In our annual World's Best Awards survey, we ask readers to rank cities based on how romantic they are—and everything from white sand beaches to dramatic architecture helped the top 20 cities make the list.
"This is a city to be savored with that special someone," said one voter about Seville, Spain (No. 16), hailing the Andalusian capital as second only to Paris, which landed the No. 2 spot, in seductive power.
Most of the cities on this list share similar features: sweeping water vistas, building with elaborate (and old) facades, and an endless parade of restaurants and bars.
It may be easy to fall in love when you're enjoying a leisurely dinner cruise on the Seine or sipping a bottle of French wine at an intimate table outside a brasserie. But the most romantic cities, it seems, don't simply bring us closer to our sweethearts; we fall for the destinations themselves—the hidden parks, palm-fringed beaches, intimate cafes—time and time again.
"When I first visited," said one T+L reader about Venice, "I swore I would return one day with my wife. I did, and she loved it as much as I did."
Voter Dick Geiermann agreed, saying, "I always enjoy going back [to Venice,] and each time I fall a little more in love with this city."
The most romantic cities in the world are those that capture our hearts, seducing us, and filling us with an endless desire for more.
According to our readers, these are the cities that will make you fall in love—with your fellow travelers, with the iconic monuments, the local accents—and remind you what it feels like to have your heart flutter at the sight of something (or someone) extraordinary.