From history steeped plazas to sun-soaked playas, this list of the best places in Spain for couples has something for every duo.

Hopeless romantics know that Spain is one of the best destinations in Europe for a starry-eyed getaway. The backdrop to countless love stories, this is the perfect place to live out your own romantic tale.

Whether you’re planning a honeymoon in Spain or you are fantasising about an idyllic getaway for two, Spain has something for couples of every persuasion – from historic cities to charming villages, adrenaline-filled national parks to dreamy islands.


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Romantic cities & towns in Spain

Seville, the most romantic city in Spain

An ornate bridge stretches over a river in front of the Plaza de España in Seville, Spain.
The stunning Plaza de España in Seville.

Couples will love spending several days in Seville, a Spanish city with stunning architecture and a deeply romantic atmosphere.

Sevillian streets are lined with orange trees that bear fruit for large parts of the year – and if you visit in late February or early March, you can see the trees as they start to blossom. The oranges that grow throughout the city are usually a very bitter variety, chosen to deter snacking and preserve the aesthetic.

While in the city, couples can pay a visit to the Royal Alcázar of Seville, a palace and fortress that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The Royal Alcázar is surrounded by gardens where you can take a romantic stroll in the Spanish sun before stopping to watch the peacocks lazily peck the ground.

Afterwards, decompress and relax in the Aire Ancient Baths, a spa and collection of baths located in a Mudéjar-style palace. You can sit in the warm baths, enjoy a massage, or even swim in their open air pool overlooking the city of Seville.

For a memorable meal, have tapas at Ovejas Negras in the centre of Seville, where you can find wonderful cocktails, delicious food, and a lively atmosphere. Be sure to make a reservation because Ovejas Negras tends to fill up very quickly – a sign of a great restaurant.

  • Where to stay: Stay at the Plácido y Grata, a beautiful and modern hotel in the centre of the city, located only a few minutes’ walk from the Triana Bridge.
  • By Amber from Amber Everywhere

Barcelona

View of Barcelona, one of the most romantic cities in Spain, from the Park Guell.
Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona. Photo credit: bluebe/Depositphotos.com.

When it comes to romance, Barcelona has everything a city needs to be considered among the top choices worldwide. It’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway thanks to its awe-inspiring architecture, stunning vistas, varied nature, incredible cuisine, and bustling historic core.

While in Barcelona, take your special someone on a Tapas and Wine Walking Tour. If you do this, you won’t have to go through the trouble of looking up each restaurant individually. You can choose to go on an intimate two-person or small-group tour with a guide.

Another option is to take a dance class together. Give Tango a shot; it only takes a few simple moves to get surprisingly far. Furthermore, it is impossible to deny the profound bond that develops between dance partners as they express their deepest emotions through physical contact in this style of dance.

Or hike up Mount Tibidabo. This is the best vantage point for taking in the city against the stunning blue of the ocean. A hot air balloon ride over Barcelona in the morning is another must-do. Take in the fresh morning air as you slowly rise above the stunning Catalan landscape.

El Labyrinth d’Horta, one of Barcelona’s lesser-known but no less enchanting attractions, should not be missed. El Labyrinth d’Horta is a perfect place for a romantic stroll with your special someone, whether you choose to navigate the maze or simply spend the afternoon sitting on a bench and looking into each other’s eyes.

  • Where to stay: A stay at the Hotel Neri will perfectly cap off this Barcelona getaway. The Gothic Quarter, where the hotel is located, is ideal for both lively evenings and quiet strolls. In addition, some of the rooms here feature outdoor bathtubs.
  • By Imee from The Backpacking Executive

Toledo

Sunset over Toledo's Castle of San Servando in Spain.
Sunset over Toledo’s Castle of San Servando.

Spain’s greatest novel and one of the most famous love stories of all time, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, is partially set in Toledo and the surrounding plains of Castilla-La Mancha. What better place for couples to enjoy a romantic break in Spain?

Toledo oozes charm and romance, from the shapely San Martin’s Bridge that curves its way over the foam-green Targus River, to the tightly wound backstreets of the old town and the splendid main plaza, Zocodover. You might even call its beauty quixotic!

