22 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways

Whether you're in the ethereal honeymoon phase of your relationship, or if you're looking for ideas to keep the spark alive, going on a weekend getaway is definitely an intimate activity that will bring you closer. From the rich romantic atmosphere of Italian cobblestone alleys to the secluded shores of enchanting tropical islands, there are numerous destinations where you can let your passion flow. Here are 22 such destinations of otherworldly beauty to consider for your dream vacation.

1. Paris, France

View of the Eiffel Tower from Pont Alexandre III in Paris
Share an embrace on Pont Alexandre III while reveling in breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower © Catarina Belova / Shutterstock.com

What other city is more suitable for a romantic getaway than the one with the well-known title of "the city of love"? Paris stands out as being one of the greatest cultural capitals in the world due to its marvelous architecture, street fashion, and acclaimed cuisine found in its chic cafes and restaurants. The city is practically brimming with art and unspoiled history.

Historically, Paris has always been considered a centre of poetry, literature and revolutionary ideas, which is why it retains its renowned sense of romanticism. The Left Bank especially, comprised of the arrondissements (districts) to the south of the Seine River, has been informally designated as "the intellectuals' quarter" due to the numerous writers, artists and philosophers who called it home. Thus, the 1920s with all its jazz-age glory can still be found today in the atmosphere of the Latin quarter which celebrates diversity and embraces the extravagant. However, the Right Bank of Paris also has plenty of points of interest, especially in the acclaimed neighborhoods of Marais and Montmartre, home to hip boutiques and exhibitions like Musee Victor Hugo. Additionally, emblematic buildings like the Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the lively Place du Tertre, where you can have your portrait taken by talented artists, are also located here. In case you can't choose which bank of the city to stroll around with your partner first, just head towards Pont Alexandre III, the bridge between the two river banks. Here you can revel in a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower and share an embrace against this magnificent backdrop.

There are plenty of romantic spots that set up the scene for the perfect kiss. The French metropolis has a wide array of touristic sights, as it also hosts the reputable Louvre Museum, the tranquil Île de la Cité with its Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, the Arc de Triomphe, Musée d'Orsay and Champs-Elysées. Moreover, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, the Palace of Versailles is just a one-hour train ride away from Paris. Hop on and cuddle up with your partner and time will pass by immediately.

Nevertheless, the French capital is a place to embrace your inner "flâneur" – a word that encapsulates the mindful act of strolling aimlessly and observing local life. The simplicity of making your own discoveries while walking hand in hand destination-less through the streets is what the Parisian spirit is all about.

2. Venice, Italy

Couple enjoying a gondola ride on Venice's Grand Canal
There are few things more romantic than a gondola ride on Venice's Grand Canal © Tatiana Popova / Shutterstock.com

There are few things more romantic than a gondola ride on Venice's well-known Grand Canal. Complete this mental photograph with a singing gondolier and a glass of wine enjoyed in Piazza San Marco and you get the atmosphere depicted in numerous movies.

Venice is truly fascinating because it captures the impression of a magical floating city. Resting on almost 120 islands, it also bears the title "City of Bridges" due to its many footbridges knitted together across the canals. The intricate structure of the enchanting streets resembles a labyrinth in which you would definitely not mind getting stuck. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a precise itinerary, make sure to delve into this walking paradise by strolling arm in arm across the popular Rialto Bridge and heading towards Piazza San Marco. There you will find the architectural wonders of the Basilica di San Marco, built right next to the Palazzo Ducale. For an even richer taste of Venice's overflowing culture, you should visit emblematic art galleries such as the Galleria dell'Accademia or the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti - located in the picturesque Ca' d'Oro. Furthermore, architectural lovers will be charmed by the Palazzo Rezzonico and its Baroque and Rococo design, while Gothic churches such as Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari will make you stand in awe. Another superb landmark of Italian history is the La Fenice ("The Phoenix") Opera House - a perfect name since it has burnt down to the ground three times. Cuddle up in your seats and watch a magnificent opera together. Additionally, in a more hidden corner of Venice, Casa di Marco Polo invites you to have an intimate look at the former residence of the explorer.

If you want to have an authentic experience and enjoy the city like a true local, go on a "bacaro tour". It is the Venetian term for "pub crawl" with the difference that you start it earlier, around 6 pm. In this way, you can experience the Venetian cuisine replete with chicchetti, which are local easy-to-eat snacks similar to Spanish tapas or Turkish meze. They are meant to go down with a spritz or glass of wine, so grab your partner and take in a few bites over the moonlit sight of the canals. Finally, complete your exploration of Venice by visiting the nearby island of Murano, where you'll discover the traditional glass-making artisans the place is known for.

3. Napa Valley, USA

Napa Valley
If you love wine as much as you love each other, head down to Napa Valley; you won't be disappointed © Tjeerd Kruse / Shutterstock.com

If you are wine or food connoisseurs, or enjoy reveling in a high culture destination full of breathtaking outdoor areas, then Napa Valley in California might be the perfect romantic getaway for your couple.

Considered the most highly regulated in the world, due to its winery definition ordinances and slow-growth initiatives, Napa Valley's wine industry has a rich history thanks to which it has secured its well-deserved spot on the winery map. George C. Yount was the first person to plant a vineyard in 1836 in what is now Napa County, thus giving the name of Yountville, the heart of the region. Moreover, after the first commercial winery was established in Napa Valley in 1861 by Charles Krug, the vitners had to face the setback of the 1920's Prohibition. Now, the area is flourishing, since it's one of the few areas in the US to enjoy a Mediterranean climate, making it the perfect place for a prospering wine industry.

