These Are the Most Romantic Picnic Spots in the World
Who doesn’t love a picnic? An opportunity to embrace the sunshine, get up close and personal with nature, and enjoy a meal at the same time? I seriously cannot get enough of summer picnics (minus the ants of course!) And you know what? I am not alone. Some of my close friends in the travel blogging world agreed and wanted to share their favourite spots as well. Here are the most romantic spots to share a bottle of wine, some fragrant cheese, and of course a cupcake or two!
Queenstown Harbour – New Zealand – Fill My Passport
This is one of the most scenic destinations I have ever travelled. Not only do you have the incredible backdrop of the Remarkables mountains for all those romantic photos, but you also have the water, the beauty, the adrenaline-pumping activities, and the delicious food ready to be eaten over a bottle of bubbly upon the grassy shores. This was particularly memorable for me as the day I arrived here a beautiful young harpist was playing her own written tunes and a few famous classics. She was busking and selling her recorded CD to all spectators around her. She concluded her playing with a beautiful rendition of Hallelujah, charming all who stopped to listen. After the last chord, she hugged her friends, packed her harp and headed home to Germany. Such a romantic extra for our time here.
O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, Queensland, Australia
By Michelle @ Romantic Explorers, Facebook
It’s a scenic drive there with endless views that would make nature lovers swoon! Upon arrival, you are presented with a selection of the finest wines to taste and given your picnic basket filled with freshly prepared food. There are different picnic menus to suit your preferences, ours included a mix of local gourmet food including fresh bread, cheeses, sauces, olives, salami and more. You can then choose wherever you would like to sit, the many gorgeous options include a romantic gazebo overlooking the vineyard, next to a running stream shaded by tall Silky Oak trees or even in the vineyard itself! We chose to sit next to the running stream – it was perfect and peaceful. We enjoyed lazing in the grass afterwards with our tummies full, just talking and laughing. After sharing our delicious picnic spread, we chose to take a stroll through the beautiful vineyards. Highly recommended! Read more about our experience here.
Once you get here, you can claim your reward. If you come in late May, the beach will be empty. Perfect! Time to enjoy the water, sand, sun…and picnic. And what does a remote Greek beach go well with? Greek cheese, of course!
The beach has absolutely no facilities so make sure you pack accordingly (and by that, I mean bring enough water and make sure you protect your head from the sun, too!).
If you don’t feel like hiking, you can take that dirt road I mentioned all the way to the beach. It is suitable for cars.
Black Sand Beach, Sausalito California
San Francisco (California, USA) may be overrun with tourists with nary a place for some privacy, but what if I told you about this secluded black sand beach, a short drive from the city, where you can have a romantic picnic with almost no one around? Sounds great, right? This black sand beach is tucked away near Sausalito, another crowd pulling coastal town in Marin Headlands, north of Golden gate bridge. Not many people know about it since you can only reach it via a dirt trail which comprises of a good, steep hike of 0.3 miles past dozens of wooden steps. The parking lot is a bit tricky to find but is off Conzelman road and beyond Hawk Hill (the upper fisherman’s trail sign is a good marker to look for the parking lot). It is a good idea to get a picnic hamper comprising of sandwiches to munch on (you can get some yummy ones from Sausalito’s Gourmet Delicatessen) and have your own quiet lunch while dipping your toes in the black sand and watching the waves crash against the shore.
Meteora, Greece, with its other wordly landscape and iconic monasteries perched precariously atop soaring limestone rock pillars, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places on the planet. The rocky plateau is filled with lots of romantic and secluded spots all with incredible panoramic views over the valley. Late evening is the perfect time for a romantic picnic in Meteora: as the scores of day trippers depart, the searing heat of the midday sun is replaced with a cool breeze and, as dusk settles, the valley illuminates in a soft glow. The views are breathtaking and it’s truly a magical moment to be shared.
Carlton Hill – Edinburgh Scotland
Scotland’s Carlton Hill offers the most stunning views in all of Edinburgh. Overlooking the city’s Gothic architecture, it’s a popular spot for photographers and tourists. However, the large grassy hill makes it ideal for a romantic picnic. The hike up Carlton Hill is just a short trek, easy to do with a backpack, bag, or even a basket filled with snacks, wine, or a complete lunch. Tip: Carlton Hill gets quite busy at sunset, but most of the visitors are there to photograph the iconic Stewart Monument. If visiting at sunset, stake out a picnic spot on the east side of the grassy area near the National Monument for a more secluded, romantic atmosphere away from the crowds.
Westerpark – Amsterdam, Netherlands
By Karen @ Wanderlustingk
One of the best places to have a picnic in Amsterdam is in Westerpark. This park is the second largest in Amsterdam, however it is full of cute little spots next to lakes, surrounded by shady trees, where you and your significant other can lounge with a picnic. Many locals, myself included, consider picnicking in the summer one of the favorite things to do in Amsterdam. On a nice summer night, everyone will be out picnicking with friends, so be sure to bring all you need ahead (there’s even a nearby pizzeria that sells champagne!). Although Westerpark is lesser known than Vondelpark, it has a more romantic vibe at night with fewer late night barbeques, however you’ll need to bring your bug spray for after dark!
A photo from my favorite #park in #Amsterdam: #Westerpark. It's an urban green space with a former gasworks factory in the center that is now used for public events. It's quite long and I love picnicking here in summer with friends next to the lake. You can also take a nice bike ride to admire the little cottages where people live towards the end of the park. I love to cut through Westerpark on my way to places as it's often the fastest way from Centraal towards Bos & Lommer! . Another photo of Amsterdam tommorrow before I start posting photos from this weekend! . #europe #wanderlust #girlswhotravel #expat #worldtravelpics #travel #iamsterdam #igamsterdam #seetheworld #postcardsfromtheworld #travelbug #dutch #neverstopexploring #worldtravelpics #nederland #girlslovetravel #aroundtheworld #expatlife #expat #greenspace
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I've been MIA for a few days as I was visiting castles in Rhine Valley as part of a surprise trip for my boyfriend (photos soon!). The BIGGER news: my boyfriend and I will become registered partners in the #Netherlands soon. In its honor and since I have yet another appointment with the government to finalize this, I'm posting a photo from one of my favorite things about Amsterdam: bike riding as a means of transport. . I used to bike on the sidewalk/road when I lived in the US out of enjoying biking…and not driving, however it's so refreshing to bike every morning to work. Between the bike lights, bike lanes, and special yielding, it makes commuting to work so much less stressful, especially compared to my 1.5 hour commute WITHIN NYC. I pass this #windmill every time I do an errand via Westerpark and I'll be passing it en route to my govt appointment soon! . More photos of Amsterdam in the next two days now that it's finally not grey! . . . #mollen #europe #wanderlust #girlswhotravel #expat #worldtravelpics #travel #iamsterdam #amsterdam #seetheworld #postcardsfromtheworld #travelbug #dutch #neverstopexploring #cityscape #worldtravelpics #nederland #girlslovetravel #aroundtheworld #expatlife #expat
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