Overlooking the city from its highest hill, the UNESCO-listed Alcázar fortress dates back to Roman times. It too has a hint of sombre romance about it: The capital was relocated to Madrid before the castle was complete, thus Spain’s kings never got a chance to take up residence here – only their widowed queens were given the honour.

Cloistered convents, beautiful cathedrals and dozens of noteworthy museums to entice couples who love walking hand-in-hand through history. For a more literal experience of the latter, wander the Don Quixote Trail through Toledo and walk in the footsteps of the great 17th-century protagonist on his quest for love.

If you’re driving in Spain, don’t miss a side-trip to the nearby Molinos de Viento de Consuegra, another site tied to Don Quixote’s legacy. The 12 white-washed windmills grace a scenic ridge 45 minutes south-east of Toledo.

  • Where to stay: The moody Riad Medina Mudejar channels Toledo’s Arabic connection and offers gorgeous habitacions and a Moroccan-style bath.

Cáceres

Rooftops of Caceres, one of the most charming small cities in Spain, viewed from the monastery.
Caceres, one of the most charming small cities in Spain.

Capital of Spain’s vast Extremadura region, medieval Cáceres is a romantic jumble of narrow alleys, castles, palaces and squares, where it’s easy to while away a few days with your loved one as you road trip Spain.

The UNESCO old town, lording over the new town, is gorgeous – think honeyed stone walls, crenellated towers and cobbled plazas, lined with cute cafés, bars, and some of the best restaurants in the region, perfect for a romantic occasion.

Eating out should be high on your agenda in a region known for its cheeses, hams and olive oils. Head for the renowned Michelin starred Atrio Restaurante, which has a wonderful nine-course degustación menu inspired by the very best of what Spain has to offer, including locally produced Extremadura wine.

There are also a couple of really good taperías in town which will surprise you if you’ve only ever eaten tapas in Spanish tourist areas. This off-the-beaten-path place serves tapas that are grounded in the local produce and made with a twist of the unexpected.

Step away, hand in hand, from the main square of Plaza de San Mateo for unexpected glimpses of olive trees growing in serried ranks across the rolling lands which surround the town, and the splash of a pueblo blanco on a far-away hill.

  • Where to stay: Stay at the 14th-century Parador de Cáceres for its newly refurbished decor and wonderful location.
  • By Izzy from The Gap Decaders

San Sebastian

Streets of San Sebastian in Spain, with historical buildings and tapas bars.
San Sebastian.

One of the most romantic cities in Spain, San Sebastian is located in the autonomous Basque Country, which boasts its own unique language, a distinct culture, some of Europe’s most gorgeous beaches, and a vibrant food scene.

In the past, San Sebastian was a summer destination for the Spanish Royal Family, so the city is a playground of beautiful buildings, plazas, parks, and promenades.

Couples will love strolling along the ornate boardwalk, taking a refreshing dip in the sea, or hiking up Urgull to the hilltop fortress.

One of the best things to do in San Sebastian is to wander through the romantic cobblestone streets of Old Town to eat Pintxos, a finger-food like an aperitif. For the perfect date night, dine at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants.

While the city itself is romantic, don’t miss the opportunity to visit some of the beautiful seaside villages around San Sebastian. Getaria has vineyards and restaurants with outdoor grills to cook the freshest seafood. Zumaia is the start of the stunning coastal hiking route that includes beaches, a lighthouse, and the distinct flysch rock formations.

Many of the coastal villages are connected via the famous pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago.

  • Where to stay: Stay at the highly rated Hotel Arbaso because of the central location, free bike rentals, and excellent facilities.
  • By Megan from Packing up the Pieces

Salamanca

A bridge leading across the river to the Cathedral of Salamanca in Spain.
The Cathedral of Salamanca.

Not only is Salamanca considered a hotbed of culture and an intellectual capital, it is also one of the most romantic cities in Spain. There’s no battle between head and heart here.

Located in the west of the country, just shy of the border with Portugal, Salamanca is best-known for its historic university – one of the oldest educational institutions in Europe – that was established in 1218.

Salamanca is home to some of Spain’s most stunning architecture, with one landmark after the next. After touring the university cloisters and libraries, stop by some of the other nearby historic sites, including the 16th-century Gothic Casa de las Conchas, the opulent Dominican convent Convento de San Esteban, and the stunning Renaissance-style Monterrey’s Palace.