With over 400 wineries, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming. Among the top touristic favorites are the V. Sattui Winery – full of old-fashioned charm and vast picnic grounds, Castello di Amorosa – a striking Tuscan-inspired castle, and Chateau Montelena – right at the shore of a peaceful lake embellished by Chinese pagodas. In case you're looking for a more unique way of discovering Napa's culinary experience, a romantic journey on the Napa Valley Wine Train replete with a three-hour fine dining meal might be what you need.

If you want to relish other open air activities after a full day of wine tasting, Napa Valley has additional noteworthy attractions such as spectacular balloon rides offering a bird's eye view of the entire valley, golf games at the outstanding Vintner's Golf Club in Yountville and impressive relaxing hikes around Lake Hennessey. So put on your trekking shoes and enjoy wandering through the marvellous views arm in arm with your sweetheart. For exploring Napa's robust history, make sure to check out Napa Valley Museum Yountville, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in St. Helena and the Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga. What's more, nature lovers will also enjoy taking a kiss selfie against the enthralling sight of the Old Faithful Geyser of California and the Petrified Forest in Calistoga. The perfect time to visit for a memorable romantic escapade would be during spring or even better, during the harvest season in fall.

4. Turks and Caicos Islands

Aerial view of Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos
Parasail over Grace Bay and get a splendid bird's eye view of this pristine beach © World Nomac / Shutterstock.com

Are you looking for an escape from the cold winter days and a sunny white-sand beach where you and your partner can enjoy yourselves instead? Grab your swimsuits and get ready for an idyllic getaway in Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of 40 islands southeast of the Bahamas.

December to April is typically the "high season", while the late summer and early autumn months are to be avoided because they coincide with the Atlantic hurricane season. Additionally, whale watching can only be done during the winter season and who would want to miss that?

Being one of the world's largest coral reef systems, the Turks and Caicos will unplug you immediately from everyday life. These Caribbean islands encompass a marine environment ideal for the adventurous couples due to the wide array of water sports available. Parasail over Grace Bay, the hallmark of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and get a splendid bird's eye view of pristine beach, resorts, barrier reef and sea animals. If you want to get a closer look at the vibrant reef, make sure to get a snorkeling cruise to the Bight Reef and the Leeward Cut Reef and see the intricate beds of yellow and purple for yourself. Moreover, kayak or paddleboard in the wetlands around the cays off the eastern end of Providenciales for a chance to see Jojo the Dolphin. He was declared a National Treasure by the Turks and Caicos Islands for the fact that he voluntarily interacts with humans. If you want to get your adrenaline levels even higher, try horseback riding in the turquoise waters of Long Bay Beach or take a jet ski tour to the La Famille Express Shipwreck.

Nevertheless, you can definitely also enjoy sunbathing and cuddling on the beach during your weekend. The spectacular coast offers beaches like Sapodilla Bay and Long Bay - right near the crystal-clear lagoon of Chalk Sound National Park - or more secluded shores suitable for your romantic affair like Half Moon Bay. Furthermore, perhaps the most romantic and memorable way to end the day's activity is to take a sunset cruise. In addition to seeing a breathtaking sunset, there is also the chance to spot a marine glow-worm display, which lights up the water like stars, or to spot the elusive green flash atmospheric phenomenon. Therefore, hop on a cruise and engrave your picturesque getaway on your hearts.

5. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Couple on the beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen has plenty of spots along the coastline where you and your partner can sunbathe, walk, fall asleep together in a quiet spot or even skinny dip © Seth Willingham / Shutterstock.com

As far as authentic experiences go, Playa del Carmen can offer you and your significant other the most luscious taste of Mexico. If you are looking for a resort destination that is more substantial than your typical all-inclusive retreat, this smaller and less touristy town than its bigger "cousin", Cancun, is the ideal place for your couple.

This Caribbean city lying on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, part of the classic Riviera Maya route down the coast, embodies the perfect definition of the romantic paradise. From the resort beaches at the southern side of Playacar to Maroma Beach, there are plenty of spots along the coastline where you and your partner can sunbathe, fall asleep together in a quiet spot or, for the more daring, even skinny dip. Thus, make sure you won't return home less than fully refreshed and take a dip in the invigorating Cenote Azul or Cenote Cristalino, which are magnificent underground reservoirs of water.

Moreover, head over hand in hand to Fifth Avenue, the heart of Playa Del Carmen, if you want to enjoy the city's buzzing nightlife. Here you can either delight in low-priced authentic Mexican food or feast your eyes on the numerous handmade crafts made by local artisans, preferably a sombrero. Once the sun sets, there are a multitude of bars and clubs for you to choose from, and in which you can play fun drinking games with locally made tequila. For those who want a more intimate date, take a ferry ride to the exotic Cozumel Island at sunset and make reservations for a candlelit dinner on Buccanos Beach.

In case you want to experience the local flavors of the city from a more cultural perspective, gain an insight into Mayan culture by visiting the ancient Tulum ruins or the one-hour drive away Coba ruins, one of the biggest Mayan Ruins sites in the Yucatan of Mexico. Climb the pyramid here and revel in this quaint atmosphere while holding your loved one in your arms. What's more, you can also visit the inspiring Frida Kahlo Museum or take a stroll hand in hand in Parque de la Ceiba, where the historic centerpiece of the city, the centuries-old Ceiba tree is rooted.

6. Tuscany, Italy

Castello di Castiglione della Pescaia at sunset
Climb the medieval Castello di Castiglione della Pescaia arm in arm with your loved one © ROBERT67 / Shutterstock.com

Boasting with fairy-tale-like towns and places, Tuscany is a romantic poem written on Italy's map. The scenic landscapes stretching across the region comprise both low-lying mountains, valleys and cultivated fields, as well as well-known cities brimming with culture reminiscent of the Renaissance era. Natural beauty and human activity blend in perfectly to offer couples a depiction of rare beauty in which they can love each other freely.

