5 Best Cities for Car Rental: Romance
It’s coming up to that time of year when the lovestruck couples everywhere have a legitimate excuse to abandon routine and practicality for an over-the-top celebration of romance. If you’re planning a Valentine’s Day getaway for just the two of you, consider hiring a car in any of our favourite loved-up locations:
The Queen of the Adriatic is inextricably linked with art, culture, great food, and romance. You could hire a gondola propelled by a traditionally-dressed gondolier, or save your money and enjoy the same lovely views on a vaporetto (water bus). Savour the glamor and elegance of a city with the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square kilometre, marvelling at the magnificent palaces and churches that line the Grand Canal and its tributaries. Few things could be more romantic than Musica a Palazzo , an intimate evening of opera staged by candlelight in a historic palazzo of faded grandeur down an alley near the Grand Canal.
Cape Town, South Africa
The most cosmopolitan and stunning city in South Africa, Cape Town is home to some of the country’s best beaches and makes the ideal sunshine escape for Valentine’s Day. Early December to mid January is the height of the holiday season in South Africa, so you should find things somewhat calmer in February. The most popular beaches are Camps Bay and Clifton, where the beautiful people hang out in beautiful surroundings. Muizenberg and St. James have the advantage of being warmer and more sheltered than some of the other beaches. With the Waterfront now heavily populated by tourists, try the emerging uptown suburbs of Oranjezicht, Gardens, and Tamberskloof, at the foot of Table Mountain, for your accommodation.
Savannah is probably more famous for its ghostly residents than for its romantic appeal, but there is no better place to hold onto that special somebody for reassurance! Wander through squares overflowing with blossoms, stay in a cosy B&B on a peaceful tree-lined street, and stroll around the historic districts. Find romance in a horse-drawn tour of the historic district, with its beautiful Federal, Georgian, Italianate, Greek Revival and Victorian architecture. Watch the boats glide gently down the river or take a cruise on paddle-wheel riverboat for great views from the harbour.
Apart from the fact that the weather in Sydney in February would make anybody fall in love, what makes Sydney a romantic location is the abundance of activities for couples to choose from. Loll on white-sand beaches, dance the night away at world-class nightclubs, enjoy exceptional food and drink, or hire a car in Sydney and escape to secluded hideaways in Hunter Valley or the Blue Mountains. Rent kayaks and paddle around Rose Bay, one of the most beautiful areas of Sydney harbour.
Okay, so Valentine’s Day in Paris may sound like a bit of a cliché, but if you’re fortunate enough to be heading to the world capital of romance with somebody significant, you won’t be disappointed. Romance lies around every corner in the city of lights, so you should not have too much trouble making your weekend in Paris feel special, but, given that many other couples in the world have the same idea, it makes sense to plan in advance before landing in Paris for Valentine’s Day. Tip: If you are planning to pop the question, or even if you just want to feel on top of the world looking out at the dazzling Paris cityscape, avoid the Eiffel Tower and head to the Grand Carousel in the atmospheric Place de la Concorde instead.