For a different perspective on the iconic Salamanca Cathedral, head to the Calixto y Melibea, a small and romantic garden where you can peek through the leaves at the cathedral dome.

Discover the city’s charming bohemian side by walking down Los Libreros. Pop into the Casa Lis Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco before finding your way to the remnants of the old city wall.

Don’t leave without visiting Salamanca’s most sentimental spot, the Huerto de Calixto y Melibea, the flower garden where lovers Calixto and Melibea from the 1499 novel La Celestina had their romantic rendezvous.

  • Where to stay: For designer digs in heritage surrounds, don’t look past Salamanca’s Hotel Rector. This boutique accommodation inside a 1930s mansion is perfect for couples, especially the elegant deluxe suite with its wood panelling and a free-standing tub.

Santiago de Compostela

Stone stairs lead to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, a pilgrimage spot and beautiful destination in Spain for couples.
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, a pilgrimage spot and beautiful destination in Spain for couples.

The medieval city of Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia, an autonomous region in northern Spain. Long a destination for pilgrims on the Saint James Way or the Camino de Santiago, this imposing city has a lot to offer couples looking for a romantic Spanish getaway.

Santiago features expansive gardens, cobblestone streets that open unexpectedly to sunny plazas dotted with idyllic cafes, and many shops to peruse.

One of Santiago’s most romantic offerings are the cosy restaurants on Franco Street. They serve delicious local cuisine and are perfect for romantic dinners by candlelight while local musicians play in the background. As Santiago is close to the sea, your best bet is the fresh seafood.

The city has many museums, art galleries and medieval religious structures including churches, abbeys and monasteries. Perhaps the most famous of all is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the end of the Camino de Santiago and where St. James is said to be buried.

It’s always a good time to visit Santiago, but fall and spring are the best. The weather is very pleasant and it’s much quieter.

  • Where to stay: When in Santiago de Compostela, stay at the Parador de Santiago – Hostal Reis Catolicos, a renovated hospital from the Middle Ages. It has four courtyards and period furniture. One of its restaurants is on the terrace with a spectacular view of the sunset.
  • By Talek from Travels With Talek

Madrid

Fall colours surround the Palacio de Cristal, one of the most romantic places in Madrid.
The Palacio de Cristal, one of the most romantic places in Madrid. Photo credit: ferdel99/DepositPhotos.com.

Spain’s capital city is full of grand architecture and vibrant nightlife. But it also has some lovely areas that are perfect for romantic moments with your lover. To explore them, consider a self-guided walking tour of Madrid, which includes Madrid de Los Austrias, Barrio de la Latina and El Retiro Park.

Madrid de Los Austrias was built during the reign of the Habsburg Dynasty (Casa de Austria) in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor are the main attractions, but the winding streets around them are lovely to wander.

On Calle de Los Milaneses, look up to spot the statue of a fallen angel on top of one of the buildings. Barrio de la Latina is another old neighbourhood with charming streets – and Calle de la Cava Baja is known for its tapas bars.

El Retiro is a huge park that was originally a royal garden in the 16th century. It was opened to the public in the late 19th century and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2021. It’s a gorgeous place to stroll with your partner, or to picnic amongst the natural beauty.

There are sections that are neatly cultivated; there are shady wooded areas; and some sections which have been left untouched to encourage wildlife to flourish.

  • Where to stay: When in Madrid, stay at the Hotel Preciados, which is smart and centrally located, making everything in the city centre easily reachable.
  • By Martha from MayCauseWanderlust

Granada

The Court of Lions at the Alhambra, Granada.
The Court of the Lions at the Alhambra, a must-visit landmark in Spain. Photo credit: rusocer/DepositPhotos.com.

One of the most romantic things to do in Southern Spain is take a weekend break in Granada. The city of Granada is an eclectic mix of medieval architecture, bohemian cafes, restaurants and bars.

Perched on the top of a hill, the highlight of this majestical city is the UNESCO-listed Alhambra framed by a backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains. The Alhambra complex was originally known as the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. 

