No two couples are the same, so why should your romantic getaway be? It’s natural that you and your significant other want your travel destination to be as unique as you are; a reflection of who you are and the things you love to do as a couple. So, now the hard part… finding a place where you have the perfect balance of seclusion, excitement and relaxation, while also avoiding the hordes of honeymooners while you’re there.

That’s where we come in. If your idea of the ultimate romantic getaway is to ditch the crowds and avoid the tourist traps, here are five under-the-radar destinations around the world you should consider!

SEYCHELLES

Off the coast of Africa lie 116 white-sand, palm-fringed, picture-perfect beaches that coalesce into the crystal-clear, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. No, these are not magical paradises that only exist in your fantasies — these islands make up the spectacular Seychelles archipelago. Whether you and your beloved want to tap into your inner hippies and find a tucked away waylay or treehouse-style villa (in an actual tree in the rainforest!) in Le Domaine or you want to make like Prince William and Kate Middleton and lounge in luxury at a high-end, all-inclusive resort on the ultra-private North Island, you have tons of options for all your beach-bum dreams. The best part? Your romantic getaway under the Seychelles sun will be crowd-free, so you and bae can soak up some rays and romance in total peace and tranquility.

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN

Considered one of the crown jewels of Spain for tourism, a trip to this Basque Country beach town will have you saying maite zaitut (I love you) in no time. San Sebastian (or Donostia as locals call it) is home to breathtaking beaches, awe-inspiring architecture, and most importantly, drool-worthy delicacies all over the town. In fact, this town holds not one, not five, not even ten… but eighteen Michelin Stars within a twenty-five-kilometer radius. To put that into perspective, San Sebastian beats out other famous foodie cities such as Paris and New York City by a landslide when it comes to Michelin Stars per square meter. While you’re here, be sure to try the pintxos (pronounced “peen-cho”) which are bite-sized pieces of meat, fish, and/or vegetables served on top of small pieces of bread and considered a quintessential Basque Country cuisine. Oh, and don’t forget to sink your teeth into some seafood. Salt cod, boquerones en vinagre (pickled anchovies) and kokotxas (fish cheeks) are just a few of the world-renowned fish dishes you must try on your romantic getaway in San Sebastian.

ZHANGYE, CHINA

Although neither the real nor the Disney version of Pocahontas have been to China, it’s hard to imagine that the song “Colors of the Wind” isn’t describing the Rainbow Mountains of China to a tee. These sand-art looking arches and mountain peaks are actually a landform unique to China, formed over millions of years of mineral deposits and natural erosion and are considered the crown jewels of this area’s breathtaking natural beauty. But that’s not all! Once a major port along the Silk Road, and now home to many Tibetan Buddhists, Zhangye boasts some of the most unique Buddhist temples and grottoes (small caves) in the world. But these aren’t your typical, shiny gold temples you see in movies and Instagram feeds. These temples are perched on mountainsides like an entrance to a cave and actually require a bit of hiking to get to. Once you’ve arrived in one, you’ll have the unique opportunity to cozy up next to your loved one and walk hand-in-hand through narrow passageways inside the mountain to reach the caverns converted into ornately-decorated prayer rooms. Cross your fingers and hope that you’re here while a festival is taking place to witness local folk dances and music performances and Chinese food like you’ve never tasted before!

LOFOTEN ISLANDS, NORWAY

If a romantic trip for two means venturing to the picturesque great outdoors, Lofoten is sure to send your sporty senses soaring. Just off Norway’s northwest coast, you’ll find colorful fishing villages, majestic fjords, and, in the summertime, a sun that never sets!  Yep! In this part of Norway, you can experience something called the midnight sun — a natural phenomenon where the sun remains visible until midnight. From painters and authors that are drawn to Lofoten for its rugged beauty to active adventurers looking to bike, hike, surf and fish, Lofoten has attracted travelers of all types, especially in the summer when you can take part in all these activities (and much, much more) all day long!

CRETE, GREECE

For being one the most unique and the largest of the Greek islands, Crete sure doesn’t get enough love. Cue your chance to bring it yours. While honeymooners and hopeless romantics alike flock to popular islands such as Mykonos and Santorini, few venture out to this incredibly scenic (and more affordable) southern Greek island. If you’re planning a trip here, remember that the island is split into four administrative regions: Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Lassithi, each known for their own specialties. Chania and Rethymno, the westernmost prefectures of Crete, are considered the most romantic of the lot, with their quaint alleyways, stunning Byzantine architecture and, of course, your pick of beautiful, secluded beaches. To the east lies Heraklion and Lassithi, both brimming with charming little villages, medieval castles, unique Caribbean-style vibes and beaches, and the famous Ideon Cave, where, according to Greek mythology, the powerful Zeus grew up. Crete is also home to an amazing food scene — so those romantic waterfront dinners are sure not to disappoint!

Been on any of these romantic getaways yourself? Tell us about your experiences below!

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Tasmiah Rashid

In a past life, Tasmiah was either a Bollywood actress, renowned ethnographer or master chef; no questions asked. In this one, she is a shower-singing, croissant enthusiast, who also writes content for Fareportal, in that order.