Top 10 places to propose

It’s the question you hope you’ll only ask once so getting it right in terms of romance and “Wow!” factor is key.  Cheapflights’ romance experts select their favourite places to propose. (The fab featured image is by Jamiesrabbits.)

Have your read our Top 10 locations of the world’s iconic kisses?

Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays

Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays. Photo by krossbow

View over the islands from Mount Oldfield, Lindeman Island, the Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia

View over the islands from Mount Oldfield, Lindeman Island. Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Whitsundays, Australia

Heart Reef is a naturally formed heart shape in the Whitsundays and it’s reassuringly inaccessible (although krossbow got this great featured image, above). The way to see it is to take a helicopter or seaplane journey and propose mid-air. We prefer Lindeman Island, most of which is national park.

Head to the summit of Mount Oldfield, just 212m above sea level, from where you can spy Hamilton, Whitsunday and Haslewood islands and perhaps see whales and dolphins in the crystalline waters.

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The Monument to the Great Fire of London

The Monument to the Great Fire of London. Photo by ymmat

The Monument was designed by Christopher Wren

The Monument, designed by Christopher Wren, was built to commemorate The Great Fire of London in 1666. The balcony is reached by a spiral staircase of 311 steps. Photo by Dave Catchpole

Some of the 311 Steps of The Monument, London

Some of the 311 Steps of The Monument, London. Photo by David Barrie

A view from The Monument - Tower Bridge, the London Assembly and HMS Belfast.

A view from The Monument – Tower Bridge, the London Assembly and HMS Belfast. Photo by Ďuncan

London

A private capsule on the London Eye with truffles and champagne is one way to do it or on floors 68, 69 or 72 of The Shard, but our suggestion is the 17th-century Monument that stands in the heart of the City of London. Climb the 311 stone steps to the top – as generations of Londoners have before you – and see the city laid out in all its ancient-meets-modern glory.

The candle with its fiery orb was built to mark the Great Fire of London. There’s nowhere better to suggest love’s eternal flame or a brand new start.

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Polyphemus surprising Acis and Galatea at Médicis Fountain, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

Polyphemus surprising Acis and Galatea (Jardin du Luxembourg, Médicis Fountain, Paris), sculpted by Auguste Ottin. Photo by StephenCarlile

Paris, France

No, not the Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe, glorious as they are. The Jardin du Luxembourg were much loved by writers such as Baudelaire, Balzac, Hemingway and Sartre and our favourite spot for a proposal is a shady one by the Medici Fountain.

Commissioned by a king’s widow in the 17th century, the focal point is the statue of Acis and Galatea, the young lovers watched over by the powerful Polyphemus.

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Giardino Giusti, Verona, Italy

Giardino Giusti, Verona, Italy. Photo by spencer77

Giardino Giusti, Verona

Giardino Giusti, Verona. Photo by J Luoh

Verona, Italy

“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene.” Shakespeare lovers will know that Romeo And Juliet is set in the Italian city and there’s a balcony at Juliet’s House (off the Piazza delle Erbe) that is said to date from those times but don’t be fooled. It was added in 1936.

Forget about the Casa di Giulietta and take a stroll through the Giardino Giusti instead. From the lofty tower of the Renaissance garden are gorgeous, tower-dotted and timeless views of Verona.

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Vienna Opera Ball, Vienna, Austria

Vienna Opera Ball. Photo by Heisenberg Media

Vienna, Austria

The Schonbrunn Palace, summer home of the Habsburgs, has a happy pedigree. It was where Empress Maria Theresa once lived in wedded bliss with her husband and 16 children. It’s a noted proposing spot in the Imperial City, but another way to propose – bit more Jane Austen perhaps – is during a ball.

This time of year is Ball Season in Vienna and there are more than 450 dances where you can get your glad rags and jewels on and waltz like the Viennese of old.

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Audubon Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Audubon Park, New Orleans. Photo by Mr. Littlehand

New Orleans, US

It’s easy to fall in love with the Big Easy, famed city of music, cuisine and a Phoenix-like character. Bourbon Street will call you with its siren song of bars and booze but proposing here might not be the height of romance.

Pop the question on the romantic old mahogany-lined Street Car instead or in the shade of the moss-clothed oak trees of Audobon Park.

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The Ram Bagh, the oldest Mughal Garden in India

The Ram Bagh, the oldest Mughal Garden in India. Photo by varunshiv

The Yamuna River, India at sunset

The Yamuna River. Photo by melenama

Agra, India

There are few more enduring testaments to true love than the Taj Mahal. Built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife it’s one of the world’s iconic monuments. Ram Bagh, the oldest Mughal garden, is 5km (3 miles) from the Taj Mahal.

The Persian garden, laid out in a way that’s suggestive of  paradise, is a less cliched location. The pathways, waterways and cascades are fed by the Yamuna River while the shady pavilions offer an unparalleled setting for that very important question.

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Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada taken from El Albaicin, Granada, Spain

Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada taken from El Albaicin, Granada, Spain. Photo by serge y.

Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain. Photo by pandahaccer

Granada, Spain

The Alhambra, the ancient palace-citadel that sits high on a hill overlooking Granada, is one of the most romantic places in Spain. Its intricate design and beautiful gardens with tinkling fountains are paradise for lovers.

It’s a major tourist magnet so to mix up your Granada getaway, climb up to the Albaicin. The Arab quarter, that has heart-stopping views of the Alhambra, is a maze of cobblestone streets and small squares, balconies tumbling with bright geraniums and a magical air.

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Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, USA

Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. Photo by @bastique

San Francisco, US

Sure there’s the Golden Gate Bridge, the top of the Coit Tower at sunset or Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, but the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the fine arts museum, offers a little piece of Paris-inspired architecture and gorgeous views of the Bridge and the Bay.

It’s a noted spot for weddings too, should you wish to make a return visit.

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Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver

Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver. Photo by Dag Nabbit

The view from Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, Canada

The view from Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver. Photo by *_*

Vancouver, Canada

The World’s Greatest City? Perhaps. The City of Glass, as Douglas Coupland has it, is a tantalising mix of mountains, big skies and sea. There’s only one place to propose (weather permitting) and that’s outside. Queen Elizabeth Park is 130 acres of lush greenness but draws six million visitors each year.

Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver is a more rugged affair. Its rainforest gives way to the  sparkling waters of the Burrard Inlet. It’s an edge-of-the-world type spot, a feeling magnified by the 1914 lighthouse.

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