Although parts of it date back to the late Middle Ages, from around the 8th century AD, large parts of Southern Spain were under Arab rule. 

Inside the Alhambra complex, the best things to see are the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife and La Alcazaba. Tickets often sell out, especially during peak season. You need to select a time to enter the Nasrid Palace, but the rest of the complex can be wandered at your own pace.

Outside of the Alhambra, take a romantic stroll around Granada’s Albaicin District. This area is located on the hillside opposite the complex and is a myriad of narrow cobbled lanes and steps winding through photogenic ancient homes, doorways and courtyards. There are several vista points to watch the sunset over the Alhambra from here.

  • Where to stay: There are dozens of romantic places to stay in Granada, with Häxaris Casa Boutique being a popular choice with a balcony terrace area and modern facilities. It’s also centrally located so you’ll be right in the heart of all the main attractions in the pretty old town.
  • By Becki from Meet Me In Departures

Iznajar, Cordoba

Blue pot plants hang from a railing overlooking the town in the charming Spanish village of Izanjar.
A blooming patio in the charming village of Iznajar in Cordoba.

One of Spain’s lesser-known yet utterly romantic destinations is the tiny hilltop village of Iznajar, Cordoba. A picture-perfect whitewashed village, it is located in the midst of the Sierras Beticas overlooking Iznajar Lake.

One of the top things to do is visit the picturesque Plaza de Las Comedias, which is an award-winning patio kept by the neighbours, with deep blue pots holding colourful flowers on the whitewashed walls and blue painted statues. The cutest addition to the patio is the Rincon del Beso or ‘Kissing Corner’ – a little bench that is the perfect spot to get a selfie with your significant other.

Another noteworthy patio is Plaza de la Torre. This one is decorated with a wealth of dark-red terracotta pots.

Other sights in Iznajar that should not be missed are the medieval castle looming above the village offering one of the best views of Iznajar, together with Mirador Cruz de San Pedro and Plaza Nueva.

In the warmer months, you can run hand in hand to take a sunset dip at Valdearenas beach in Iznajar Lake, which is the biggest in Spain. The reservoir was built by Franco in the 60s which resulted in several families of Iznajar having to flee their homes. Until today, houses, streets, and bridges sit at the bottom of the lake.

  • Where to stay: Casa Las Majadillas, a stunning Spanish villa house with a huge outdoor pool.
  • By Linn of Amused by Andalucia

Segovia

The sun sparkles on Segovia's Plaza Mayor in the most beautiful Spanish city for couples to visit.
Segovia’s Plaza Mayor.

Located in the Castile and León region north-west of Madrid, Segovia is one of the most historic cities in Spain.

There are plenty of romantic things to do in Segovia, including exploring the old city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Segovia Cathedral, the last Gothic cathedral in Spain, is just one of many treasures inside the historic centre.

Segovia is quite small, but it is steeped in more than 2,000 years of history. One of its most famous attractions is the Roman Aqueduct, an engineering marvel with two tiers of arches built around the mid of the 1st century.

This city is also home to a fairytale fortress, The Alcazar, believed to be one of the inspirations for the castle in Walt Disney’s Cinderella. Take a short stroll to Mirador de la Pradera de San Marcos for a breathtaking view of the palace.

Aside from thousands of years of rich history and grand architecture, Segovia has another claim to fame: Its culinary treats. The famous Spanish dish Cochinillo or Suckling Pig originated in Segovia and is the perfect meal to share.

  • Where to stay: Stay at Real Segovia by Recordis Hotels because of its superb location at the heart of the old town.
  • By Moumita & Sankha from Chasing the Long Road

Romantic beaches & coastal destinations in Spain

Peñíscola

A gorgeous view of Peniscola, a small coastal city in Spain, from the castle.
A gorgeous view of Peniscola from the castle.

Located 150 km north of Valencia on the eastern coast, Peniscola is certainly one of the most romantic towns in Spain. This charming coastal village is a true jewel of the province of Castellon and, on top of that, a romantic pearl that not many people know about.

Especially unique is the location of the historical old town, which has given it the nickname ‘The City in the Sea’. During a tour, you will be amazed by the snow-white houses, a special feature of the region, and by the medieval flair of the old town.

