The edge of the submerged Caldera, the epicenter of recorded history’s biggest volcanic eruption, borders one side of Santorini with the other side offering beautiful stretches of white-, red-, and black-sand beaches.
Must see spots in Santorini Island
- Oia Town
- Fira Town
- Kamari beach
- Red Beach
- White beach
- Volcano and Thermal Springs
Naxos Island – The largest island of the Cyclades, Naxos boasts pristine sandy beaches, and stunning green valleys and ravines.
Must see spots in Naxos Island
- Old Town
- Archaeological Museum
- Plaka Beach
- Panayia Pouláti
- The Kouroi of Naxos
- Agios Prokopios Beach
- Venetian Museum
- The Church of Panagia
Kyoto – Japan
Kyoto with its cherry-blossom-tree-lined sidewalks, pagodas atop lush hills, historic shrines, temples, and palaces is a tranquil romantic getaway. The place has so much to offer that you would want to visit this amorous again and again.
Must see spots in Kyoto
- Kiyomizu-dera – Historic temple with picturesque views
- Kinkaku-ji – Iconic, serene, gold-colored temple
- Fushimi Inari-taisha – Shinto shrine with famed gates
- Ginkaku-ji – Zen temple with beautiful gardens
- Nijō Castle – Historic wooden castle with lush gardens
- Arashiyama – A bamboo forest full of monkeys
- Ryōan-ji – Ancient temple and a Zen rock garden
- Kyoto Imperial Palace – Former residence of the Imperial family
- Maruyama Park – Public park
- Toei Kyoto Studio Park – Film studio and amusement park