Enjoy the campfire romanticism in Botswana, stroll through Paris holding hands or relax at magical beaches with turquoise waters – there are countless great travel destinations for love birds. With Valentine's day just around the corner, we introduce you to the most romantic vacation spots.
The classics: Paris and Venedig
Everyone knows Paris is the city of love par excellence. Take the hand of your beloved one and enjoy just walking on the Champs-Élysées, the view of the Eiffel Tower or take a portrait of the two of you home, made my one of the countless street artists at Montmatre. Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Monceau invite you for a romantic picnic with typical French specialties like wine, baguette and cheese and a great view of Arc de Triomphe. By far the most beautiful park in the city, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, is just out of the city center. Pont des Arts or Louvre are also appealing for romantic strolls. Rest on a bench or in a typical Parisian cafe and just watch the craziness of the metropolis while having a perfect view of Île de la Cité or the Pont Neuf. Shipping on the Seine is also really romantic. At the foot of Montmartre you and your partner will see the park with the ' Mur des je t’aime'. Since 1992, you can find the sentence 'I love you' in 311 languages. Can it possibly get more romantic?
Venice should also be on every couple's bucket list. The city is literally build on water and was once an important city of shipping and trade. It is full of magnificent buildings, charming canals and represents the Italian lifestyle at its best. In this city on the Adrian coast most is going on around the Mark's Square that is lined with arcades. This is where you can admire St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, the Campanile di San Marco, the Bibliteca Marciana and the Procuratie Nuove or you can just sit in a cafe, sip your cappuccino while watching the hustle and bustle. Of course you can't leave Venice if you didn't do the mandatory gondola ride, the countless canals gives you the ideal setting for a luscious romantic escape.
Glorious castles in Ireland and Romeo & Juliet in Verona
Ireland's West Coast attracts lovestrucks with dreamy landscapes, deserted beaches and gorgeous palaces. Especially foodies are going to love the green island because you will find endless great culinary options. In addition, you can explore the spectacular, varied and mysterious landscape around the Connemara that is full of lakes and goes along the Ring of Kerry. Together you can discover the opulent green nature, rough mountains and rugged coats that is pretty much made for romantic strolls, especially during sunsets that color the whole area reddish. Get comfortable in one of the charming hotels in the small towns and experience Irish hospitality.
Here, you can really fall in love with Verona's romantic reputation. Romeo and Juliet, probably the most famous love story of world literature, found their love right here. Verona as the set for William Shakespeare's story is ever-present while walking through the city. Verona serves up the usual northern Italian charm. Explore it by strolling through narrow alleys and huge squares. A visit to Julia's balcony in the Via Capello, close to Piazza delle Erbe is a must. A covered passageway, where already tons of people have glued a message to the walls with chewing gum is the place where you can immortalize your romantic messages and most couples swear each other eternal love. Verona is home to the Arena Opera Festival that literally takes place in an Roman amphitheater and is definitely worth a visit.
Taj Mahal and Achillon – Romantic buildings
India is also a great destination for loving couples. Picturesque right in the middle of a 18 ha big garden with cypresses, ponds and the water basin you'll find the Taj Mahal. The best-known and probably the most beautiful building in India is actually a monument of love. Even though Taj Mahal was originally a mausoleum, the impressive building in Agra, located in the Indian state Uttar Pradesh, is famous all over the world as a symbol for love. That's because the Indian Great Mogul Shah Jahan once built it in loving memory of his deceased favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. So nowadays everyone considers the building, that made it into the list of UNESCO world heritage, as one of the biggest token of love of all times. A visit of the Taj Mahal is suppose to strengthen your love and make it last forever, so hurry to India!
A luscious green nature and buildings full of history, wonderful beaches and tiny sea port villages with greek charm - the Island Corfu gives you the chance to let go of your soul and leave the hustle of everyday life behind you. Ancient olive groves and cypress forests invite for romantic picnics and the rocky coasts with their sandy coves are like an invitation to relax and go swimming. The Island right in the Ionian Sea is famous for dream beaches and turquoise water. Sightseeing spots on the island are the fortress, the monastery Panagía Theotóku tis Paleokastrítsas, that also gives you the greatest panorama of the sea and the Basilica from Paleópolis. You can also pay a visit to the Achillon, the empress Sisi's dream palace. The small seaside town Sidári, located in the North of the Island is awesome for a relaxed shopping tour or for a night of bar hopping. Near by there are some remarkable sandstone cliffs where it's a tradition for loving couples to carve their names into the sandstone.
Tropical flair and the magic of 1001 nights
The Atoll Bora Bora in French Polynesia is considered to be the ultimate tropical honeymoon destination. White sandy beaches, green palm trees, turquoise water as far as the eye can see. The so-called 'pearl of the pacific', about 260 kilometers away from Tahiti is pretty much made for holding hands and watch the sun dip below the horizon. But here's also never a shortage of action: Explore the various underwater world while snorkeling or make a jeep safari through the center of the island. You can also grab your hiking shoes and discover some trails. Result: Bora Bora, one of the world's most beautiful lagoons, promises relaxation, adventure and not to forget, tons of romance potential in a heavenly surrounding.
You two are going to be drawn by the oriental magic right from 1001 night. The mysterious city with foreign smells and traditions is characterized by twisty alleyways that are perfect to stroll around. Enjoy extensive shopping tours on the colorful Souks (markets) north and south of the square Djamaa al-Fna and it's here where finest oriental crafts are made. If you prefer to take things at more leisurely pace, you can check out Marrakesh's gardens Jardin Majorelle or Agdal and pack a picnic and steal a kiss from your sweetheart. A Hamam, an oriental bath, promises relaxation and complacency for body and soul. At night you get the chance to have the most romantic candle light dinner of your lifetime in the inner courtyard of the Riads, the old traditional houses in the old town. It gives the perfect ambiance and between orange trees, rosebushes and beautiful mosaics you'll always remember this perfect night.
Pure romance in the African savannah
Africa features some great spots for couples as well. The most striking sunsets can be seen in the African savannah in Botswana. Let the landscape set the mood: the fascinating wilderness, unending expanses, and the impressive scenery are pure romance. Sit together by the campfire and listen to the mysterious sounds coming out of the African night. Closely snuggled it's easy to enjoy the beauty of the breathtaking and clear starry sky. During the day, National parks and wildlife sanctuaries are a fun thing to do. You'll sure have a blast together while experiencing the animal and plant life of this country with a species diversity and wowing wildlife that you probably won't find anywhere else. A Safari is a must-do and with little luck you get to see a herd of elephants or other exciting animals. If you want to take romance to a whole other level, you can also book a boat's tour through Okavango Delta, where you really get to focus on the two of you and leave the rest of the world behind you.
The group of islands Zanzibar is located off the East coast of Africa . The breathtaking archipelago is until today steeped in history as a trade and logistics hub that it was back in the 19th century. You can feel the charming and multicultural mixture characterized by the past. Arabian, Indian, Persian, African and European influences made the culture to what it is today and you can see all the differences in the old town Stone Town. As you walk through the alleys you will always have the smell of spices in your nose while walking by mosques, churches, Hindu temples, colonial buildings and British trade houses. The houses made out of coral stone are especially beautiful. Dive into the oriental feeling and haggle over souvenirs from the African markets. If you are more the nature lover type, just head to the Western part of the island which is characterized by green, fertile spice plantations. The East Coast is more tempting for anyone who simply wants to enjoy a lazy, luxurious beach vacation at perfect turquoise water. Here you can spend long, warm days snorkeling in the Indian Ocean and taking sunset walks along the water.