Kisses at airports, holding hands across café tables, getting hopelessly lost in beautiful new places; travel and romance go hand-in-hand. If you’re looking to escape the daily grind for a few days, a dream getaway with your partner is just the ticket. But picking your ideal travel destinations can be a tricky business.
We’ve cuddled up with some of our favourite movies to find travel inspiration for your next trip. Whether you’re looking for a wild adventure fuelled by a hilarious rom-com romp, or a sweet moment inspired by a cinematic classic, there’s a movie moment for every type of couple. And don’t forget the camera! We’ve included the movie-inspired photography opportunities you won’t want to miss.
Movie: Sleepless In Seattle
Location: New York, USA
The Big Apple has to be top of our list. It’s been the backdrop for countless romantic movies, from Breakfast At Tiffany’s to Maid in Manhattan. If you’re looking for a fast-paced getaway filled with hustle, bustle and plenty to do, you can’t go wrong with The City That Never Sleeps.
Your Romantic Photo Opportunity At The Empire State Building
There might be many movies that feature New York, but we had to go with Sleepless In Seattle for our most romantic moment. We don’t recommend narrowly missing each other in the elevator, but holding hands on the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building is a great way to take a moment, slow down and appreciate being in the right place with the right person.
Location: Burgundy, France
Burgundy is most famous for its wine, and it’s a region bursting with rich history, gorgeous views and scenes that look like they were pulled from a European fairy tale. It’s also home to Flavigny-sur-Ozerain and Beynec-et-Cazenec, two stunningly picturesque villages that were the filming locations for the movie Chocolat. For all it’s beauty, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain is unfortunately devoid of chocolate shops. However just a couple of hours drive away in the village of La Clayette, you’ll find a little Chocolaterie that’s well worth the trip. Bernard Dufoux is considered one of the best chocolatiers in France, and at Dufoux Chocolats you can experience the real-life indulgence of handmade artisan chocolate that we all pined for through the movie.
Your Romantic Photo Opportunity At Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
There are plenty of utterly charming places to stay in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. Take the opportunity to explore the village and you’ll recognise key locations from the movie; the Church of St. Genest, the market square, and in a side street nearby, you’ll find the now-empty building used as the Chocolaterie in the movie. Eat truffles, wear red shoes and snap away!
Movie: Mamma Mia
Location: Skopelos, Greece
The island “Kalokairi” in the movie Mamma Mia might be fictional, but the filming location, Skopelos, is as authentic as it gets. It’s everything you envision with a perfect holiday on a Greek island: stunning views, boats floating on an impossibly blue sea, and cool, stone-floored villas. Combine this bright backdrop with your favourite feel-good musical and you’re in for a romantic getaway that’ll leave you wanting to burst into song.
Your Romantic Photo Opportunity At Kastani Beach
Get yourself down to the shores of Kastani beach, where the “Lay All Your Love On Me” scene between Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper was filmed. Gorgeous cliffs, golden sand and turquoise seas are sure to get you into the romantic mood. In true Mamma Mia style, feel free to burst into shamelessly off-key renditions of your favourite ABBA song. Or just kiss on the beach a bit, up to you.
Movie: Roman Holiday
Location: Rome, Italy
“Rome! By all means, Rome.” Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love on location in Italy’s gorgeous city is what makes this one of the most iconic romance movies in Cinema history. There are tons of fabulous movie moments to revisit, from trying Gelato on the Spanish Steps to bravely sticking your hand into the Mouth of Truth at Basilica di Santa Maria. With plenty classical ruins and ancient tourist sites to visit, it’s a beautiful place to fall for whether you’re a history buff or not.
Your Romantic Photo Opportunity In The Streets Of Rome
Who can forget Audrey Hepburn causing havoc as she tears through Rome on the Vespa with a terrified Gregory Peck? You probably shouldn’t try to cause quite so much trouble, but you can easily rent a scooter in Rome and re-enact a more sedate version of events for your photo album.
Movie: Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Much of the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall was filmed in the Oahu region of Hawaii. You can even stay at the exact same resort, Turtle Bay! While the Rom-Com is more Com than Rom, it definitely has its romantic moments, and the location left many of us craving a visit to the exotic island. Expect incredible Hawaiian sunsets, blue seas, and plenty of opportunity for surfing, snorkelling and cocktails on the beach.
Your Romantic Photo Opportunity At Laie Point
Laie Point is the location of the cliff Peter and Rachel jump from in the movie. We don’t recommend actually jumping from the cliff (seriously, don’t) but it’s a gorgeous, dramatic view and a fabulous photo opportunity.
Movie: The Notebook
Location: South Carolina, USA
The Notebook is the epitome of an unashamedly mushy, weepy romantic movie. It’s got gorgeous cinematography, Romeo-and-Juliet style forbidden love, dramatic kissing in the rain and Ryan Gosling. Don’t forget Ryan Gosling. It was filmed around Charleston, South Carolina, and while the American Southeast might not immediately jump to mind as a romantic holiday destination, there’s no arguing with those visuals. If you’re after a getaway but think you’ve seen it all, put Charleston on your bucket list.
Your Romantic Photo Opportunity At Cypress Gardens
The iconic scene where Allie and Noah paddle a canoe through a swamp filled with white ducks was filmed in Cypress Gardens. A beautiful wetland area where you, too, can rent a canoe and paddle through the trees. (Ducks not guaranteed.)
Location: Paris, France
We couldn’t do this list without including Paris. The City Of Love provides the backdrop to movies like French Kiss, Moulin Rouge, Sabrina, and countless more. But we’re focusing on Amelie, a quirky French comedy that paints Paris as being less about romanticised walks around The Eiffel Tower, and more as the city where our heroin (played by Audrey Tautou) lives, works and falls in love. If you want an Amelie-inspired city break, think less about candlelit dinners and boat rides on the Seine, and more about exploring the cafes of Montmartre and sharing a bicycle ride through Rue Saint-Vincent.
Your Romantic Photo Opportunity At Café des Deux Moulins
Café des Deux Moulins, the café where the character Amelie works, is actually a real café! If you’re a fan of the movie, you can’t pass up the chance to sit in here and tell each other your secrets over a café au lait.
That just about wraps up our list of travel destinations, inspired by our favourite romantic movies. Whether you’re in the mood for a jaunt around a European city or a far-flung tropical getaway, we hope we’ve made your feet itch a little.