There are a multitude of idyllic attractions to pick from, and there are unfortunately only so many days in the weekend. Nevertheless, one thing is implicit: there is no visit to Tuscany without visiting the breathtaking Florence. Be prepared to experience the well-known Stendhal syndrome while wandering hand in hand through the great beauty and antiquity of the Tuscan capital. Head over to Piazzale Michelangelo in the highest part of the city and share a kiss while taking in the panoramic view of some of the most noteworthy attractions, such as the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. Furthermore, taking a picture in a loving embrace in front of Pisa's Leaning Tower, or sharing a gelato in Siena's Piazza del Campo, are other to-do ideas directly out of honeymoon postcards. In order to reach as many cities on the romantic itinerary as efficiently as needed, splurge on a rented convertible car. The scenic backdrop of sunflower fields and picturesque roads, such as the narrow roads in Val d'Orcia Valley and the Chiantigiana Wine Road, along with the blissful wind blowing in your face are perfect for a couple in love.

Spread across the awe-inspiring famous cities are hiding numerous hidden pearls that will enchant you even more. In case you are in search of a more intimate and quiet trip for two without the touristic buzz, stroll around the narrow alleys of Pienza such as Via dell'Amore (Street of Love) and Via del Bacio (Street of Kiss). Moreover, nestled between blue sea and green hills is the enticing Castiglione Della Pescaia, where you can relax and climb the medieval Castello di Castiglione della Pescaia arm in arm. Finish your weekend by visiting the Albero dell'Amore (Tree of Love) resting in Lucignano's piazza del Tribunale, a monumental reliquary at the Museo Comunale which is said to bring couples good luck and eternal happiness. Afterwards, make sure to savor an invigorating aperitif on the ancient cobbled streets of the same piazza.

7. Lake Tahoe, USA

Lake Tahoe
Wind down with your significant other against a beautiful natural scenery blending pristine waters and mesmerizing mountain views © Engel Ching / Shutterstock.com

Blending pristine waters with mesmerizing mountain views, Lake Tahoe invites you to wind down with your significant other against a beautiful natural scenery. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe encompasses a wide array of romantic activities for every season.

If you and your partner love to hike, visit Emerald Bay and hike either down to Vikingsholm Castle with its spectacular Scandinavian architecture or up into the eye-soothing Desolation Wilderness, host to glacially-formed valleys and lakes. Camping enthusiasts can also spend a night cuddling together in the wilderness in one of the two campgrounds. Additionally, during winter, grab your partner's hand and your ski boots because this setting turns into a skiing paradise. Moreover, adventure-loving couples will be happy to know that the stunning national landmark of Emerald Bay is also a paradise in terms of kayaking and scuba diving. As for a charming idea of an afternoon date, kayak over to Fannette Island and have a drink together at the little tea house awaiting there. Make sure not to miss the thrilling experience of a hot air balloon tour either, which offers a clear view of the Cascade Lake, Fallen Leaf Lake and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Last but not least, a hidden gem on the Nevada side of the lake is Secret Cove, an idyllic cozy beach that is ideal for skinny-dipping.

You don’t enjoy outdoor sports that much? Lake Tahoe welcomes every type of guest and offers a variety of winding down alternatives for you and your partner. Snuggle up close to your loved one during a Heavenly Gondola and relish the panoramic view even if it is not followed by snowboarding down the mountain. Instead, get off at the first platform and have a romantic picnic in two at the special picnic tables there. What's more, at Sierra Hot Springs you can enjoy the sumptuous experience of a soothing couples massage or find solace in the hot and cold plunge pools. As the icing on top, you can recreate the romantic atmosphere of Venice and revel in a private gondola ride by cruising through the Tahoe Keys marina with a champagne glass in hand. The area resembles the canals of Italy, with each tour including its own gondolier, so sit back, embrace your partner and enjoy the ride.

8. Phuket, Thailand

Aerial view of Freedom Beach On Phuket Island
Check out Phuket's Freedom Beach if you are looking for a more intimate swim © MR. BUDDEE WIANGNGORN / Shutterstock.com

With its exotic wildlife, palm-fringed beaches and sapphire sea, Phuket is Thailand's largest island, as well as its centerpiece. Not only will this striking paradise astonish you with its merging of relaxation, staggering eyesights in nature and sneak peeks into the buddhist culture, but it will also create an ethereal atmosphere that will make the passion in your couple flourish and thrive.

Extending into the Andaman Sea, Phuket encompasses numerous golden sand beaches suitable for tanning or even underwater adventures like scuba-diving. Take a romantic stroll along Kata Beach's tranquil seashore, or catch some rays at Karon Beach after diving into the deep blue together with your partner. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a more intimate swim, make sure to check out Freedom Beach. Paradoxically, you'll find the hidden gem of the island concealed behind the most hectic attraction, due to the fact that reaching it is possible by taking a longboat from the bustling Patong Beach. The effort is definitely worthwhile: you'll find yourself sharing a tight and loving embrace on a secluded and incredibly peaceful beach. When you're bored with taking swims in the beaches stretching across Phuket, hike up to Karon Viewpoint, and enjoy a romantic picturesque view of the clear blue sea and jade hills.

Brimming with temples, museums and Thai cuisine, Phuket Old Town is not to be overlooked either. Lying on a bay on the southeastern coast of the island, the Old Town boasts mesmerizing temples such as Jui Tui Shrine or galleries like Phuket Trickeye Museum. Even if you are not interested in the religious or cultural aspect, the hybrid architecture consisting of quirky and colorful buildings will be a delight for your eyes. Finish your stroll through the town in the evening by having a moonlit elegant dinner in the compound of Amari Phuket, away from the hustle and bustle of the main area. Look into your partner's eyes as you hear the sound of the waves stroking the shore right besides you.

9. Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
With a sumptuous exterior and an ethereal atmosphere of its interior, Sagrada Familia will leave both of you in awe © TheRaspberryFool / Shutterstock.com

In this Catalonian hub of hip architecture, fine cuisine and unique gardens and beaches, the romance in the air is contagious. Sparks will fly as you and your partner bask under the Mediterranean sun rays and aimlessly stroll through the city's narrow streets. Moreover, Barcelona's culture circuit is so complex and alluring, that after one weekend you will definitely want to return and schedule another romantic trip as soon as possible.

The first stop on your sightseeing list should undoubtedly be the well-known Basílica de la Sagrada Família. The surrealist Art Nouveau signature of Gaudi will leave you in awe first by marveling at the sumptuous exterior, and next by admiring the interior sacred space with its ethereal atmosphere. Next, take a paseo (leisurely walk) hand in hand on the vibrant boulevard, La Rambla, where you will enjoy the local experience of window shopping. The avenue stretches along the Gothic Quarter, so make sure to have a stop there and visit Barcelona Cathedral as well. This Gothic temple is less quirky then Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, but its powerful presence, along with the city view from the short elevator ride to the top is jaw-dropping. Not far from the Cathedral hanging on a wall in Plaça d'Isidre Nonell is the famous mural "The World Begins With Every Kiss" made of thousands of personal photos. Experience butterflies in your stomach while gaping at this seductive piece of art and make sure to take an affectionate couple photograph against its backdrop. Continue your trip by immersing deeper in the cultural scene by visiting the open-air Poble Espanyol, the National Museum of Catalan Art, and the provocative Erotic Museum.

The beautiful sceneries of the unconventional Park Guell also have designated picnic areas where you can enjoy a romantic glass of wine with your partner. Additionally, Ciutadella Park, the greenest oasis in the bustling city, is another idyllic place in which you can have an intimate sail on a rowing boat. No visit to the balmy Mediterranean city is completely finished until you soak up the sunshine on magnificent beaches such as Barceloneta, or the more tranquil Nova Icària. Enjoy fresh tapas on the sand from the vendors, and if your cravings are not satisfied, there are plenty of serene seaside huts where you can understand for yourself the simple Spanish delight of sharing a paella in two.

10. Lisbon, Portugal

View from Eduardo VII Park In Lisbon
Sometimes you just have to pause and simply enjoy each other’s company; Lisbon's soulful Eduardo VII Park is perfect for that © Mikhail Gnatkovskiy / Shutterstock.com

Lisbon confines the perfect recipe for a romantic environment. With its fairy tale castles, streets of whimsical charm and astounding scenic views, your passion will be reignited at every corner of the city.

Start your lovers' getaway by visiting the emblematic São Jorge castle, which does not only offer a historical insight into the city's history, but it also encompasses one of the most spectacular views of the city. Hold your partner's hand while marveling at the slow flowing waters of the river Tagus which borders the southern banks of the city. Continue plunging into the medieval atmosphere by exploring The Carmo Convent and its Church or the monumental Belem Tower. Right beneath the hilltop of São Jorge Castle, the emblematic Alfama district is a hilly, uneven area with winding cobblestone streets. Its alleys are so narrow that brushing up against your partner while walking together can't be helped. When you get tired, make sure to unwind by ducking into one of the bars for a glass of wine or Ginja, a mouth-watering cherry liqueur. Another focal point of the city is tram 28, a vintage street car that allows you to make your way through some of the most romantic quarters of Lisbon. Get off at a random spot and find a tucked away spot where you can steal a few kisses against the stone staircases.

Spend an afternoon in the soulful Eduardo VII Park, located in central Lisbon, in a large grassy oasis that consists of intricate mosaic-patterned hedges. Get on the viewing platform at the top that offers sweeping views over Praça Marquês do Pombal and Avenida da Liberdade, and get lost with your partner in the Estufa Fria greenhouse. Through statues, waterfalls and tropical plants you will feel sheltered and at peace strolling arm in arm with your lover.

As daylight starts to fade, the weekend is an ideal time to indulge in a bar-hopping experience in the Bairro Alto district. Its bohemian vibe adored by artists and writers is brought to life in the evening by swarming crowds standing outside with a drink in hand. Book an intimate table for two at one of the restaurants where they have Fado performances, in order to get a taste of the stellar melodies about love and heartbreak in Portuguese folk music.

11. Maine, USA

Clouds rolling over Acadia National Park
From mysterious mountaintops and forests to deep and clear waters, Acadia National Park has a little bit of everything for the couples who love to be outdoors © Alexey Stiop / Shutterstock.com

With its seaward vistas and mountains, but also exuding an art-drenched atmosphere in big cities, Maine is an all-encompassing solution for your getaway location problems. Being the largest state in New England, Maine will dazzle you with its charming atmosphere, from the refreshing South Coast to the chic Midcoast region.

Get ready to unwind by the gleaming waters of Bar Harbor. This staggering resort town on the coast of Maine is an easy place to fall in love as you stroll hand in hand along the Bar Harbor Pier or the Shore Path, head out on a boat tour, or hike to the top of the 466-meter masterpiece that is Cadillac Mountain. What's more, even if you are an ardent lover of history and get mesmerized by George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History and the interactive Abbe Museum, don't forget that Bar Harbor is the getaway to Acadia National Park as well.

