Dublin is one of the most romantic cites in the world, according to a study carried out by a leading holiday company.
London based travel agency Hayes and Jarvis compiled the list by analysing TripAdvisor for information about the 50 most visited cities in the world.
For this study, they looked at the restaurant listings for each city and calculated the percentage of eateries that were described as ‘romantic’.
Dublin finished a highly respectable seventh in the list, with 12.4% of its restaurants considered to be romantic.
The Irish capital finished above Rome, which was ranked tenth, and Paris. Surprisingly, the ‘city of love’ didn’t even make the top 10.
Of course, Dublin isn’t the only romantic city in Ireland. The Hayes and Jarvis list only takes into account the 50 most visited cities in the world.
That criteria means there are countless lesser known romantic gems all over the world – including Ireland.
For example, while Dublin is undoubtedly a romantic destination, it is actually Galway that Irish people voted as their most romantic city.
The entirety of Co Kerry is also extremely romantic. It is home to the breath-taking scenery of the ‘Ring of Kerry’ which features stunning natural beauty throughout, with the Lakes of Killarney taking centre stage.
Top ten most romantic cities in the world
1 – Venice (21%)
2 – Florence (18.1%)
3 – Athens (13.5%)
4 – Cancun (13%)
5 – Amsterdam (12.8%)
6 – New York (12.5%)
7 – Dublin (12.4%)
8 – Phuket (11.7%)
9 – Pattaya (9.9%)
10 – Rome (9.7%)
For more information visit the Hayes and Jarvis website.
Dublin’s top ten romantic restaurants, according to TripAdvisor
1 – Mulberry Garden
2 – Glovers Alley
3 – Bloom Brasserie
4 – Pearl Brasserie
5 – I Monelli
6 – Chapter One
7 – Restaurant SIX
8 – Amuse Restaurant
9 – La Maison
10 – SOLE Seafood and Grill.
While plenty of Irish cities are great for romantic couples, single people need not feel left out.
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling