Exploring a beautiful destination is an amazing experience itself, but having someone special by your side can make the moment unforgettable. Although there are many places in the world that inspire the heart, a select few are undeniably special. From white sand beaches, to lakeside sunsets, the following five cities are the best places to find, keep, or cherish love in.
Bet you weren't expecting to see a city in China here, but Hangzhou's spot on our list is well deserved. If you don't believe us, Marco Polo once called it, "The City of Heaven, the most beautiful and magnificent place on earth." Infamous for its idyllic West Lake, the city is nothing short of breathtaking. As you take in the sights of pagodas, temples, and mountains, veer off the main lakeside promenade to discover some clandestine passageways which lead to floating tea houses and quiet gardens. For a truly unforgettable evening, make a sunset reservation at the Four Seasons resort in one of its outdoor dining areas for dinner and a view.
You've heard it time and again. Paris is the city of lights, and love. Stroll hand-in-hand along the Siene, share a morning pain au chocolat from a nearby boulangerie, and trek up the Eiffel Tower for swoon-worthy views. From everywhere you go, to everything you see and eat, an intense feeling of passion is sure to overcome you. Maybe its the Renaissance architecture, or the soft glow of the lamp posts, or even the rolling of French R's, Paris is eternally romantic.
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Soft, luscious white sand await your toes at Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales. While there are many beautiful islands in the Caribbean, Provo feels amongst the most exclusive. Take a long bikini clad stroll on the beach, and you're likely to be the only two making footprints. A dip in the translucent, turquoise waters will wash away all your worries as you blissfully float away. There aren't many nightlife options on the island, so you and your partner are stuck with a candle lit, table for two on the beach at sunset. How dreary.
Nearly every destination in Switzerland hosts a romantic atmosphere, especially those with swan filled lakes, but there is something magical about traversing the Alps with someone special by your side. The epitome of a quintessential Alpine village, Zermatt is both remote and car-free. Through green valleys, up and around snow covered mountains, and alongside flowing streams, the train journey to Zermatt is almost as thrilling as being there. Imagine cuddling with your partner under a blanket, sharing a pot of fondue, and gazing up at the beauty of the mountains around you. Could you fathom a more ideal travel moment? We can't.
Lisbon is the gateway to Europe's charms. From its cobblestone streets, historic castles, and divine cuisine, the city is brimming with character. But the most defining feature of this destination is its passionate love affair with tiles. Intricately painted azulejos, or tiles, are plastered on the facades of buildings all across the city, like an open air art museum. If you're craving a sweet afternoon, head over to the highly rated bakery, Pasteis de Belem, for its indulgent pastel de nata, a Portuguese egg tart pastry. Order some to go, and then hop on one of the yellow trams, making your way towards the hilltop Sao Jorge Castle. Once there, share a picnic of your fresh treats while admiring incredible views of the city.