One of USA's most beloved natural sceneries, Acadia National Park has everything, from mysterious mountaintops and forests to deep and clear waters. Sprawling its 49,000 acres on Mount Desert Island, it includes a myriad of coastal attractions, such as the natural inlet of Thunder Hole. Hold one another in your arms as you listen to the duet played by the shoreside stone and ocean with their natural instruments. Moreover, whether you're interested in visiting Acadia National Park for canoeing, fishing, you can enjoy doing all of these at Great Long Pond. It's the perfect outdoor playground for your amorous weekend getaway, as you are also endowed with bike trails at the more secluded Schoodic Peninsula and numerous hike trails at Isle au Haut.

For a change of scenery, spend the rest of your weekend in hip Portland. Watch a movie screening at the Portland Museum of Art while you cuddle in your seats, or go to the Portland Head Light and enjoy the picturesque setting which includes a beach, lawns and picnic areas. Furthermore, weave around the lively Arts District and Old Port, the beating heart of the city. In these bustling downtown neighborhoods you will find an eclectic atmosphere and have a romantic dinner emblematic of Portland's famous food scene. Enjoy the culinary havens replete with fresh lobster dishes and laugh together with your partner as you both have your fingers hastily covered in butter.

12. New Orleans, USA

The iconic Bourbon Street in New Orleans' French Quarter
With its wrought-iron balconies and intimate gas-lit glow, the French Quarter is the district that radiates the most old-world charm © William A. Morgan / Shutterstock.com

The candlelit bistros, the splendid architecture, along with the constant intoxicating jazz music drifting from bar doors all turn New Orleans into one of the most seductive destinations you could pick for your weekend escape. Choosing it as your city break location is undoubtedly an ideal decision if you are looking to soak up culture and loosen up in the midst of numerous events and parties.

With its wrought-iron balconies and intimate gas-lit glow, the French Quarter is the district that radiates the most old-world charm. Wander through the buzzing Jackson Square where you can revel in the sweet live music of various street performers. After dipping into the breathtaking St. Louis Cathedral with its enrapturing architecture, cross the street and feel the breeze of the nearby Mississippi River. Go for a stroll on the Moon Walk and rest for a bit in a warm embrace on the wide steps that lead down to the river. Here you can also come back at night to taste the romance and glamour of a riverboat cruise, but if you prefer to trundle your way to the city under sunlight, snuggle up on the brass seats of a street car during a scenic tour. You will be enchanted by the mystique surrounding the Victorian homes in the historic Garden District or the renowned Lafayette Cemetery. Another great place to cuddle is the wooden carousel located in City Park or perhaps under its centuries-old oak trees.

Make sure to grab your dancing shoes and sway close together all night long in one of the many live venues. Most jazz clubs can be found on Frenchman Street and Bourbon Street, the latter brimming with life, sultry blues and rhythmic sounds almost permanently. However, for the most authentic experience, make sure to buy tickets for Preservation Hall. Additionally, get into the boozy atmosphere that New Orleans has to offer and discover the cocktail culture in the Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone. If mixology is not your cup of tea, then savor the Creole cuisine the city is famous for, or enjoy the oysters that are a great aphrodisiac specialty. Finish your weekend by getting a couples' fortune reading before you leave. Voodoo is a huge part of New Orleans culture, so you can have some fun delving deeper into it by also buying a Love and Passion Voodoo Doll as a souvenir.

13. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Morning walk on Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach
Grand Cayman's jewel, Seven Mile Beach, is the ideal place to spend a relaxing day with your sweetheart on the soft golden sand © andy morehouse / Shutterstock.com

If you are in the mood to down-shift into couple vacation mode, then pack up your sunglasses and sunscreen and escape to the Grand Cayman in the Western Caribbean. The bustling cruise port is the largest of the three Cayman Islands, as well as the most lively.

Dreamlike Seven Mile Beach is Grand Cayman's jewel, and the ideal place to spend a relaxing day with your sweetheart on the soft golden sand. For a more sheltered suntanning, head over to Starfish Point, a gorgeous place where you can also spot a great number of starfishes under the shallow water. Moreover, you can see enrapturing sea creatures up close at Stingray City, where you will be able to have a memorable lifetime experience by swimming with enormous stingrays. What is more romantic than taking a professional couple photograph underwater with this riveting sea animal? If it is not too nerve wracking for you to embark on this adventure, it is nothing short of engrossing to just feed them special food right from your hands either. For more spellbinding experiences, explore one of the best diving sites such as Devil's Grotto and USS Kittiwake or witness the ocean floor illuminate like the night sky at Bioluminescent Bay. Additionally, visit the vibrant paradise of Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park where numerous unique creatures such as brilliantly colored butterflies and almost extinct blue iguanas roam around freely. Share a kiss under the canopy of gently swaying palm trees and feel yourself and your partner floating in this lovely heavenly atmosphere.

Pay a visit to Cayman Spirits Co. in George Town, Cayman's attractive capital. Revel in the delectable rum tastings in the only distillery in the world that uses the ocean to age its rum. Among the colorful picturesque buildings of the city, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is also a must-see for art lovers. If you are looking for a peaceful end to your day, catch a glimpse of the sky at twilight while on board a romantic cruise heading towards Rum Point.

14. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Viewpoint with a gorgeous vista of Dubrovnik
Gorgeous sunrise views of "The Pearl of the Adriatic" have romance written all over them © trabantos / Shutterstock.com

Whether you are looking for pristine beaches, culture, culinary experiences or ensnaring views, Dubrovnik has something to offer to any couple. "The Pearl of the Adriatic" oozes romance due to its towering walls and medieval architecture.

