Published: 07 April 2017 by: The H4C team

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If you've already seen Paris, wandered hand-in-hand through Rome and soaked up the sunshine in San Francisco, add these gems to your 'dream destinations' list for an unbelievably romantic escape. 

Related: Paradise for Couples in Paris

Budapest at night

Budapest, Hungary

Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe, Budapest features enchanting medieval and Art Nouveau buildings, an elaborate Opera House, romantic restaurants with live gypsy music performances, chic bars and atmospheric cafés serving almost-too-gorgeous-to-eat pastries. 

Dubbed the Paris of the East, Budapest has the classic charms you'd expect – cobbled alleys, old-world street-lamps and winding waterways – plus thriving arts and nightlife scenes. An unforgettable experience here? Soak your troubles away in the thermal Széchenyi Baths, surrounded by the canary-coloured exterior of a Neo-baroque palace. 

Related article: Budapest: City of Romance

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, USA

The USA is full of dreamy cities, but if you're looking for a destination that's quieter than New York City and Los Angeles, make your way to California's Carmel-by-the-Sea. About an hour south of San Jose, the small coastal city is utterly whimsical and scenic: think redwood forests, rows of vineyards, craggy cliffs and quaint cottages. The beaches are also beautifully uncrowded and are where you'll see a picture-perfect sunset.

Foodies will love Carmel-by-the-Sea's dining scene, with an array of stylish bistros, restaurants, cafés and boutique wineries in the region, while nature-lovers will be surprised and delighted to spot sea otters and seals relaxing by the water's edge. 

Related article: Romantic road tripping in California

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Florence, Italy

When it comes to postcard-ready architecture, Florence is one of Italy's best offerings. Situated in the nation's north, the city is a place of terracotta rooftops, impressive cathedrals, sun-drenched city squares and incredible bridges. Seriously, you have to check out the Ponte Vecchio bridge if visiting Florence, which features rows of shops suspended over the Arno River. 

Famous for its fashion houses and art collections (be sure to see Michelangelo's David here), Florence is also perfect for couples who just want to relax and eat their way around the city. Of course, Florence's restaurants and trattoria serve the very best in Italian cuisine, while the Mercato Centrale indoor market is fantastic for sampling artisan produce and traditional sweets.

Related article: 48 Hours in Florence, Italy

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia has to be one of the world's most jaw-droppingly, heartbreakingly beautiful regions and its capital, Victoria, looks just too pretty to be real. Situated on the southern end of Vancouver Island, the city is famous for its parklands – so pack some comfy shoes and walk through the shockingly green grounds of the Butchart Gardens and the Japanese Abkhazi Garden. 

As if Victoria wasn't fairytale-like enough, its also where you'll find an elegant castle – the sort where you wouldn't be surprised to see a dragon hanging around just casually. Built between 1887 and 1890 by a wealthy Scottish entrepreneur, Craigdarroch Castle overlooks the city and boasts exquisite architecture and perfectly manicured gardens. Join one of the Castle's tours or explore the historic site for yourselves.

Related article: Romance and Adventure: Whistler

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Barcelona, Spain 

A hub of eclectic buildings and fascinating culture, Barcelona in north-eastern Spain is like nowhere else on earth. Like most world-class destinations, the city has a spectacular foodie scene (bar-hopping and feasting on tapas is a must-do here), but it's the unique architecture that really makes it stand out. 

Synonymous with Barcelona, the Spanish artist GaudÍ has well and truly left his mark on the city, making it brilliant to explore on foot. One of the best examples of this is Park Güell in the Collserola foothills (about 20 minutes from the city's centre). An architectural park where houses, fountains and walkways are decorated with technicolour mosaic tiles, it's also where you'll get a clear view all the way out to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Make sure you also visit the other-worldly La Sagrada Familia church (also designed by GaudÍ) and the straight-from-a-storybook fountain at Parc de la Ciutadella. 

Related article: 10 Things for Couples to See and Do in Barcelona

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