This sunny country in western Europe might not be on the radar for many as one of the romantic honeymoon destinations. And that’s a pity! Spending your honeymoon in Spain means strolling down the streets of history-rich cities, visiting some of the most famous UNESCO sights, swimming in the ocean, enjoying breathtaking sunsets at its stunning beaches, or even going on an adventurous hike to name a few. So, to give you the best list of the most romantic places in Spain, I asked travel bloggers to help me out on this one.
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When looking for a city to spend a honeymoon in Spain, you can’t ignore Cordoba’s charm. Located in Andalucia in the south of Spain, Cordoba has something for every romantic couple who wishes to escape it all.
Think pretty patios, cobblestone alleys, and specular lighting. During the day, the number one place to start is at the Mezquita, which is Cordoba’s alluring mosque-cathedral, historic monument, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Devote at least half a day to wander around its dwellings and pay attention to things like the double horseshoe door arches and gargoyle – there is excellent attention to detail in all areas.
There’s no need to speak Spanish in Cordoba, but it’s worth picking up a Spanish book for beginners to get some practice before you arrive.
If you fancy an evening of pure bliss, go for a candlelit dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants, or have a local wine tasting. Then, head over to the Alcazar, you can take a romantic stroll and get acquainted with some of the prettiest gardens you’ll find in the whole region.
Cordoba is definitely worth a visit and offers a wealth of attractions and places to relax with your special someone.
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Consider Granada as your destination for spending a honeymoon in Spain. It is hard to get a more romantic setting than its old town overlooking the Alhambra fortress and palace, one of the most outstanding historical complexes of high importance for the Romans, Moors, and Christians. You will need to book tickets in advance to Alhambra as there are limited daily admissions. To learn more about the place, join a guided tour, including a skip-the-line visit to Generalife Gardens, Charles V Palace, and Alcazaba.
Jam-packed with traditional bars and restaurants, old sights, and stunning viewpoints, Granada easily makes on the list of romantic places in Spain. It is the perfect place to get lost in its narrow, charming streets and corners.
There are so many great things to do in Granada besides just exploring the city as it is the gateway to Sierra Nevada National Park. Go paragliding to get a bird’s view and do something memorable together. And make sure you go to a flamenco show too.
Hiking lovers will enjoy a small adventure of Los Cahorros hike that goes through a canyon, crosses hanging bridges, passes waterfalls and swimming holes.
You can ski or enjoy a snowshoe hike at Sierra Nevada ski resort in the winter months, the southernmost ski resort in Europe open between November and April. You can quickly get there by daily buses from Granada and even rent the equipment on the spot. Stay in a nice, romantic hotel with a spa and pool to really top up the experience.
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Oviedo, the capital of Spain’s northern Asturias region, is one of the most romantic places in Spain. It is also one of the most underrated and makes a perfect spot for those who’d like to have a relaxing yet scenic honeymoon in Spain.
A perfect romantic day in Oviedo begins with a stroll in the city’s lush, leafy parks, plazas, and winding streets. Enjoy a traditional lunch at the nearby Casa Pelayo, where a window seat overlooking the central park makes for a romantic meal.
Next, head to any one of the several pre-romanesque churches that dot Oviedo’s green country site. All of these remarkable structures dating to the 8th century CE are in spectacular surroundings. Or go for a hand-in-hand stroll on the ocean promenade of Gijon, just 20 minutes north of the city.
Evenings in Oviedo are exceptional and made for romance. Choose from three different and equally exciting neighborhoods to spend an evening: Gascona, El Norte, or Calle de Tapas. Here you’ll enjoy appreciating classic Spanish cuisine, tapas – the country’s signature bite-sized culinary treat, and “sidra,” the traditional lightly alcoholic beverage.
