There's no denying the romance factor of cities like Paris, New York or Rome, but sometimes the best intimate escapes happen off the beaten path. We asked a panel of romance travel gurus to nominate 20 global destinations where the romance factor is under-hyped. Our readers have been voting for the past four weeks, and the results are in!
Taking home the title of Best Under-the-Radar Romantic Destination (by a landslide) is Porto, Portugal, known for its wine, medieval architecture and Old World charm.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Under-the-Radar Romantic Destination are as follows:
- Porto, Portugal
- Mackinac Island, Mich.
- Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- Lugano, Switzerland
- Reykjanes, Iceland
- Annapolis, Md.
- Lucca, Italy
- Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
- Budapest, Hungary
- Cartagena, Colombia
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Ivy Jacobson (TheKnot.com), Susan Moynihan (The Honeymoonist), Betsy and Warren Talbot (Married with Luggage), Michelle da Silva Richmond (10Best Travel Expert) and Lydia Schrandt (10Best Editor) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of romance travel.
Other nominees for Best Under-the-Radar Romantic Destination included Bainbridge Island, Wash.; Block Island, R.I.; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Istanbul; Lake District, England; Langkawi, Malaysia; Lijiang, China; Mendoza, Argentina; New Caledonia and Out Islands, Bahamas.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.
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