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Date: 20/01/2016

World's 7 Most Romantic Destinations

Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland

Whether you have been dating for six months or living together for six years, Valentine's Day remains the most popular day to pop the question. Asking someone to share their life with you requires a romantic destination and we have picked seven of the hottest spots to get down on one knee.

#1. Paris

Paris remains the most romantic city in the world, and for good reason. Don't propose somewhere obvious such as the Eiffel Tower; instead, pop the question in the gardens of the Rodin Museum, get down on one knee outside the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, or take your partner for a romantic meal at Benoit in the Marais district. Ooh la la!

#2. Ireland

Head for Ashford Castle in Cong and experience the beauty of this sprawling five-star estate. Propose on horseback, take a cruise on the lake or pop the question over dinner in your suite with its claw-foot bath tub − parts of the building date back to the 13th century.

#3. New York

New York is ripe with spots for proposals; however, we think the best one is Bow Bridge in the middle of Central Park. With a backdrop of boats sailing on the lake, this is the perfect spot to ask your beloved for their hand in marriage. You can celebrate afterwards with drinks at the Boathouse.

#4. Quebec City, Canada

Old Quebec has its own quaint charm, with its 17th-century walled fortress and cobbled streets. The city is at its most beautiful during the winter months, when snow is practically guaranteed and there are festive markets around every corner. For the ultimate proposal spot, book a room at the Ice Hotel.

#5. Venice

Do you want to guarantee eternal love? Propose to your sweetheart − and seal the deal with a kiss − on a gondola trip under the Bridge of Sighs, as the sun sets. It may be an old Italian superstition, but it is still pretty romantic.

#6. Edinburgh

Historic Edinburgh is packed with winding lanes, cobbled streets and chocolate-box houses − plenty of romantic spots to get down on one knee. The Witchery by the Castle is the ultimate backdrop for a proposal or head for Edinburgh Castle itself, where you can enjoy views over the city as you ask your sweetheart to marry you.

#7. Verona

It may seem like an obvious choice, but the city that was once home to Romeo and Juliet is the ultimate place to propose this Valentine's Day. You could go all out and pop the question on Juliet's Balcony by booking a room in the Il Sogno di Giulietta, which overlooks the famous balcony. In the morning, enjoy breakfast on your private terrace as she spots a banner saying ‘Will you marry me?’ hanging from Juliet's balcony. You can then celebrate with breakfast as you are serenaded by local musicians.