You can't visit Croatia's most romantic city without experiencing at least one of its beaches. Enjoy a quiet swim with your lover at Lapad sunset beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. After sipping on a delightful cocktail in your beach chair, take a stroll through the Old Town. Walking aimlessly and kissing in the narrow alleyways away from tourists' or locals' intruding eyes can be as good as it can get. However, if you are looking for something to aim for, make sure to visit the hypnotizing Gothic-Renaissance Rector's Palace, where the Cultural History Museum resides. Next, withdraw from the tight streets by going to the eastern entrance of the Old Town from where you can hop on the Dubrovnik funicular with your loved one. From the top of the Srđ mountain, you can take in the spectacular views of the city and the sea, as well as Lokrum Island. Buza Bar is another wonderful spot in the Old Town that offers a panoramic view of the faraway islands. If you and your partner are feeling adventurous, hold each others' hands as you take a leap in this popular location for cliff jumping.

Take a 360 degrees look at the orange-tiled roofs of the city's houses also by walking atop the city walls from one of the starting points such as Pile Gate. In case you are tired of seeing the panoramic view of the Lokrum Island only from afar, join a kayaking trip and paddle the turquoise waters of the Adriatic sea. You will be mesmerized by the island's lush scenery and sea caves. For couples who are ardent fans of Game of Thrones, visiting the 11th-century Benedictine Monastery, which was featured on the show, will surely be a haunting experience.

15. Savannah, USA

River Street in Savannah
River Street, the highlight of Savannah, is home to more than 75 pubs, artist's studios and boutiques © f11photo / Shutterstock.com

Art, trendy boutiques, music, architecture and nature paint the picture of what Savannah represents. Located along the coast in the far northeast corner of Georgia, the city emanates a great deal of hospitality and good vibes that make visiting couples feel right at home.

Share an embrace beneath one of the myriad Spanish moss-covered oaks in Forsyth Park or snuggle up close while lounging on one of the benches in front of the fountain. For an authentic local experience, make sure to check out the Farmers' Market that takes place every Saturday in the park, and take delight in the wide array of products such as fresh fruit or hand-poured candles. Afterwards, go south to the Pulaski monument and enjoy the vibrant gingerbread-looking houses fronting the park.

Check out Savannah's Historic District, the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S. Here feel free to explore hand in hand some of the many museums, galleries or mansions such as Telfair Museums, the insightful Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters and the eclectic SCAD Museum of Art. In case you don't feel like walking, take a romantic ride on one of the quaint horse carriages, and admire Jones Street as well, considered one of the loveliest streets in the entire US. However, the highlight has to be River Street, home to more than 75 pubs, artist's studios and boutiques. Try to book your rendezvous in Savannah on the first Friday of a month, because that is when this festival of the senses literally becomes a street festival with music, fireworks display and sublime food.

If you are feeling brave, delve into the ghost stories that haunt Savannah while knowing you can always grab your partner's hand for comfort. The historical tour of the Bonaventure Cemetery and the more laid back Haunted Pub Crawl are great ways to discover the creepy tales that are also part of the magical atmosphere of the city. At sundown, pack a blanket and embark on a passionate adventure on Tybee Island. Here you can tenderly lie next to each other on the sand, while you feel the ocean breeze and discover the constellations together.

16. Niagara Falls, USA/Canada

The Hornblower close to the Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls
Hop on a boat tour of the Niagara Falls and share a laugh with your significant other as the Falls' misty spray grazes you © S-F / Shutterstock.com

Hold on tight for an exhilarating adventure like never before while you enjoy the thrilling Niagara Falls. Both thunderous waters and sparks will fly between you and your lover.

If you are traveling from the US side, stay assured that there is nothing short of memorable about the original "Honeymoon Capital of the World". Outdoor enthusiasts will be ecstatic to see the spectacle of the Falls from up close by heading towards Niagara Falls State Park. Embedded in history as being the nation's oldest state park, it comprises the Observation Tower near Prospect Point, the only panoramic view of all three Falls. After being enraptured by the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, as well as by the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, don't forget to sneak a kiss on the elevator ride from down the tower. Once the elevator's doors open, get ready to board the boat ride of your lifetime on the iconic Maid of the Mist. Share a laugh with your significant other as the Falls' misty spray grazes you, while you advance first past the falls on the U.S. side, then past the one on the Canadian side. After around 20 minutes, you'll return to the U.S. side at Niagara Falls State Park with some enchanting memories as souvenirs. Additionally, adventure seekers will also love taking to the sky on a soaring helicopter tour to view the romantic view of the Falls from above. Meanwhile, history lovers will enjoy walking hand in hand through the World Changed Here Pavilion in the Cave of the Winds attraction in order to learn about Tesla's design of the first hydro-electric power plant.

On the Canadian side, put on your water ponchos and hop on the Hornblower, the equivalent of the American Maid of Mist. The American Falls on the New York side can actually be best seen from Ontario. Set up the scene for the perfect kiss at the Journey Behind the Falls attraction, which offers a unique view from the base of Horseshoe Falls. At night, experience the carnival-like atmosphere of the city of Niagara Falls, and embark on the Niagara Skywheel. Being the largest observation wheel in Canada, it provides a breathtaking vantage point to cuddle with your partner while watching the tremendous falls.

17. Seville, Spain

Secville's Spain Square At sunset
Spain Square is one of the most romantic landmarks of Seville © gumbao / Shutterstock.com

Andalusia's passionate capital is steeped with charm and magical ambience. From the flamboyant flamenco performances and horse-drawn carriages in the lamp-lit elegant streets to the magnificent edifices, Seville portrays a city of pure loving energy.

One of the most romantic landmarks of the city has to be the 50,000-square-meter plaza of Spain Square. The peaceful canal surrounded by Renaissance inspired balconies is regarded as the "Venice of Seville". Return in the evening for a charming row boat ride to catch a glance of the towering city against the sky at sunset. Meanwhile, you can throw coins for love and good luck in the graceful central fountain of the square, and then retreat to Maria Luisa Park for an escape from the bustling crowd. Replete with lush greenery, the lively park is the perfect host for your intimate affair. Share a kiss in the stunning gazebo on Monte Gurugú, whose legend states that when a couple has their first kiss together here, their love will survive anything. Make sure to also check out another divine highlight of the city, Setas de Sevilla, the largest wooden construction in the world. Even if you are not a history enthusiast and you don't want to visit the archeological museum downstairs, feel free to stop by the lovely shops in the building for some souvenir shopping.

