A holiday fling or a summer romance is what many have in mind when they sign up for a singles holiday in one of the dream romantic cities. Being in love and on holiday is the ultimate escape, and adverts for holiday cities tell you that there are plenty of wonderful sunsets to be seen with the one you love. Pressure is relentless from different brochures to visit certain cities of the world, so you need to do research if you want to find one of the most romantic cities that can ensure you a holiday you’ll never forget.
1. Rome, Italy
Who can forget Ralph in the TV series, The Thorn Birds, ordained as an archbishop in Rome while tormented by his forbidden love for Meggie? The city is synonymous with romance. At the Trevi Fountain, it’s time to pull out your coins, toss them into the fountain and make a wish. Close by are charming gelaterias and cafes where you can enjoy some romantic dining with live music. Feel you are already there with the love of your life? Me too.
2. Copenhagen, Denmark
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There are endless opportunities for romance in Copenhagen that you won’t even think of getting a good night’s sleep. The bright lights along the famous pedestrian promenade go all the way to Kongens Nytorv with lots of cafes and restaurants. There are beautiful castles, stylish fashion and design shop where you can walk hand in hand. Also, you can visit the famous Tivolu amusement park and the magnificent Blue Planet aquarium to keep both you and your love absorbed.
3. Toledo, Spain
For romantic settings, you don’t get better than Toledo with its fairy tale castles. It is not for no reason that this city is called the heart and soul of Spain. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage City, featuring cobbled medieval streets and a relaxed, laid-back setting. Romance is all about simple pleasures such as sampling delicious Spanish cuisine. Book a food tour too and learn something amazing about Spanish food and the city’s culture.
4. Porto, Portugal
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Porto is to many, the most romantic city in Portugal. This is a city where you can enjoy a romantic time without spending a lot of money. The city boasts of an extensive history, buzzing nightlife, interesting tourist attractions and excellent tourist facilities The river Douro, fine restaurants, lovely green spaces for long walks, trendy eateries with the seduction of Port wine – there is plenty to fall in love with in this Portuguese city.
5. Kyoto, Japan
This is an ancient Japanese city, but when it comes to romance, it is right up to date. The city is famous for its many Buddhist temples, gardens and imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and the traditional wooden houses It is quite easily one of Japan’s most romantic cities. There is plenty to add a soothing, cool balm to your hot romance as you stroll through a cool bamboo forest, zen garden or attend the romantic Hanami festival in Maruyama Park.
6. Udaipur, India
Udaipur, famously called the city of lakes, is thought to be India’s most romantic city, shimmering like a jewel in the Rajasthani desert. Located around azure water lakes, the city is hemmed in by the lush green hills of Aravalli. This Lake City of Rajasthan or the Venice of the East, Udaipur also houses the biggest artificial lake in Asia – Jaisamand Lake. There is so much to see, that a romantic tour of the city will offer you a host of experiences.
7. New York, USA
New York, one of the most happening cities around the world, is always a whirlwind of activity. Ranked as one of the most romantic cities around the world, it has famous sites at every turn and there’s never enough time to see them all. Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Heart in New York’ is such a romantic song and it entices you to a picnic in Central Park or to catch a jazz show. If your romance is getting too hot to handle, cool off by skating together at the ice rink at the Rockefeller Center or taking a ferry boat trip past the famous Statue of Liberty.
8. London, United Kingdom
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London is so utterly romantic you can’t help but fall in love with it. Wine and dine with a view of Buckingham Palace from St. James Park. If it is a night-time bit of candlelight romance you want, Gordon’s Wine Bar is super cozy – just the right setting to exchange sweet nothings with each other. Afterward, laugh or cry as you take in live theatre performances – it is fun and games non-stop.
9. Darwin, Australia
This tropical-climate city is known for its vibrancy, the perfect spot for you and your lover to enjoy romantic get-togethers. If you’re visiting in the height of summer, think casual dining under clear blue skies with a picnic basket as you watch a Darwin sunset. If you are celebrating a special occasion, why not do it in style and take a sunset cruise.
10. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, the port city of South Africa, is instantly recognized by its icon, Table Mountain. Set seductively between the sea and mountain, Cape Town flaunts its natural, breath-taking beauty with pride. The city is geared for tourism and has a hectic entertainment scene. Live, restaurants, lots of live music venues, beautiful wine estates, the V&A Waterfront and fabulous beaches make Cape Town one of the most romantic and beautiful cities of the world.
It’s all out there – the excitement, the tastes, the smells – and romantic cities are even better when you’ve got a passion for life and you explore them hand in hand.