Nothing says ‘romance’ like wandering hand-in-hand beneath the moonlight, soaking up your surroundings and making the most of your loved one’s company. Join us as we explore the most romantic destinations for a starry-eyed stroll, from waterside walks to medieval meanders.
Explore the watery walkways of this stunning city on an amorous amble through the interlaced network of canals and cobbled streets. Pause to watch the gondolieri gliding past, and be sure to grab a gelato in floodlit St Mark’s Square, where open-air orchestras often perform to the night-time crowds. Get lost among the narrow paths and bridges, but be sure to have a map in your back pocket to lead you back to your accommodation.
The River Thames, England
Add a touch of enchantment to your London hotel break by indulging in a stroll along the south bank of the Thames. Take in the bright lights of London as well as the twinkling blue bulbs that bedeck the riverside trees. Marvel at the dazzling London Eye, illuminated against a backdrop of bridges and city skyline. Be sure to stop for a refreshing drink at Gabriel’s Wharf, or at the National Theatre Bar, nestled in the heart of the Royal Festival Hall’s unique architecture.
Lose yourself in fairytale magic in this Gothic town full of folkloric towers and turrets, horse-drawn carriages and crisscrossed canals. Wander the cobbled lanes admiring the baroque architecture, or linger in the Market Square to sample a Belgian beer or a plate of moules-frites. For the ultimate romantic rendezvous, take your special someone to the Lake of Love where you can gaze at the swans by the light of the moon.
Treat your true love to an after-dark dawdle along the moonlit Mediterranean coastline. The Promenade de Anglais, which stretches along the Bay of Angels, is a palm-lined concourse perfect for late-night romance. Dip your toes in the silvery shallows as you saunter along the sand, and watch the light reflected on the waves. Work up an appetite for a glass of vin rouge, available from one of the many bistros and cafés that line the coastal walkway.
Where better for a lazy lover’s walk than the City of Lights? Head along the banks of the Seine, taking in the brightly-lit Notre Dame, or linger around the Eiffel Tower, adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. Alternatively, pretend you’re in a Parisian movie as you wander arm-in-arm along the tree-lined boulevard of the Champs Elysées, or discover the quaint niches of Montmartre around the Sacré Coeur Basilica, an area steeped in art and romance.
Head to Northern Norway for a moonlit walk with a difference. From October to March, this Arctic city is the perfect viewpoint for the Northern Lights. Wrap up in your thermals on a cold and starry night and explore the avenues lined with vividly-painted houses and Art Nouveau treasures. Keep an eye out for the shimmering green lights of the Aurora Borealis, before heading to Ølhallen — Tromsø’s oldest pub — for a glass of the local beer.
Get gleefully lost in this labyrinth of medieval alleys and passageways. Recreate chivalry as you lead your lady down the Street of the Knights, where medieval warriors would have been housed in the early 16th Century. Investigate the shops and tavernas that spring to life after dark, offering mouthwatering mezze and tasty local treats. Myth-lovers must not miss the ruins of the Temple of Venus, goddess of love, situated in Simi Square.
Deep in the heart of the black forest, on the banks of the Neckar River, this pearl of a city has inspired many poets and painters throughout history. The Old Town is ideal for a moonlit meander, with its narrow warren of streets and squares, or head along the Philosophenweg (Philosophers’ Walk) for breathtaking views. The imposing castle ruins, lit up at night, majestically overlook the city, forming a beautiful backdrop for an evening wander.
With wide boulevards, winding cobblestone roads and magnificent medieval buildings, this Central European city is a wanderer’s wonderland. Lovers should linger at the Fishermen’s Bastion, a neo-Gothic fortress with elaborate arcades and colonnades to explore. Cross the historic bridges that link Pest to the Buda Hills, soaking up the elaborate Parliament building and spectacular St Stephen’s Basilica. Or simply stroll along the Danube, taking pleasure in the city lights reflected in the river.
The Irish capital provides sublime surroundings for sweethearts, particularly since St Valentine himself lies buried in the Whitefriar Street Church. With its stone bridges and footpaths, St Stephen’s Green is great for a night-time mosey, or head to Killiney Hill for perfect panoramic views of Dublin by night. Alternatively, take a guided moonlit walk through the Irish countryside castles of Glendalough and Luggala, just a short bus ride from the city centre.
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