Fall is a great time to take a break from the grind of everyday life. For couples, Fall is a time of rebirth and romance, offering the chance to spend some real quality time with the one you love. Here are five of the most romantic destinations.
Venice edges out Rome as the most romantic Italian destination of them all. Everyone knows about the canals, and there’s certainly little more magical than gliding along the city’s waterways as the gondolier sings an aria, but there’s plenty more for couples to enjoy here. Venice is surprisingly full of intriguing alleyways that lead to glorious medieval churches or tiny restaurants where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner for two in almost total seclusion before strolling in the moonlight to Piazza San Marco.
Paris isn’t called the world’s most romantic city for nothing. The haunt of lovers for centuries, the French capital makes a wonderful place for couples. Paris may be at its best in the Fall, when there are less tourists and the main attractions are still open, but before the city becomes choked by hordes of visitors as Christmas approaches. The Eiffel Tower is a must-see, while the area around Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur is superb for a stroll before you experience the finest French cuisine at Paris’s superb restaurants.
You don’t have to splash out to enjoy romance this Fall. A walk in the Cotswolds costs nothing, yet provides a wonderful opportunity to get away from it all. While the most popular spots are often crowded over the holiday period, it’s easy to follow quiet back lanes to dozing villages of warm, honey-coloured stone. There’s a freshness to the air in this region that makes it hard to believe you’re so close to the congested towns of the Midlands, but lovers sharing a special moment on a green hillside will be grateful for it.
This sun-drenched island’s people celebrate Fall with enthusiasm. That doesn’t mean you have to be active all the time, of course, since what would Barbados be without a lazy day enjoying its stunning beaches of golden sand? Later, you could enjoy some of the world’s best snorkelling, do make sure your travel insurance covers these activities before you dive in. Then, end the day with a glass of rum as reggae plays in the background and the kids play mobile slots.
For the ultimate Fall getaway, go to Hawaii and relax in a truly tropical heaven. This small island has everything, with jaw-dropping views across forested volcanic uplands to stunning black-sand beaches. As it’s in the United States, there’s no language barrier to contend with, so you can concentrate on what matters most: each other. After a busy day of sailing, swimming or exploring the mountains, return to the coast for the beautiful sight of the sun setting over the wide Pacific Ocean.