Spain is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, with visitors regularly descending on its bustling resorts and cultural locations.
Whether couples have been together for some time, or have recently met via a dating service, this country offers so many venues for romantic getaways. From the non-stop partying on the Balearic Islands to the charming villages in the interior, from Barcelona’s unforgettable architecture to Madrid’s wonderful restaurants, there really is so much to see and do. Difficult as it is to fine-tune any shortlist to a mere half-dozen, here are six of the most romantic activities.
Hot Air Balloon ride across Catalonia
A ride in a balloon over Barcelona makes for one of the most unforgettable romantic experiences of all. There are many packages available in the Catalonian capital, with breakfast included. Don’t worry if you are at all nervous about being hoisted into the air, there to suspend high above the landscape: cava is often included in the price.
Picnic on the Playa Quemada Beach
Spain is renowned for its beautiful beaches, and this one is more picturesque than most. Situated by a fishing village which seems to be untouched by time, this beach also seems as if it might have remained at this level of unspoiled tranquility for centuries. Enclosed by rolling headlands, the Playa Quemada Beach is not only clean and picturesque, it is relatively quiet compared to many of the beaches you are likely to encounter anywhere on the Iberian peninsula. What more could you ask for in a romantic date destination than sun, sea, sand, excellent company, and being left to your own devices?
Visit Paloma Park
Probably the most famous park on the Costa del Sol, Paloma Park is the perfect location for an amorous picnic. Sheltered beneath the palm and eucalyptus trees, you can spread out your tasty morsels, uncork that chilled wine, then toast each other’s company while multicolored peacocks stroll by displaying their wonderful tail plumage. There are also rabbits and turtles frolicking in the surrounding landscape. This location’s quiet beauty is one of Spain’s most romantic treasures.
Enjoy the fiery passion of Seville
Located to the south of the country where the temperatures are fairly relentless, Seville is synonymous with passion. Why not get your romantic break off to a start by arranging to have a horse-drawn cart pick you up at your hotel? After a charming canter through the city’s bustling streets, past the open spaces of Maria Luisa Park, you can inhale the fragrances of the white flowers blooming throughout the area, known as ‘Flor de Azahar.’
Visit the ski slopes of Granada
Be honest. Skiing isn’t the first pastime that sprang to mind when you considered a romantic excursion in sunny Spain. But the slopes in the mountainous region of Granada, Sierra Nevada, have been attracting intrepid skiers for decades. After spending some time hurtling down the beginners’ slopes, you could retire to any one of dozens of cafes and restaurants for well-earned refreshments. Centered in this beautiful territory is the Moorish Alhambra, its gardens and patios resembling something straight out of Arabian Nights.
Wining and dining on the Costa del Sol
More renowned for its thronged beaches and happy hour cocktail binges, the Costa del Sol also possesses some tranquil locations, standing out against the gaudy party backdrop like exotic oases. Watching the sun sink while tucking into an evening feast is a wonderful experience, especially if you opt for VIP services. You might not own one of the huge luxury yachts moored to the shore, but you can certainly allow yourself some harmless daydreaming.