From castles to beaches, wine, and dinner with a view, Spain definitely offers up romance in spades. So here are a few romantic things to do in Spain to turn your visit to the Iberian Peninsula into an extra-amorous one.
Stay in a castle
A trip doesn’t get more fairytale-like than when staying in a castle, and, fortunately, thanks to Spain’s Parador hotels, doing so all across the country is entirely possible. This is because the Paradors – a state-run hotel chain — are typically located in historic monuments like monasteries, palaces, fortresses, convents and often – you guessed it — castles. With over 85 locations, finding a nearby castle to call your very own shouldn’t be a tall order.
Walk along the beach in San Sebastián
Nothing says romance like a walk on the beach, and perhaps there’s no better place to do that than along one of the country’s most famous shorelines: La Concha in San Sebastián. Walk in the sand of the Basque beach’s half-moon-shaped bay, or on its over three-mile-long promenade. Considering that Spain has 4,516 miles of coastline, if you can’t make it for a stroll in San Sebastián, you can just as easily find a paseo-worthy shore elsewhere.
A little wine will no doubt up the romance factor, so a visit to Spanish wine country is never a bad idea. And the good news: As the third-largest producer of wine in the world, almost the entire country is wine country. Whether it’s the bubbly Cava of Catalunya, the crisp white Albariño of the northwest’s Galicia, the almost-always amazing reds of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero, or the Sherry dessert wines of Jerez, you’ll probably only be a drive away from sampling some pretty tasty libations.
Dinner with a view
When in Granada, scope out views of the Alhambra Palace from the adjacent hillside Albaicín neighborhood. Even better: get a reservation at the restaurants Carmen Mirador de Aiza or El Huerto de Juan Ranas during sunset, to watch as the famous fortress across the way becomes illuminated at nightfall. If in Madrid, head up to the rooftop of the Michelin-star-rated Casino de Madrid to dine al fresco and soak up views of the city while noshing on molecular gastro. And when in Seville, head to the rooftop terrace of the Hotel Doña Maria for drinks and a bird’s-eye view of the Cathedral and its iconic Giralda tower.