Spend a weekend hiking through some of the world's most picturesque landscapes at these romantic destinations for nature loving Bookers.*
Oia in Santorini, Greece
Sunset in Santorini
Santorini, perhaps the most renowned of the Cyclades islands, is famous for its unbeatable views of the Mediterranean, but Oia takes romantic settings to a whole new level – literally, because the cliff-top town overlooks both the Ammoudi and Armeni Bays. Since one bay faces east and the other to the west, visitors can watch the sun rise and set.
While gorgeous, sunny days are almost guaranteed, Romantic Bookers visiting Oia agree that the town is best experienced in the evening. Enjoy the gorgeous contrast between the bright white streets and sapphire seas while dining on one of the Oia Mare Villas balconies.
Bryce Canyon, USA
Hiking in Bryce Canyon
Utah’s Bryce Canyon is a series of spire-shaped rock formations, created by centuries of erosion and resulting in this unique geological phenomenon called “hoodoos.” The park is also one of the best places in the USA for stargazing, thanks to the absence of light pollution and mild temperatures. Romantic Bookers can have a morning to remember by hiking up to Sunrise Point.
Just a 15-minute drive from Bryce Canyon National Park, these traditional log cabins offer endless opportunities for admiring the gorgeous scenery over a late afternoon barbeque.
Abant in Bolu, Turkey
Unwind in Abant
Abant is an often overlooked part of Turkey’s Black Sea Region, but all who make it there adore the area’s tranquility. Nature loving Bookers can explore the freshwater Lake Abant and its surrounding woodlands, while wildlife photographers will have endless snapshot opportunities.
After a day of hiking, the sauna, hammam, and massage rooms at the Abant Aden Boutique Hotel & Spa are the perfect way to unwind. Every bedroom at this luxurious hotel has its own fireplace, or you can spend the evening admiring the mountain views from your very own private balcony.
Sail on Lake Hallstatt
Perched on the west bank of Lake Hallstatt, this Austrian town combines ancient history with views that no Booker will ever forget. Hallstatt had an active community as early as 800 BCE and the town’s Cultural Heritage Museum showcases a brief yet fascinating glimpse at over 7,000 years of the town’s history.
After satisfying your inner historian, there are plenty of outdoor activities like the famous Hallstatt Salt Mines, hiking trails, rock climbing, and, of course, sailing on the lake. To continue the historical theme, check in to the Seehotel Grüner Baum, founded in the 1700s. This luxurious hotel has panoramic views of the lake and past guests include Empress Sisi and Agatha Christie.
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Stargaze at Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo is a natural midway point between Christchurch and Queenstown. The clear skies make it a great spot for stargazing, and there’s plenty to do during the daytime, with the turquoise lake and the Southern Alps mountain range providing a vibrant backdrop for picnics and hiking.
If you're a Booker who prefers stargazing and nature-gazing from a warm bed, then book one of the Lakeview Tekapo apartments. Not only do they have incredible lake and mountain views, but each apartment also comes with a skylight, so you count shooting stars from the comfort of your own bed.
** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the top nature destinations endorsed for “romance” and “romantic escapes” by travelers.
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