No list of romantic destinations is complete without Paris. It certainly hasn’t been called the City of Love for nothing. Well known for soul-searching strolls along the river Seine and sidewalk cafes, it is the Eiffel Tower aglow at night that is most popular with couples. Many proposals have happened under the Iron Lady, as over 5 billion lights hang on the mammoth structure; a kiss is almost mandatory.
This magnificent coastal town (below) is just over an hour’s drive from Naples, and its tumbling vertiginous houses are a photographer’s dream. A haven for devotees of the sun, the seaside restaurants are filled with couples enjoying a freshly made pizza and beer. As the sun sets, you’ll find yourself joining other love birds as they take in the view while walking together on the beach.
3. Bruges, Belgium
If you want to get lost in a mythical town, then you won’t get anything better than medieval Bruges. Cobblestone pathways will lead you to gothic architecture and 17th-century buildings. There is nothing more romantic than walks at night through this town, as dimmed lights and the sound of water from the canals guide you and your lover on your way. Stop for a glass of red wine at a street-side cafe and watch as the magic of the city engulfs everyone around you.
It is known as one of Europe’s most romantic cities, and if you want to feel like you’re walking in the middle of a vintage movie set filled with stone bridges, castles and ancient cathedrals, then Prague is a must-visit. It’s hard to beat Prague’s Mala Strana district, where locals can be heard singing in their kitchens as the smell of freshly baked bread wafts through the air. A boat ride on the Vltava River will give you a chance to soak in the city in all its romantic glory.
Nicknamed the gateway to the fjords, Bergen is surrounded by seven hills and seven fjords. Although it is the second biggest city in Norway, the intimate atmosphere in this friendly city lends itself to a world of romance. Museums, art galleries and restaurants offer couples the chance to soak in the rich Viking history. Put on your jacket, grab a blanket and catch a ferry ride along the fjords as snow falls gently around you and your partner.