Ask any local what is the most ideal neighborhood for couples in love and they will immediately say Barrio Santa Cruz, the former Jewish district. Soak in the Moorish influence on Seville's architecture that is noticed in the towering Giralda bell tower and Real Alcazár. Take a stroll hand in hand in the intricately manicured grounds of the latter. The influence of the Moors can also be seen in Seville in the tradition of Arab Baths. Retreat to Aire de Sevilla in a hidden corner of the Jewish Quarter. There you will relish a dip in the dimly lit infinity pool against the backdrop of a magnificent panorama of the city.

When your stomach is rumbling after a long day of travel, you'll need some tasty treats to help you refuel. Head out to a local bar like Quitapesares, where the authentic Spanish atmosphere is in full bloom. Share a jug of sangria and a platter of tapas in two and if you are lucky enough, you will catch the spontaneous performance of a flamenco singer and a guitarist.

18. Palm Springs, USA

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The only thing that can make a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway better is holding your loved one in your arms © Kate Scott / Shutterstock.com

Located only two-hours away from Los Angeles, this desert resort city came to fame in the 1950s as various Hollywood stars vacationed under its azure sky. Now, with its multitude of palms lining the streets, hip boutiques, and fun events (since it lies in the Coachella Valley, home to the world renowned music festival), Palm Springs is still fashionable as it casts a spell of allurement ideal for couples in love.

Art lovers will definitely enjoy strolling hand in hand through the Palm Springs Art Museum, which houses exhibitions of quintessential themes of the city such as Native Americans and the American West. If art is not your thing, then walk a couple of minutes onto Tramway Road and you will surely be taken aback by the experience offered by the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This central landmark of the city offers an unforgettable ride in the world's largest aerial tramway. Board the rotating cable car, share a few loving embraces, and before you know it you will find yourself mesmerized by the entirety of the Coachella Valley below. Once you get to the top, adventure seeking couples can choose to hike deeper into the San Jacinto Mountains. In case you don't feel like trekking that day, no problem: just linger over a romantic lunch overlooking the Coachella Valley at Peaks Restaurant. Additionally, why not make a stop and take a kiss selfie by the Palm Springs Visitors Center on your way to the tramway? Its mid century modern architecture is truly eye-catching and emblematic for the romantic retro atmosphere of the city.

You can plunge into the glamour of the rock and roll era even deeper by paying a visit to The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway. Here an Elvis or Priscilla look-alike will greet you and take you on a tour of the holiday haven where the King and his wife honeymooned and spent their intimate vacations. If this doesn't put you in a romantic enough mood, perhaps a round of golf on one of the numerous well-groomed courses such as PGA West will recreate the luxurious vibe of the postwar era. Steal a kiss in this charming lush setting as you treat yourself to a game against a stunning desert backdrop.

19. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Couple walking towards the Buenos Aires Obelisk
Don't miss the opportunity to take a kiss photo by the Buenos Aires Obelisk © Wirestock Creators / Shutterstock.com

Romance permeates the air in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Sweet aromas of fine food and refined wine, along with passionate rhythms of Argentinian Tango drift against sceneries of elegant architecture, beauty and culture.

Start your weekend by taking a kiss photo by The Obelisk, the city's nerve center. It was created as a monument to commemorate the first founding of Buenos Aires, so it represents one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Next, stride towards Puerto Madero, the only neighborhood in a major world city where the streets are named after female suffragists. The tribute to Argentine and South American women continues with the monumental Puente de la Mujer (the Woman's Bridge) located in the same area. The bridge's architectural structure evokes a bird in flight, creating a charming atmosphere that conveys the freedom to love. Share a passionate kiss in this beautiful homage of femininity and watch the water of the port light up in warm colors during the evening.

Other quaint attractions that inspire a sense of soft romanticism are Casa Rosada, home of the country's most charismatic presidential couple in the 1940s and 1950s, and El Ateneo Grand Splendid. The latter has been appraised as being the world's most beautiful bookstore, due to its splendidly ornate decoration that was part of its former use as a theater. If you are feeling courageous, get ready to be spooked at Recoleta Cemetery. It is a fascinating place to wander in, as the necropolis is set apart by its elaborate marble and granite mausoleums. Beyond the cemetery, take a stroll hand in hand through the Recoleta neighborhood. See for yourself why the imposing French-designed mansions, museums, shops, chocolatiers and jewelers earned Buenos Aires the nickname "Paris of South America". Cross the threshold of one of the great array of stylish bars and have a taste of the delightful Malbec wine.

For a peaceful end to your day, take your loved one to a Tango show and watch this sensual dance over a candle lit dinner. One of the most recommended shows by locals is the Rojo Tango dinner and show at Faena Hotel near Puerto Madero. Additionally, if you decide you want to experience the dancing language of love for yourself, put on your dancing shoes and set foot in one of the numerous milongas (tango dance clubs) such as La Catedral or La Virtua.

20. Prague, Czech Republic

Charles Bridge at sunrise, Prague
No other place in Prague exudes more charm and romance than the Charles Bridge © Rudy Balasko / Shutterstock.com

If your heart tells you to choose Prague as your getaway destination, listen to it. You definitely won't regret weaving through the labyrinthian cobbled streets, while admiring the stunning architecture. The dreamy overtone aura surrounding the Czech capital offers a classy and bohemian feel to each lovers' step through the alleys.

