There’s nothing better than exploring distant lands with the one you love. These are the holidays you’ll remember forever, with new experiences in dream destinations. It’s a great opportunity to tick off that activity from your bucket list – maybe it’s climbing to the crater of Mount Vesuvius, snorkelling in the reef of Mauritius or finally visiting a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site? To help you decide your next couples break, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 locations to fall in love again. So, in no particular order, here are the places that are perfect for a romantic holiday with your special someone.
Rolling hills awash with white stone buildings, Santorini is a place of tranquillity. It’s picturesque, with blue domed roofs on top of gleaming white buildings and azure seas to match. Santorini is a peaceful setting to unwind in, which makes it one of the best locations to fall in love again.
Spend your time together in seafront restaurants indulging in traditional Greek cuisine. Enjoy low-key days relaxing by the pool, or, venture inland and hike up to Skaros Rock to watch the spectacular sunset over the horizon.
Framed by sapphire-blue waters, Mauritius’ powdery-white beaches ensure it’s one of those places to fall in love with. Luxury resorts and pampering spas take centre stage in this Indian Ocean paradise. Whether you want to spend your time laying on the beach, watching the waves shelve gently onto the sand, or would rather enjoy a rejuvenating couples massage, Mauritius offers both luxury and adventure.
It’s the perfect place to make new memories and one of the best ways to do that is to explore the underwater world. Mauritius is encircled by shallow waters with coral reefs and a dramatic ocean drop-off, all waiting to be explored. Snorkel and dive to see this wonder up close. If you prefer to stay on land, there are plenty of championship golf courses to choose from and nature walks where wildlife and birdlife can be discovered.
Discover Sri Lanka’s myriad of charms and relax, taking in its alluring natural beauty as you explore several of its eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Among the ancient sites, you can explore the detailed temples, natural caves, colonial fortresses and sacred rock formations. In the morning, climb to the top of Sigiriya Lion Rock for stunning views across the lush, treetop skyline. Visit its many national parks for your chance to encounter elephants, leopards, water buffaloes and many primate species.
When on the island, a visit to its popular city – Kandy – is a must. Here you’ll be able to do a spot of trinket shopping and take a romantic stroll around Kandy’s iconic lake. Pay a visit to a monk in the Temple of the Tooth, to see one of the many rituals that happen throughout each day.
Ibiza Old Town, Spain
The famous White Isle is much more than late night parties and a booming club scene; Ibiza is a Spanish paradise of untouched natural beauty. Stay in the Old Town of Ibiza for narrow cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and stunning views out across the turquoise seas. One of the most perfect locations to fall in love again, Ibiza is where you can relax with a loved one.
Spend sunny afternoons exploring Dalt Vila, which translates as, Upper Town. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where you can explore the fascinating history of the Renaissance.You’ll see the ancient battlements, cathedral and shop for unique handmade souvenirs. For something extra special, take a catamaran cruise over the waves and go for a refreshing dip in the calm waters.
On the top of many romantics’ bucket list, Paris is the city of love. There are lots of things to do in Paris, including taking a stroll along the charming River Seine. Explore the side streets to find quaint cafes where you can settle into a feast of patisseries and hot coffee. Visit iconic landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe and The Louvre before taking a romantic trip to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. It’s one of the oldest parks in the city and offers 25 acres of lush greenery. It’s perfect if you want to take a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the city. End your trip in true French fashion, taking in the views of the city’s skyline at the top of Paris’ most iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower.
Navigate around the maze of souks in the Medina, where you can find hidden gems around every corner. You’ll fall in love with Marrakech’s alluring charm. Visit the stunning 19-century Bahia palace, take a tour of the vibrant tanneries and visit the peaceful Majorelle Garden where exotic plant life thrives among trickling fountains.
The ancient ruins of the Saadian Tombs are not to be missed for its beautiful mosaics and marble artefacts. In the evening visit the bustling Jemaa el Fnaa for street side entertainment and shopping. If you prefer haggle-free markets, visit Souk Cherifia to find a handmade keepsake to remember your time spent together.
Madrid, Mainland Spain
Golden in architecture and golden in spirit, Madrid is a cultural paradise, perfect for a short break away. Sample its locally produced wine in a traditional bodega or cosmopolitan wine bar. Enjoy a glass or two and share a meal of delicious tapas.
Madrid is a cool blend of chic bars, cafes and restaurants and historic monuments. Marvel at the Royal Palace and discover all the art offerings at the famous Prado Museum. Take a day trip inland to the fragrant vineyards to see how rioja wine is grown and harvested, and learn about wine pairings and try a few glasses for yourselves.
One of the world’s top diving destinations, Bermuda is where you’ll find reefs and shipwrecks submerged in its many famous diving sites. Awash with its iconic powdery pinkish-white beaches and clear waters, a holiday in Bermuda is a dream.
You’ll find an interesting mix of British, North American, African, Portuguese and West Indian influences in its vibrant culture. This unique blend can be seen through its architecture, museums, art galleries and historic attractions. A great activity you can do together is exploring its peaceful nature reserves: visit the natural phenomenon ‘the Crystal Cave’ and ‘Fantasy Cave’. Swim in the cool waters at the Blue Hole Park & Walsingham Nature Reserve and visit the harbour for seafood in a picturesque setting.
Sorrento Coast, Italy
As well as the popular romantic hotspots in Italy such as Rome and Venice, head to the Sorrento Coast for a trip away from the hustle and bustle. It’s perfect for couples who want to spend their holiday sampling delicious, hearty Italian meals in settings where the rolling waves make up the soundtrack.
The Sorrento Coast faces the Bay of Naples and is rich in religious history. Discover the architectural wonders with an array of ancient churches nearby. The historical UNESCO World Heritage town of Pompeii and the magnificent Mount Vesuvius is just a short drive away. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even walk up to the crater of the volcano. Enjoy fresh seafood by the marina and watch the boats as they bob on by.
Iceland’s capital is popular for its dramatic art scene. It’s a place adorned with colour, from its painted buildings to its sparkling snow-capped volcanoes. And, it’s famous for being in prime position to see the natural phenomenon that is the beauty of the northern lights illuminations in the night sky.
It’s regarded as one of the world’s most romantic locations to fall in love, as it’s a place you can cuddle up by a fire to stay warm in Iceland’s snowy temperatures. When you’re in this interesting city, pay a visit to Iceland’s National Gallery. It can be found near the picturesque harbour in a former factory building. Visit to view its 19th and 20th-century collections from famed Icelandic artists, as well as classic pieces from international artists from the likes of Pablo Picasso. Enjoy panoramic views from the equally as striking Hallgrimskirkja church. Of course, you can’t visit Iceland without taking a dip in the warming waters of the country’s famous thermal pool, the Blue Lagoon. It’s a truly unforgettable experience as you unwind, taking in the unique scenery and letting the waters work their magic with its anti-ageing qualities.