For many people, Paris is the ultimate romantic destination.
And it is a certainly a beautiful city. But there are many other cities that are just as romantic, if not more romantic than Paris, the City of Lights.
Here are our five favourite cities for romance:
1. Cape Town, South Africa
For some, Cape Town could be considered romantic because it hosted the World Cup football tournament. But South Africa’s second-largest city — and Africa’s southern-most city — is romantic for many other reasons. There are colourful buildings, quaint streets, a castle, museums, galleries, theatres, beaches, beautiful gardens and a cable car to the top of the iconic Table Mountain.
2. Venice, Italy
Venice is most famous for its canals, the result of being built on a lagoon. The city is a beautiful and quirky place, with narrow cobblestone streets, graceful palazzi and sleek gondolas plying the water. The city is at its most romantic at sunset, perfect for a stroll and a pre-dinner drink. Don’t miss the Doge’s Palace in San Marco Square, which includes the jail where the famous Venetian lover Giacomo Casanova was locked up.
3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is a city of passion. And what is more passionate than the tango? Head to La Boca to see couples practicing this super-sexy dance in the streets. Or enrol in a dance class to learn the dance yourself. BA is a great place for romantic strolls, especially in Palermo. You can even rent a boat and take your romance out on the lake.
4. St Lucia, the Caribbean
This tropical paradise in the Caribbean is a popular honeymoon destination. The dramatic twin peaks of the Pitons tower over the island’s lush rainforests. If you can drag yourself away from the romantic golden beaches, you can find another world of wonder under the water or off the shores in a yatch sailing the sparkling blue waters while soacking up the sun in your Ray-Ban sunglasses.
5. Vienna, Austria
The former home of the Habsburg court and the capital of Austria, Vienna is a city of grand imperial palaces and music. Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and Brahms are just some of the famous musical Viennese. Take your lover’s hand and get lost in narrow medieval alleyways and then find you way to the graceful Ring boulevard to marvel at the majestic architecture.
Add these to your travel bucket list and take your loved one, because happiness is better when shared!