(CNN) — Maybe you'd choose the white sands and turquoise waters of a deserted tropical beach. Perhaps it's the lure of iconic cultural cities such as Paris, Venice or Istanbul. Then again, the call of the wild from a safari is a pretty special way to spend time with your beloved.

Wherever you travel, some destinations are evergreen when it comes to romance.

Here are 13 places where the landscapes and architecture are timeless, the views rightly famous -- and the romance for Valentine's Day or any time of year is guaranteed:

The Maldives

Always hovering near the top of romantic bucket lists comes the breathtaking Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives. Sitting 600 miles southwest of India, the collection of 26 atolls boasts some of the planet's dreamiest islands, beaches, water and marine life.

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