The World's 50 Most Romantic Vacation Spots

Whether your planning a romantic getaway or a once in a lifetime honeymoon here is a look at what just might be the worlds 50 most romantic vacation spots. The list is dominated by some of the worlds most beautiful beaches from Bali to Hawaii. If beaches aren’t your cup of tea we have thrown in some historical points of interest such as the Great Wall in China and the Taj in India as well as destinations to fit those who just love to shop like Dubai and Vegas. No matter what destination you choose from this list rest assure that it will be easy to get away and have some great time travelling as a couple.

1. Bali, Indonesia

The Temple at the Lakeside Bali is an island and province of Indonesia. The main tourist locations are the town of Kuta (with its beach), and its outer suburbs of Legian and Seminyak, the east coast town of Sanur (once the only tourist hub), in the center of the island Ubud, to the south of the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Jimbaran, and the newer development of Nusa Dua and Pecatu.

2. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. Bruges has most of its medieval architecture intact. The historic centre of Bruges has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.Bruges’ most famous landmark is its 13th-century belfry, housing a municipal carillon comprising 48 bells. The city still employs a full-time carillonneur, who gives free concerts on a regular basis.

3. Cinque Terre, The Italian Riviera

Cinque Terre The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey, and the country’s economic, cultural, and historical center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait between the Sea Of Marmara and the Black Sea. Present-day Istanbul is a flourishing city, with a constantly growing skyline which is one of the most prominent in all of Europe and Western Asia.

5. Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris Paris is the capital and most-populous city of France. It is the home of the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, as well as the Musée d’Orsay, noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, a museum of modern and contemporary art. Paris is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants.

6. San Sebastián, Spain

San Sebastián San Sebastián is a coastal city and municipality located in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain. The city is in the north of the Basque Country, on the southern coast of the Bay of Biscay. San Sebastián’s picturesque shoreline makes it a popular beach resort. The seaside environment is enhanced by hilly surroundings that are easily accessible.

7. Vienna, Austria

Vienna Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, and one of the nine states of Austria. Between 2005 and 2010, Vienna was the world’s number-one destination for international congresses and conventions. It attracts over 3.7 million tourists a year.

8. Seychelles

Seychelles Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean.Seychelles, with a population of 90,024, has the smallest population of any independent African state, however it does have a larger population than the UK overseas territory Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

9. Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg Heidelberg is a city situated on the River Neckar in south-west Germany. Heidelberg is a popular tourist destination due to its romantic and picturesque cityscape, including Heidelberg Castle and the baroque style Old Town.

10. Venice, Italy

Venice Venice is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world for its celebrated art and architecture. The city has an average of 50,000 tourists a day. It is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

11. Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Taj Mahal The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra. The Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. It is one of the World’s most celebrated structures and a symbol of India’s rich history.

12. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is the second-largest city in Brazil, the sixth-largest city in the Americas, and the World’s thirty-ninth largest city by population. Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon.

13. Tahiti, French Polynesia

Tahiti Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia; an overseas collectivity of the French Republic, sometimes referred to as an overseas country. The island was formed from volcanic activity and is high and mountainous with surrounding coral reefs.

14. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and is the fifth-largest city in the country. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.

15. Hamilton Island, Australia

Hamilton Island Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia. Hamilton Island, like most in the Whitsunday group, was formed as sea levels rose creating numerous drowned mountains that are situated close to the east coast of Queensland, Australia. The island is a popular tourist destination and was featured in the successful “Best Job In The World” promotion.

16. Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques Vieques is an island–municipality of Puerto Rico in the northeastern Caribbean, part of an island grouping sometimes known as the Spanish Virgin Islands. Snorkeling is excellent, especially at Blue Beach (Bahía de la Chiva). Aside from archeological sites, such as La Hueca, and deserted beaches, a unique feature of Vieques is the presence of two pristine bioluminescent bays, including Mosquito Bay. Vieques is also famous for its feral paso fino horses, which roam free over parts of the island.

17. Maldives

Maldives The Maldives is a sovereign island country and archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is located southwest of India and Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea. The chain of twenty six atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll to the Addu Atoll. The capital and largest city is Malé, traditionally called the “King’s Island”.

18. Florence, Italy

Florence Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. The city contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

19. Santorini, Greece

Santorini Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. Santorini was ranked the World’s top island for many other magazines and travel sites, including the Travel+Leisure Magazine, the BBC, as well as the US News.

20. Kyoto, Japan

Plum Garden, Kyoto Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a refined city on the island of Honsh with thousands of classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha found in the Gion district.

21. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver Vancouver, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia, is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. A popular filming location, it’s surrounded by mountains and invites outdoor pursuits of all kinds, but also has thriving art, theatre and music scenes.

22. Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island Easter Island, a Chilean territory, is a remote volcanic island in Polynesia. It’s famed for its archaeological sites, including some 900 monumental statues, called moai, created by its early Rapa Nui inhabitants during the 10th-16th centuries. The moai are carved human figures with oversize heads, often resting on massive rock altars called ahus. Ahu Tongariki has the largest group of upright moai.

23. Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a sprawling metropolis known for its ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to the opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Emerald Buddha temple. Nearby is Wat Pho with its enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

24. Las Vegas, USA

Las Vegas Las Vegas, in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, is a resort town famed for its buzzing energy, 24-hour casinos and endless entertainment options. Its focal point is the Strip, just over 4 miles long and lined with elaborate theme hotels such as the pyramid-shaped Luxor and the Venetian, complete with Grand Canal; luxury resorts including the Bellagio, set behind iconic dancing fountains; and innumerable casinos.