For an exciting musical evening that is also a culinary experience, head to Calle Gascona. Pick a traditional restaurant from one of the many that line both sides of the street. Go inside, order the classic Fabada Asturiana stew and wait for the musicians to arrive. Here is where the fun begins. The waiters will pour “sidra” into your cup from about a meter above without missing a drop. The musicians will play their instruments throughout the restaurant and encourage the patrons to sing. If they are especially festive, the patrons will follow the musicians into the street dancing and singing – a rip-roaring Spanish good time.
By Travel with Talek
Gijon is a coastal city in Asturias, Spain, where not many tourists go. Therefore, if you want an idyllic honeymoon in Spain, this might be the town for you.
Set on the clifftop, overlooking the sea, the old town features colorful, old houses built on the slopes, with narrow alleyways in between.
Wandering the old town’s streets is a fun activity for everyone, especially as it has many bars and restaurants, all offering pinchos (tapas made with bread and local toppings) and the famous Asturian cider.
Head to the Cerro de Sta Catalina on the old town’s outskirts, towards the cliff’s edge, overlooking the ocean. Find Elogio del Horizonte sculpture by the Basque artist Eduardo Chillida. Stand underneath it to hear the waves from the ocean below amplified, as though by a giant seashell. Afterward, enjoy lovely views of the city and coastline from here.
When you first arrive in Gijon, the golden beach beside the city is one of the first things you’ll notice. Go for a romantic stroll on the sand at sunset and admire the city’s twinkling lights in the distance.
For the best, sweeping views of Gijon, go up the tower at the University’s City of Culture. You can take a lift to the top. While you’re at the university, be sure to visit the beautiful botanical garden next door. This is a perfect place for a picnic under the trees.
Visiting Gijon is a wonderful way to get an appreciation for everyday life in a beautiful part of Spain, which many foreigners don’t see. While there’s a lot to do in the city, it also makes a great stop on a more extended trip through northern Spain.
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Antequera is another lovely town worth spending your honeymoon in Spain. Located around 40 minutes away from Malaga, it is best known for the antique dolmens, three megalithic monuments dating from the Neolithic and the Bronze ages, and Torcal de Antequera natural park.
However, not many people know that Antequera is, in fact, a romantic town, with its own romantic legend.
One of the things to do in Antequera, when you are exploring the old town, is to look for “Peña de Los Enamorados,” an 800 meters high limestone formation resembling the profile of an old man. The legend says that two lovers coming from different families, one Muslim and one Christian, run away from their families to be together. The Moorish soldiers sent by the girl’s father, the ruler Ibrahim of Archidona, caught them when they reached the rock’s top. Because they didn’t want to live apart, the two lovers leaped to their death from the cliffs, holding hands. Their love is still celebrated in Antequera, through a statue in Plaza Castilla.
Your romantic itinerary should also include the Moorish Alcazaba, with its perfect towers from which you can pretend to be a princess, waiting for her prince to rescue her. As the Alcazaba is built on the highest point in town, the views from up there are quite spectacular as well.
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The capital of the Castilla y León province in the north of Spain, Burgos is a beautiful medieval city set on the banks of a tree-lined river. When you arrive in the city, you can enter through the old city gates and see the old, thick walls. The silver gothic cathedral dominates the city, while high above is Burgos Castle, where you will find magnificent views over the Burgos.
This peaceful city makes a relaxing option for your honeymoon in Spain. With its medieval architecture, the historic center is a warren of winding streets, all paved with cobblestones. Every now and then, you find yourself emerging into a square lined with shops, bars, and restaurants. Stay in the old town for dinner and a drink – restaurants are affordable and there’s lots of variety for a small city. For a special meal, be sure to try the lechazo, a regional specialty of milk-fed lamb slow-roasted in a wood-burning oven.
For some greenery, head out of the city for a long walk along the river on one of the shady paths lined with huge green trees. The Parque de la Isla takes you along the river and is dotted with remnants of ancient architecture, making it a fun and fascinating place to explore. If you stay for a bit longer, head out of town to Ribera del Duero’s wine region to sample the local wine and enjoy a delicious vineyard lunch. Or, if you really want to indulge, try the Michelin starred restaurant Cobo Vintage for dinner.