The imposing Peñíscola Castle, which rises 64 metres above the azure sea, is the main landmark and a must-see on any trip. The medieval walls date back to 1307 and during a lovely walk, you will be amazed by the breathtaking view of the deep blue sea.

Also romantic are the charming cobblestone streets that wind through the old town. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of boutiques for shopping and local restaurants for enjoying a nice dinner for two.

The beaches of Peniscola are fabulous, inviting tourists to swim and sunbathe from late spring until autumn. A real insider tip is the adjacent nature park Parc Natural de la Serra d’Irta, where you can enjoy more secluded coves and gorgeous viewpoints while hiking.

  • Where to stay: Hotel Muva Beach is one of the best places to stay for couples. Guests love the romantic location right on the castle walls, the beautiful rooms and the amazing sea view.
  • By Martina from PlacesofJuma

Mallorca

Puerto de Alcudia pier, a long wooden pier that stretches out to the horizon in Mallorca.
Puerto de Alcudia pier in Mallorca.

The Balearic Islands might be perceived as a family destination or a party paradise – but in fact, they can be a surprisingly romantic place to visit, especially Mallorca. 

Thanks to an amazing coastline, charming towns, UNESCO-listed nature spaces and a wide variety of activities, it’s easy to find things that any couple will enjoy.

Those who love the sun, sand and water must add some dreamy beaches to their Mallorca itinerary, including Platja de Formentor, Caló del Moro, and Platja de Muro. It’s also possible to take romantic sailing tours, usually from Palma or Alcudia.

In the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage, you’ll find enchantingly romantic towns like Valldemossa and Deià, scenic lookout points such as Mirador Es Colomer, beautiful Arab-era gardens like Jardines de Alfabia, and a whole lot of nature waiting to be explored.

If that’s not enough, you can also take a dolphin-watching tour, visit some vineyards in the centre of the island, or take a hot air balloon flight.

It’s also worth spending a day or two in Palma de Mallorca, seeing landmarks including the Palma Cathedral and Bellver Castle, strolling the lovely old town or along the port, and exploring the Santa Catalina neighbourhood.

  • Where to stay: Stay at Santa Clara Urban Hotel & Spa for its central location in Palma de Mallorca, rooftop terrace, and spa services.
  • By Or from My Path in the World

Llafranc

Colourful houses and fishing boats in Llafranc, one of Spain's most romantic coastal towns.
Llafranc, one of Spain’s most romantic coastal towns.

One of three petite towns in Girona province on Spain’s northern coast, Llafranc is the perfect place to experience the quieter side of Spain’s iconic Costa Brava.

With a small boat dock and a pretty U-shaped beach framed by colourful villa houses that creep up the hill, Llafranc is the ideal Spanish beach destination for couples. Back in the day, Salvador Dalí and Ernest Hemingway were among Llafranc’s more prominent visitors. Layers of artistic heritage and cultural flair on top of the area’s Iberian history add to the town’s intrigue.

Llafranc is ideal for a flop-and-drop couples vacation: Spend your days swimming on the beach, hiking in the gentle hills around the coast, and eating lazy lunches on the seafront terrace.

If you’re feeling active, follow the coastal pathway to the nearby Botanical Garden of Cap Roig, considered to be one of the most important in the Mediterranean. To the north, the GR 92 – which extends along the entire coast – leads to the San Sebastià Lighthouse, another must-see.

Time your visit for one of Llafranc’s colourful festivals, either the Flowers and Violas Spring Festival (May) or the Costa Brava Jazz Festival Palafrugell (October).

  • Where to stay: Set on the same spot as a historic 18th century inn, El Far Hotel is an intimate nine-room hotel perched on a sea cliff next to the lighthouse. It perfectly captures the literary romance of Llafranc, and the panoramic views from the terrace restaurant are unforgettable.

Tabarca

A rocky cove on the Spanish island of Tabarca.
Tabarca, a dreamy island destination in Spain.

The archipelago of Tabarca is made for couples who truly want to escape the world for a secluded getaway. The smallest permanently inhabited island in Spain, it is located off the coast of Alicante and has just a few dozen year-round inhabitants.

As soon as you step off the boat, you’ll feel taken back to a simpler time. Tabarca is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and experience an ‘authentic’ version of Mediterranean life.