25. Honolulu, USA

Honolulu Honolulu, on Oahu’s south shore, is capital of Hawaii, and gateway to the U.S. island chain. The Waikiki neighborhood is its center for dining, nightlife and shopping, famed for its iconic crescent beach backed by palms and high-rise hotels, with volcanic Diamond Head looming in the distance. Sites relating to the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor include the USS Arizona Memorial.

26. Naxos Island, Greece

Naxos Island Naxos is a Greek island in the South Aegean, the largest of the Cyclades island group. Its fertile landscape spans mountain villages, ancient ruins and long stretches of beach. The namesake capital is a port town filled with whitewashed, cube-shaped houses and medieval Venetian mansions. Kastro, a hilltop castle dating to the 13th century, houses an archaeological museum.

27. Rome, Italy

Rome Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire.

28. Cayo Espanto, Belize

Cayo Espanto Cayo Espanto is located on the beach in Cayo Espanto and local attractions include Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Ambergris Caye Beach.

29. Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya Nuwara Eliya is a city, in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The city name meaning is “city on the plain” or “city of light”. Nuwara Eliya is also known for the temperate, cool climate, the city is known for being the coolest area in Sri Lanka.

30. Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shore of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. The surrounding Central Otago region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, and for adventure sports. In winter, there’s backcountry skiing and the country’s highest vertical drops. Summer brings paragliding, mountain biking and bungee-jumping.

31. Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm el-Sheikh Sharm el-Sheikh is an Egyptian resort area between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea. It’s known for its long beaches and clear waters. Naama Bay, a palm-tree-lined promenade, is filled with lively bars and restaurants. Ras Muhammad National Park is a major diving destination, with coral life around the Shark and Yolanda reefs and the Thistlegorm wreck.

32. Loire Valley, France

Loire Valley The Loire Valley, spanning 280 kilometres, is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France. It is referred to as the Cradle of the French Language, and the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards (such as cherries), and artichoke and asparagus fields, which line the banks of the river.

33. French Riviera, France

French Riviera The French Riviera is the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. It includes famously glamorous beach resorts such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes, and the independent microstate of Monaco. A health retreat in the 18th century, the area subsequently attracted aristocrats, artists and the 1960s “jet set.” Today it’s an established holiday destination, with paths connecting many coastal villages and towns.

34. Takayama, Japan

Takayama Takayama is a city in Japan’s mountainous Gifu Prefecture. The narrow streets of its Sanmachi Suji historic district are lined with wooden merchants’ houses dating to the Edo Period, along with many small museums. The city is famed for its biannual Takayama Festival, going back to at least the mid-1600s, celebrating spring and fall with parades featuring ornate, gilded floats and puppet shows.

35. Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe.

36. Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa Sa Pa is a town in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains of northwest Vietnam. Popular with trekkers, it overlooks the terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley, and is near the 3,143m-tall Fan Si Pan peak, climbable via a steep, multiday guided walk. H’mong, Tay and Dao hill tribes make up much of the local population.

37. Mauritius

Mauritius Mauritius, a volcanic island nation in the Indian Ocean, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior encompasses Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and native fauna like the flying fox. The capital, Port Louis, blends foreign influences and offers sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, colonial Eureka plantation and 18th-century botanical garden.

38. Bryggen, Norway

Bryggen Bryggen, also known as Tyskebryggen, is a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen, Norway. Bryggen has since 1979 been on the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites.

39. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments, and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.

40. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. It’s also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts. At the island’s center rises 727m Mt. Otemanu, a dormant volcano.

41. Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt Hallstatt, Upper Austria, is a village in the Salzkammergut, a region in Austria. It is located near the Hallstätter See. At the 2001 census, it had 946 inhabitants.

42. Chocolate Hills, Philippines

Back at the Chocolate Hills, The Chocolate Hills are the most popular and most famous tourist attractions of Bohol. By looking at these hills, it is very difficult to believe that they are not man-made artifacts rather nature’s creation. These hills are around 1268 in numbers and generally range from 30 to 50 meters high. These mounds are covered with grass, this grass changes it color during summer season and turns into Chocolate and providing their name.

43. Cameron Highland, Malaysia

Cameron Highland There are many things to see and do in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s largest highland resort. Walks through lovely little villages, visits to the butterfly, strawberry, honey bee farms and sprawling tea plantations or meals at the delightful Tudor-styled country inns, are all pleasurable and relaxing activities to be experienced here. You can’t beat the weather up here.

44. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, encompasses 14 islands of the vast Stockholm archipelago on the Baltic Sea. The cobblestone streets and ochre-colored buildings of medieval Gamla Stan, the old town, are home to a 13th-century cathedral, the royal palace of Kungliga Slottet and its underground armory, cafes and restaurants. Ferries and sightseeing boats shuttle passengers between islands, beneath more than 50 bridges.

45. Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao Ko Tao is an island in Thailand and forms part of the Chumphon Archipelago on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. The island is well known for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as hiking, rock climbing, and bouldering. The most popular place for tourists is Sairee on the west coast, which has a white sandy beach of 1.7 km interrupted only by a few huge boulders and a scattering of medium budget resorts and restaurants.

46. Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Bay of Kotor Kotor is a coastal city in Montenegro. It is located in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor. The old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by an impressive city wall built by the Republic of Venice and Venetian influence remains predominant in the city’s architecture.

47. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (aka Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants.

48. Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island in Table Bay. The notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela is now a living museum.

49. Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este Punta Del Este is an incredibly popular tourist destination in Uruguay, which is the World’s most spectacular beach resort, offering vacationer’s miles of beautiful beaches, magnificent hotels and amazing restaurants and brilliant nightlife. Formerly known as Cabo Santa Maria, this awe-inspiring place is located on the Southeast corner of Uruguay on a long peninsula.

50. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On man-made islands just offshore is Atlantis, the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.

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