Is Valentine’s Day inspiring you to plan a little get-away to somewhere special for a weekend of romance in Spain? 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.
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 ideas for a perfect weekend.
Valentine’s Day in Spain for Foodies
What says Valentine’s Day more than bubbly and chocolate? Take your partner to Barcelona – the city where 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. Have a romantic evening meal (with chocolate and cava) and the following day, after a late breakfast, why not try some chocolate and churros.
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. Enjoy some strawberries as you wander, then have a glass of wine or cava and some tapas for lunch. Dine at an exclusive restaurant that night. Before catching a plane back, have an energizing brunch on the Sunday.
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…
Romantic Activities in Spain for Valentine Weekend
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?
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.
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!
Valentine’s Day in Spain for Culture Vultures
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 main 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.
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.
Set the Mood on the Plane Over
How about putting together a romantic Spanish playlist for the journey over? These will get you started…
- ‘Yo Te Quiero’ by Armando Manzanero – a traditional bolero
- And a 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’
Handy Romantic Phrases
If you want to set your love to words, here’s a helping hand…
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]
Dame un beso [Give me a kiss]
And if you’d prefer to cite one of the great romantic poets, how about 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]
And if that poem and photo captures what you’re feeling, perhaps you’re planning to make the weekend even more special by proposing? You’ll need to read our guide on the 10 Amazing Places to Pop The Question in Spain!
Falling in Love …With Spain!
If you don’t have a special somebody this Valentine’s Day, can we suggest you do what all of us at Totally Spain have done – 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?
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