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With recent movie releases being more about action, adventure, and superheroes, it’s time to rekindle your love for romantic movies. These movies are a great inspiration of where to take your next romantic breaks. Travel experts suggest their favorite to watch and what to do in these romantic movie locations.
Ready to feel all fluttery? You better be.
Eat Pray Love – Bali, Indonesia
The hit movie Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts is based on a best selling book of the same title. The movie follows Liz Gilbert, who thought she had it all, until she goes through a divorce. She decides to step out of her comfort zone on a trip that sees her in Italy, India and, Bali. I remember watching the movie and falling in love with Bali.
There are many scenes where she cycles through beautiful rice paddies, which are filmed in Ubud. I knew immediately I had to visit there- which I did! It is just as beautiful in reality as the movie represents. There are actually places in Bali that allow you to take an Eat Pray Love tour which includes visiting lots of beautiful places in Ubud.
Thankfully, Bali in general has some amazing things to do and see. Tanah Lot and Uluwatu temple are both amazing sunset spots. The beaches on Bali are wonderful including Nusa Dua for it’s pure blue waters and Balgan for it’s fantastic surf. Not to mention all the great scuba diving and snorkelling spots dotted around the island. You’ll never be short of things to do on a trip to Bali and I definitely intend on returning over and over again.
Suggested by Bradley Williams of Dream Big, Travel Far
Me Before You – Paris, France
Me Before You is a romantic movie that never fails to make me ugly cry. It follows Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), an active business man who finds himself in a wheelchair after a horrific accident. He is completely miserable until a new carer, the quirky Lou Clark (Emilia Clarke), walks into his life.
The film is set in England but the ending takes us to Paris. Lou’s new life is about to begin and she sits in Place Dauphine reading Will’s letter to her. It’s a typical Parisian setting in the first arrondissement and is very close to Notre Dame cathedral. It’s well worth walking through Place Dauphine when exploring Île de la Cité and you can find a bench here to watch the world go by whilst soaking up those Paris vibes.
In this square, you’ll find Restaurant Paul, which is one of the Me Before You filming locations in Paris. It’s called Cafe Marquis in the film but you’ll recognize the distinctive Parisian dining terrace outside. Perfect for summers in Paris!
Suggested by Laura Hartley of What’s Hot Blog
Crazy Rich Asians – Singapore
What’s not to love about the smash hit Crazy Rich Asians? There’s romance, drama, comedy, intrigue, and a silly display of wealth. It’s also the first Hollywood movie in 25 years to feature an all Asian cast.
The movie is basically about acceptance, love, traditions and breaking cultural barriers. Asian New Yorker local Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) attends her boyfriend Nick’s (Henry Golding) best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Unbeknownst to her, he is uber rich. In fact, he is the country’s most eligible bachelor. While the couple is happily in love, they have to overcome boundaries to be together. The most difficult boundary being Nick’s disapproving mother. Rachel comes from a poor family in America giving another layer of condemnation as she is seen as a “Westerner”.
While the excessive display of wealth is fun to dream about, what drew me to Singapore was the cultural components more than the flash. The sense of community while eating together at the Newton Food Centre was the start. The deep metaphor near the end, when Rachel kills in a game of mahjong, was the cherry on top (even though this scene was shot in Malaysia). This pivotal scene showed how important family values and traditions are and that they can be overcome. This East vs West cultural imbalance is relatable to me after marrying my Korean wife (I’m Caucasian). It’s also a kick-ass performance by Constance Wu that has you fist pumping with triumph.
Of course, the aesthetic beauty of Singapore shined with scenes at Gardens By The Bay, Chijmes, Sentosa, Marina Bay Sands, and the Raffles Hotel.
Suggested by Callan Wienburg of Once in a Lifetime Journey
Outlaw King – Scotland
What is more romantic than kings, queens, battles and blood? The new Netflix hit TV show, Outlaw King, tells the story of King Robert (Chris Pine), the Outlaw King, and his fight against the establishment with many scenes dedicated to his relationship with his supportive wife, Elizabeth (the wonderful Florence Pugh).
