Is Valentine’s Day inspiring you to plan a little get-away to somewhere special romantic Spanish break? Here at Totally Spain, we’ve been planning customised vacations that include romantic holidays, engagement proposals, weddings and honeymoons since we set up back in the year 2000. With all that experience under our belt, we though we’d share our insider tips on the perfect romantic break in Spain.
1 The Perfect Hotel
Firstly, you’ll need to select a hotel. Let us help you set the tone of the weekend – we know some really romantic venues – so whether it’s a castle or a boutique hotel, we can help. If you are flying in on the Friday, let’s do what we can to make sure you arrive and have a really imaginative and unique meal that night. But it doesn’t end there. We’d love to make your entire weekend truly special. So before you start booking anything, read over our posts on Hotels with the Best Views; and How to Get the Best Hotel Room in Spain.
2 Chocolates & Bubbly
What says Valentine’s Day more than bubbly and chocolate? In Barcelona – cava and chocolate are championed every day of the year. On the Saturday visit the Chocolate Museum and continue with a tour of the many chocolaterias in the city or arrange for a tour of one of the many great cava wineries. Have a romantic evening meal (with chocolate and cava) and the following day, after a late breakfast, why not try some chocolate and churros.
3 Fresh Strawberries from the Market
If strawberries say it better for you, you will love browsing a city market such as the San Miguel in Madrid or the Boqueria in Barcelona where you’ll be able to buy by the kilo rather than the punnet. Enjoy some strawberries as you wander and choose your favourite market bar for a glass of cava. Dine at an exclusive restaurant that night. Before catching a plane back, have an energizing brunch on the Sunday, or a pre-booked room service breakfast or brunch with, yes, more fresh strawberries and cava!
4 Winery Dining in La Rioja
Dining in a winery can be a very special experience. We can book you into a tasting and evening meal in, for example, the Rioja Alavesa region which is famous for its gourmet experiences in attractive architect-led spaces. And to compliment the experience, we recommend a visit to one of the smaller family-run bodegas on the Sunday. You’ll learn quite a lot about Spain’s best known wine-growing area and the techniques used in wine-making and have some special memories to take back. We’ve also written guides to La Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine regions…
5 Travel Back in Time with a Hamman-Bath
If you both have very busy lives or if one of you needs some extra special pampering, we recommend you factor in a half-day at the Hammam baths in Madrid, Malaga, Jerez, Seville, Cordoba or Granada to your travel plans. How about a lazy Saturday morning with breakfast in bed? You go for a swim and full body massage at the Hamman baths for the afternoon and that night we can book you into a traditional Andalusian restaurant. After another sleep in on Sunday, have a light breakfast and enjoy Moroccan tapas for lunch?
6 The Romance of a Horse & Carriage
If you or yours like horses, you won’t be disappointed with Andalusia. From a stylish carriage ride in the Maria Luisa Park in Seville, to a trek in rural Andalusia or tickets to the world famous dancing horses in Jerez or Cordoba, we have plenty of equine-related ideas for you both.
7 Love Heights?
Feeling even more adventurous? Like the great outdoors? How about a hot air balloon ride near Montserrat or nearby vineyards? If you want to truly be alone in the countryside with your loved one – this is an experience you won’t forget. You’ll get training before you head away and upon landing (with assistance) you celebrate with a glass of cava!
8 A Museum Tour with a Difference
If you like your feet on terra firma, how about a tour of romantic art in Madrid? We’ll book you a guide who can personally explain the history behind a number of the most sensual paintings and sculptures in one of the many amazing museums in Madrid. From there you go for a romantic meal nearby and take in a cool jazz bar later. Brunch the next day after a walk around Retiro park.
9 Bond over the Beauty of Modernism
If you both like architecture, there are ripe pickings in Spain. Madrid is very special. And Valencia is a real gem. But we think there’s nothing more romantic than the art-deco beauty of Barcelona. Walk around the beautiful city centre, taking in the many wonderful modernist buildings. Take a visit to Gaudi’s must- sees including Sagrada Familia on the Saturday and dine in a Gaudi restaurant that night. On the Sunday visit Parc Guell by Gaudi and take your own snaps of one of the world’s most photographed buildings.
10 Whisper Romantic Phrases in Spanish (stunning Alhambra backdrop optional)
What could be more romantic than whispering a few sweet nothings with a backdrop like the Alhambra in full view? We’ve written a detailed guide to visiting the Alhambra here and here are some useful romantic phrases if you want to write or whisper them in Spanish…
Te quiero [I love you]
Te necesito [I need you]
Te adoro [I adore you]
Sin ti no soy nada [I’m nothing without you]
11 A Few Lines of Poetry in Spanish to top it all off?
If you want to cite one of Spain’s greatest romantic poets, we’d recommend Gustavo Adolfo Becquer (1836-1870) who knew his way around romantic poetry…
Podrá nublarse el sol eternamente; [The sun could cloud over forever]
Podrá secarse en un instante el mar; [The sea could dry up in an instant]
Podrá romperse el eje de la tierra [The axis of the earth could break]
Como un débil cristal. [Like a weak glass]
¡todo sucederá! Podrá la muerte [It will all happen! Death will]
Cubrirme con su fúnebre crespón; [Cover me like a shroud]
Pero jamás en mí podrá apagarse [But never will it extinguish]
La llama de tu amor.[The flame of your love]
12 Set the Mood before you Fly
How about putting together a romantic Spanish playlist for the weekend over? These will get your Spotify playlist into shape wherever you are…
- ‘Yo Te Quiero’ by Armando Manzanero – a traditional bolero
- And a retro pop song such as ‘Cuando Quiero Sol’ by Presuntos Implicados
- A bit of classical with Jose Carrera’s ‘En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor’
- And not forgetting Placido Domingo ‘Por Amor’
- Back to pop with ‘Nuestro Amor Sera Leyenda’ by Alejandro Sanz
- And the passionate guitar maestro Paco de Lucia playing ‘Cancion de Amor’
- Contemporary with a Flamenco twist – go for Rosalia singing ‘Me quedo contigo’ which rocked the Spanish Goyas…
13 Thinking about Popping ‘That’ Question
And without wanting to apply any pressure but if the weekend is to culminate in a proposal, you’ll need to read our guide on the 10 Amazing Places to Pop The Question in Spain!
14 Embrace the Passion for Life in Spain
Whatever you choose to do or not do from this list, can we suggest you do what all of us at Totally Spain have done – and fall in love with Spain? Come over and feel the passion for life here whether that’s enjoying a bit of people-watching at one of the amazing city squares, joining a food tour or exploring one of our boutique destinations. Are you ready to be smitten with Spain?