For most people, proposing to a significant other is one of many big, life-changing moments. So naturally, a special occasion deserves an extraordinary way to commemorate the event. While some choose to stage elaborate Hollywood-type proposals featuring fireworks and a release of doves, a truly passionate proposal is thoughtfully planned out in a destination that is the very definition of romance.
There are numerous locations around the world that offer supremely romantic settings for your big moment. We’ve compiled a few that fit the bill, representing some of the most memorable places in the world for the ultimate heartfelt proposal. And some of these destinations are so special that couples may be compelled to plan a return trip for their destination wedding or honeymoon.
Bow bridge, Central Park, New York City
Central Park is not only New York City’s most famous urban oasis it features the Bow Bridge, one of the most romantic spots in the world for a proposal. Located in the center of the park overlooking its tranquil lake, you will have a surprisingly pastoral setting complete with charming wildlife and people boating across the lakes a backdrop when you pop the big question. Afterwards, enjoy the Big Apple’s amazing sites, including a romantic stroll along the High Line.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
While the Cliffs of Moher comprise one of Ireland’s most popular attractions, they’re also a picture-perfect spot for a romantic proposal, with stunning, world-class views of the Atlantic Ocean from its five miles of coastline cliffs. Show up early in the morning to avoid the crowds to ensure a peaceful setting to propose to your loved one.
The Pap of Glencoe, Scotland
Eager to present your partner with an adventurous challenge before you spring the big question? Try the 5-hour climb to the top of The Pap of Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. The region’s most accessible mountain is well worth the effort as it features unrivaled views of Glencoe Village and the beautiful Loch Leven in the distance, creating an idyllic romantic backdrop for your big moment.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany
Bavaria’s landscape resembles something pulled from the pages of a storybook, especially with iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, which was the inspiration for Walt Disney World’s Cinderella Castle. It’s the perfect spot for a fairytale proposal. Couples can enjoy a hike through Hohenschwangau’s dense forest to reach the castle, a popular stop on Germany’s Romantic Road.
Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece
Santorini is easily one of the most beautiful spots on the globe, with the Greek island’s ubiquitous white-washed stone walls beautifully in contrast to the Mediterranean’s brilliant blue waters that surround the isle. While the destination is among the world’s most popular vacation spots, the village of Imerovigli – north of the capital Fira – offers a beautiful, relatively quiet district where beautiful sunsets provide the optimal spot to pop the question. One of Vacation's expert travel agents can customize the ideal Greece itinerary that includes the perfect spot in Imerovigli to propose to your significant other.
Lake of Love, Bruges, Belgium
How can you possibly go wrong proposing in a spot named Lake of Love? Located in Bruges’ Minnewater Park, the serene and tranquil lake has a bridge, aptly called Lover’s Bridge, where couples can take stroll across before you’re compelled to pop the question. Local legend holds that your love will last forever if you kiss your loved one as you cross Lover’s Bridge! Consult an expert travel agent to help you plan your surprise proposal in Belgium.
Mljet Island, Croatia
While Croatia’s stunning natural beauty has made it a sought-after travel destination, Mljet Island is easily among Croatia’s lesser-known islands. Replete with lush forests and fields, this Croatian island also features quaint fishing villages and secluded beaches, with intimate settings that provide the right amount of romance for you ask your significant other for their hand in marriage.
Soufriere, St. Lucia
As the #1 honeymoon destination chosen by travel agents, St. Lucia’s towering Piton Mountains provide the awe-inspiring backdrop for a romantic proposal, too! Consider a stay at the Ladera Resort, an adults-only resort located within the mountains that offers luxurious suites with spectacular views of the Caribbean and the Pitons. The resort’s suites create such a romantic and intimate atmosphere that you may not want to leave your room! Yet when you eventually do, you’ll find idyllic sunsets, a secluded, white-sand beach and turquoise waters that create the ultimate environment for you to pop the big question.
Juliet’s Balcony, Verona, Italy
OK, so perhaps Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, Italy is not the most intimate proposal spot. Yes, it’s the famous balcony from which Shakespeare’s fictional Juliet beckoned her beloved Romeo. It’s one of Italy’s most popular attractions. Nevertheless, the setting is the site of the greatest love story ever told, and also perfect for a romantic marriage proposal. Admittedly, the two main characters never actually existed, but more than a century ago the city declared the house to be the family residence of the Capulet family. Now, it’s a legendary spot for lovers to ask for their significant other’s hand in marriage.
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