The French capital defines romance, with every corner serving as a beautiful backdrop for a fairy-tale moment. Paris is a city where people visit to celebrate their love (or to find love). The City of Love, with its magnificent monuments and gorgeous neighbourhoods, always envelopes travelers in its urban charm, and these four classic landmarks are sure-fire destinations for creating romantic memories in Paris.
The Eiffel Tower
Originally built as a temporary exhibit, it is now the most famous and iconic monument of Paris, instantly recognisable the world over and the universal symbol of the City of Light. The Tower has fast become one of the most famous locations for romantic proposals, and it is easy to see why. Standing 300 metres (approximately 1,000 feet) high above the city, the view from the top is magnificent, offering a breathtaking view of the most beautiful city in the world. The second floor of the Eiffel Tower also boasts Alain Ducasse’s Michelin-starred Jules Verne restaurant where you can enjoy haute cuisine while the third-floor Champagne Bar awaits. Though ascending the Eiffel Tower is a must-do when visiting Paris, seeing the Tower sparkle at night is something not to be missed either. There is nothing more romantic than watching it light up at sunset and watch it sparkle every hour on the hour as it lights up the sky. 103 quai Branly (7th), 01 44 11 23 23
A village sitting above the city, Montmartre has been a charming host to many artists over the years including Renoir and Picasso. One of the main attractions of this neighbourhood is the Sacré Coeur, the wedding cake-like basilica which sits on the highest peak in Paris, and from where a stunning panoramic view of the city can be enjoyed. Behind the Sacré Coeur is Place du Tertre—bursting with talented artists, this square is where you can pick up beautiful prints or get your portrait painted before sitting at one of the cafés around the square to enjoy a Kir Royal.
Pont des Arts
Paris features many bridges, linking the Left Bank to the Right. There is Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in the city and the backdrop to many romantic strolls. There is also Pont Marie, where the tradition, when passing beneath it on a boat, is that you should close your eyes, make a wish and kiss the person next to you. Though the most romantic bridge of all is Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge, which has informally become the Lovers' Bridge with many couples declaring their love by engraving or writing their names on a padlock and locking it to the bridge’s railings, securing their love for ever.
Defining luxury, wealth and royalty, the Chateau de Versailles is one of the city’s most visited monuments. A place where the governing powers of France once resided, the Chateau epitomises sprawling riches and opulence. It is one of the most beautiful chateaus and one of the largest palaces in the world, featuring magnificently well-kept and seemingly endless gardens. Offering a spectacular rendezvous location for all visitors to the city, couples will love getting lost in the luscious maze of gardens designed by André Le Nôtre and discovering the fountains and statues found throughout. Place d’Armes (enter at the Grille d’Honneur), 01 30 83 78 089. Visit the website for all opening times.