As romantically inept as we may be at times, traveling as a couple has allowed us to take in quiet, serene moments together in unexpected locations around the world that we’ll not soon forget. Check out this post that was shared with us exploring some of the best spots for a lovely stroll with your better half.
There’s a lot to be said for simple pleasures. Most of us wouldn’t say no to be treated to a Michelin-starred meal or being lavished with gifts. But, sometimes, just taking time out to do something as simple as go for a walk with your other half is enough to create one of those special moments, where you can talk to each other and discover beautiful new places together. Mark Twain said: “The true charm of pedestrianism does not lie in the walking, or in the scenery, but in the talking.” But the best walks come with a bit of both.
In many places, you’ll have the landscape all to yourselves, particularly if you take advantage of those quiet, mid-week times when families are tied to the school run, the beaches and country paths are near-deserted, and accommodation prices are lower so you can stay for longer.
Here are some of the most romantic places to stay and stroll together:
To Paris with love
It’s no wonder Paris regularly tops wish lists of the most romantic places to visit in the world – the Eiffel Tower, the food, the art, the Moulin Rouge, the architecture. And, it also has some of the most beguiling routes for a stroll. Just heading out and getting lost in the city can provide the most incredible discoveries, the little bistros, art galleries, or street stalls you might not otherwise have found. But, if you want to plan your walk in advance, then it’s hard to beat strolling by the Seine, starting out at the Place de la Concorde, descending the steps to walk along the river’s edge and finishing in the beautiful botanical gardens of the Jardin de Plantes. You could even take a ride together on the old-fashioned carousel there. The Hotel Grandes Ecoles is a mid-range option within walking distance, which has definite curb appeal, with its pretty pastel shutters.
Not just for petrol heads
A beach so wide and flat, it has been used for car racing and to set land speed records, you can walk for miles along the bay at Pendine Sands. If you head west along the Carmarthen Bay Coastal Path, you’ll find yourselves at Morfa Bychan, a little isolated pebbly cove. If you’re feeling energetic, you could continue the two miles to Marros Sands, which you’re more than likely to have all to yourselves. If you’re there at low tide, you’ll be able to see the ribs of an old wooden shipwreck emerge. Meander on back to Pendine Sands and you can sit down for a drink at Barnacles Beachside Café at the Parkdean site here. The park has good mid-week off-peak deals for May and June so you could stay for three or four nights, walking on the beach every day.
Wild and wonderful
There’s something darkly romantic about ruined castles, sitting against dramatic skies and you don’t get much more striking than the remains of Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland. If you start off in Craster, you can head up the coast, stopping to drink in the views of the castle together before continuing to the walk along the dunes of Embleton Bay and reaching the little fishing village of Low Newton by the Sea. Here, you can sit outside the whitewashed Ship Inn, eating kipper pate smoked in nearby Seahouses, washed down with a crisp glass of white wine, or circle back and finish your day at the Jolly Fisherman in Craster where you can try the famous crab soup. The nearby Joiners Arms has quirkily romantic rooms, all with a different theme, either with florals and a vintage feel, or darkly masculine plaid.
While Florida will forever be associated with mouse ears and family vacations, there are plenty of opportunities for romance on the state’s impossibly white beaches. And, if you’re flexible about when you go, you can take advantage of mid-week and term-time flights. The stretch along the Gulf on powder-like sand takes about an hour. Off-season on a weekday, you’ll feel like Caladesi is your very own private island. Try starting at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill mid-afternoon, walking to Caladesi and returning to dine on the beachfront, to watch the sun go down together. You can’t stay on Caladesi Island itself, but Clearwater has lots of good accommodation options.
Lost in Santa Cruz
Citrus scented and scenic, Seville’s Santa Cruz district is a pretty tangle of narrow streets. Everywhere you pass, there are colourful homes adorned with flowers and the soundtrack is that of the Spanish guitar as buskers play on the streets. Even if you get lost in this barrio, you’re likely to stumble across beautiful squares. Most routes will lead you to the Plaza de Santa Cruz, where there are orange trees, fountains and a wrought-iron cross where lovers fasten padlocks adorned with their initials, a bit like a mini version of the famous Love Lock Bridge in Paris. The Plaza de Santa Cruz hostel perfectly sums up the trend for posh hostels, or Poshtels, with hostel prices but hotel facilities. It has colourful tiles, artwork and a fountain in the reception.
Wherever you are in the world, exploring on foot with your other half is one of the best ways to reconnect with each other, and connect with your surrounds together.