99% of the filming locations took place in Scotland and the final dreamy scene where the two protagonists run towards each on the sandy beach is set on the beautiful Seacliff Beach in East Lothian. Many of Scotland’s castles were also used during filming as was Glasgow University, Cathedral and Dunfermline Abbey (Fife).
Suggested by Gemma of Two Scots Abroad
When In Rome – Rome, Italy
One of my all-time favorite romantic comedies is When in Rome starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel.
Workaholic Beth (Kristen Bell) travels to Rome for her sister’s whirlwind, last minute wedding, where she takes coins from a magic fountain. This brought her love in all the ways she never wanted!
The movie offers an interesting assortment of characters in her mysterious suitors. Beth does eventually find true love in Rome! While much of the movie takes place in New York City, the scenes in Rome are beautiful, like the fountain and the old church, and the Italian characters are awesome and hilarious. It made visiting all the fountains in Rome really fun when I traveled there and I may have been tempted to steal a few coins for myself!
Suggested by Vanessa Hunt of Wanderlust Crew
Three Steps Over Heaven – Rome, Italy
Rome creates such a charged romantic atmosphere that it caused the attraction of two opposites in the movie Three Steps Over Heaven. Despite their completely different backgrounds, a privileged young lady and a troubled teen with violent tendencies meet and fall in love in this poignant film. Their meeting led to the collision of their worlds where Babi, the model student, was drawn into Step’s world of illegal motorbike races, endless fights, and a very heated romance.
“Affix a lock, and the key into the Tiber so it stays here forever,” Babi instructs Step on the Ponte Milvio, where you will find several padlocks amidst symbols of love along the bridge. In the movie, Step grabs a padlock from his bike, snaps it on the post amidst other padlocks, and throws away a key before giving Babi a kiss.
Rome’s oldest bridge, the Ponte Milvio overlooks the Olympic stadium and the Fascist-era Ponte Flaminio. When in Rome, do what the Romans do. Take your loved one for a walk on the bridge, exchange vows of love over the River Tiber, and seal it with a kiss as you watch the sunset. Head to one of Rome’s best night spots across the bridge and see what it has to offer. Enjoy a drink at Il Chioschetto as you watch the city lights from its narrow terrace where you have a pretty good excuse to be as close to each other as possible.
Suggested by Karolina Klesta of karolinapatryk.com
**Disclaimer: Movie preview and Amazon link is of the Spanish remake of this film.**
Vicky, Christina, Barcelona – Spain
Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona by famous Hollywood director Woody Allen is one of my favorite destination movies. I’ve watched it many times, the cast, the soundtrack and the city make a perfect match. The starring actors are Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz and Rebecca Hall.
Two American girls Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) come to Barcelona for summer holiday where they meet a local artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem). They both fell in love with him. Although, Vicky is engaged and keeps her feelings a secret. Juan Antonio introduces both friends to Spanish culture and shows them around Spain. Everything was perfect until Juan Antonio’s ex-wife (Penélope Cruz) comes to the scene.
A light romantic comedy with funky music and beautiful location, Barcelona is one of the “characters” in the movie. No wonder why, it is an amazing city to visit with many activities to do and places to visit in and around it–incredible Art Nouveau architecture, beautiful sandy beaches, bizarre Guell park, Tibidabo Mountain with stunning views from the top, bustling La Rambla street, and the famous Boqueria market. Summer season is the best time to visit Barcelona to get the cool holiday vibe that is shown in the movie.
Suggested by Campbell & Alya of Stingy Nomads
A Christmas Prince – Romania
The romantic comedy A Christmas Prince has been released by Netflix around Christmas of 2017, and it was a great joy to see. It is one of the most romantic movies I’ve seen. The plot revolves around the prince of Aldovia who is to be crowned king. As any king needs his queen, the female lead appears in his life as an American undercover journalist.
The story is all the more beautiful as much of the action takes place in a splendid setting in the Romanian town Sinaia. The mountains, Peles Castle, and the snowy landscape complete a gorgeous setting. Although Bran Castle is the most famous one in Romania, I would recommend Peles as one of the most beautiful in the world.