The island is brimming with history. Settled by Genoese sailors and later used as a Spanish garrison, Tabarca bears many heritage landmarks including the San José Tower and the old Governor’s House, which has been transformed into a boutique hotel.

But Tabarca’s real jewel is its marine reserve – the oldest in Spain – which is a favourite spot for divers. Paddle boarding and snorkelling are also on offer. If you prefer to relax, follow the long path that wraps around the island and seek out an empty cove where you can lounge and swim in complete solitude.

Another thing Tabarca is famed for is its caldero. This special gastronomic tradition has been perfect to a fine art in the island’s restaurants. Be sure to try the Caldero de Tabarca, a local version of the dish made with chicken, potatoes and rice, at the popular Don Jeronimo.

  • Where to stay: Iaia Carmen is a charming bed and breakfast on the western side of the island.

Benidorm

People gather on Benidorm's famous Balcón del Mediterráneo, a scenic lookout the hovers over the sea.
Benidorm’s famous Balcón del Mediterráneo. Photo credit: Pe3check/DepositPhotos.com.

Benidorm, a beachside resort town on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, is a non-stereotypical romantic place that adrenaline-loving couples will enjoy. Those planning a trip as a couple won’t be short of interesting activities to try out.

From the countless cultural attractions in the Old Town and the neoclassical Aiguera Park featuring two amphitheatres, to four exciting theme parks, the choices are endless. There are plenty of blood-pumping rides over at the massive Terra Mítica park and wave pools at Aqualandia. Or head over to the barrier-free wildlife park of Terra Natura to meet with various animals.

Once night falls, the town comes alive with numerous bars, nightclubs and discos, including dinner shows at Benidorm Palace and the roulettes at Casino Mediterráneo. Another great thing to do is climb the 1406-metre Puig Campana for a spectacular view of Benidorm.

Of course, Benidorm is also home to beautiful beaches, mainly Levante Beach and Poniente Beach, where couples can sunbathe and simply relax after days of fun-filled activities. Both are lined with palm trees, bars, and with picturesque skyscrapers in the background.

As the town gets around 325 days of sunshine annually, the weather is almost always pleasant for a honeymoon or romantic getaway!

  • Where to stay: Stay at Barceló La Nucía Palms, a 5-star hotel with a relaxing and romantic atmosphere. It’s got a beautiful rooftop bar and a spa centre complete with Turkish bath and sauna facilities.
  • By Bradley from Dream Big, Travel Far

Cala Vadella, Ibiza

Boats pass through a channel to the harbour at Cala Vedella on the Spanish island of Ibiza.
Cala Vedella, a hidden gem in Spain.

If you don’t mind sharing the love with other tourists, there are plenty of idyllic beaches for fun-loving couples to enjoy on the popular party island of Ibiza.

Cala Vadella on the western shore is relatively tranquil and can feel a world away from the beach clubs back in town. It stands out for its pristine waters and picture-perfect scenery.

The sheltered inlet offers placid waters and a range of activities. This makes it a popular spot for families – so for something more secluded, you’ll need to travel up or down the coast. Choose from sandy or fine pebble shores to pitch your parasol and soak up the atmosphere.

Nearby Cala d’Hort beach is the ideal excursion for swimming and lunch at one of the much-praised restaurants (order the seafood paella to share). Finish your day at the Es Vedrà Sunset Mirador to watch the sun go down over the island.

  • Where to stay: One of the finest beach-side resorts in all of Spain, Petunia Ibiza – Adults Only features bright and airy couples suites, terraces clad with purple bougainvillaea, and an incredible west-facing rooftop terrace bar with perfect views of Es Vedrà.

Romantic places in Spain for couples who love adventure

Albufera Natural Park

A house and single tree on the wetlands at Albufera Natural Park in Spain.
Albufera Natural Park.

Spain is full of charming cities, great architecture, culture, and more. But if you’re planning a romantic round trip through Spain, you should definitely not underestimate the country’s breathtaking nature.

One of these magical natural places is Albufera Natural Park. Its location barely 10 km from Spain’s third-largest city makes it one of the best day trips from Valencia.