No other place exudes more charm than the Charles Bridge. This Gothic style stone-bridge embellished with 30 statues connects Old Town and Lesser Town and is an extremely entertaining place to walk with your loved one. Enjoy the talented street performers usually inhabiting the bridge or the myriad of hand-crafted art pieces and souvenirs for sale. Furthermore, you can visit Vyšehrad, the 10th century seat of Czech princes. Feel like you are in a fairytale by heading to its stunning gardens for an intimate picnic. Next, wander alongside the historic fort walls against the setting of an enrapturing view across the Vltava river and Prague Castle. The neo-Gothic Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, that is standing in the middle of the complex, is also inviting you to enter and catch a glimpse of its awe-inspiring Art Nouveau ornaments. If you are literary enthusiasts, make sure not to leave Prague before you pay a visit to the exquisite Baroque Klementinum library and to the astounding Kafka Museum. Very close to the museum dedicated to the Czech writer, there is a landing on Cihelná street on the Malá Strana side of the river where you can spot wildlife in its natural beauty. This is an undoubtedly relaxing place to take a deep breath with your partner after a full day of walking in Prague. Spend a few peaceful moments feeding the lovely swans gathered there, while taking in the gorgeous view of Charles Bridge.

Take a romantic stroll through Petřín Park and enjoy the breathtaking view across the city. Check if you can plan your escapade to Prague on May 1st, declared as the "day of love". On this day you'll find numerous local couples sharing a kiss under the enchanting blossoming cherry trees as a tradition that is said to bring good luck.

21. Paso Robles, USA

"Field of Light at Sensorio", Paso Robles
Share a tender kiss while you soak in the breathtaking view of Paso Robles' Sensorio "Field of Light" © Jon Osumi / Shutterstock.com

A hidden gem for wine enthusiasts shining in California, Paso Robles is a quieter and less expensive alternative to other popular destinations such as Napa Valley. Enjoy an unforgettable romantic weekend by taking a stroll through the quiet and charming vineyards and soaking in the beautiful landscapes. You will feel like you arrived in a lovely French or Italian little town, not in one in the US. Revel in the intimate experience of wine tasting in one of the myriad of tasting rooms. Get into your own game of seduction with your partner and savor the taste of the sweet aphrodisiac. There are plenty of options to choose from if you are looking for a private tasting, such as Pelletiere Estate and Ecluse. What is truly special is that the tastings are often taking place in quaint hideaways and held by the onsite husband and wife. Other special locations include DAOU Family Estates, with its stunning vista, and Sculpterra Winery, with its magnificent sculptures that art enthusiasts will be fascinated with.

A highlight you definitely should not miss is the Sensorio "Field of Light" exhibit by Bruce Munro. Take a walk through the 15 acres of more than 58,800 stemmed spheres lit by fiber optics that vibrantly illu­mi­nat­e the land­scape in lively colors. Check out the latest installation as well, "Light Tow­ers", comprising more than 17,000 wine bot­tles that are lit with glow­ing optic fibers. The colors morph to a stunning musical score, turning the atmosphere into a truly ethereal one. Get your ticket in advance and make sure to arrive at sunset so you can trek through the lights against a beautiful golden backdrop. Share a tender kiss while you soak in the breathtaking view.

Additionally, you can take your love up to the sky on a hot air balloon ride floating over scenic vineyards. Nevertheless, if you feel like living life slowly and just enjoying the moment, you can unwind at natural Hot Springs locations really close to Paso Robles, such as Paso Robles Inn and the River Oaks Hot Springs Spa.

Did you know you could go on an olive oil tasting? Finish your weekend by showing up at the Kiler Ridge Olive Farm and have the unique experience of sampling oils that will make you feel like true connoisseurs.

22. Bermuda

Sun rising over Bermuda's Jobson's Cove
Step away from Bermuda's crowded beaches and head over to one of its secluded coves for a more intimate experience © Scott Heaney / Shutterstock.com

Sink your toes in the warm sand of this fascinating British territory in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Bermuda is a dreamy archipelago of 181 islands, the largest of which is referred to as Main Island. Are you ready to bring to life the romantic paradisiacal vacation you have only seen in movies?

The pink sand beaches in Bermuda are ideal for a lovely picnic on the beach with your significant other. However, although they are gorgeous, they can get very crowded, especially the bustling Horseshoe Bay Beach. If you're looking for a more intimate spot, with less swimmers and sunbathers, check out one of many secluded coves sprawled around the island. Located within the South Shore Park, Jobson's Cove is one of the most exquisite beaches due to its idyllic lagoon of piercing blue water. Make sure to also check out Port Royal Cove with its jagged rock cliffs, and afterwards head west towards Gibb's Hill Lighthouse. Climb up for an encompassing view of the City of Hamilton, and the Royal Naval Dockyard. Share a plate of seafood at the downstairs Dining Room and revel in each other's company.

Check out the fusion between nature and man Unfinished Church in the Town of St. George. Built during the 19th century and later destroyed by a storm, you'll be able to see it in its unchanged form. Share a kiss under the massive Gothic arches and clear blue sky, as you marvel at the way architecture was overtaken by nature. Immerse in the town's history also by paying a visit to the historic King's Square in St. George. Once the spot of punishing small-time criminals, now it can be a fascinating location to spend a laid-back afternoon with your lover. In case you're looking for a more cosmopolitan vibe on Saturday night, hurry to Hamilton, Bermuda's capital. Feel the energetic overtone of the waterfront Front Street, or check out the weekend's performances at the Earl Cameron Theater in Bermuda's City Hall and Arts Center.

Have you decided on a destination yet? Any of these locations are perfect for lovebirds who want to unwind and take their affection out of town. Pick your favorite romantic haven and spend a memorable weekend with your significant other.

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