Who said Madrid isn’t the most romantic city in the world? If you’re going to be in Spain’s glorious capital this February 14th, don’t stress. After the flowers and the chocolates, there are plenty of romantic activities you and your special someone can enjoy together on El día de San Valentín. Although Valentine’s Day isn’t as largely celebrated here as it is in other countries, the love in the air is just as strong. The city of Madrid already offers so much to see, all you have to do is add a little love and dove and you’ve got yourself a perfect Valentine’s Day in Spain. Here are some ideas on how to woo your date this Valentine’s Day!
Take a Romantic Stroll Through Retiro Park
Want to enjoy each other’s company while looking at the beautiful trees and fountains? Well here you have 350 acres to do just that! A walk through Retiro Park is the perfect way to spend time together without any distractions. Get lost exploring the endless evergreen paths of the park. Go to El Estanque del Retiro (‘Pond of Retiro’) and rent a small boat to have your own moment from ‘The Notebook.’ After that you can walk to one of the many cafes located around the pond for some sangria and churros! If you’re looking for a calm and serene way to spend Valentine’s Day afternoon, Retiro Park is the way to go.
Visit the Templo de Debod and Palacio Real Gardens
These two go hand in hand because they are so close together! A walk through the spectacular gardens at the Royal Palace sure sounds romantic. There are two gardens: the Campo del Moro Gardens and the Sabatini Gardens. The Campo del Moro Gardens, located on the west side behind the palace, has a design influenced by the era of Romanticism. Inside the Sabatini Gardens, located on the north side of the palace, you will find a beautiful rectangular pond surrounded by fountains and statues of Spanish kings. Whichever garden you choose, your date will surely be impressed!
After visiting the gardens, walk north on Calle de Bailén and you’ll find the Temple of Debod! This temple is a historic beauty in the city of Madrid. The Temple of Debod was first constructed in Upper Egypt in the early 2nd century BC. That’s insane! Egypt donated the temple to Spain in 1968 after construction along the Nile River threatened its reservation.
Tip: Make sure to visit the Temple of Debod in time for sunset! You’ll be amazed at how many beautiful insta-worthy sunset pics you’ll get with bae.
See Madrid from above
Walking through the city and overlooking down at the city are two completely different things! Visit a rooftop bar or restaurant here in Madrid and enjoy the spectacular views this city has to offer. Whether for brunch or for dinner, any time of day is a good time to be on a rooftop, especially with that special someone. Some popular rooftops in the center include the rooftop at Círculo de Bellas Artes on Calle de Alcalá, or The Roof at ME Madrid off Plaza de Santa Ana! Click here for some more amazing rooftop terraces here in Madrid!
Want to take it a step further? Take a ride on Madrid’s Teleférico. This thrilling ride takes you above the city on a journey from Paseo del Pintor Rosales all the way to Casa de Campo. Looking down below you’ll be able to see the Royal Palace and the Temple de Debod. There’s even a restaurant on the rooftop of Casa de Campo where you and bae can have a romantic brunch. Roundtrip tickets are only 6 euros!
See a romantic movie
Tip: Fifty Shades Darker (’50 sombras más oscuras’ in Spanish) premiered in Madrid on February 10th! Which means you already have a perfect (romantic?) movie pick for Valentine’s Day. Have a DMM card membership? You can get a ticket discount at Cines Verdi on Calle de Bravo Murillo, 28! And don’t worry, you can see the original version in English with Spanish subtitles.
If you want to be even more romantic than Fifty Shades Darker, the Cine Doré on Calle de Santa Isabel, 3, shows a variety of old classical and foreign films. The theatre itself is in a beautiful, historical building built in the 19th century. That will definitely impress your date! There are only a few screenings per day so be sure to check their website for showtimes.
Go to the Museum of Romanticism
An art museum dedicated to the era of emotion and love? What better day to go than on February 14th?! El Museo del Romanticismo located here in Madrid is a great place to take your date this Valentine’s Day. Observe the museum’s art collection and artifacts that represent the artistic and intellectual movement in Spain during the Romantic Era. Throughout the museum you will see different paintings, furniture pieces, and art structures from the 19th century Romanticism period, including works by Goya! You can visit the museum at Calle San Mateo, 13, near the Tribunal metro stop. The museum will be open on Tuesday from 9:30-18:30. The entrance fee is only 3 euros.
See a Flamenco Show
The art of Flamenco is such a huge deal in Spain. Now that you’re in Madrid, you HAVE to go see a Flamenco show, and this Valentine’s Day you can see it with someone special. Immerse yourself in some Spanish culture while enjoying some tapas and one copa (or three?) de vino. Click here for some more information on the art of Flamenco in Madrid!
Eat a romantic dinner
This activity can also be done on a rooftop, or while seeing a Flamenco show. Gotta squeeze everything into one gushy romantic-filled day, right? There are also several restaurants in Madrid that offer special set Valentine’s Day menus. Prices vary from 25 euros to 69 euros per person, depending on the restaurant. Check out some ideas here. Don’t forget to call and make a reservation!