The Nature Park consists of a large lake that makes Albufera one of the most extensive wetlands in the country, with plenty of hiking trails and a vast area of rice fields.

The possibilities to spend your time here in nature are endless. You and your significant other can enjoy a scenic walk on six hiking trails. Moreover, you can also rent bicycles. The landscape is inviting, so you don’t want to forget your camera.

The real highlight is discovering Albufera Park by boat. Plenty of boat docks and dozens of operators will take you out on the lake to explore the park’s picturesque landscapes. The tour is especially worthwhile in the evening when you can witness one of the most beautiful sunsets from the water.

With such a huge rice-growing area, of course, you should not miss the delicious national dish of Spain: In the neighbouring village of El Palmar, several restaurants offer what is said to be the best paella in the country at an unbeatable price.

  • Where to stay: While there are a few places to stay in El Palmar, the accommodations in Valencia are usually far cosier, especially if you’re on a romantic getaway, such as the Plaza Centro.
  • By Vicki from Vicki Viaja

Los Picos de Europa National Park

A stone house on a rambling stream in the village of Bulnes inside Spain's Los Picos de Europa.
Bulnes village in Los Picos de Europa.

Los Picos de Europa National Park in Northern Spain is one of the best places in Spain for young couples. The park is perfect for adventurous duos who enjoy hiking, rock climbing, camping, and the outdoors.

The scenery in the Picos de Europa Park is truly spectacular: Rocky peaks, emerald green meadows, crystal-clear lakes, and charming mountain villages. The park includes 11 villages, 17 lookout points, and 30 walking trails. Routes vary from short and easy day trails to challenging multi-day hikes such as the Camino del Salvador.

After a day of exploring the park, you can enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the local restaurants. The area is known for its gastronomy, particularly cheeses and red meats. Fabada Asturiana (bean stew) and Pitu de Caleya (slowly braised chicken) are must-try dishes.

Many beautiful beaches are a short drive from the park. In one day, you can hike high up in the mountains then relax on the beach. Some of the best views of the mountains you get from the coast.

The park is beautiful any time of the year but for outdoor activities, the summer months between June and September are the best time to visit. Winter is a great time for a romantic weekend getaway in a cosy mountain cabin with a fireplace. 

  • Where to stay: Posada El Corcal de Liébana, a rustic guesthouse situated in a picturesque valley surrounded by mountains.
  • By Alya from Stingy Nomads

La Gomera

Vallehermoso, a small village fringed by palm trees with a dramatic volcanic backdrop on the Spanish island of La Gomera.
Vallehermoso village on La Gomera.

La Gomera in Spain’s Canary Islands is the ultimate romantic getaway for couples looking for the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. This island has everything from black sand beaches and waterfalls to stunning viewpoints where you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise or sunset.

Whether you’re into hiking and exploring or just chilling on the beach and sipping a cocktail, there is something for all types of couples on La Gomera. From the colourful capital of San Sebastian to remote natural pools, this tiny island has a little bit of everything,

You can easily reach La Gomera by ferry from Tenerife or the island of La Palma, or by flying from Tenerife or Gran Canaria. You can rent a fully equipped van to explore the island, or rent a car and stay in some amazing beachside hotels.

Looking for a unique experience? You can enjoy a private candle-lit dinner in a cave! Jardin Tecina offers reservations where they will send you a three-course meal and wine on a conveyor belt.

  • Where to stay: Hotel Jardin Tecina has a desirable restaurant and full pool club located right on the beach.
  • By Danni & Fede from Scratch Your Mapa

Lanzarote

Papagayo Beach on Lanzarote island, a dramatic cliff landscape at sunset.
Papagayo Beach on Lanzarote, a bucket list destination in Spain for adventure-loving couples.

One of the Canary Islands located off the coast of Africa, Lanzarote is one of the sunniest and warmest destinations for couples in Spain who are looking for a romantic getaway at any time of year.

There are a lot of things to do on Lanzarote for couples. One of the most romantic activities is taking a tour in La Geria, a giant vineyard area where grapes grow on ashes in holes on the ground.

Of course, Lanzarote also features beautiful, sweeping volcanic beaches. With clear water, fine black and golden sand and palm trees, parts of the island will remind you of Hawaii. It’s the perfect atmosphere to spend the day at the beach relaxing together or going snorkelling.

