Underrated Romantic Cities You’ve Never Thought Of!

There are countless romantic cities in the world, but so many are looked over in favor of the biggest and most touristic of them all, such as Paris, Venice, or Madrid. However, there are plenty of lovely underrated romantic cities you can visit on your next couple’s vacation that will allow you to escape the crowds of tourists and focus on your fun trip and, of course, each other.

Almeria In Spain

Beautiful fairy tale castle in Almeria
Beautiful fairy tale castle in Almeria

Almeria is a fairy tale city located in the southern Andalusian region of Spain. The city is an echo of its Moorish past, lending it an otherworldly feel.

The Alcabaza, the old Moorish fortress, is a must-visit while you are there, as are the Castillo de San Cristobal and the soaring Cathedral of Almeria.

Make sure to stroll and window-shop along Las Ramblas, a series of routes connecting the main parts of the city. Take a taxi to the city’s crystalline beaches and walk through Calle de Coches at sunset (or sunrise) to admire how the water is lit on fire by the setting sun. And don’t forget to pick up fresh food at the open-air markets or grab a cocktail and some tapas in one of the many lively bars.

Where To Stay In Almeria?

Treat yourself and stay in the lovely AC Hotel Almeria A Marriott Luxury & Lifestyle Hotel

Relax with your sweetheart in the steamy Turkish baths of the Aire Hotel & Ancient Baths

Warsaw In Poland

The quaint Old Town of Warsaw
The quaint Old Town of Warsaw

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and is often overlooked because it doesn’t seem all too romantic at first glance. But once you get past that first impression, you’ll find that any couple’s trip to Warsaw can be incredibly romantic.

There is quite a bit of gorgeous and unique architecture to seek out, such as the Wilanow Palace and the quaint buildings of the Old Town neighborhood. The Old Town is also the perfect place to grab a coffee during the day or indulge in an intimate dinner for two.

In the middle of the city is the large, lush Łazienki Królewskie Park, a welcome respite from the chaos in the heart of Warsaw and a great place for a picnic for two.

Where To Stay In Warsaw?

For the ultimate Warsaw trip, stay in the InterContinental Warszawa

Experience the royal treatment at the Polonia Palace Hotel.

Torino In Italy

Romantic dusk over the Torino (Turin) bridge
Romantic dusk over the Torino (Turin) bridge

Torino (or Turin, as the locals call it) is a beautiful Italian city settled in the north of Italy, with the Alps as a background.

It’s famous for many things, including its architecture and its cuisine (specifically chocolate!). It’s worth going to Turin to take a chocolate tour for a truly sweet time and some delectable samples.

Wander hand-in-hand through the ancient streets of the ‘Roman rectangle’ (il quadrilatero romano) and dine in one of the quarter’s many high-end restaurants. The city is full of beautiful architecture to visit, as well, such as the world-renowned Mole Antonelliana and the Royal Palace in Venaria.

For a luxurious experience, check into the NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina

One of the most popular and grand hotels in Torino is the Grand Hotel Sitea

Lisbon In Portugal

The romantic architetcure of Lisbon
The romantic architetcure of Lisbon

Often looked over in favor of its Spanish neighbor, Portugal has much to offer, and Lisbon is one of the best romantic off the beaten path cities in Europe.

The sweeping city has a charming old-world feel and more than enough to keep you occupied. One of the most romantic excursions in Lisbon is a private wine tour through the city’s famous wine cellars and beautiful vineyards.

There are various scenic overlooks, called miradouros, throughout the city, where you can picnic in private underneath the warm sun. Wander throughout the city’s many marvelous districts, such as Alfama, and then take a river cruise down the Tagus River at sunset for a perfect end to a perfect day.

Where To Stay In Lisbon?

For a relaxing, romantic experience, consider staying at the VIP Grand Lisboa Hotel & Spa

A luxurious choice for couples is the EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel

Santiago de Compostela In Spain

Santiago de Compostela is famous for the pilgramage, the Camino de Santiago.
Santiago de Compostela is famous for the pilgramage, the Camino de Santiago.

A quintessentially romantic city, Santiago de Compostela is perhaps most famous for the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage that ends there and the breathtaking Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

The city itself is an architectural marvel, so take a romantic leisurely walk and discover the mix of soaring baroque, modern, and romanesque buildings. The Mercado de Abastos, with its fantastic array of fresh meats, cheese, and vegetables, is the place to go if you are looking to create a romantic picnic or dinner for two.

Wander around the city (to use public transport or Galicia taxi) then soak up history at the Museum of Pilgrimage and the Museum of Galician People. During the evening, there are plenty of cozy bars to grab a cocktail in.

Where To Stay In Santiago de Compostella?

This beautiful, reverent city deserves a few nights in an equally beautiful and reverent hotel. Check out Parador de Santiago – Hostal Reis Catolicos.

Sleep in the lap of luxury at the San Francisco Monumento Hotel Santiago de Compostela.

Riga In Latvia

A birds-eye-view of beautiful Riga
A birds-eye-view of beautiful Riga

Often overlooked, the wonderful, off the beaten path Latvian city of Riga is as romantic as it gets.

It houses a variety of beautiful architectural styles to gawk at as you roam the city, including the House of the Blackheads, the Nativity of Christ Cathedral, and The Three Brothers. The Old Town and Art Nouveau districts both hold their own charm.

The sunrise or sunset is the perfect opportunity for a romantic stroll alongside the sparkling canal that runs through the city. You can even take a boat ride along it. And you can’t leave without trying Black Balsam, an herb elixir of pure vodka!

Where To Stay In Riga?

The closest thing to having your own palace is staying in the Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel

Stay in the beautiful center of Riga at the Wellton Centrum Hotel & SPA

Yangon In Myanmar

The breathtaking Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon
The breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

One of the most beautiful off the beaten path cities for your next romantic excursion is Yangon, Myanmar.

Admire the beautiful colonial and traditional architecture of the city as you wander its streets. You can’t miss the Shwedagon Pagoda, a golden marvel and sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

The Sule Pagoda is another beautiful religious monument. Eat to your heart’s content at Chinatown in downtown Yangon, and then take a respite from the chaos with a relaxing walk through Kandawgyi Park. And don’t forget to check out the many local markets and see what hidden treasures you and your sweetheart can find for each other.

Where To Stay In Yangon?

Spend your nights amid beautiful works of art at the Merchant Art Boutique Hotel.

As luxurious as it sounds, consider staying at the Sule Shangri-La Yangon

Buenos Aires In Argentina

The Puerto Madero dockside of Buenos Aires
View from the Puerto Madero dockside of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the birthplace of the tango and just exudes Latin charm and a heavy dose of amor. Indulge in a tango class or three while you’re there, and find your rhythm with your loved one.

Then, go catch a delicious dinner and watch a tango show to see how it’s really done! While in the romantic city, make sure to stroll around and admire the old-world architecture, take a sweet ride on one of the Gondolas Turisticas, and enjoy a sunset cocktail at Puerto Madero.

If you and your partner are feeling especially adventurous, you can even take a helicopter ride over the city for an experience you won’t forget anytime soon.

Where To Stay In Buenos Aires?

Relax in beautiful Buenos Aires at the Ker Recoleta Hotel & Spa.

You and your sweetheart will surely have a romantic time staying at the Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires.

We hope that you enjoyed our list of some of the most underrated romantic cities in the world. Let us know what you thought in the comments below! However, if you’re still looking for the perfect romantic place for your ultimate couple’s trips, check out our other destination guides, including the ones for London, Barcelona, Madrid, Budapest, Portugal, New Zealand, Paris, and Vienna.

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