Surprisingly for many, Madrid has almost everything a romantic couple could want. It has a romantic side to its history and culture, its food and wine, Egyptian temples, Spanish churches, and of course it has abundant green space and lots of character.
Favourite attractions for couples visiting Madrid
Templo de Debod
Many will say this is the most romantic spot in the city, especially at sunset when the color changes and the temples reflect in the surrounding water. The temples, originally located in Egypt, were given as a gift to Spain when newly created dams threatened to flood and destroy them.
Admission is free but you do have to access through security so queues can build up. The site closes at 22:00 with the last entry 15 minutes before. However, the surrounding park can still be accessed and is a great spot for a romantic picnic.
One of the largest green spaces in the capital city has a great romantic offering on a sunny day, a paddle in the pond on one of the boats for rent there. When you’re ready to retire from the water go for a wander through Palacio de Cristal a pavilion made completely of glass. If the weather is truly spectacular and you want to make a day of it, pack yourself a picnic for lunch from nearby Anton Martin market.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Eight hectares of space with 30,000 plants and flowers and 1,500 trees you could spend a while strolling hand in hand through the outdoor areas and greenhouses. The Botanical gardens are just next to the Prado museum outside of El Retiro Park. Be sure not to miss the unbelievable bonsai garden with designs that are truly, unbelievable. General entrance costs just €4. A €4 very well spent.
Romantic Activities in Madrid
Bath at a Hammam
A hammam is an Arab style spa and Hammam Al Ándalus offer excellent services. Combine what they call ‘a water journey’ (use of the different baths at varying temperatures) with a massage and ‘full ritual with purification’ for €68. Unless you are well versed in what happens at a hammamm you may have to book what sounds best without truly knowing what you’re in for. However, do expect, no matter which option you choose, to exit feeling much more relaxed than when you entered.
What faster way is there to a person’s heart than through their stomach? Plus, this is a talent you can take home with you! Pick up a few tips and tricks on how to create some dishes from one of the finest cuisines in the world. Try a cooking class with Eat With where you’ll start by learning how to select the perfect ingredients at the market. A paella class, lasting four hours costs just €47 and includes your food and drink.
From July through September Conde Duque offers movies outdoors in the university district of the city. The events become more than just a film though with markets and food trucks completing the evening. Check the site for a schedule and be sure to choose a VOSE movie which means it’s in the original version and has subtitles, not dubbing. Unless of course, you’re a Spanish speaker.
You’re easily set up for a romantic trip to Madrid. Be sure to keep your dining options cozy and classy, an easy ask with so many wonderful choices. Stay centrally but comfortably and do all the date worthy activities the city has to offer including picnicking, flower smelling, movie watching and rowing that I have mentioned here.
Romantic Restaurants and Hotels in Madrid
Formal yet Cozy Terrace dining
El Pabellon del Espejo is not far from the city center, a bit towards the Salamanca neighborhood. Its black and white tiled floor, clean clothed waiters, red velvet seats and white table cloths give off a beautiful old day vibe making it both formal and cozy at the same time. There is a back terrace and dinner is served earlier than many other places, in case you’re feeling puckish. The only turn off here is the noisy street it’s located on.
Flamenco and food
Casa Patas is one of the few places, perhaps in the whole country, that has successfully combined good flamenco with good food. Most places you get one or the other. The show gets absolutely rave reviews as authentic, passionate and one of the best experiences in the city. It’s highly recommended to book in advance, especially for a good, front row seat. €38/person is the cost of the show and a drink.
El Pescador offer impeccable seafood considering you’re in a landlocked city. Both the service and the quality of food here are not to be missed. The interior is decorated in a clean, nautical theme making it comfortable but intimate. A great choice for a casual date night dinner.
Central and reasonable boutique
Try the boutique Dear Hotel for a clean, classic and simple vibe at a low to mid-range price with a rooftop pool and bar. Service is known for being exceptionally friendly and the location excellent, directly next to the Plaza de Espana.
Upscale and off centre
Hotel Orfila, more upscale, pulls out all the stops. Its got a buffet breakfast, a terrace with wrought iron tables and chairs, to die for cocktails and perfectly decorated rooms. A location slightly away from dead center gives you ease of access with a bit less chaos.
Nightlife for couples in Madrid
Rooftop bars are essential for a hot city without a beach. This is where you should head during the summer as the day starts to cool off. Watch the sun set over the city and the evening begin. Try out La Terraza at the Principal Hotel Madrid with vistas of the city you’ll want to hit this spot around sunset. Sip a glass of cava or any of the cocktails the bartender whips ups. The hotel is also a great option for a stay.
From there, depending on what your date wants, head for dinner at one of the above recommended restaurants. If you’re looking for a club you’ll want to wait until a bit later when the fun really starts. La Riviera is a good choice for late night venue with a dance floor decked out with palm trees. Check the schedule though as sometimes concerts come through and you’ll want to look into booking your ticket ahead of time.