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30 of the world's most understated romantic destinations
Posted on 11/12/2017

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Forget the romantic lights of Paris or the beautiful canals of Venice, these understated romantic destinations are the best places to go for a loved-up getaway without barfing over all the rose petals.

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  • Florence, Italy
    Florence, Italy

    Although it may be small, the birthplace of the Renaissance has a lot to offer its visitors. Stroll hand-in-hand down the narrow streets that have remained unchanged since its glory days and admire the centuries-old architecture that tells a thousand tales. When it's time to dine, find out why 'Fiorentina' cuisine has become an international label of quality or visit the surrounding hills that are rich in wine.

  • Chefchaouen, Morocco
    Chefchaouen, Morocco

    Tucked away in the Rif Mountains, Morocco's blue city is one of the prettiest in the country, with narrow alleys and ornate doorways all washed in a beautiful shade of blue. Romantic activities abound, whether you're admiring the delightful old medina, bathing in mountain streams, or absorbing the fantastic culinary scene by candle light.

  • Sedona, USA
    Sedona, USA

    By day, the red rocks of Sedona provide a stunning backdrop to a hike. But by night, it is the starry sky that will have you spellbound. With over 300 clear nights a year and stretching for miles and miles with no light pollution, Sedona is one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

  • Kerala, India
    Kerala, India

    A relaxing getaway doesn't get much more spiritual than visiting the birthplace of Ayurveda - one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems developed more than 3,000 years ago. Unwind in one of the many renowned spas or hire one of the symbolic thatched-roof houseboats for a day on the waters, floating past lotus-flowered rice paddies and ancient Hindu temples.

  • Yunnan, China
    Yunnan, China

    Encompassing tiered rice terraces, dense jungle and snow-capped mountains, a visit to Yunnan will give an insight into the best of China's varied landscape. The charming and traditional mud-brick houses of the province's villages are slowly being turned into galleries, inns and cafés and the roads are quickly improving for ease of access around the beautiful region.

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