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Great Romantic Holiday Destinations

RomanceThe sun setting magnificently on the horizon of a glistening ocean. Holding hands on a blissful stroll along a deserted golden beach. Gazing longingly into each other’s eyes over a glass of champagne… Such clichés will either sound like your idea of courtship heaven, or your stomach is presently churning at the thought, but either way there’s no denying the lure of a romantic getaway with your other half. Such a holiday needn’t involve activities lifted directly from a Hugh Grant movie, of course. Choose your destination carefully and do it your way: you could end up having the time of your lives.

There’s no shortage of places to visit in search of some alone time with your partner. From the much lauded ports of Paris and Venice, to a destination less trodden - if you know where to look, you can find romance in the unlikeliest of settings. Wherever that may be, you’re certain to find the perfect love nest with a search of HomeAway’s holiday rental properties. With no shortage of accommodations to choose from across the globe, our properties boast amenities even the most lavish hotels fail to provide. Here are just a handful of potential havens to get you in the mood.

 


 

Top five destinations for romantic holidays


   

Paris Romantic Breaks in Paris

OK, let’s get it out of the way. Yes, it’s a cliché, but in fairness the French capital is known universally as the City of Love for good reason. The city is replete with sites of natural beauty, with the Seine drifting lazily through its heart, and couples galore enjoying Michelin-starred restaurants on seemingly every street you turn. In very few other places can you find such a heart-warming array of art, grandeur and culture to absorb along with your loved one. If unmarried, you can even choose to cross off another cliché; proposing atop the Eiffel Tower.

 

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Sedir Island Romantic Breaks in Sedir Island

It doesn’t come any more romantic than Sedir Island, also known as Cleopatra Island. Situated around 55 miles north of Turkey’s party capital Marmaris, the small island historically played host to two of history’s most infamous lovers. Legend has it that Cleopatra (for whom the isle is nicknamed) and Mark Antony once swam on its shores and, such was the Egyptian Queen’s unwillingness to set foot from her country’s land, Antony imported sand by ship across from North Africa. Ask any local to this day and they will tell you that these very same grains still lie on the beaches of the island. Surrounded by turquoise blue waters, home to ancient baths and Roman ruins, it is best enjoyed on a day-trip from Marmaris - another resort popular with lovers.

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Las Vegas Romantic Breaks in  Las Vegas

Think of Las Vegas, and you may first envisage the seedier elements. Frittering away the contents of your wallet at a roulette table, for example. For any-fun loving couple, though, Sin City is a potential hotbed of romance. Yes, it’s tacky: but in the most spectacular way. The sight of the Strip lit up in all its glory when darkness descends is truly awe-inspiring, and stealing a moment with your other half as the famed Bellagio Fountain is in full flow is to recreate many a schmaltzy Hollywood sentiment. And if you find yourself overwhelmed with emotion there are, of course, a fine selection of wedding chapels on hand to help you make it official. OK, I won’t mention marriage again. Cross my heart.

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Reykjavik Romantic Breaks in  Reykjavik

Iceland isn’t a country that stands out as a prime holiday destination at the best of times, let alone a couple’s haven. In truth, the capital city is one of Europe’s overlooked gems. Although you won’t find any luscious beaches, and your chances of catching a tan are minimal, the opportunity to share some time together in the Blue Lagoon volcanic hot lake is irresistible. If you’re fortunate, you may even witness the beautiful natural phenomenon of the northern lights, or spot some whales from the quaint surroundings of the old harbour.

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Loch Lomond Romantic Breaks in  Loch Lomond

Arguably the most visually breathtaking region of Scotland, if not the whole of the UK, Loch Lomond offers stunning mountainous views across the length and breadth of its shores. The romance here lies within its sheer natural beauty, and the rural charm that suffuses the small villages scattered beyond the loch. For a memorable experience, hire a boat in Balloch and take a cosy cruise up the water to the quiet harbour village of Luss. On the way back, be sure to stop in for a meal and glass of wine at the converted paddle steamer café Maid of the Loch.

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