The romance novel publisher revealed its top 20 romantic destinations in the world, with the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar being the only African representative.

The island, off the east coast of Africa, has long been a favoured travel destination for singles and couples alike and now the international community has taken notice.

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Mills and Boon commissioned travel experts to shortlist the best destinations for a romantic getaway and 2 000 readers then voted for the top 20.

Some surprising inclusions were St Petersburg, Russia, and San Francisco, USA.

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Here is the complete list of the top 20 most romantic destinations in the world:

  1. Paris, France
  2. Santorini, Greece
  3. Venice, Italy
  4. Amalfi Coast, Italy
  5. Maui, Hawaii, USA
  6. Bruges, Belgium
  7. Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia
  8. Kirkjufell, Iceland
  9. Cerf Island, Seychelles
  10. The Gili Islands, Bali, Indonesia
  11. Petersburg, Russia
  12. Agra and the Taj Mahal, India
  13. Cliffs of Moher, Country Clare, Ireland
  14. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  15. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
  16. Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
  17. Big Sur, Cali, USA
  18. San Francisco, USA
  19. Fuji Five Lakes, Japan
  20. Zanzibar, Tanzania

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