The world is full of beautiful destinations that ooze romance and love, so whether you’re choosing to travel with a loved one, or hoping to find love abroad, DESIblitz has all you need to know about the top 5 romantic cities in the world.
"Famously known as the city of love, this is definitely the number one spot for couples."
Real romance can be realised by exploring so many romantic cities around the world. But which destinations offer the best of romance and love for you and your partner?
Whether it’s your honeymoon, anniversary, Valentine’s Day or just a surprise getaway, DESIblitz have picked our favourite destinations for love.
So if you’d like to take a stroll in a serene garden in Japan, or engrave your lovers names on to a padlock in Paris, we’ve listed the top 5 romantic cities in the world.
Named the ‘Pink City’, India’s Jaipur is full of majestic, romantic and regal elegance. There are plenty of gardens, monuments and temples to visit, from incredible temples and ‘havelis’ to royal buildings and palaces.
Fit for a king, Taj Rambagh Palace is an 18th century hotel that was once home to the Maharaja of Jaipur. Equipped with a spa, luxurious furnishings, idyllic grounds and prestigious restaurants, the Palace is the perfect place to stay.
Take a romantic elephant ride through the Amber Fort or through the vibrant street bazaars and lust over the dazzling colourful ornaments and jewellery. Afterwards take a ride on a rickshaw up to Jaigarh Fort at sunset to gaze at the astounding views.
Jaipur is full of classical Indian heritage and balances a perfect amount of cultural sights and relaxation. This is an ideal spot for a couple who want to experience something completely new.
Once the capital of Japan, this serene city is full of tranquil elegance and historical temples and shrines, and is a unique yet romantic destination for an adventurous couple. Spared from the bombs during World War II, this is a great city to explore imperial gardens and grand history.
Stay in a traditional Japanese inn, known as a ryokan, and sleep in a tatami-matted room with lavish futons. Visit one of the oldest authentic baths, Funaoka Onsen – a great way to relax and experience some of Japan’s traditions.
For a calm and scenic afternoon, take the Philosopher’s Stroll tour. The tour highlights that ‘throughout the ages, philosophers and priests have strolled this tranquil canal thinking deep thoughts’. Then take a trip to Nara for the day and feed deer’s by hand.
Gion also known as ‘Geisha district’ is full of quaint little restaurants. On the higher end is Kanikakuni and if you do stay in a ryokan, dinner can be served to your room Japanese style.
No romantic getaway list is complete without Venice. Italy is a beautiful country, and a trip to Venice is a must if you are in this part of the world.
Famous for Casanova, take a mini historical trip and visit the home where he was imprisoned, Doge’s Palace, and drink wine near the Rialto Bridge at Do Spade bar, where it is said he met his numerous lovers.
You can also take a stroll through the narrow streets of the Dorsoduro district and watch the sunset on St Mark’s Square, there are countless things to try when in Venice.
Afterwards, follow the footsteps of writer Ernest Hemingway, as he used to take a waterbus to Locanda Cipriani restaurant and enjoy some traditional Italian food on the idyllic terrace.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The ‘dance of lovers’ originated on the border of Argentina. This dance is bursting with seduction and lure, so if dancing is your forte or you’d love to experience the passion for yourself, head straight to Buenos Aires for some tantalising tango.
Take a cheeky trip to the love hotel, Rampa Car. Offering different themed rooms, this is where you can make all your love fantasies come true with your partner. Rooms with poles, neon lights, water beds and mirrored ceilings; this hotel has all you need to keep you frolicking for hours.
Stroll through the Reserva Ecólogica Costanera Sur, a nature reserve filled with lakes, willows and wildlife and have a picnic. Moonlight tours are also available but these sell out fast, so remember to book in advance.
Dine in style at El Bistro, it may blow your budget but the crimson white walls and outstanding food is well worth it. This aesthetically luxurious restaurant is one of a kind in Buenos Aires and right next door you can experience the delights of the tango.
Famously known as the city of love, this is definitely the number one spot for couples when looking for a romantic getaway. Wine tasting is a must in Paris! Walk around the Notre Dame at night with the lit-up cathedral or sit on the Trocadero and watch the lights of the Eiffel Tower.
Don’t forget to take a padlock with you to Pont des Arts; engrave your names on the padlock, lock it and throw the key away in the Seine River below.
Paris is bursting with romantic hotels. Some of our recommendations include Secret de Paris, One by The Five, and if you’re looking to book a suite, try the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre – you won’t be disappointed.
Restaurants offering romance are easy to come by, some of our top picks that offer both quality and ambience: L’homme Bleu offers North African food; Laperouse lets you dine in a luxury 17th century mansion; and Le Georges Restaurant, set on the Centre Georges Pompidou’s top floor, offers an unbeatable and breathless panoramic view of Paris.
There you have it, DESIblitz top 5 most romantic cities for falling in love. Regardless of how you choose to spend your time, you’d want some of the best backdrops to set the scene.
These are just some of the most romantic cities in the world, their panoramic views, endless history and romantic ambiance make them some of the most unparalleled getaway destinations in the world.
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