You'll feel the love the second you touch down in one of these romantic destinations.
This past month, Paris Hilton had the surprise of a lifetime when her boyfriend, actor Chris Zylka, bent down on one knee and popped the question while the two were skiing in Aspen, Colorado. Photos of the proposal show the happy couple kissing atop a snow-capped mountain, with the famous ski resort in the distance.
And while not everyone can expect a $2 million ring the next time they’re in Aspen with their lover, they can expect a fair share of romance according to Travel + Leisure readers, who voted the Rocky Mountain town one of the world’s most romantic cities.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping and, among others, how easily these destinations charm travelers with their romantic atmospheres.
In this year’s survey, English-speaking Aspen proved an outlier among winners for romance. Readers showed a clear preference for cities where the locals speak, well, romance languages. Seven of the top 10 cities for romance are Spanish-, French- or Italian-speaking. Other common threads found in the cities who score well for fueling the flames of love? Historic charm, scenic vantage points (a good kiss needs a good backdrop, after all) and plenty of date night options.
Consult this list of the world’s most romantic cities, and align those vacation days so you and your Valentine can experience them together.