For unique memories, take your partner to Timanfaya National Park. The park features several former volcanoes that are now just craters in addition to the Timanfaya volcano that is still active. The views will make you feel like you are on Mars.

  • Where to stay: For a top-notch romantic stay on Lanzarote, stay at Lani’s Suites de Luxe where you’ll be able to experience high-end amenities and services.
  • By Mary from Be Right Back by Mary

Cabo de Gata Natural Park

A romantic sunset at Cabo de Gata, a natural park near Barcelona with a long wooden pier leading down to the ocean.
A romantic sunset at Cabo de Gata.

Located in Andalusia, a short drive from Almeria, Cabo de Gata Natural Park is a stunning natural landscape featuring volcanic rock formations that melt into the Alboran Sea.

There is nothing more romantic than bathing in one of the pools that are perfectly sized for two and admiring the panoramic sea views. The park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and part of the experience is driving through the Wild West film set-style desert that is home to thousands of plants.

Outside of the park, you can find various small villages and towns such as Níjar and Las Negras, which are connected by a network of romantic footpaths and tranquil beaches.

Also, while in the area, be sure to try one of the traditional Spanish tapas restaurants as it’s through food here that you can connect with the Andalusian way of life and enjoy a romantic dinner or lunch with your loved one.

The heat is intense and the climate is one of the driest and most arid in Europe, so be sure to bring adequate sun protection.

  • Where to stay: Stay at Cabogata Beach Hotel, which is perfect for couples looking for a luxury 5-star sustainable stay right on the beachfront.
  • By Dan from Urban Abroad

10 quick tips for planning the perfect couples trip to Spain

1. Visit Spain during shoulder season. For the best chance of finding a quiet swimming hole or a secluded hiking trail, visit Spain outside the busy summer months. Autumn (September/October) is ideal, while a winter getaway is a great option for the south of Spain.

2. Plan your trip around a special milestone. To make your holiday extra special, time your travel to coincide with an anniversary or a special date.

3. Find somewhere secluded. Be sure to balance your itinerary between big cities/popular beaches and more sequestered spots.

4. Pre-book logistics such as airport transfers. Organise your basic logistics before you leave in order to avoid headaches (and potential conflict) while you’re on the road.

5. Book your accommodation well in advance. Especially if you’re travelling during the warmer months.

6. Upgrade your room. Graduating from a double to a suite can turn a wonderful accommodation into something spectacular. Here are more incredible accommodations in Spain to inspire you.

7. Include a mix of activities for both you and your partners’ interests. Choose locations that offer a mix of culture, history, outdoor activities and relaxation.

8. Consider renting a car. This will give you greater flexibility and the ability to travel on your own timeline. Plus, you’ll get to spend even more quality time together in the car.

9. Make restaurant reservations for special meals. Sprinkle a couple of memorable dining experiences into your itinerary so you always have something to look forward to.

10. Splurge on a special experience or two. Hire a photographer for the day or spend a bit more on a private tour – there’s no better way to make memories with your partner in Spain.


Spain essentials

Here are some helpful websites and resources you can use to organise your trip to Spain.

FLIGHTS: Find affordable flights to Spain on Skyscanner.

VISAS: Use iVisa to check if you need a tourist visa for Spain and apply for an expedited visa online.

TRAVAL INSURANCE: Insure your trip with HeyMondo, my preferred provider for single-trip and annual travel insurance.

SIM CARD: Buy an eSIM and data package for Spain online before you go. My top choice is the Eurolink eSIM from Airalo (prices from $5).

CAR HIRE: Find a great deal on a Spain rental car using Discover Cars.

ACCOMMODATION: Find the best hotel deals in Spain on Booking.com, or find a unique Airbnb. See my list of the best Spain Airbnbs here!

CITY TOURS & DAY TRIPS: Book skip-the-line tickets, day tours and city excursions on Viator.

FOODIE EXPERIENCES: Find the best food tours and cooking classes in Spain. Use the promocode EMILYLUSH to get 10% off your booking.

SPAIN GUIDEBOOK: Pick up a copy of the latest Lonely Planet guidebook for Spain.


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