10 romantic waterfalls around the world

10 romantic waterfalls around the world

Gushing cascades, tranquil pools and trickling springs – waterfalls are synonymous with romance. But which ones really fit the bill? Alexandra Gregg decides…

1. Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

Beautiful yet mighty, immense yet majestic; with its 275 misty cascades Iguazu Falls is the epitome of romance. Despite its rather harsh name, the u-shaped Devil's Throat is the big draw. Stand at the very edge of its 82m-high falls and you'll really feel the power of this natural spectacle, surrounded by a 260-degree view of water as it crashes into the lush rainforests below.

2. Enchanted Kawasan Falls, Philippines

Floating on a bamboo raft or swimming in milky blue lagoons, a visit to the Enchanted Kawasan Falls is like something from a tropical love story. This idyllic setting is just 100km south of Cebu and comprises three falls, reached after a 30-minute walk from Badian Town. Once you've crossed three bridges you'll come upon the wonder, tucked between mountainous peaks and nestled amid dense vegetation.

3. Reichenbach Falls, Switzerland

Flanked by classic Alpine peaks like the Wetterhorn, Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau and the Matterhorn, Reichenbach Falls is perfect for the more adventurous honeymooners.

It is also famous with literary lovers worldwide as the spot where Sherlock faced his final battle with arch-nemesis Moriarty. Its whirling waters are not just associated with Victorian detectives though; they also inspired British artist JMW Turner. His painting of the spectacular falls is effortlessly romantic - in both style and era.

4. Sutherland Falls, New Zealand

The fiordlands in New Zealand offer some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. And hidden deep within them, near the glacier-carved Milford Sound, is the resplendent Sutherland Falls. Skyscraper-high and made up of three cascades, it was long thought to be the tallest waterfall in the country, before Browne Falls in Doubtful Sound pinched the accolade.

5. Bigar Falls, Romania

The mighty Minis River and an underground water spring combine to create this beautiful and unique piece of nature. Located in the Anina Mountains in the western part of Romania, Bigar Falls is just eight metres tall, but as it cascades over a verdant green wall of moss it looks like something that has been plucked from a fairytale. If it's the wow factor you're looking for: this one has it.

6. Gullfoss, Iceland

The Golden Waterfall - aka Gullfoss - may be Iceland's most popular cascade, but for good reason: it is awe-inspiring. Fuelled by the roaring Hvítá River, the powerful flow tumbles down a natural three-step staircase disappearing behind the rocks as if plunging into the earth's core… Magical.

7. Cumberland Falls, USA

Cumberland Falls may be dubbed the 'Niagara of the South', but it certainly isn't your average waterfall. Generations have flocked to this Kentucky chute to experience a natural phenomenon - the elusive lunar rainbow. Under a full moon and on a clear night, the mystical mist that emanates from the falls sometimes forms the marvel, otherwise known as the 'moonbow'. A visit here is a romantic extension to any USA road trip.

8. Erawan Waterfall, Thailand

The six-tiered Erawan waterfall shares its moniker with a three-headed white elephant from Hindu mythology… But there's nothing mythical about these impressive cascades. Their beauty is apparent from the second you set eyes on them and the aquamarine pool beneath the falls is just begging to be swum in…

9. Ban Gioc-Detian Falls, China/Vietnam

Straddling the Sino-Vietnamese border, these conjoined falls tower over a quintessentially Asian landscape of craggy outcrops and rice paddies. It's at its most ferocious between June and July, a force to be reckoned with on both sides - one that will inspire passion and romance within any couple. It's worth braving the humidity to see the icon at its most turbulent.

10. Plitvice Waterfalls, Croatia

As the oldest park in south-east Europe, the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park is full of natural wonders. In particular, it is world famous for its innumerable lakes, as well as its vast network of karstic waterfalls, arranged into intricate cascades amid rugged gorges. Shuttles take you to and from the upper and lower lakes, but if you fancy exploring on foot with your belle or beau, the round trip will take around eight hours.

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