The 7 Most Romantic Cities for a Spectacular Honeymoon
By Lorna Urwin

05 December 2016

If your style is more culture and cosmopolis than sand and sea, a romantic city destination might be perfect for your post-wedding travel needs! Whether you prefer strolls through picturesque streets or admiring stunning city views, here are our top picks for cities around the world for a spectacular and romantic honeymoon.

1/ Venice 

Venice

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The home of Casanova sparkles with romance in its hidden alleyways and bridges, grand palaces and the serenity of its canals. For a destination that mixes charm and history with a dash of otherworldliness, look no further than Venice.

Suggested activities:

  • After you’ve explored Venice on foot and have found your favourite areas, indulge in a couples’ gondola ride through the city’s quaint and beautiful canals. Ask in advance if you can bring along a bottle to make the journey even more idyllic!
  • Sip tea at the opulent Caffè Florian in the shadow of the soaring Basilica San Marco and Palazzo Ducale.
  • Fill your evenings with sophistication at the Teatro La Fenice opera house.

2/ Paris

Paris

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The city of light is a cliché honeymoon destination for excellent reasons - its chic boulevards, charming riverside, majestic architecture, and celebrated cuisine make it the perfect backdrop for unfolding romance. 

Suggested activities:

  • Take a trip to the opulent palace of Versailles and hire a rowboat to cruise its grand canal. 
  • Find a breath-taking view of the Eiffel Tower - by day and night if you can! The top of the Arc de Triomphe is a classic spot, but for something extra special try rooftop dining with a view at the luxury Raphael Terrace or the top of the Printemps Department Store.
  • Pack some wine and cheese and picnic in one of Paris’s most scenic spots. Try the Palais Royale/Tuileries, the banks of the Seine, the Champ de Mars (by the Eiffel Tower) or the Jardin du Luxembourg.

3/ Savannah

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With cobblestone streets, peaceful parks draped with Spanish moss and Southern charm aplenty, Savannah is a captivating historic gem with a world-class reputation for hospitality and friendliness. 

Suggested activities:

  • While a cemetery wouldn’t ordinarily be top of the list for a romantic stroll, 150-year-old Bonaventure Cemetery is an exception. With its collection of elaborate historic vaults and monuments canopied by delicate moss it looks like something out of a storybook!
  • Be whisked back in time browsing historic mansions from elegant seats in a horse-drawn carriage.
  • Take afternoon tea in a beautiful setting like the Gryphon Tea Room or the Ballastone Inn.

4/ Prague

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Prague is full of quaint and fairy tale imagery, from the regal statues of the Charles Bridge to the gothic spires and the largest ancient castle in the world.

Suggested activities:

  • Visit the staggering frescoed halls and libraries of the Strahov Monastery
  • It’s Prague tradition to kiss in front of the statue of poet Karel Hynek Macha in Petrin Park on 1st May, but the park is definitely a romantic destination year-round with its fantastic views and hidden corners.
  • Take a tour in an open-top vintage car and be chauffeured around Prague in style! 

5/ Buenos Aires

Beunos Aires

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Blend fiery Latin passion with vibrant nightlife, culture galore and a balmy climate in Argentina’s capital city. 

Suggested activities:

  • Tango the night away at a milonga (a local tango club) like Salon Canning or the old-time Confitería Ideal. Or admire the mesmerising dancing as a spectator at a show like the one at Rojo Tango or Esquina Carlos Gardel.
  • Ramble among the roses in the tranquil oasis of the Rose Garden in Parque Tres de Febrero, or find some zen in the Japanese Garden nearby.
  • Visit the Teatro Colon, renowned for its world-class acoustics and masterful architecture, for a tour or a performance.

6/ Kyoto

Kyoto

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There are few sights more exquisite than clouds of Japanese cherry blossoms in springtime. Kyoto offers plenty of opportunities to welcome spring and its sakura in style, with pretty teahouses, traditional shopping streets and serene temples and gardens.

Suggested activities:

  • Walk the Philosopher’s Path, a route alongside a canal in the shade of hundreds of cherry trees.
  • Wander traditional areas like the Gion district, home to graceful geishas in elaborate kimonos, or Higashiyama district, full of traditional shopping streets.
  • Visit the nearby riverside town of Arashiyama and meander through its towering bamboo forest.

7/ Dubrovnik

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The Pearl of the Adriatic is steeped in history, with the whole city designated a World Heritage Site. Inside ancient city walls you’ll find cobbled streets brim-full of medieval charm, dramatic mountain scenery and jaw-dropping sea views, all for a surprisingly affordable price point compared with other European cities!

Suggested activities:

  • Climb Mount Srdj (or take the cable car) for stunning vistas of the city.
  • Take in an unforgettable sunset while strolling hand in hand along the Old Town’s intricately constructed city walls.
  • Visit the verdant Lokrum Island to picnic among the peacocks, sunbathe or swim in the Adriatic.