Suggested by Raluca Belu of Whisper Wanderlust
Amelie – Paris, France
While many movie buffs begin by watching movies made by Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard or Jean Renoir, my introduction to French cinema happened through Amelie, that extra feel-good romantic movie that everyone except French people love! Hence, visiting the café where the central character Amelie, played to perfection by Audrey Tautou and helmed brilliantly by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, works as a waiter along with other memorable side characters was one of the major things I wanted to tick off my Paris bucket list.
So an a particularly sunny afternoon I stepped into the Café des Deux Moulins in the hip Montmartre area of Paris to simply immerse myself in the world of Amelie. The staff has a poster of the movie for anyone who wonders why people were taking pictures instead of ordering food! A gnome, used in the movie, is also a prominent attraction. The staff claimed it has gone missing when I visited.
I was dreading that the service staff might be tired and jaded of Amelie fans visiting the place. Surprisingly, the staff were attentive, smiled and spoke enough English to make me feel comfortable and spend more than a 10-minute pit stop that I had originally envisaged. I ordered a small sandwich and a cold coffee and left a happy customer.
Suggested by Priyanko Sarkar of Constant Traveller
The Fault in Our Stars – Amsterdam, Netherlands
16-year old Hazel meets 17-year old Augustus in a cancer support group. Their love story blossom when they visit Amsterdam together to meet a celebrated author. The movie, which is an honest adaptation of John Green’s novel of the same name, was loved so much that the bench across the canal where the couple sat was stolen by some fans! The movie stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
Picturesque canals, a stunning tram network, the historic Anne Frank’s house, and the one-of-its-kind Rijk’s museum – they all feature in the movie making Amsterdam a full-life character. The best thing to see in Amsterdam is the network canals and bridges where you can spend the whole day strolling around. You can also take a guided canal cruise in the evening. My second favorite thing to do in Amsterdam is a tour of the Anne Frank’s museum – a house where Anne Frank hid for two years before being captured by the Nazis.
Suggested by Sinjana Ghosh of Backpack & Explore
Before Sunrise – Vienna, Austria
Sometimes you need to meet a complete stranger to experience magic, bliss and love. The movie Before Sunrise describes the chance encounter when two strangers fall in love as they form an incredible connection in the streets of Vienna, Austria.
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) spend the entire afternoon and evening together before he has to catch a flight back to the US the next morning. The walk takes them through the musical city of Vienna as they stop at the museums and the Donaukanal, a tributary of the Danube river. Taking a long stroll along the Donaukanal will remind you of the scene when the characters encounter a poet who asks them for a word to use to write his poem. The word was “milkshake”.
It was magical to retrace the steps of my favorite romantic movie. Finding a rhythm in the city’s heat during Summer as we rented a bicycle to cycle along the Danube river in Vienna offering a beautiful view of the city’s Prater, a beautiful stretch of lined trees.
Suggested by Pashmina of The Gone Goat
War and Peace – St. Petersburg, Russia
Strictly speaking, one wouldn’t call War and Peace a romantic movie, far from it. But one also can’t deny that as the book, so the movie include many romantic lines: between Natasha and Pierre, Sonya and Nikolai, Nikolai and Marie to name a few. An epic like War and Peace shows not one but many love stories in depth, but, without a doubt, one of the major love stories is the one between Natasha Rostova and Prince Bolkonsky.
Although their first brief meeting happens at the house in Otradnoe, we can see the first real connection between the two at the ball in Saint Petersburg. “The first ball of Natasha Rostova”, as the scene is often called, is the best representation of aristocratic society of Saint Petersburg in the XIX century. The luxurious grand interiors, the elaborate costumes the guests are wearing and even the fact that the majority of conversations happen in French instead of Russian (which was common in the upper class society at the time) — all give you a picture of Saint Petersburg in 1810.
Although in the novel, Tolstoy doesn’t reveal the location of the ball, saying it was held at a house of a nobleman in Saint Petersburg, there’s one way to immerse yourself into similar surroundings — visit Catherine Palace. The director of the 2012 adaptation of War and Peace chose it to shoot the scenes at the ball.
Mind you, the War and Peace adaptation that inspired me to visit Saint Petersburg is the 1966 Soviet adaptation, which I consider the best one ever made. And although I might be biased for being Russian, most international critics share the same opinion.
Suggested by Yulia Dyukova of That’s What She Had