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World Destinations for Couples Who Are Not That into Romance

It’s hard to set off on a holiday for two if you’re not that into romance. It seems like the whole market opens up for lovey-dovey couples, while the realists have little chance to find the perfect holiday. But you’ve come to the right place: we’ll offer some great romance-free destinations for couples who want to have fun and learn new things.

Lapland, Sweden

There’s nothing like a trip to Lapland to experience the majestic arctic landscapes. You’ll have the chance to see heart-throbbing natural phenomena like the Northern Lights, or the Midnight Sun.

Or you can spend the night in the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, a hotel which is made entirely from, you guessed it, ice. Get a backpacking sleeping pad to top off your sleeping bag, though, because sleeping there will send chills down your spine. And not in a romantic way, either.

Dachau, Germany

Speaking of the least romantic chills you can ever experience, you can try Dachau. This used to be the first Nazi concentration camp, meant for political prisoners. In turn, it became the dying place of tens of thousands of Jewish people who were subjected to heart-wrenching tortures before meeting their end.

These people were the subjects of medical experiments too, that included trying out the most outrageous ways of bringing them back after hypothermia. Altitude experiments were performed as well, and these resulted in excruciating deaths.

Istanbul, Turkey

The capital of the former Byzantine Empire and once known as Constantinople, Istanbul harbors some great historical landmarks. So if your primary interest is history, not romance, you’ve come to the right place. You can spend your time sightseeing and learning more about the Ottoman Empire starting with Topkapi Palace where all the big decisions were taken.

Or, you can visit the Ayia Sofia Museum an important Christian Cathedral that became a Muslim symbol with the conquest of Constantinople. Throughout the Sultanahmet piazza, you can marvel at the architectural gems brought here from different parts of the world, like the 3500 years old Egyptian Obelisc.

Thessaloniki, Greece

This magnificent city-port is home to some of the most enchanting Greek beaches, but it’s also an important cultural hub. You can go swimming around the nearby beaches, visit the imposing White Tower or the vast plethora of Greek-orthodox churches that superabound with spirituality.

There are a lot of museums from different times here with a lot of artifacts you can’t see anywhere else. The Museum of Byzantine Culture is one example, and so is the Rotonda, a famous Roman temple with exquisite mosaics.

Patagonia, Argentina

There’s plenty to do in Patagonia, but you’ll definitely need a traveler charger since you’re going to be constantly on the move, sometimes even away from any available wall sockets. The pristine wilderness of Patagonia can be explored for days on end in the Torres del Paine National Park. You’ll see glaciers and glacial lakes, fjords, icebergs, and waterfalls. You can hike or kayak too.

Or you can visit the San Carlos ski destination, which is just at the base of the Argentinian Andes. Along with the clear water lakes and tons of snow, the tranquil beaches come into stark contrast with the lively nightclubs.

Bali, Indonesia

The Indonesian life of Bali is filled with religious sites like the Uluwatu Temple. Situated on a cliffside, this will help you immerse in the local spirituality. You can wake up each morning with a view of the rice fields and the beautiful beaches with coral reefs.

But there are also plenty of volcanic mountains around here which offer unforgettable hikes. However, the tons of spiders, huge mosquitoes, and dog-days weather take the romantic out of this otherwise enchanting island. And so does the fact that you’ll have to check your local volcanic activity app before going to bed.

Rome, Italy

If you want to visit Italy, but Venice sounds too cheesy for your taste, you can always try Rome. With its rich historical past, all throughout the Roman Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, there is plenty of sightseeing to keep you busy here.

You can visit museums and monasteries, imposing piazzas with ancient monuments and some of the oldest castles in Europe. Take the Castel Sant’Angelo for instance. This was built in the 2nd century and will take you back to the days of the Roman Empire, just like the Colosseum with is gladiator fights or the Roman Forum.

Cape Town, South Africa

Another terrific location with varied landscapes, Cape Town is the best place to go if versatility is your top criterion for choosing your next vacation spot. From diving with the seals to admiring the flower season in Western Cape, you can try a new thing each day.

There are lots of hiking opportunities around here, whether you’re more into adrenaline-rich experiences like that of Devil’s Peak, or more gentle courses like those of Table Mountain. With plenty of museums, fossils, aquariums and wine restaurants, there are lots of activities for couples with varied hobbies.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is a spot that should be on everyone’s bucket lists because it’s a natural wonder. Stretching for hundreds of miles, its rocky walls meander alongside the Colorado River. The Mather Point Overlook offers an incredible vista of what’s below and you can easily get there from the South Rim entrance.

If you’re more interested in taking a medium hike, the Rim Trail is 13 miles long and will offer you incredible views of the rocky landscape. The Bright Angel Hike isn’t for the faint-hearted, there are some snow-covered portions and has a significant elevation. Or you can visit the Geological Museum for more information about the topography of the place.

Where will you go?

We’ve covered some pretty diverse destinations here, so don’t keep us in suspense and tell us which one will you choose? Which one seems least romantic to you and why? The comments are waiting below!

 

Author Bio

Rebecca lives in USA, but loves hiking all over the world. Her favorite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy mountains, company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. Another of her passion is the ocean, so all short and long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for HikingMastery.com.

 

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